Alaska Rainbow Lodge’s Summer 2016 in Review
We hope everyone is enjoying the cooler fall temperatures that are finally starting to show up. Amanda, Wyatt, Tango, and I are settled back into life here in Texas after our fantastic first year at the helm of ARL. Here’s a little look back over the season.
After a beautiful flight through a still-snowy Lake Clark pass, we arrived at the lodge and found that spring had already arrived! There were flowers everywhere. Our caretaker Russ was even a little grumpy – he had to mow the grass; something that never happened before in his 10+ years of watching after the place. With Ron and Sharon’s help, startup went very smoothly, and we welcomed our first guests on June 7. They kicked off our 2016 season with a bang, catching dozens of rainbows over 25 inches and several over 27!
LOTS of FISH
July rolled in with rare Bristol Bay thunderstorms (with hail!) and the return of Sockeye Salmon. We had a record-setting run again this year, catching chrome Sockeye through the end of the month. Rainbow fishing stayed spectacular with the Upper Branch and Big Ku being particularly phenomenal. It was not unusual to ask guests how their day was at the Ku and have the response “hundreds of fish were caught.”
A large salmon run means lots for the trout to eat, and boy, did they show up to the dinner bell! Starting in mid August, the number of truly large trout shot up. It was common to hear of multiple fish over 28 inches caught on a daily basis. There were several fish landed flirting with the thirty inch mark each week. When it seemed things couldn’t get better, guest Pat, with guide Brian, shattered all of our expectations with a 34.5 inch Kvichak River battleship. A new lodge record! If anyone had the fortitude to tear themselves away from rainbow fishing, the Kamishak provided a perfect change of pace with seemingly endless Char and Silver Salmon. Not to mention the bears, seals, eagles and other wildlife to be seen everywhere along the banks.
To close out a truly epic season, Chief Pilot Ken Strickler lead a three ship formation of Beavers by the Alaska Rainbow Lodge dock before we shut down and headed for Anchorage. We can’t thank our top notch staff and our truly amazing guests enough for this fantastic summer. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!