William’s 4th of July King Salmon

February 10th, 2012|Categories: Alaska Fishing, Guest Angler Stories|

From guest angler John Averett: "Ron, This is the King Salmon William Byers landed the weekend of July 4th last year. [...] I wanted to share it with everyone. Our group had the outing of a lifetime. Hope we can come back." If you're hoping to get a shot at your biggest catch in 2012, [...]

Guest Angler Story: Does This Fish Make Me Look Fat?

January 18th, 2012|Categories: Alaska Fishing, Guest Angler Stories|

Guest Angler Stories: Fish This. Not That. by Stuart Balcom, Alaska Rainbow Lodge guest We’re fishing the Moraine Creek for the Big Rainbows. Dragon, our guide, is splitting time between me and my buddy Mac who is 40 yards downstream. At the moment, we’re both fishing imitation salmon eggs. Mac keeps hooking up on fish [...]

Trophy Rainbows and Sheefish in Alaska’s Back Country

November 16th, 2011|Categories: Alaska Fishing, Guest Angler Stories|

GUEST CORRESPONDENT – James O. Fraioli Trophy Rainbows and Sheefish in Alaska’s Back Country Alaska remains one of the world’s great angling destinations, and American Creek, nestled on the rim of Katmai National Park, is a thriving and sustainable rainbow fishery. Hunkering down beside a fallen Sitka spruce, my felt-sole shoes dig into the gravel bottom of Alaska’s American Creek — one of the last great havens for trophy rainbows. Beside me hunkers 31-year-old Derek Botchford, head guide for Ron Hayes’ Alaska Rainbow Lodge. Through his polarized sunglasses, the British Columbia native studies two lavishly spotted native rainbow trout — each about twenty-five inches — foraging in a cauldron-like pool across from us. At my feet lies enough fly line for a cast; the small of my back tightens in anticipation. The warm sun and the whooshing of the unassuming creek are hypnotic, and my mind wanders across the snow capped peaks of Katmai National Park’s Walatka Mountains stretched out in the distance. […]