Life-Changing King Salmon on the Nushagak River

January 29th, 2013|Categories: Guide Confessions|

by Michael Bales, Head Guide at Alaska Rainbow Lodge Starting about June 15th –July 10th over 100,000 King Salmon will swim up the Nushagak River to spawn. These Kings are typically three salts, meaning they come in to spawn after three years at sea. We’ve caught Kings up to 50 pounds on this river. Last [...]

Day Six: The Queen of the Little Ku

January 10th, 2013|Categories: Guide Confessions|

by Michael Bales, Head Guide at Alaska Rainbow Lodge   Today is the last full day of fishing with Alaska Rainbow Lodge. We’re headed to fish the lower portion of Little Ku River, where we’ll sight cast for large bows. We’re airborne at 8:30 sharp. The flight takes us northeast about 35 minutes, where we [...]

Day Five: The Hunt for Trophy Bows

January 2nd, 2013|Categories: Guide Confessions|

by Michael Bales, Head Guide at Alaska Rainbow Lodge   Today, we’re fishing the upper Kvichak River in search of the legendary 30-inch rainbow trout. The Alaska Rainbow Lodge is famous for these fish. You’ve heard about them, seen the pictures, read the magazine stories – and now, it’s your turn.   We board the [...]

Day Four at Alaska Rainbow Lodge

December 10th, 2012|Categories: Guide Confessions|

by Michael Bales, Head Guide at Alaska Rainbow Lodge Today’s adventure begins with a 45-minute flight south to the Becharof Range, to a very special place called the Ugashik Narrows. Our target fish is the rod-bending Arctic Char. But it’s important to mention that the Ugashik Narrows is home to the some of the best [...]

Day Three at Alaska Rainbow Lodge

November 27th, 2012|Categories: Guide Confessions|

by Michael Bales, Head Guide at Alaska Rainbow Lodge There’s the familiar knock on the door. Good morning. It’s 6:30 a.m. A pot of fresh hot coffee is steaming on the bedside table. It’s time to get going. We all gather in the main lodge for a hot breakfast of made-to-order omelets, homemade blueberry muffins [...]