by Michael Bales, Head Guide at Alaska Rainbow Lodge

Mother Nature works in mysterious ways. Our salmon runs were a bit later than usual this year. In early June, we stood on our docks staring at the water, wondering when the big runs would start. Let me tell you, we were anxious and tense for a while. Then one morning, we heard Ron Hayes shouting from the dock, “They’re here!” We all rushed down to witness one of Mother Nature’s great miracles: millions of salmon boiling the waters of the Kvichak River, heading upstream to spawn.

The King Salmon fishing was exceptional. Many guests took the opportunity to head to the coastal waters to tackle these beasts. The photos tell the stories best.

Dry fly fishing exploded in early July with many guests setting up perfect drifts and experiencing the joy of watching Trout and Grayling inhale the flies and fight like mad to break free.

And then came late summer and early fall. Our late season fishing for trophy Rainbow Trout may have been one of the best on record. Guests landed monster after monster, day after day.

There’s nothing on this planet that compares to landing a 30” Leopard Rainbow, fresh from the depths of Lake Iliamna on a fly rod, on the Kvichak River. I don’t care how many fish you’ve caught or where. This is the best time and the only place in the world where this can happen – and 2012 was particularly awesome.

So you’d better book your trip for next year as soon as possible and reserve your place to experience what can only happen right here – at the Alaska Rainbow Lodge.

Thanks again for making 2012 an outstanding season to remember for all of us. I look forward to seeing all of you again next year.