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First, I want to apologize for the photo quality. My nice camera was destroyed enroute, which I found when I opened the camera case on the river. I can replace the camera, but... The conditions were excellent for some great photography, and I was reduced to using my cell phone. Sigh...


Weather was great, which is NOT normal for this area. Bears were present every day. Bear activity level was higher than I've ever seen it on the Tsiu River, during the day. My niece, my sister, and my father were also on the trip, as were two dear friends of ours. And there I was, without a good camera. Sigh... So, with that disclaimer, here are some photos of an outstanding, though too-short, trip to the Tsiu River, out of Cordova Alaska. We always go with Tom and Katie and their Alaskan Wilderness Outfitting Company: Alaskan Wilderness Outfitting Company ~ Alaska Fishing and Wilderness Adventures


Dad thinks this was his 20th trip, maybe the 19th. Either way, he's been fly fishing the silver salmon run on the Tsiu for a long time. He's in his 90's now, and still out there casting and catching. I'm glad the weather was mild for him this trip.


About six years ago I taught my youngest niece to fly fish, but I don't think she's been since! She was a little awkward the first afternoon of fishing, but quickly picked up her old skills and started copying what the other anglers were doing, and soon enough she was fair-hooking silver after silver! So proud of her.


Dad and my niece in front of the Otter, on the grass & sand strip at the Tsiu River:









Fishing in a t-shirt in Alaska? Yup, this time! Typical silver (coho) salmon, and as usual I had my 8wt St Croix rod and Ross Reel. Mostly I used a sink tip and a variety of wet flies, but I also used a floating line and a surface popper called a "foam pollywog." It was very cool, taking a silver salmon on the dry fly. That doesn't happen every trip. This one was caught with the sink tip line and a wet fly, like most of them.



We had a few guys with rifles & shotguns, so I just carried bear spray.



My niece, our fishing guide, and a nice salmon!



Mama Bear and two cubs, checking the beach for edibles. :)



Fair sized bear, heading into the brush to nap, after feasting on salmon:




Yogi, sharing my fishing hole. Yogi was a fair-sized male, and very respectful of us and our area. He was actually a very pleasant bear to deal with, and interesting to watch. He'd expend less energy than any other bear I watched, to catch a salmon. He'd watch for a group of salmon to get into shallow water, then slowly stalk them, "herding" them into water that was very shallow, then he'd pounce! He's pin the salmon to the sand, dispatch it, and carry it to his sandbar for a meal.


After he'd eat, he'd just lay around, napping. Sometimes rolling on his back and scratching his tummy. He was a pretty mellow bear and fun to watch. He also ran another bear right on out of "his" area. He'd share with us, but not with another bear!









Some of my fish:






The foam pollywog on my St Croix rod:



A small "egg sucking leech" pattern I tied. It worked fine:



The 206, about to carry us back to what passes for civilization. I miss the place already:



Regards, Guy
 

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On my bucket list.

Thanks for the pics and such. I like St. Croix rods, too.

Looks like you all had a great trip.

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Very nice ! I hunted north of Kotzebue in 2009 and just vacationed with my wife and daughter in 2017. The place gets in your blood and changes you forever. Cameras and pictures just can’t capture the immense grandeur of Alaska. For anyone that loves nature and has never visited, put it on the very top of your bucket list and ignore everything below it.
 
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Wow, what an excellent trip. It thrills me to see beautiful pictures like this. Trips like yours are priceless!

I'm planning a 6 to 8 week trip next summer through Canada and into Alaska. I'll be roughing it a bit more living out of this for the duration of the trip.

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Enjoy! In 2017 I drove to Fairbanks from Washington state, camping along the way, and back. In between, took a little plane out and stayed in a backpacking tent in the arctic for nine days. It was three weeks of Canada & Alaska, much of it in pretty remote areas. I loved it! Just had a little backpacking tent in my Jeep for the trip. Worked out well.

You should have a great trip.

I've flown to Alaska quite a few times over the years, but only drove that one time, in 2017. The drive itself was an adventure. Enjoy the heck out of it. :)

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Awesome adventure Guy! I haven't caught salmon or steelhead since I left Oregon. But, I have wonderful trout streams in Arkansas.
Just like squirrel hunting, I don't play, not very sporting when trout fishing. Live bait or eggs for me = full creel.
 
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