When you pack your hunting gear for a mixed bag combo hunt you will never expect to end up fly fishing for the best rainbow trout ever. And that is what had happened to me in 2007 at San Juan Lodge. It was there where I and famous photographer Marcos Furer met Greg Reyes, owner of Enchanted Lake Lodge, hunting some upland birds named perdiz, from the tinamu family (similar to quails in Alabama, but different color).
It was one night in front of a fire, where we have been invited to share a great week of fly fishing at well know Enchanted Lake Lodge in July 2008. We have organize our flights schedules to get to San Jose California, from where we had flight by private net jet plane to king Salmon, Alaska. The flight with Greg and all his friends was great and we were excited about visiting one of the paradises of the fly fishing and hunting: Alaska. We were going to Katmai National Park, close to Nonvianuk Lake.
Katmai National Park was established in 1918 to protect the volcanically devastated region surrounding Mount Katmai and the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes. Today, Katmai National Park and Preserve remains an active volcanic landscape, but it also protects 9,000 years of human history as well as important habitat for salmon and the thousands of brown bears that feed on them. I have to confess that was strange to be fly fishing with all this bears around, especially for somebody that have fly fish a lot Patagonia and salt water in the Caribbean.
From King Salmon, our final destination in the private jet, we have been taken to the lodge by an extra 30 minutes flight till we landed on clear water, in small lake close by to Nonvianuk Lake and just in front of the lodge. The lodge was beautiful, but specially cozy and great for a private party of 8 fishermen’s. We have had our own private cabins, with private bathroom, and very comfortable beds; what was very important after every exhausting day in the river. Food was outstanding.
We were there just in the right time. June and July can provide some of the most consistent, productive rainbow trout fishing found anywhere in the world and why you should consider it when thinking about your next vacation. Take a look at a few key points to keep in mind the next time you’re tempted to brush off the early season in Alaska.
We have been in the water for 6 complete days and we had fly fished tiny rivers to fast waters, all kind of different size rivers, but all with an amazing volume of good fish. The guides at Enchanted boats and airplanes were always clean and we had never had an issue with the engines. Lodge service is amazing, food, drinks and camaraderie was unique. Thanks to ideal water levels and clear, blue skies, the fishing was on fire right from opening day. The annual fry migration did not disappoint, with several large rainbows being landed on floating lines and dry fry patterns. The dry fly fishing was even better than ever.
The Little Ku is another river experiencing a peak in the number of trophy rainbows. Ideal conditions late in the season on rivers like the Kvichak and Battle Creek made for some incredible days on the water. The Brooks has always been a favorite destination for all fly fishermen’s, as Daren and Scott had told me, but you have to get use to fly fish with all the bears around you.
I am just waiting for the next group of friends to jump on board on 2015 season to be able to go visit Daren and his crew again, and feel again paradise under my feet. For further info regarding this lodge and fly fishing option, please visit the section about it in this website.
Stay tuned, we’ll be happy to get you started on what can and should be an amazing Alaskan adventure!