Today, is the first Saturday after Labor day which I have not spent travelling to the Alaska Peninsula seeking huge silver salmon for the past 30 years. Alaska became my go to adventure in early September visiting first Painter Creek Lodge and later years fishing out of Pumice Creek Lodge.
Both lodges are fantastic, but nothing beats Pumice Creek Lodge where clients had the option of fishing for giant silvers on the Cinder River or fishing for loads of arctic char on Lava Creek.
I really miss the flying in the small planes to the river and seeing abundance of wildlife including giant brown bears and trophy moose. The silver fishing on the Cinder was beyond belief as most cannot imagine landing over 100 silvers per person in a day! The Cinder Silvers are some of the largest on earth with the average going around 14 lbs and pushing up to 20 lbs. We waded the river alone, never seeing another fisherman in all my years on the Cinder as its remoteness made it out of the way for the Bristol Bay Lodges floatplanes to reach. Many great friends were made including GAry LaRose and Jon Kent, lodge owners. Great guides such as Rudy McPherran and Todd Byrd always looked out for us and for bears. ONe year, friend Peter Furber from South Africa came along. The fishing was outstanding and all Pete could say was "WOW, I COULD NEVER IMAGINE". Alaska and friends will sorely be missed as the bar is set too high as the doors of Pumice Creek Lodge closed its doors to fisherman last September. Luckily, I have thousands of photos, hours of footage, and countless memories to remember the Best Fishing Offered in Alaska for the rest of my lifetime!