Monday, September 28, 2015


On September 9th, I flew on Alaska Airlines from Chicago to Anchorage.  There I was met by friends Dr. Cole Lundquist and Dr. Kevin Cleary.  We were heading for a return trip to battle the monster silver salmon and arctic char at Gary LaRose's Pumice Creek Lodge.  All of us have been to the lodge numerous times and this was my 27th straight year fishing the Alaska Peninsula.  On Sept 10th we flew out of Anchorage to the town of King Salmon on PenAir.  In King Salmon, Robert May of RJ Aviation picked us up and flew us down to the lodge.

Throughout the week we fished for either silver salmon at the Cinder River or for arctic char at Lava Creek.  The fishing was simply fabulous at both spots.  My best day on the Cinder was catching over 100 silvers on a 7/8 oz pixee spoon using spinning gear.  On Lava Creek, we landed char after char, many of which were in their spawning coloration.  My best day on char was 191 all of which were released.  I landed them on ultralite spinning gear casting small inline spinners. 
The weather throughout the week was terrible with lots of rain and wind.  However, we barely noticed the conditions as we were too busy catching silvers and char.
The fishing out of Pumice Creek Lodge gets better and better.  Other than the brown bears, we did not see another fisherman at either the Cinder or Lava Creek.  This year, the silvers seemed larger than past years and the char fishing is just insane!
For fishermen heading to Alaska, Robert May's RJ Aviation is the way to go.  Robert is very professional and can fly you to your destination on time.  Many of the commercial flights often cancel leaving you with a major headache.  So I highly recommend using RJ Aviation for a worry free adventure.  You can contact Robert at 907-469-0522 or email him at
In my opinion, Pumice Creek Lodge is perhaps the best fishing lodge worldwide.  The lodge holds about 6 fisherman.  Gary LaRose does everything possible to see that your stay is a great Alaska experience.  You can contact Gary at 907-350-6841 or contact me for any details.  I am already booked for 2016 and cannot wait to catch the monster silvers and arctic char!

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