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Old 09-15-2008, 07:07 PM
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Photos from Alaska

Here are some photos from Alaska Rainbow chasing expedition ( mid-August/mid-September).
It was great to see mainly bears and eagles for weeks



big drop-offs near gravel bars are an excellent rainbows hiding places






tundra and mountains near upper stretches of the river



the rive often splits into many channels which can be anywhere form a few hundreds yards to a couple of miles.



a typical narrow side-channel



the gravel drop-off in side channel:


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Old 09-15-2008, 07:12 PM
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Burkie 9'5" 4/5/6 in action:





26" fat rainbow



This rather slim 27" came from the hidden drop-off in the main river











Even typical 22" late summer wild rainbow( fat from eating salmon carcasses ) give Meiser 12'6" 4/5/6 a serious band.
Longer rod is quite useful to reach spots located further away and to maneuver between larger logs in the river.


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Old 09-15-2008, 07:28 PM
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Tired from building a little dam during night this beaver did not care about me being within 10' from him



Nap time:






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Old 09-15-2008, 08:10 PM
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:45 PM
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Salmo, can I go fishing with you one day? I promise not to eat too much or snore!

Great pics- esp the fat fish and the Beaver taking an afternoon siesta.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:58 PM
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What if the grizzly will come to the camp........
and they walk along gravel banks and the water quite often during Chum and Kings spawning season. A bear in that region can often reach 1000 + lb
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:30 PM
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Awesome Photos

Salmo, great photos. I can't wait to get back up there. I also plan my trips around the last week in Aug and first week of Sept for the Bows. Can you please give me some information about your single handed rod.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:45 PM
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Can you please give me some information about your single handed rod.


The SH rod is Kerry's Burkheimer 595-4, 9'5" 4/5/6 , Vintage model, standard blank design.

I consider this rod as a 5/6. It will cast well WF and DT 5 as well as WF 6 ( like RIO Closer) very well. It has a rather firm tip, most of Kerry's rods, engage most of the entire blank when loading and unloading the line/fighting the fish, but at the same time is very crisp and handles wind, good size flies and tips ( trout size, 30-40 gr) very well !!!!!!!!. I intend to use it on larger rivers in Rockies ( Co,WY,MT) where we are moving permanently next month. Few people realize that Kerry has started to roll out SH back in 80's, way before he made several of his famouns DH rods 8-10 year ago.
Between 2,3 and 4 peace rods in 8'9", 9' and 9'5" he has something like 50-60 tapers !!!!!!! of wt. 5 rod.........

It feels very well with common 18-23" Bow but has enough power to land 26-7" fat fish without killing it. To be honest, with 25"+ fish at the end of the line it is better to have the second Kerry's rod I have: 9'6" 5/6/7, which he modified for me to make it more of a 6/7 rod. Blast with mouse pattern and larger flies like this:




Below are photos of my 595-4. there is some light reflection on the blank ( parallel to the blank). everything else are artistic finish with several layers of finish on the guides which look pretty flat. The blanks are available in very deep green, blue and black. All other aspect ( handle, cork: OD, shape etc.) are up to angler and Kerry.
The snakes are titanium alloy as well as stripers. I am not a big fun of agate stripers, specially on SH rods.






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Old 09-16-2008, 10:58 PM
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The river forms side-channel, the head of the side-channel:



and the lower part before entering the river again:



a few Bows like this were hiding under the opposite bank of the side-channel:



Another side-channel breaks off from the main river :



it looks like this when it turns with a 4-5' drop-offs ( favorite holding place of the rainbows)



friend of mine, fish biologist has visited me for 4-5 days so I could stop speak to myself and fish.......



Otter seen near the opposite bank of the side-channel:



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17' G3 + Yamaha 40 Jet "Rainbow Chaser"



Tundra near mountains



Mid-section of the river. The river is getting wider, as it collected more creeks and smaller tributaries, has less side-channels but there are plenty of logs, droop-offs with very respectful
number of rainbows



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Old 09-16-2008, 11:36 PM
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I am posting closed-up taken a few years ago.
The main motor is 60HP, but is call 40 jet as there is reduction in power at pomp by about 30-35%.
It works very well with 17' ( 0.1" aluminum, welded, boat has flat floor and weight about 400 lb, engine 260 lb. For heavier 18' I would used Yamaha 65 HP jet.

Yamaha, thought more expensive is probably the most popular in AKm due to its reliability and durability.
This one has carburetor, 4 stroke. Yamaha has introduced fuel injection in 2005. The problem is if one need tune -up the engine has to be service by dealer, and the closest is 300-400 miles east in Anchorage............,Since there are no roads the engine would have to be shipped form the bush by cargo plane ( $ 600 round trip).
So far after 5 years, as expected, there was no problem with the carburetor engine.

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I have the 18 with the tunnel and run the 65 horse at the pump, these boats rock for sure!
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