I had the pleasure of guiding my kid and dad in Alaska in July…what an amazing 3-generation trip!!!
Have you ever wondered how those annoying bait stealers in a river can pick you clean and seemingly never get hooked? Well, here are some underwater shots I took in Alaska this year that may shed some light on the situation. Check out as this 15-inch Dolly Varden runs off with my bait while eating around the hook! Clever little bugger!
I know there are plenty of cool-looking fish out there, but this big Alaskan Dolly Varden we caught a couple weeks back has some pretty spectacular coloration! The fiery belly, the white-tipped fins, the banana lips, the pink dots with the blue halos and that sweet lower jaw kype…awesome!!
Sometimes everything can be right…the cast, the drift, the bait…and still the fish don’t get hooked. Here’s an interesting scene I shot on a tributary to the Togiak River in Alaska, where a nice Dolly Varden does a fly-by on roe cluster but doesn’t commit to the bait.
Okay, more from my Alaska files…Here’s a cluster of roe drifted down a run on the Togiak River loaded with Dolly Varden (some rainbows and jacks were in there too). I always cut the points off the hooks while filming (if a fish got hooked, it caused too much camera shake). This sequence is cool as one dolly rejects the bait and another comes out of the pack to eat it!