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AKPM's California Adventure

Post by ak_powder_monkey » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:12 am



Day -1
Monday evening I noticed something, it was 45° and raining hard in town. Checking webcams and thermometers I was thinking "so you are saying there's a chance?"

Tuesday dawns and we head up the hill, it's cloudy but not raining, with a sunny break here or there. We hike a few hundred yards then transfer to skins, this is June day 4 for me. It's been an amazing June, unless you like to fish for king salmon and don't like to ski.

We ski powder on June 12 using the classic "pop and drop" technique, the sun pops and we drop.
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Day 0 Travel.

Leaving Alaska is always hard. People think I'm crazy to leave in June, The sunrise flying out made me tend to agree
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I had a 10 hour layover in Seattle and the Mariners had a day game. My dad traveling just to Seattle and I took the train in a few hours early. Safeco is a great ballpark.
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One cool thing they do is put up flags with the standings, at the time (before Houston decided to never lose again) the M's were in first
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We had great seats and the Mariners walked off with a 2 run home run.
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Headed out that evening and scoped some lines
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Day 1 I immediately head to Reno fly shop, pick up some flies, BS with the guys there a bit and see how things are fishing.
Pretty soon I was hooked up
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I've always found that I enjoy catching invasive rainbows more in California than other states. Would I prefer this stream was still full of lahotans? sure but this is nice
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It was hot out so I jumped into the river afterwards.

Day 2 My 31st (shiiiiit) Birthday.
Wake up and drive to where the chairlifts are somehow still open

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Lift served skiing on my birthday? Fuck yeah.
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As it turns out, when you live at 40 feet above sea level skiing at 11,000 feet is hard.
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The afternoon activity: Fishing.
Wow this is a pretty creek
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There were wildflowers
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and geologic features
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and some good looking, albeit smallish trout
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Living in Alaska where the only invasive trout we have is the brook trout which got it's ass kicked by every other fish and wasn't very successful catching brown trout is always cool. And god damn they are pretty.
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The views were Alaskaesque
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Day 3: The Daily Double
My best friend since I was six recently moved to Nevada and decided to celebrate with me. The previous night we drank clearly to much considering the altitude.

Despite hangovers we skied
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then we biked
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then we ate Mexican food and passed the fuck out.

Day 4:
We ski, enjoy the last run of the year for john and the last via lift for me (better believe I'm going skiing this week) then do some tourist shit
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We stop at a hot springs, soak for a bit then I head fishing and John head's home as he has to work the next day.
Fishing tailwaters always fuck with me. Tailwaters aren't really a thing here (which is good) and the fish are not especially smart so I really have no clue what I'm doing. Still I giver her a go.
It was really pretty.
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and I stumbled across a snub nosed bow, but none of the trophy browns this river is known for.
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Again the drive was great
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Day 5
Back in Reno I head to California and start fishing.
Picked up a couple more bows
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and a couple big YTs
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Again, pretty water and views.
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Then a flight home with an overnight layover
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Now I'm back in AK and I start my guide season tomorrow. And it doesn't get dark.
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by austrotard » Wed Jun 20, 2018 3:05 am

31yrs???
I've wasted my life.

fuck you for that, pat-rick.
fuck. you.
we'll always have buffalo, sweet josh.

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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by Bears Fan » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:33 am

Looks like you had a decent time. Glad you could stick a few fish and ride the lifts.
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by stillsteamin » Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:38 am

That was pretty fucking terrific. Ya'll gonna have a good kang run up that way this year?
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by ak_powder_monkey » Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:12 am

stillsteamin wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:38 am
Ya'll gonna have a good kang run up that way this year?
Literally the worst king run in my lifetime. The blob is finally showing up in the numbers, sockeye are being hit hard too.
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by Spicytuna » Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:24 pm

Right on man! You made the best of it that's for sure.

Sorry my schedule didn't line up this time around.
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by fly-chucker » Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:06 pm

meh :coffee








damn that was good :cool
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by LTFI » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:22 pm

A face only a mother could love...

So, you passed on the hookers and blow?

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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by fishskibum » Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:28 pm

strong work kid
ya needs pit vipers
lemme know im on the flow
and to catch a poopfish
and dont sell yourself short you missed a watermark on a couple intellectual property keepers in there
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by speybait » Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:06 pm

I hope you hit any of the nicer clubs in Reno when you were there for your 31st.

Sure is pretty there.
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by ak_powder_monkey » Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:43 pm

Spicytuna wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:24 pm
Right on man! You made the best of it that's for sure.

Sorry my schedule didn't line up this time around.
Next time! I'll be in that neck of the woods more this year...
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Re: AKPM's California Adventure

Post by Spicytuna » Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:44 pm

ak_powder_monkey wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:43 pm
Spicytuna wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 1:24 pm
Right on man! You made the best of it that's for sure.

Sorry my schedule didn't line up this time around.
Next time! I'll be in that neck of the woods more this year...
Sounds good to me just give me a heads up on some dates
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Rare breed." - MTgrayling

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