“Shooting fish in a barrel.” We’ve all heard the phrase. This hyperbolic expression alludes to the fact that fish make an easy target inside a barrel, as opposed to a river or the sea. When you come to Alaska, to fish, it can be like that. Salmon and trout runs are abundant relative to most. When you come to fish in Alaska, a lot of times, it’s like shooting fish in a barrel. At times, it’s almost easier for us to catch a fish than a bear. If you don’t believe us, just ask a bear, how hard it is to catch a fish, even in a river chock-full of salmon. All that said, when you bring a New Fly Angler to Alaska, it will ruin them.
Fly fishing can be difficult. There are a lot of rules, unwritten rules, nuances, and things to consider when it comes to fly fishing. In most places in the world, many people go days without hooking a fish. Some go months without hooking a fish. In Alaska during the summer, that is not the case. fish are abundant, and for many Alaska seems to have spoiled many fly anglers, especially those new to fly fishing. They go home thinking fly fishing should be that abundant all the time everywhere.
Do we really think you shouldn’t bring a new fly angler to Alaska? Of course not. Everyone should experience Alaska at least once in their life. As a fly angler, it should be a “bucket list” destination. If you’ve never been, you should. If you have been, consider yourself lucky you understand why it’s a phenomenal place for fly anglers, Spey anglers, and all anglers alike.
The Splendor which is Alaska is amazing. Everyone should come to experience it at one level or another.
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