by Leon Archer
How can one explain Alaska to anyone who has never been there? How can one describe the fishing in Alaska without sounding like he is bragging or making it all up?
Well my friend, it’s not easy.
I guided for seven summers in Alaska and was part owner of a lodge on the Nushagak River and I still find it difficult.
Alaska, once one gets outside of Anchorage, is still pretty much frontier, wild, vast, and entrancing. I just came back from taking my first fishing trip there since 2005. My camera is full of images, mostly fish and people, sandwiched in between occasional pictures of scenery and wild animals, but even as I review the photos, I know they do not reveal the raw charm and ambiance of our 49th state.
I’m just going to try to give you a hint of what Alaska is like and how good the fishing was last week.
One of the first things that the new visitor is likely to notice is the large number of small aircraft plying the skies, many of them sporting pontoons.
The amount of highways and secondary roads is actually quite limited, especially considering the size of the state, and for many Alaskans, traveling equates with flying.
Alaska has the highest rate of private aircraft ownership of all the states and most of the landing strips consist of ocean, lakes, ponds and rivers.