Dude, Let's Go to Alaska, Vol. I and II - Video

Having a good time going through some of the video from my recent trip to Alaska.  Thought it would be a fun idea to break the footage up into shorter videos before eventually putting something longer together.   Been studying up on Final Cut Pro as well, trying to have some fun with learning the program.

Vol 1 finds us fishing the Quartz Creek, close to the campground we stayed in towards the end of the trip.  The salmon were a little behind on their run, and the fishing hadn't quite gotten hot yet, but we had some success fishing beads.  The rig usually consists of a small plastic bead pegged about 2.5" above a bare hook, with split shot above that, and a strike indicator even further up.  It's a rig that takes some getting used to.  The dolly varden and trout feed on the salmon eggs, and the beads look very similar.  The tough part is getting the drift right, so the bead travels as a natural egg would, as well as trying to avoid losing too much tackle to snags and salmon.  The salmon spawn in the creek, and fishing for them is totally prohibited.  By that point in their journey, they aren't any good to eat anyway, and are getting closer to their last days.  You can't avoid foul hooking them and occasionally hooking them in the lip though, and that leads to a lot of retying your rig.  

Vol II covers a day hike into Crescent Lake, one of the best lakes for arctic grayling in Alaska.  I had been frustrated in multiple attempts to catch a grayling, and I was pretty psyched to get up there and give it another shot.  The hike in was beautiful, with the weather staying nice and cool but not rainy.  Pretty much as soon as we got in the water and started casting, I caught a gorgeous fish that came in over 17" - pretty big for a grayling.  They are really pretty fish, with a big sail-like fin and lots of subtle color shades.  They were voracious and stacked in the lake, and we easily caught over 30 fish per person on a variety of small flies.  I was casting a 4/5 weight, and after the fishing we had done with strike indicators, split shot and heavy flies, it was awesome to do some regular casting with the fly rod.  The water was freezing, however, and it took it's toll on my feet after a while, even with wading boots and thick socks.  The hike in and out is around 6 miles, and easily done in a day, although there is some great looking camping opportunities I might try next time.