Intermediate & Entry Level Fly Fishers
If you are an intermediate fly-fisher you will be transformed after a week with Guide Mark Rutherford and his assistants. Mark has a Masters in Education from Antioch University, earned while teaching Alaskan aquatic ecology and sport fishing! You will have lots of “hands-on fishing & catching” experience in a week spent fishing, on one of Alaska’s Bristol Bay region clear rivers.
The entry-level angler will progress from beginner to intermediate. Success, and lots of it, will come while fishing for Grayling and Char. My guides and I will help the beginner sharpen casting, playing, & releasing skills dozens of times per day. By day 2 and 3 the beginner is confidently fly casting, hooking, & landing fish. The Rainbows & Char, and the trophy Salmon are the frosting on the cake for the novice.
Family and Group Trips
Fly fishing, rafting, & camping trips with family or a group of friends are great ways to create memories which you will share for a life time.
A family trip is planned to match your groups abilities, interests & needs. You will be very comfortable in our rafts, while hiking, and at home in our camps. The less experienced participants will have plenty of support learning the essential fly fishing and wilderness travel skills.
We raft through incredibly beautiful Bristol Bay Alaska landscapes and spend time observing and photographing wildlife, landscapes, & wildflowers. We consider all the participants interests. Some want more hiking, swimming, berry picking, time to read and relax. Others want 14 hours / day non-stop fishing.
For experts, I offer my service as a specialist in Bristol Bay Alaska’s most challenging rivers. I am an expert at finding large Rainbows, Salmon & Char.
When you and I fish together, we will apply two skill sets that we have previously developed:
- Efficient backcountry travel. For the expert we will operate more effectively as a team at the logistics of rafting along the river, camping, and moving across the sub arctic landscape.
- The skills you have previously developed searching for large fish in other North American watersheds will be brought to bear on the best and most challenging fishing in the United States. Because of your experience, you can fish the whole water column while I control the boat for searching casts & long drag free drifts. You get out and wade at every “choice” bar, reach, pool, or riffle and get the fly searching while I handle logistics.