I love to fish!

Well, Daniel does; I am working on it! This is one of my Alaska goals, to learn to love fishing! You see, I am bad luck fishing. When I go, nobody catches fish. I am not exaggerating; I wish I was! There have been times when Daniel has called saying that fish are biting on every cast, and that I should come out because there is no way I can NOT catch fish. I will drive out, and then NOBODY CATCHES ANY MORE FISH. It’s sad, really. I have a complex. I am determined to have Alaska change this for me.

Following my first week of work, we went fishing with some coworkers. We went to the Klutina River, and it was soooo gorgeous! We camped at a campground that I can’t remember what the name of unfortunately. I snapped this picture when we got there on Friday night, at 1130 P.M. Yes, you read that correctly. This was in the middle of the night!

Well, my bad luck didn’t change on this weekend, not a single person caught any fish. We had a great time, though. We could not have asked for better weather, and the company was pretty good as well. The best part (for everyone but me!) was when I lost my footing with the strong current, and fell face first in to the river, filling my brand new waders with freezing cold water. Oy. And this, my friends, is why I have no pictures of this day. I would never bring my camera on the water; there is a reason my mom calls me Grace.

Our second outing was much more lucrative! We got up at 345 A.M. (much to my dismay; I hate mornings!) and headed to the Russian River. During the salmon run there, it’s called “Combat Fishing.” There are so many people lined in the river, it’s crazy! I took a picture just for context. Anyway, we snagged reds there, and had some luck. I caught the first fish, which definitely helped me be excited about the day! Overall, we hauled out 7 giant (at least in my eyes) sockeye salmon (apparently the world famous Copper River Reds!) in about 4 hours. I caught 2 of these fish (we threw one of mine back, making my total 3), and I am making progress in liking fishing a little more…
Daniel’s Grandpa’s backpack faired us well, carrying all of our gear for the day. Now to get the fish smell out of it…

Here are a few pictures from the day, all taken with my cell phone because, well, Grace.

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