Anyway we fished for halibut and caught our limit of 10 fish, then we fished for Sockeye Salmon (Reds) on the Russian River. It is my favorite place to be in Alaska. God gave us great weather, sunny and 68 and He blessed us with a river full of fish. We fished the Sunday night for 2 hours and caught 3. Monday afternoon we fished for about 4 hours and caught 8, then Tuesday we fished for 1 1/2 hours and caught our limit of 12 and caught and released another 15 at least. Tuesday was a gift from God. We arrived at the river around 2:30...okay we slept in a little. Which is no small feat as the sun comes up at 2am. When we arrived there we a few people at our favorite spot and with in 45 minutes the river was all ours and the fish were 10-15 fish wide just pouring up the river. I had only seen it that good one other time with that few people on the river in my 6 years of fishing the Russian. After we had all caught out limit we did a little catch and release just because there was so many fish. After about 30 minutes of not catching any fish with literally hundreds of fish within 3 feet of him, Nic stormed out of the river while biting his line and letting us all know that it was impossible to catch anything with a pink and purple fly. Then as were were about to leave Kate looked down in the water and pulled out this pink and purple fly and said, "Hey look what I found, one of our hooks in the river." and she pulled out a pink and purple fly with Nic's green fishing line still attached. Kate then noticed that the hook had broken off and all that remained was the straight shank. It turned out Nic had found the only way to not catch a fish that day...fish without a hook!
More importantly we were able to visit, albeit far to short, with some of our good friends. We got to see Monica and LB Bowers, who opened their home to us the night we arrived and the night we left. We saw Steve and Cynthia Hatter and their kids who Nic and Anthony went to school with and lived down the street from us on base. We then stopped by and visited with Shelby and her family. Shelby was our next door neighbor for about 7 months in Anchorage. She is 11 now and her and Andrea were best friends. Shelby is a special girl who had a very special relationship with Andrea. It was so good to she her and her family again. We also got to spend some time with Lori and Corky Lucia and their kids Rachel and Justin. Corky took us halibut fishing and let us stay in their cabin on the Kenai peninsula where we did all our fishing.
A picture of the beautiful scenery in Alaska
Andrea and Shelby in Aug 2007
Andrea and Rachel Lucia around 2007
Nic and Corky at the cabin running the packing assembly line for the halibut and Reds
Anthony's new love
Showing his skill once again
All smiles after the perfect day
Just to let you know we did leave a few fish for others to catch