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Straight Alaska tripping

Earlier this month we had a chance to fish for a week straight in Alaska. We had some adventures. We met some great people. Had some fun times. Caught some great fish. We saw lots of pirates.

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Alaska treated us well earlier this month.

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Glorious springer on the fly

As spring turns into summer it brings snow melt and springers (spring chinook). What a great time of year to be out on the river.

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DRYFT Primo Wading Jacket review by Chugach Backcountry Fishing in Alaska

Review of the DRYFT Primo Wading Jacket

As the owner of Chugach Backcountry Fishing in Alaska I’ve spent many days in the rain feeling damp and soggy after a couple of hours in “100% GoreTex” products. It didn’t seem to matter which high-performance brand I wore-I always found that eventually my coat and I became saturated-the S14 Wading Coat changed that.

As with my Dryft waders, the S14 Jacket not only fits well, looks great, sports a lightweight feel, and is comfortable for rowing in but it is absolutely the best waterproof coat I’ve used. As a testimate to my belief in this product, within one week I outfitted my entire guiding staff and my family in it.

It is the small details of any product that can make it a favorite for everyday use-that’s where in-field product testing makes all the difference. Dryft did their homework on this one. I am 100% comfortable leaving cash and my I phone in waterproof sealed pockets, the soft liner on the high neck and in the pockets of the jacket are perfect for cooler temp days, and the peripheral vision I have when the hood is deployed are qualities that every jacket should offer.

If you want to stay dry on the fly, the Dryft PRIMO is for you.

Corey

Chugach Backcountry Fishing DRYFT Primo wading jacket review

Head guide Corey of Chugach Backcountry Fishing with a nice Alaskan Chinook.

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Olympic Peninsula Steelhead trip

We headed out to the coast last week to scratch that steelhead itch that so often strikes in early spring. With limited options within the state this time of year, heading west to the coast is about as good as it gets when a steelhead trip feels right.  Here is a photo blog of our short two day trip.

Coastal steelhead

The fish pictured above came with a story. After the strike, she bolted downstream straight at my fishing buddy who was working the run downstream, nearly wrapping around his legs and sending him scrambling for the bank. At the same time the extra fly line I had laying at my feet cleared the guides with alarming speed and looped around the reel, jamming tight. I sprinted downstream to keep from breaking off, at which point the fish turned around and charged back upstream straight at me. The change between running downstream and switching directions and running backwards back upstream was just too much and resulted in a nice fall backwards, frantically stripping line to keep tight the whole way down. Landing in about a foot of water, I kept my rod tip high and managed to keep tight to the fish before scrambling back to my feet. Once back up I managed to untangle the line from my reel, and after a few more spirited runs was cradling this beauty for a quick photo shoot before the release. Having my waders and wading jacket strapped tight saved my bacon, and kept water from flowing into the tops of my waders. Aside from a damp wrist, I stayed completely dry even after taking a swim in a rainforest river.

That’s coastal steelhead on the fly.  Hope you enjoy the photos from our trip.

Camping

 

Tree

Rainforest fly fishing

Coastal steelhead

Coastal steelhead

Lunch

Making the selection

Rainforest fly fishing

Rainforest fly fishing

Getting rigged

DRYFT truck

Drinking a brewski

Ocean campfire

Photos by @fsheroutofwater

Thanks for reading. -Nick