Saturday, October 7, 2017

Salmon Fishing - Pulaski, New York, 2017

My wife and I went salmon fishing last weekend.  The salmon run of this season was one of the best since we started salmon fishing in Salmon River 15 years ago.

We hooked and fought with many.  In the end we landed some fat king salmon.

Below is our fishing video.  In the video, you can see salmon splashing and jumping everywhere while we were keeping a tight line.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Driving Cross Countries, Summer 2017 (Part 4 of 4 - Fishing in the Northwest of US)

After visiting and fishing in Canadian National Parks, we left for US.  Our next destination was
North Cascades National Park, Washington. 

                                 Diablo Lake and Cascade Range in North Cascades National Park.

                                           Skagit River, North Cascades National Park.

We fished at a spot where a small stream merged into Skagit River.  We caught many rainbows with tenkara rods. They were about 12", and put up a good fight.  To live in Skagit River's powerful current, a fish has to be strong. 

A mule deer came out from the wood to watch us fishing.

When we were on the road, we always stopped by Cabela's, a chain of  hunting, fishing, outdoor sporting goods stores.  Most of the stores have displays of American and African wildlife, aquariums and trout ponds.  It is a good place to take a break after a long driving and enjoy the exhibits.

 Another river we fished in the Northwest was North Umpqua River in Oregon, which was the last river we fished in this cross countries driving trip.  North Umpqua River is famous of  steelhead fishing.  Its upstream is a good trout stream.  We took a campsite by the river and planned to fish for three days.

This lovely bear bench is by the bank of North Umpqua River on the campground access road.

             We fished steelhead with our salmon fishing tackles in the rapid.

We know fishing steelhead is difficult, especially for newbies like us.  We just hoped for a slight chance of hooking one.  We didn't even get a bite.  However, I did catch an 18" rainbow in the morning and an 8" in the evening with the same 4" muddler minnow fly.  Surely this fly pattern is very effective in North Umpqua.  Even a small 8" chased after this fly half of its size.

During the day when no shadows cast on the water, one can see hundreds of steelhead in
Big Bend Pool of Steamboat Creek, which is a tributary of North Umpqua River.

Fishing is prohibited, but the pool is opened for public viewing.  One will be amazed at seeing hundreds of steelhead gathering in this pool.  The day we were there, we saw only about 60.
Still it was a sight that filled us with awe.

Lee, living in this silver trailer by the Big Bend Pool, is the "fish keeper".
He watches over the steelhead and learns everything about them to share with visitors.

There are not many good tenkara fishing spots in North Umpqua River.
  We managed to catch a few small trouts.

Copeland Creek, a tributary of North Umpqua River, is the only water 
we could find for tenkara fishing.

We enjoyed tenkara fishing with dry fly in Copeland Creek, though all the trout were small.

Our campsite in Umpqua National Forest was one of the best in our trip.  It was clean and quiet.  As it was by the river, we could fish until dark.  It was also surrounded by big tall trees providing shades and coolness.  A good place to fish and a good place to rest, what else could we ask for?

After leaving Oregon, we continued driving south.  We still had more than a month of our trip to go, but we didn't get any chance to fish again.

Some of  the Pictures That We Like.

A Squirrel on Top of Prickly Pear Cactus,
Desert Garden, Balboa Park,
San Diego, California
Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Cholla Cactus Garden,
Joshua Tree National Park, California

Art Village, Balboa Park,
San Diego, California
Eating Fried Indian Bread in Front of
Mission San Xavier Del Bac,
Tucson, Arizona
Boquillas Canyon,
Big Bend National Park, Texas

Saguaro in Tucson Mountain Park.

Lava Tube,
Mojave National Preserve,

White Sands National Monument.
New Mexico

Evan Williams Bourbon Experience,
Louisville, Kentucky

Cattle Drive, Dog Canyon Road, Texas

This is the end of the 4-part series.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Driving Cross Countries, Summer 2017 (Part 3 of 4 - Traveling and Fishing in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada)

Cassiar Highway in British Columbia is very scenic, not only because of the beautiful surrounding scenery, but also because of the abundance of wild flowers along the roadsides.  Though this highway is narrow and bumpy, especially in the northern half, I enjoyed the driving.  I felt as if I were driving on a flower garden path. From Cassiar Highway, we took side trips to:  Telegraph Creek (village) and Salmon Glacier, British Columbia.

On the way to Telegraph Creek (village) on Telegraph Creek Road, we had a remarkable view of 
Grand Canyon of the Stikine River.

    At the end of Telegraph Creek Road is Telegraph Creek (village).
It has buildings from gold rush days, more than a hundred years old.

 The next side trip taken was to view Salmon Glacier.  We left Cassiar Highway for
 the Stewart-Hyder Access Road, then Salmon Glacier Road.

                                              Salmon Glacier, British Columbia.

Salmon Glacier Road is a very rough dirt road winding up to Salmon Glacier Summit viewpoint, which offers spectacular views of the Salmon Glacier. We had seen many glaciers already at this point of our trip, when we were driving, taking a cruise or hiking, but Salmon Glacier was the most impressive as its vastness spreading right in front of our eyes.  

That night we stayed at a campground in Hyder, Alaska.  While I was preparing dinner on the picnic table, some campers tried to get my attention and shouted, "a bear".  I looked around and saw a black bear behind me about 50 feet away.  It didn't mind me and continued walking to the bushes.  The next morning I learned from the campground host that this bear was the camp's neighbor.  It wouldn't bother any campers if they didn't bother it.  Anyway it was too close for comfort.  I was lucky for it wasn't hungry the night before.

We finally left the wildness and wild animals behind, and back to civilization when we arrived at Vancouver, British Columbia.

Vancouver, British Columbia.

We stayed in Vancouver for a week and enjoyed a variety of cuisine.  The best of all was the simplest - Raw.  We bought two big sea urchins from Fisherman's Wharf, and opened them up immediately. With a little bit of soy we tasted them.  We thought we were in heaven.

                Two biggest sea urchins we have ever seen.

After Vancouver, we visited Canadian National Parks in British Columbia and Alberta.

Before entering Jasper National Park, we encountered the amazing Mt. Robson, British Columbia.  

Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park, Alberta.

In the early morning, we flyfished in Pyramid Lake.  Large mayflies were hatching and fish was rising.  I hooked some small ones but the big ones were too far away for my cast range.  I got great photos, but no fish.

                    Photos of me being skunk in Jasper and Banff National Parks.
                            As a consolation, maybe I can use these picture-perfect photos
                                       to print a tenkara fishing carender of 2018.

Driving from Jasper to Banff on the Icefields Parkway, we had one of the most memorable sights:
Athabasca Glacier.

     The unbelievable thing about Athabasca Glacier was that it was easily accessible and
 we could walk on it as far as we felt safe.  

Our luck of catching fish returned after we had left Banff National Park.

                                 Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia

                                                            A Small Brookie.

                                                 Kicking Horse River, Yoho National Park

 From the photo above, one can see this section of Kicking Horse River had two colors.  Beyond the shore, the water was murky because it was from melting snow and contained a lot of silt. It is not the kind of water a fish wants to live in. So when I chose my fishing spot, I would pick the one where clear clean water was flowing down from a stream (right side of the photo).

                                                                    A Bull Trout (?)

                      Illecillewaet River,  Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia.

For tenkara trout fishing, we had most fun in Illecillewaet River.  We picked the same kind of spot where a clear clean stream merged into the main river.  We caught fish after fish.  Most were rainbows. but some might be bull trouts. We had much fun fishing, but we had to stop in about an hour to be on our way.

Part 4 will be the last of these series.  We were back to US to fish in North Cascades National Park, Washington and North Umpqua River in Oregon.