The presentation focuses on the five sport fish that are caught in the heart of Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay region, in the Wood-Tikchik Lakes, rivers and streams.  The area is home to some of the highest concentrations of Rainbow Trout to be found in the state of Alaska as well as large populations of Arctic Char, Arctic Grayling and Northern Pike.  The watershed also sees literally millions of Sockeye Salmon return annually to spawn.  All five species will be covered in detail, including best times of the season, lines, rods, flies, and how the fishery revolves around the life cycle of the Salmon. This is a very informative and interesting presentation. Questions are welcomed.

When I stop to think about it, I have been fly fishing for almost 40 years.  My, how time flies when you’re having fun.


I was born and raised in central Illinois.  I discovered fly fishing in 1972 while a student at Colorado State University.  I moved to Fairbanks Alaska in 1974 after college and began to explore Alaska’s Bristol Bay area.


In 1996, after many return trips to Alaska, I started Reel Wilderness Adventures with my two sons.  Over the past 17 years, Reel Wilderness has grown into a unique wilderness destination for fly fishers who wish to experience Alaska’s exceptional wilderness fly fishing in a truly remote and un-crowded setting.


As an avid fly fisher I was introduced to Bonefishing in the mid 80’s when Christmas Island opened it’s doors to anglers.  I was fortunate to land an IGFA record Bluefin Trevally in ’91 while on one of my many visits to Christmas Island.  I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled all over the world fly fishing for Bonefish, Trevally, Tarpon, permit, Snook, Trout, Steelhead and other game species.


One of the greatest gifts fly fishing has given me was meeting my wife Laura while fly fishing in Alaska.  Laura shares my passion for fly fishing.  Together we operate Reel Wilderness Adventures in Alaska during the summers and reside at our home in Hawaii the remainder of the year.




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