You can’t not go to Alaska and not go salmon fishing! When it comes to fly fishing I am quite the novice but Kyle was able to do a lot of research on salmon fishing and helped me catch my first Silver!
We drove south down to Anchor Point to go salmon fishing on the Anchor river. Most of the morning was slow with no hits but we saw quite a few people fishing in this area. Although I am the novice with fly fishing, I have been taught that when you fly fish you are moving to new spots along the water continuously. The vibe I got here was to pick a spot and be patient. We were pretty close to the inlet so the salmon should continuously be around you.
A little farther down from us was a group of men fishing and they got a handful of hits and catches. Once they left that area, Kyle and I swooped in to see if we would have any luck. It took a little bit of time but I hooked a pink salmon and ended up losing him down the river. But I was able to catch my first silver salmon and he sure did put up a fight for several minutes! He is definitely my biggest catch up to this point and Kyle was the very best guide to help me reel in the silver.
I think from my other posts you are able to tell that I am quite the animal lover and care about animals well being….including fish! So, in Colorado we catch and release fish. But I was super proud of myself for catching a silver and I really wanted to take salmon back home with me. But because I am such an animal lover I did not have the heart to whack the fish and kill it…..so I made Kyle do it, of course. What else are fiance’s for?!?! I couldn’t even watch Kyle do it and a part of me felt bad for making him kill his first fish ever. But I sure do appreciate him taking the reins on this despite his rule for catch and release. And the fish was delicious by the way.
After fishing, we met up with the rest of the group who was looking around the town of Homer. We met up at Grace Ridge Brewing Company for a beer and I had a pretty good sour there. Now I can check another brewery off my list! But why go to one brewery when you can go to two?! Afterwards we headed towards Homer Brewing Company. I would say I liked the first brewery better as it had more of my styles of beer but I love going to new breweries so I was happy for the experience.
Before we headed back towards Soldotna, we stopped for dinner at the Lighthouse Seafood Grill & Smokehouse. Again, all of these coastal towns have pretty tasty seafood but I will say they have some pretty good BBQ as well. (Who would have thought?!).
That pretty much wrapped up our day in Homer and I slept all the way back to Soldotna!