Chuck Heath Jr. | A Quick Bite of Alaska

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A Quick Bite of Alaska

Chuck Heath Jr. | June 14, 2016

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“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not the fish they are after.”
-Henry David Thoreau

If you’ve never experienced late season fishing and touring in Alaska you are missing out on something really special.

Last July I received a call from an old college buddy in Idaho, Dave King, asking me if it would be worth flying to Alaska in September to do some fishing. Dave is an avid angler who had never experienced Alaska, but had heard plenty of my fishing adventure stories.

It was a long-time dream of his to get up here and it took about 30 seconds to convince him that if he made the trip he’d never forget it.

Late fall fishing, or “post-tourist season fishing,” is a little known treasure up here (don’t hate me for spilling the beans, fellow Alaska fishermen!). There are still strong runs of silver salmon heading up the Kenai River, and plenty of fat rainbows feeding on their eggs.

Dave is primarily a fly fisherman, so he asked me to line something up where he could utilize his skills. I called my friend, Jimmie Drath, owner of Jimmie Jack Charters ( and scheduled a full-day Kenai River rainbow fishing trip for September 17th. When I called Dave to let him know it was all lined up, he was ecstatic!

As a manager at a company manufacturing mountain climbing equipment the fall is a busy time for Dave, so he could only get away from work for a couple of days. This being his first trip to Alaska, I wanted to make sure he got a healthy dose of what our magnificent state has to offer in his limited time here.

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