When I am not with people who are here to salmon fish you will find me trout fishing. While finding a true steelhead deep in the Interior rivers flowing to North East Cook Inlet may be a long shot, there are plenty of beautiful wild rainbow trout who will hit a swung fly. I fish the trout on medium size waters with my Hardy Marksman 2 T rod in a 13 foot #8. This rod is fun for all species and in my opinion not at all too heavy for trout fishing here.

The fish will average 17 – 18 inches with smaller ones around a foot and the larger running 2 feet and heavy bodied. There is a picture of me holding one out of the water that was really a heavy trout of about 24″. I feel I should say that I am a big guy with hands that can still palm a basketball, because of that even the larger fish I handle look kinda small when I see pictures.

If you like trout fishing you might enjoy fishing where I do it, there are fish caught every year that are pushing the 30″ mark but I have not been that fortunate in my ten seasons here yet. I have of course hooked and lost some fish that I really wish I had photos of………….

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  River Trout0234           River Trout0232

   River Trout0240        River Trout0222

River Trout0237             River Trout0236

River Trout0220            River Trout0217

  River Trout0229            River Trout0228

River Trout0231            River Trout0230

As a point of reference the net seen has an 18″ X 13″ hoop; all photos are of different fish to the best of my knowledge.

They were caught on one day and the evening of that day.

I forgot to add these earlier, the fish were caught on this Dee fly or on one of my Sculpin patterns. The fellow I was fishing with was using my Sculpin fly and caught an unknown number of fish, unknown because it was a bunch.

Dee Fly0061              Dee Fly0062

The Sculpin patterns were this one.

River Trout0223

Ard

 

 

  1. December 2, 2013

    I’d like to fish with you Ard … How can we make this happen.

    Bob Meiser

  2. December 2, 2013
    Ard Stetts

    Hi Bob,
    I will call you, and get things squared away.

    Ard

  3. December 16, 2013
    MarkG52

    Great website Ard! Always enjoy your blogs/posts on the forum and this site is now pegged in my favorites. I sure hope to get back to Alaska some day and will for sure look you up.

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