A hearty breakfast is served at 7
am each day. Coffee is ready before 6 - for early risers. The
guides are ready by their boats at 8am - though if you want to
go later they are very accommodating. I didn't see anyone sleeping
in this week.
Clint was our guide for day 1. He
took us upriver - about a 15 minute run. We started fishing a
small riffle for some Arctic Char. They are always a good warm
up fish. Tough fighters, rather light biters (compared to trout)
and very eager to take a fly - especially an egg pattern at this
time of year.
The Arctic Char (which is a close
relative to the Dolly Varden) is the Rodney Dangerfield of the
fishing species - it doesn't get the respect it deserves. Sometimes
they are just too easy to catch up here. Once you get your timing
down, learn how to feel the nibble and give a good quick hook
set, you are in for quite a little battle. They don't normally
make a long run or jump, but they sure pull hard and are not a
cinch to land. You catch - ten of these in a row and it's time
for a little break. They can wear out your arm after a while.