Thursday, September 18, 2014
Whitney Gould – guide, teacher and caster extraordinaire
Willa, my dog, has rolled in half dead chum and is cleaning herself on my bed. Fish are cleaned, processed, and ready for the smoker and the guide meeting is done. I reﬂect on the day’s events as I head off in search tomorrow’s guests to discuss their ﬁshing options.
It’s mid-season at Alaska West. It’s my favorite part of the guide season as the river provides many ﬁshing options, giving an angler an opportunity to catch three out of the ﬁve salmon species in addition to the dollies and trout. It is a transition time, a time when the really, really large kings are in the river, chums are abundant and silvers are beginning to show.
Trout Unlimited has sent up a group interested in ﬁshing the upper river for the legendary K-tok leopard rainbows, so I am surprised to hear that the next day’s guests want to spend their last day on the river ﬁshing for Kings with two-handed rods. Mentally I start my checklist, get three two-handed and two single-handed rods rigged to ﬁsh different water conditions, check the tide chart, tie ﬂies, get coffee and fresh drinking water, and don’t forget lunch. “Done!”
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