Our first week in Alaska brought us to the Intricate Bay Lodge on the shores of Lake Iliamna. Our transport there was via seaplane with “T-Bird and the Dirty Girl“. As you’ll hear and see in our highlights video above, this place truly was “Fantasy Island”.
We fished for 6 straight days, including the day we landed at the lodge and were met by our guides for the week. To get to the rivers in the area, the Copper, Gibraltar, Battle, Alagnak and Moraine Creek, we took the seaplane, jet boats, a big boat and even rafts. It was always an adventure.
Wildlife along these rivers was abundant, especially the bears. They put on a show for us repeatedly. As you watch the video, see if you can spot the fish that jumps when the bear pounces in the river…. and how my eyes move from fishing to the bank in one of the videos because I had an audience.
All this, and epic fishing, what a week. Our rods were bent with great regularity and usually with an 18+ inch rainbow on the other end. These fish fight incredibly hard and don’t give up without making a few runs and jumps first. However, we landed our fair share during the week… the video highlights just a few.
Finally, one of the questions we always ask our guides is “What is it you hope people do or have when coming to fish?” When we did our “Guide Talk” with the Intricate Bay Lodge guides, Chace explained what we think is the most important….. check out the video above to find out!
We are already hoping to get back to this incredible spot, with these incredible guides and the lodge which is awesome. For now, we hope you enjoy the video of highlights above.