Salmon Fishing with Bears in Haines Alaska
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Since moving to Whitehorse, trips to Haines in Alaska have become a favorite of mine. During the second half of summer and into the fall, all the different Salmon species run up the two rivers in town, the Chilkat and the Chilkoot.
Fishing in the Chilkoot River is always an experience – usually the salmon are running strong and they put up a good fight. I have to stop and take a rest more than once because my arms hurt and I am exhausted from trying to wind in Salmon.
Things get really exciting when the local bears wander down to catch some salmon of their own.
Usually another fisherperson will simply say “bear” in a nonchalant way, and everyone will group up and walk a few meters back from the river.
The bears will walk past, not paying attention to us fisherpeople, doing as they please.
When they’re past, we all wander back down the river and continue fishing.
Some time later the whole process will repeat as the bears walk back in the other direction, now full of salmon.
Haines is a spectacularly beautiful place – I’ll be posting many more photos here shortly.
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