Kongakut River Journal - Day Two
Up early, hours it seems ahead of crew. Heavy dewfall, lots of condensation on tent fly. Took camera and hiked above camp trying to get sunrise shot of camp. Fog rolled in. Temp dropped, frost settled. Pulled rainfly to dry.
State Trooper/Warden flew in and landed on strip. Good to know these guys are out here, they patrol enormous territories. Hunting season open, he was out checking camps and hunter activity along river corridor. There was a vacant sheep camp upriver.
|Mario and Kathleen prepare streamside lunch|
Floated past a party of successful hunters. Meat bags hung in bushes.
Eventually made it to next campsite without further mishap. Nice spot. Numerous smooth, level sites to pitch tent. Ewe and lamb Dall's sheep above camp.
|Streamside willows make a handy clothes dryer|
Hiked upriver after dinner. Several nice holes. Many char visible in clear water. Caught several nice fish, biggest perhaps ten pounds. Dang it, no photo. Fish appeared to be spawning already, several redds evident in tailout.
Went back to camp, had dessert. Crew had fire going. Stunning views from porta-potty.
I was the only fisherman on the trip but most of the group was interested in learning to cast a fly. Good thing I packed two fly rods. Tonight was Patrice's turn.
Moon rose between notch in mountains. Beautiful. A fitting end to the day.
|Not much of a photo, but it was a beautiful moonrise|