Yellowstone-1.jpg
       
     
 Overlooking glacier and mountain ranges while on a flight into Anchorage.
       
     
 Ptarmigan Air's refurbished military plane, now used as a bush plane for transporting expedition crews. Their third and smallest bush plane also pictured in the background. 
       
     
 Ptarmigan Air Bush plane outfitted with pontoons, moments before we started loading on gear. Each plane has a weight capacity of 1500 pounds so our crew was split into two groups on two separate planes.
       
     
 Rainbow at Papa Bear Outfitters following the rainstorm that welcomed us into town. (click the + in the top right of images to enlarge slideshow)  Bethel Ak.
       
     
 First ten minutes out of Bethel, still flying over flats striated with small rivers.
       
     
 Small landlocked pools
       
     
 East of Bethel, West of Kuskokwim Mountain Range and Kisaralik Lake.
       
     
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 Kuskokwim Mountain Range. Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
       
     
 Kuskokwim Mountain Range. Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
       
     
 The approach to Kisaralik Lake. Due to fuel reserves and incoming weather, the tension was high knowing we had only a few minutes after landing to unload before our pilot had to take off again.
       
     
 Our plane touches down on Kisaralik Lake, 1500ft.
       
     
 Within fifteen minutes the pilot takes back off, rushing to beat the incoming weather. 
       
     
 Getting our bearings and inflating rafts before leaving the lake and heading downstream. 
       
     
 Soon after starting down the river, we looked back to see the mountains holding Lake Kisaralik lit in a patch of sun.
       
     
 Always behind us was a shelf of clouds; always appearing to be reaching closer but seemingly tethered to the mountains. 
       
     
 Near the top of the river. The tundra here sits about ten feet above the water and stretches in every direction until reaching mountains. It is like walking on an enourmous water bed, that cusions under each step and displaces water to the surrounding few feet.
       
     
 Mountain peak shrouded in early morning clouds.
       
     
 Dolly Varden Trout, in the same family as Arctic Char.
       
     
 A quick break to tie on new flies and regroup.
       
     
 Chum Salmon, also known as Dog Salmon by the natives, for their common use as food for the dogs. The name "chum" comes from the Chinook Wawa term  tzum , meaning "marked" or "spotted." 
       
     
 Rainbow trout
       
     
 Bearing teeth.
       
     
 From one of our camps, still under tension of the ever present clouds looming over the mountains around us.
       
     
 A close tie for largest King caught that week.
       
     
 Fighting a King salmon in shallow water
       
     
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 One of two Sockeye salmon caught on our trip. Our timing coincided well with the King's run but only during the last few days did we start coming across Sockey that just weren't hungry enough yet. 
       
     
Yellowstone-1.jpg
       
     
 Overlooking glacier and mountain ranges while on a flight into Anchorage.
       
     

Overlooking glacier and mountain ranges while on a flight into Anchorage.

 Ptarmigan Air's refurbished military plane, now used as a bush plane for transporting expedition crews. Their third and smallest bush plane also pictured in the background. 
       
     

Ptarmigan Air's refurbished military plane, now used as a bush plane for transporting expedition crews. Their third and smallest bush plane also pictured in the background. 

 Ptarmigan Air Bush plane outfitted with pontoons, moments before we started loading on gear. Each plane has a weight capacity of 1500 pounds so our crew was split into two groups on two separate planes.
       
     

Ptarmigan Air Bush plane outfitted with pontoons, moments before we started loading on gear. Each plane has a weight capacity of 1500 pounds so our crew was split into two groups on two separate planes.

 Rainbow at Papa Bear Outfitters following the rainstorm that welcomed us into town. (click the + in the top right of images to enlarge slideshow)  Bethel Ak.
       
     

Rainbow at Papa Bear Outfitters following the rainstorm that welcomed us into town. (click the + in the top right of images to enlarge slideshow)

Bethel Ak.

 First ten minutes out of Bethel, still flying over flats striated with small rivers.
       
     

First ten minutes out of Bethel, still flying over flats striated with small rivers.

 Small landlocked pools
       
     

Small landlocked pools

 East of Bethel, West of Kuskokwim Mountain Range and Kisaralik Lake.
       
     

East of Bethel, West of Kuskokwim Mountain Range and Kisaralik Lake.

Alaska-4-2.jpg
       
     
 Kuskokwim Mountain Range. Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
       
     

Kuskokwim Mountain Range. Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

 Kuskokwim Mountain Range. Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge
       
     

Kuskokwim Mountain Range. Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

 The approach to Kisaralik Lake. Due to fuel reserves and incoming weather, the tension was high knowing we had only a few minutes after landing to unload before our pilot had to take off again.
       
     

The approach to Kisaralik Lake. Due to fuel reserves and incoming weather, the tension was high knowing we had only a few minutes after landing to unload before our pilot had to take off again.

 Our plane touches down on Kisaralik Lake, 1500ft.
       
     

Our plane touches down on Kisaralik Lake, 1500ft.

 Within fifteen minutes the pilot takes back off, rushing to beat the incoming weather. 
       
     

Within fifteen minutes the pilot takes back off, rushing to beat the incoming weather. 

 Getting our bearings and inflating rafts before leaving the lake and heading downstream. 
       
     

Getting our bearings and inflating rafts before leaving the lake and heading downstream. 

 Soon after starting down the river, we looked back to see the mountains holding Lake Kisaralik lit in a patch of sun.
       
     

Soon after starting down the river, we looked back to see the mountains holding Lake Kisaralik lit in a patch of sun.

 Always behind us was a shelf of clouds; always appearing to be reaching closer but seemingly tethered to the mountains. 
       
     

Always behind us was a shelf of clouds; always appearing to be reaching closer but seemingly tethered to the mountains. 

 Near the top of the river. The tundra here sits about ten feet above the water and stretches in every direction until reaching mountains. It is like walking on an enourmous water bed, that cusions under each step and displaces water to the surrounding few feet.
       
     

Near the top of the river. The tundra here sits about ten feet above the water and stretches in every direction until reaching mountains. It is like walking on an enourmous water bed, that cusions under each step and displaces water to the surrounding few feet.

 Mountain peak shrouded in early morning clouds.
       
     

Mountain peak shrouded in early morning clouds.

 Dolly Varden Trout, in the same family as Arctic Char.
       
     

Dolly Varden Trout, in the same family as Arctic Char.

 A quick break to tie on new flies and regroup.
       
     

A quick break to tie on new flies and regroup.

 Chum Salmon, also known as Dog Salmon by the natives, for their common use as food for the dogs. The name "chum" comes from the Chinook Wawa term  tzum , meaning "marked" or "spotted." 
       
     

Chum Salmon, also known as Dog Salmon by the natives, for their common use as food for the dogs. The name "chum" comes from the Chinook Wawa term tzum, meaning "marked" or "spotted." 

 Rainbow trout
       
     

Rainbow trout

 Bearing teeth.
       
     

Bearing teeth.

 From one of our camps, still under tension of the ever present clouds looming over the mountains around us.
       
     

From one of our camps, still under tension of the ever present clouds looming over the mountains around us.

 A close tie for largest King caught that week.
       
     

A close tie for largest King caught that week.

 Fighting a King salmon in shallow water
       
     

Fighting a King salmon in shallow water

Alaska-1-4.jpg
       
     
 One of two Sockeye salmon caught on our trip. Our timing coincided well with the King's run but only during the last few days did we start coming across Sockey that just weren't hungry enough yet. 
       
     

One of two Sockeye salmon caught on our trip. Our timing coincided well with the King's run but only during the last few days did we start coming across Sockey that just weren't hungry enough yet.