February 10, 2017

Guided Getaway

Wow, can finally exhale. The last month or two has been a total blur. When you're employed in sports, major events like "The Big Game," create a lot of extra work in the weeks that lead up - in other words, working day and night rather than enjoying life and writing silly blog posts. But with an epic 25 point comeback in the rearview, let's talk fishing...

I know I could sure use an escape right about now. How about North to Alaska? That certainly sounds fun. Fortunately, friend-of-the-blog Paul Vertrees is hosting the FIRST EVER professionally guided tenkara trip to Alaska! According to Paul, here's the skinny:

Sunday, June 11, 2017 through Saturday, June 17, 2017

"Our guide service, Royal Gorge Anglers in Cañon City, has partnered with Intricate Bay Lodge on Lake Iliamna, Alaska, to offer a six-day, six-night lodge-based tenkara experience in the Lake Iliamna area.  This region is famous for its trophy arctic grayling and rainbow trout during June each year.  I could write pages about this area and how beautiful it is, how perfect it is for targeting bigger fish with tenkara, and how great the fishing is, but instead I’ll refer you to Intricate Bay Lodge’s website (see the "Combo Trip") so you can see for yourself and so you can get an idea of what the accommodations are like.  All I can say is that there is NO OTHER guided tenkara trip like this anywhere on Planet Earth!  Of course, you’re more than welcome to pick up a 6-wt western fly rod and have at it if you like!"

(Related aside: Paul is also a regular contributor to Tenkara Angler magazine, having written a great article about tenkara in Alaska in last Fall's issue).

Now as much as I'd like to go to Alaska with Paul and a bunch of tenkara rods in hand, I know I won't be able to this year due to other commitments in early June, however, this sounds incredible. My loss is your gain, I hear spots are limited, so if you're interested, you may want to look into it.

As for me, maybe Owl Jones will have me back up in North Georgia to go chase some trout in the not too distant future. We'll see...


  1. Wow. Alaska with a tenkara rod. That sounds pretty amazing. Speaking of cookies, cults and brook trout - I was just thinking yesterday about sending you a note asking when you were going to come up this spring? It's time we gave you a few more options for fishing the GA mountains. There's plenty of water right around where you're already fishing, including a trophy stream where the fish get almost as big as they do in Alaska. I haven't been there in about a decade, but assuming they're still in there, that might be a fun day - or as frustrating as blowing a 25 point lead by taking your foot off the gas in the second half and trying to coast like a bunch of idiots. Oh sorry.... I'm not bitter for me. Not even my team - but the wife was pulling for the locals. Anyhoot - get with me and let's explore some more water. Hey, there's even a pay by the pound rainbow trout ranch if we get desperate for some fast action. :)

    1. Let's do it. I'll pop you a note...
      I'm game for anything.

  2. Best. Superbowl. Ever. Well, since 2 years ago :) (Sorry, rabid Pat's fan here)

    Tenkara in alaska sounds amazing.

    1. It's okay, I'm not a Pats fan, but the outcome was very good for business...

  3. How much fun would a trip to Alaska be with you and Owl?