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The Riley Report is brought to you by me, Jim Riley. I have spent nearly my entire life trying to figure a way to travel the world doing what I love to do! What I love to do is hunt, fish, kayak, hike, explore, scuba dive, camp, and capture it all on my camera!
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Days 10-11-The Great Alaskan Adventures 2016
Day 10-11 * August 30 and 31st.
Tuesday the 30th of August was a thrilling as myself, photographer Dave April, and our guide James fished the Upper Kenai River. This section of the river remains loaded with spawning reds, a few near dead kings, and just a handful of fresh silver salmon. In our crosshairs today were the giant rainbow trout that the Upper Kenai gives up! On this day she offered up many dolly varden and several colorful rainbows but the huge females the Upper is known for eluded our gear.
We were nearly alone on the river for our seven-mile drift. The weather, scenery, and camaraderie left their mark and will remain in my memories for a long time.
In the evening I had a call with the videographer who will be flying in along with the host of the show on Friday, September 1st.
Tuesday morning Dave and I drove down to visit the famous Alyeska Resort. Talk about eye-candy! This place can’t be described; you must visit for yourself. To give you an idea they have a restaurant named 7-Glacers. Yes, you can view seven glaciers while enjoying your dinner! Spectacular!
Day 9-The Great Alaskan Adventure 2016
The plan today was to check out gear supplies for our upcoming moose hunt. This hunt is the main reason for the Great Alaska Roadtrip!
Meeting us in just a couple days will be retired, SGM Kyle Lamb. Kyle spent his career in the secretive Army group named The Unit or Delta. Since retiring Kyle has resumed his passion for the outdoors with the same vigor and determination he did with Delta. Kyle owns a tactical gear company name Viking Tactics. Kyle has filmed several of the hunts offered by the company I manage Link’s Wild Safaris.
Kyle combines his tactical background with his passion for hunting in his new Television serious aptly named Viking Chronicles. We will be filming, and I will be a guest hunter on this particular episode.
To say that I am honored to share camp with this American Hero would be an understatement.
Also, yesterday we visited a couple of outfitters I have known for years on the Kenai River!
At the end of the day, we retired to a quaint cottage operated by a wildlife photographer/filmmaker who is a great storyteller and perfect host.
Day 8 The Great Alaskan Road Trip-Fishing & Hunting Adventure.
Today was an all day fishing excursion out of Seward. Dave’s new nickname is Salmon Dave as he was the only one on the boat to catch any salmon!
If you are a fisherman or women, you owe it to yourself to fish Alaska!
Day 7- 2016 Alaska Road Trip-Hunting and Fishing Adventures
Today we allocated an entire day to the Port City of Seward, Alaska. One of our most important tasks was to visit with old outfitting partners, and also a new potential outfitter that I have wanted to partner with for the last several years. We meet with the outfitting and found out, just like us he had moose on his mind! This hunting and fishing World is quite small! We found out this new fishing outfitter was extremely excited as he was headed North to hunt giant moose with an old outfitting partner I have worked with for around 20 years. After lot’s of moose talk the conversation turned to fishing!
Dave and I were lucky enough to get invited to fish on one of the outfitters HOT boats. We were brought up to speed as to the local fishing conditions. Silver salmon, not good, Halibut, lings, rockfish, really good. It didn’t take long Dave and me to commit to Day 8 being a fishing day on the salt!
Speaking of saltwater, we spent today playing tourist and joined a very diverse group on the Kenai Fiords tour of Resurrection Bay. Puffins, sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, and harbor seals.
Check out the great images Dave captured today. Great to have him on this adventure!
Day 6 The Great Alaskan Road Trip-Fishing & Hunting Adventure.
We spent that night in Anchorage. Woke up with a list of chores to take care of and a desire to get out of the city. By afternoon we were on our way to the beautiful port of Seward.
I have had the pleasure of visiting Seward on several occasions both for work and as a tourist. Seward is one of the best destinations if you want to try almost all Alaska has to offer. Personally, I come for the incredible views and the off-the-hook fishing. If it’s fishing adventures, you seek I would be happy to assist you on your next trip.
Knowing we would soon be sleeping in a tent in the Togiak Wildlife Refuge Dave and I decided to abandon our hotel plans and tent-camp in Seward.
Tomorrow we will take the Kenai Fjords Tour Companies Resurrection Bay and Fox Island Experience. You will want to see those photos!
Day 5: The Great Alaskan Road Trip/Hunting Adventure
What a day! Began at a little campground just 30 miles or so from American soil! We finally made it to Alaska!
Once we cleared the border, we felt that unmistakable feeling that we were home. Something about those American flags flying does it for me.
We had agreed to meet up with Link’s Wild Safari owner Jay Link (who happens to be the owner of Link’s Wild Safaris). The plan came together on mile marker 35 near Glennallen, Alaska. Jay had his eldest daughter with him who had drawn a coveted Tok, Dall sheep tag. They were about to hike in and try for a reported beautiful ram in Valley X.
Countless photo opportunities and miles later we made it to Anchorage. Our home for just one night. I have to mention this drive from Tok to Anchorage is a feast for the senses! We can’t show all the pics but check out the mama grizzly shot and the incredible photo of the Northern Lights taken by our photographer David April.
2016 Great Alaska Road/Hunting Trip Day 5
Today was the perfect day for a long drive. We had a couple events take place that keeps the ride interesting and exciting. First of we met an old boy from Idaho that drives up every year to buy moose and caribou sheds. He had a truck load antlers and wanted to tell us all about them!
From a scenic standpoint Kluane National Park was the days highlight. We were trying to make camp by nightfall so we pressed on through. I would have liked to stop and glass for Dall sheep and mountain goats.
We ended up finding a place to camp non-other than Beaver Crossing. Did not see any beavers crossing we did catch the Northern Lights!
The Great Alaska Road/Hunting Trip Day 4
Day four began in the bustling boom town of Fort St. John. The day ended in Watson Lake in The Yukon Territories. A journey of some 550 plus miles, numerous constructions zones, logging trucks, and of course amazing fauna and flora!
I have shared a handful of photos including one of the oldest “camper I have ever seen” I think it was DB Cooper or maybe Elvis driving!
We spent the night at the Airforce Lodge in Watson Lake. The game plan for day 5 is to make it to Alaska.
2016 GREAT ALASKA ROAD-TRIP-HUNTING ADVENTURE-DAY 3
What a great day on the road. One of the goals of this trip is to assist our Link’s Wild Safaris clients to plan their adventures to Alberta, British Columbia, The Yukon, and of course Alaska. Today, we crossed from Alberta into the hunting mecca of British Columbia!
Before we made it to “BC” we had an encounter with an enormous black wolf! Before we could lock and load with the camera, he vanished like a ghost into the thick forest. Later in the day, I recounted the story with Tyler M. whose families name is legendary in the outfitting business. Tyler said “Jim the wolves and bears have nearly wiped out the elk and deer in the area” SAD.
We did see one nice whitetail, who with some age could be a beautiful buck. He posed for the camera like a champ!
End the day in Fort St. John. Hoping to meet up with one of our great clients and International Hunter before we head even further North.
2016 GREAT ALASKA ROAD-TRIP-HUNTING ADVENTURE-DAY 2
Today was a long day filled with amazing scenery as we traveled through both Banff and Jasper Provincial Parks. If you have never had the pleasure of visiting these Canadian treasures, I suggest you put them at the top of your bucket-list!
Tonight we will spend the night in Grand Cache, Alberta. I have taken this route in the past to Alaska, but I never remember this area having caribou. Now there are signs all along this stretch saying to look out for caribou. No caribou spotted, but we did see big horn sheep, elk, black bear, and mountain goat.
My moose fever is kicking in.