Shown above is the very happy Susan Lykes, who recently had the pleasure of a week-long fishing adventure with Bristol Bay Lodge in southwest Alaska.
Susan wrote on BBL’s Facebook page: “Just back from Alaska, where I caught my biggest ever Dolly Varden (by far). Life fish. It measured 30 inches in length, and the guide estimated its weight at 9.5 pounds. I sent it back into the river to get even bigger! :)”
When someone asked Susan for more specific info regarding the species and this fish’s size, she replied: “Dolly Varden are usually trout-sized, but they come out of the ocean into the streams to spawn much like a salmon. This is a pretty big one.”
Evidently, not only is Susan an excellent angler, but she’s also a master of the understatement. Click here for a more detailed explanation regarding the various species available to Bristol Bay Lodge anglers.
P.S. When you visit a place like BBL, you can’t stay in just because it’s pelting rain. Below is Susan releasing a fine fish during a downpour. And the good news about fishing in Alaska is if you don’t like the weather, it’ll probably change in 15 minutes, as shown by Susan’s flight-into-camp photo far below.