chilkoot lake, where we camped for the majority of our trip.
it's a good thing that the fishing was more of an excuse than a reason, b/c the coho declined to show up this year, or at least not in numbers that made them easy to yank out of the water. there were a few fish in the river, as the bears can attest.
grizzlies came down to the river every day to fish for salmon. we were privileged to watch a mamma bear fishing while her cubs gambolled on the river's edge. she did a bit of teaching, but mostly the cubs played while she trolled the river.
there's mamma on the right, with one of the cubs sitting on a stump on the left bank.
here is arie and i fishing the chilkoot river just downstream from the bears. i neglected to take a picture of the bald eagles, but they were continually swooping up and down the valley fishing and irritating the resident gulls.
arie got fed up with not catching anything and tried the bear's method to no avail.
after striking out on the chilkoot, we drove to the other side of haines and tried our luck on the wide and shallow chilkat. nothing there either, but the views were great.
after returning across the mountains and camping illicitly in kluane national park we dropped arie off at the airport and proceeded to lake laberge, where we didnt fish at all.
finally fraser and i returned to whitehorse to prowl the antique shops, visit some of his old friends and explore the nearby canyon.
so, no fish, but still a great fishing trip... as fraser and arie kept repeating, "a bad day fishing is still better than a good day at work!" amen.