Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Other Alaska

I bet that many would argue there is no other place like Alaska.  Me, I'm not buying it.  Of course, Alaska is an incredibly unique and special place, but there is somewhere else like it.  Another area that some might even say is better than Alaska.  That place: Kamchatka.  For quite some time now, I've been utterly OBSESSED with Kamchatka.  For those of you who don't share this obsession, the Kamchatka Peninsula is an extremely remote region of Eastern Russia directly across the Bering Sea from Alaska.  To put it in the words of the popular fly fishing personality Frank Smethurst, "Kamchatka is like going back in time and seeing Alaska what it was like 200 years ago."  This area is home to some of the largest rainbow trout in the world and these fish eat mice like it's their job.  Ever since seeing the trailer for the film, Eastern Rises, (a fish porno which I've seen at least 20 times) I have wanted to go to Kamchatka and swing giant mice patterns until I'm too tired to cast and then swing some more.

Now even though I'm only in high school, I'll be out of college in 4 short years and I've decided that before I go onto dental or medical school, I'm going to spend a year or two or six guiding in Kamchatka.  It certainly won't be an easy job, but I've wanted to be a hardcore wilderness guide for quite some time and while Alaska was always my number one choice, learning about Kamchatka quickly changed my mind.  Anyone that knows me knows I'm a planner, and a lot of times, my grand plans don't work out, but this is one that I REALLY, REALLY want to work out.  So, if you're looking for a bangin' trip, check out Kamchatka.  Who knows, you might end up being stuck with me on the river in a few years.  

For the time being however, here's a teaser for Eastern Rises so you too can drool over the epic fishing found on the remote strip of land that is the Kamchatka Peninsula.  Good looks my friends, very good looks. 

1 comment:

  1. stop trying to plan your life so quickly. youre fucking 18. i wanted to be an astronaut i work in a fly shop