In summer of 2003
1 Salt water fishing in Niniltik
On May 30 , we visited Niniltik where going down to south from Kenai along the Kenai Peninsula , and tried salt water fishing at the Cook Inlet at first .
Then , kingsalmon fishing was closed to end , so our targets were halibuts . Putting a half herring on the huge hook and with a huge sinker , anglers are throwing them into the sea . The fishing rod is 6 feet length and looks very strong . It can lift more than 200 pounds halibut easily .
The tide in the Cook Inlet is so fast , that we can't fish during its moving . We have to fish when the tide isn't moving . It is very contrary to the fishing in Japan . We always fish when tide is moving because in Japan we believe fish can get their prey easily when tide is moving . Halibut is a very strong fighter anyway . We have to reel up and land into the boat with all my power . 15 , 20 pounds should be released as a baby here . I got exhausted after I fished three . But , American anglers had been reeling up vigorously with smile all day .
I have shaked hands with many Americans ever since , but never met a man who has poorer hands than me . I'm always overwhelmed by their thicker and bigger hands . I am sure a barn door halibut can't get away from their hands .
The kingsalmon caught in the sea was glittering silvery , and seemed to keep strong energy to go up hundreds miles upstream the river .
2 Flight-seeing Kenai Glaciers
Soldotna , so-called the River City , is next to Kenai . There is a small municipal strip in Soldotna , so we can enjoy flyout fishing and flightseeing , and can easily go to remote areas by chartered plane .
Since fishing was finished in the forenoon , we went to the strip to take the Kenai Glaciers flightseeing . The 4 seats plane took off with a short run-up .
The Kenai Moutains is stretching itself out in the center of Kenai Peninsula where is sticking out to the Alaska Gulf , and its mountain tops are covered with snow year-round . It's holding a lot of glaciers , and provides ceaseless water to Kenai River and Kasilof River . Going up along the Kashilof River , we reach the Tustumena Lake soon . The Tustumena Glacier pushed out from the mountains is laying at the heart of the lake .
The plane was gaining altitude along the galcier , entered on to the Kenai Glaciers . Almost all mountains were holding thick snow , that wouldn't melt away until next snow . This snow is making a thick glacier perpetually , and it provides water to the rivers as melting . The water of the river that we are fishing at is coming from the snow that falled on the mountains several decades or hundreds years ago.