Cooper Landing

From Whittier, we drove to Cooper Landing on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula. The Russian River joins the Kenai River here, and the fishing is “world famous.” What I saw was people, many people, standing 20 feet apart, casting a weight and big hook with feathers on it (a fly) out 15 feet, then dragging it across the river bottom, hoping to catch a fish in the mouth. As the salmon do not feed while coming up river to spawn, this technique “flossing” has been developed to capture them.  I moved up river a bit and tried throwing a fly and caught a beautiful rainbow trout. Maxine tried her hand a gold panning, and really likes it. The boys flew in to Anchorage where I picked them up. We all went to Seward and visited the kennels of an Iditarod champion.



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