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Most eagle shots are taken around feeding sites and this is no exception. This was a hot fishing site on the Ninilchik River.

People are amazingly friendly and helpful with fisherman sharing the hot lures with others. The Alaskan fishing regulations are very complex. Here on the Nilichik River, the King season only has three sessions of three days each.. After that time, only hatchery fish can be kept. Over on the Klutina, the king season lasts five weeks.

The salmon don’t eat after they start upriver to spawn so they attack lures out of irritation. Common wisdom is that the best time to fish is when the high tide starts out. However, the eager fisherman fished for three hours at the prime time, without a nibble.

Then just as the tide was almost out, an Indian strolled down the muddy bank with a fly rod. He cast a sinking line weighed with shot and started pulling in the fish. It looked so easy watching him doing it. He’d cast once or twice, the fish would bite, then he’d just walk back up the bank and haul those big suckers right on shore. He’d be fumbling with his log book to record the fish before he even pulled the hook out. A fellow called across the river to ask what kind of lure he was using, the Indian’s response was, “Yarn.”

That seemed to be the signal for the fish to bite. A fellow that had been fishing for two weeks without catching a fish caught his first fish. A German who had been patiently casting for hours got two fish in the hook. He fought them mightily but would finally drop his tip and give the fish enough slack to escape. I'll post the fishing scene in the workshop

PP: increase saturation, clean up background so that wings showed more clearly. I should have decreased noise as well

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