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Hello, Dan Michels here.  It's been said that after 27 seasons at Crystal Creek Lodge I am the only constant.  Yet, that being said, it's not about me.  It's about our guests, and the staff, of Crystal Creek Lodge.  Our guests dedicate their free time to experience what we do and our staff dedicate their careers to serving our guests.  This blog series is about snippets of insight as to what we do, and how our guests experience Crystal Creek Lodge.  Enjoy.

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

  The best time to visit Alaska depends on many things, but September is always considered a wonderful time of the season. The truth is, this time of year has some special things going for it. Whether it’s for solid fishing, uncrowded adventuring or amazing sightseeing, you’ll leave blown away. Many of our guests have…

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Big Alaska Rainbow Trout in September 2017

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

The Naknek River produces some of the largest and hard fighting rainbow trout on planet Earth. From mid-August until mid-October, we have the opportunity to catch steelhead-like rainbows that move into the river from Naknek Lake. During this time, you start to see the trout transition from eggs to eating salmon flesh. So, you can…

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Legends of the Fall – AK Rainbow and Char Gallery

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

Naknek River, Alaska If you were wondering what fishing would be like in late September and October at Crystal Creek Lodge, check out this photo gallery of the big Naknek River rainbows that we see each fall (click on image to enlarge). This late fall time is ideal for for landing one of these giant…

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Crystal Creek Lodge Hat Trick!

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

A Crystal Creek Lodge Hat Trick is three fish in the net, and that’s about 20 lbs. of Rainbow Trout in the bag courtesy of (left to right) Dan Michels, Shannon Ward and Cole Marston.  What a magnificent September day!

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A Tale of Two Rainbows

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

Two fish, caught from two rivers, two days apart.  One, a 20-inch fish that lives it’s life year round in a stream far from a lake connection, turns pigmented, spotted, green and bright red from exposure to sunlight.  The other, a 29-inch fish, remains chrome and without pigment from living it’s life year round  in…

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Naknek River Rainbow Trout

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

Shown are Charles and Mindy of Wasilla, Alaska holding two fat Naknek River Rainbow Trout caught on August 4.  We had a slight weather delay, waiting for morning fog to burn off, before we could fly-out.  Charles and Mindy chose to opt-out of their fly-out day spend the day on the Naknek, where, Charles quotes,…

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Small Stream Rainbow Trout Fishing Heats Up

September in Alaska with Crystal Creek Lodge

The streams of Bristol Bay are literally turning red as the bright-red Sockeye Salmon swim into the gin clear water.  It’s an amazing sight to see from the window of an airplane flying 500 ft. overhead. The Rainbow Trout are coming out of the lakes to follow the salmon and gorge on their eggs.  The…

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