Fishing in Alaska: beer required.

The great thing about bringing good beers with you to go fishing is that it really doesn’t matter if you catch any fish. During the summer of 2010, Luke and I went on a hike outside our town Skagway, AK. The 3.5 mile hike to Sturgill’s Landing is a fantastic journey up part of a mountain, passing around Lower Dewey Lake, then meandering through the woods until you meet back up with an awesome little cove on the coast of the Lynn Canal. The trail through the woods was my favorite of the summer, with vibrant mosses and lichen surrounding you in a thick forest littered with cool mushrooms, critters, and landscapes that make you feel like you’re on the set of a movie…simply awesome.

Sturgill’s is a great place to hike to if you’re looking to keep an eye out for whales, seals, and other fun marine life. Luke and I spotted a couple whales on our first trip out to Sturgill’s Landing. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a camera with us at the time but if you are a fan of any type of “fish story” it looked something like this…


Ok, well maybe not quite like that.

We made a second trip out later in the summer, although this time we set out prepared with camera, fishing pole, and a Mountainbeering essential: beer.  It was a gorgeous Alaskan summer day, so we opted for a classic craft brew that we knew could only make the day more epic, some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.  On the hike out we ran into our roommate, Lucas, who was coming back from a hike of his own.  Needless to say it was pretty easy to convince him to come fish and drink beer with us in one of the prettiest places the three of us have ever been.

Luke hard at work trying to catch some fish...

In our excitement to get out there, we kind of forgot to pack some bait with us.  We made our best efforts at finding bait and constructing lures out of seaweed, however efforts became less and less thorough as we realized that fishing is just as fun if you sit in the sun, drinking beers and tossing rocks into the water!

We headed back to town as we began to lose sunlight.  We were fish-less, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the the look on our faces.  It was a fantastic day filled with adventure, good friends, delicious beer, and outstanding scenery…Mountainbeering at its finest!


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