I had been waiting my entire adult life to return to Alaska to see the sights and fish those famous waters again. It finally all came together and my wonderful wife planned an adventure for us to take in as much of Alaska that we could fit into out 17 day schedule. When we arrived in Talkeetna on our first day we were greeted by an music festival and, oh by the way some musicians were getting married after their set so we were all invited. What a quirky, funky laid back town. The next day we were supposed to take a flight seeing trip to Denali but we got cancelled due to weather. After doing some local sightseeing my wife turns to me and says why don't you go fishing? What was I supposed to say....no? Of course I said ok and we found our way to Phantom Charters. Let me just say that they made sure that I had everything I needed before we headed to the boat landing. There I met the guide, Cameron and we hit it off very well. He is such a likable young man. He was going through the gear making sure that everything was ready to while we waited for the other clients to show up. The trip up the river was fascinating and I was impressed by all the natural beauty of the area. I felt completely at ease with Cameron's piloting of the boat as he was glued to the river and his gauges. He didn't talk much while he was driving and that was just fine with me. When we did get to the first fishing spot Cameron made sure that we were all geared up properly and he gave advised on where to cast. We were into salmon for me on the second cast. We caught silvers, rainbows, dolly varden and chum. When the fishing finally slowed down too much for his liking he suggested and we all agreed to go to another spot. We used another technique and caught sockeye. What fun I had on this trip and it made me feel like I was in one of those Alaskan fishing shows that I had watched on TV for years and wished that I could be there instead of in my comfy chair watching it. They processed my fish and it was at my house when they said it would be. Would I use Phantom again? Yes I will! For a spur of the moment trip it was all I could have hoped for and more. I even think I got a military discount.
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