September 16, 2015 Hyder, Alaska

Searching For Salmon
Searching For Salmon

A Couple Days at Fish Creek

I arrived at Fish Creek just after first light this morning and was shocked at the number of people already there. The parking lots were all but full and there must have been forty or more folks braving the cool, drizzly weather. The word of yesterday’s visit  to the area by a mother grizzly and her two cubs, a visit that I missed, must gotten out quickly. But by nine AM, with no bears showing up, everyone left and I had the place to myself, no bears plus rainy weather sent all the sensible people home.

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Searching For Salmon
Searching For Salmon

But finally, the same bear I had seen here before came wading into the scene and I was rewarded for my patience.

The One That Got Away
The One That Got Away

He began chasing salmon as soon as he arrived, mostly with no luck.

In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit

Upstream, downstream, going after one fish, but suddenly distracted by another, changing directions, didn’t really seem to have a very good game plan for actually catching a live fish.

In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit
In Hot Pursuit
End of the Chase
End of the Chase

But finally he managed to corral one and tore into his first catch of the day.

End of the Chase
End of the Chase
The Catch
The Catch

He seemed kind of proud of this catch!

Leaving the Area
Leaving the Area

After half an hour of mostly coming up empty in his pursuit of live salmon, he moved downstream …

Dead Ones Are Easier to Catch
Dead Ones Are Easier to Catch

… and discovered this rather large, deceased chum salmon. Guess he figured out that a dead salmon is easier to catch than those live ones.

Salmon Feast
Salmon Feast

He hauled it out of the water and worked on devouring the whole thing over the next ten minutes or so.

Heading Downstream
Heading Downstream

Then he headed downstream and out of sight.

Camera Shy Bruiser
Camera Shy Bruiser

I waited around for another two or three hours in the rain, hoping for some more action, but, except for this huge bear that briefly stuck his head out of the bushes, then rapidly disappeared, my wet wait was in vain, and I packed it in around two o’clock and headed back to Meziadin Campground to begin getting ready to depart tomorrow morning.

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