All In A Day’s Work

As the early morning commuters began their day yesterday, a friend and I embarked on a two hundred mile angling adventure through the North Cascades in search of wild bull trout / dolly varden, and the chance of an early winter steelhead. Winter has certainly arrived in the Pacific Northwest with short days, sub-freezing temperatures, a fresh layer of snow on the mountains, and a dangerous coating of ice encrusting everything. We encountered spectacular scenery, sweeping vistas, towering mountains, ancient old-growth forests, stunning wild rivers and dramatic landscapes. Eagles soared freely on the thermals surveying the frozen scene below while the last of the fall salmon spawned in the icy shallows.

Despite the brutal cold the weather was exceptional for this time of year with blue-bird skies and sunshine. The temperature barely broke 22 degrees and we battled constantly with icy guides and reels that froze solid in seconds, making us wonder how we even land a large fish if we hooked one. Our target species proved to be somewhat elusive, although we did see a few fish and encountered an early winter steelhead, who proved to be even more elusive. A gorgeous 24″ bull-trout / dolly varden proved to be our hard-earned reward at the end of the day as the sun slid back behind the frozen Cascades and we began our journey home…

This entire adventure transpired within about the same amount of time as most people’s normal work-day (including commute). I was accompanied by long-time fishing buddy and angling author Jon Tobey (GoIntoTheLight Blog), who’s blog post about the adventure ended with an insightful quote on how we spend our time:

“And I have to wonder if I can do that in every 8 hour day how can we justify the time we spend toiling under the paper mountain?”

READ MORE and VIEW MORE PHOTOS about our adventure on Jon’s blog - Photos by Jon Tobey -

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READ MORE and VIEW MORE PHOTOS about our adventure on Jon’s blog

Primal Angler Photo Featured on Venturing Angler: Fly Fishing Travel Blog

Primal Angler / Ryan Davey Photo Featured on Venturing Angler: Fly Fishing Travel Blog

“Ryan Davey has been exploring the globe with a fly rod for over a decade (and fly fishing much longer)…”

Read more on Venturing Angler: Fly Fishing Travel Blog

Royal Wolf Lodge – Instagram Highlights

The Summer 2013 Season has wrapped up at Royal Wolf Lodge in Katmai National Park & Preserve – Bristol Bay – Alaska. The weather was exceptional this season as well as the fishing! For those who missed the Instagram photos posted through-out the summer from the Alaskan Bush, check them out below! Please take a moment to Follow Primal Angler on Instagram!

Find Out More about Royal Wolf Lodge by visiting their website at

Also check out the Royal Wolf Lodge blog for highlights and pictures from the season!

Photographs by Ryan Davey – Primal Angler – Copyright 2013 – All Rights Reserved

Primal Angling at Brooks Falls

Primal Bears Angling at Brooks Falls – Katmai – Bristol Bay – Alaska

The bear show at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Bristol Bay, Alaska is nothing short of spectacular. Finally had a chance to edit some photos from July at Brooks, which is an excellent month to witness this wild scene of primal carnage! Brooks has become a world-famous photography location, and one of the most popular places to visit in Katmai, for good reason!

Just a short flight from the lodge, Brooks River is one of our regular angling destinations here at Royal Wolf Lodge, and we often take a short break from the excellent fishing to check out the bear show at the falls. Stay tuned to Primal Angler for more photos from Bristol Bay!

Also, the National Park Service has installed a live-feed camera at the falls at Brooks Camp, which you can view here.

Royal Wolf Lodge – Mid-Summer Update

Royal Wolf Lodge – Katmai National Park – Bristol Bay – Alaska

It’s mid-summer here in the heart of Katmai National Park and Preserve at Royal Wolf Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The weather this season has been nothing less than spectacular, and the fishing has been excellent! Here are a few photos from the last month on some of the top fisheries in Bristol Bay!

The next six weeks will be busy here in Katmai – the rivers are choked with salmon, the bear show is nothing short of unbelievable, and the wild Alaskan rainbow trout are gorging themselves on the millions of sockeye eggs and flesh. Stay tuned to Primal Angler for more broadcasts from deep in the heart of the Alaskan bush at Royal Wolf Lodge!

Also take a moment to check out the Royal Wolf Lodge Blog for updates!

Jurassic Lake 2013 – Primal Adventure

Primal Adventure – Jurassic Lake 2013 – Hosted Angling Adventure


 The Greatest Wild Rainbow Fishing in the World!

Jurassic Lake 2013 – Primal Adventure - Join Primal Angler for a Week of Adventure Angling in Patagonia, Argentina at the Solid Adventures – Solid Jurassic River Lodge – November 9th – 16th – 2013 – Hosted by Ryan Davey – Booking via Fly Water Travel

Solid Adventures Jurassic River Lodge - November 9th – 16th – 2013 – $5,650


“Jurassic Lake” is considered to be among the greatest wild rainbow trout fisheries in the world. An ancient volcanic crater lake located on a wild plateau in a truly remote part of Argentine Patagonia, it’s location can best be described as Primal!


Jurassic Lake is extremely fertile producing massive amounts of protein packed freshwater shrimp (scuds) resulting in massive rainbow trout that average 10 pounds and are regularly caught up to 20 pounds or more on flies!

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The shallow lake edges and bays of Jurassic Lake provide excellent sight-fishing opportunities to enormous rainbows, huge pods of giant fish can often be see cruising the shoreline, and the Rio Barracoso offers some unbelievable small stream fishing for huge fish!

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The Solid Jurassic River Lodge is strategically located near the mouth of the Rio Barracoso, the lakes only spawning tributary. This former Loop camp has been in operation since 2007, and the lodge has been recently upgraded with modern amenities. Enjoy warm showers, heaters in every room, an updated kitchen and comfortable after-fishing lounge in the remote wilds of Patagonia!


This trip will be hosted by Primal Angler founder Ryan Davey, who was one of the founding partners of the Angling Exploration Group and helped produce the Trout Bum Diaries series as well as started the Fly Fishing Film Tour. Ryan has extensive experience in guiding and hosting angling adventures world-wide, and specializes in documenting these adventures through high quality video and photographic media. He visited Jurassic Lake on an exploratory trip in 2007 and is eager to return in 2013 to document some of the best wild rainbow fishing in the world!

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Join Primal Angler this November for a Week of Adventure Angling at Jurassic Lake! Contact us today to reserve your spot, availability is limited! Click Here for Details!



Booking via Fly Water Travel – Read more about Jurassic Lake on their Website


Visit the Solid Adventures website for more details on the Solid Jurassic River Lodge!

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Royal Wolf Lodge 2013 – Exclusive Offer!

Royal Wolf Lodge 2013 – Primal Angler Exclusive – $3,550 ($8,750 Value) – July 19th – 26th 2013 – 7-nights, 6-days – Adventure Angling Fly-Out Package – Limited Availability – One-Time Offer – FREE Primal Angler Media Package – Book Now at


Join Primal Angler this summer for a week of Adventure Angling at the top fly-out lodge in Alaska for less than the cost of the average Alaskan float trip or tent camp! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the true Alaskan wilderness at a third of the normal cost! Join us for an unforgettable angling adventure at Royal Wolf Lodge deep in the heart of Katmai in Bristol Bay, Alaska.


Experience the thrill of dry fly fishing on some of the top fisheries in Katmai! This adventure will be hosted by Adventure Angling Guide, Photographer, Media Producer and Primal Angler Founder – Ryan Davey (Producer of the Trout Bum Diaries Series).  Availability is limited, this is a one-time offer, book your adventure today!

Primal Angler Exclusive Package Deal

Royal Wolf Lodge - Adventure Angling Fly-Out Package

July 19th – 26th 2013 – 7-nights, 6-days

Package Price: $3,550 ($8,750 Value)


This is an excellent week for Dry Fly Fishing for Wild Alaskan Rainbows!


Adventure Angling Fly-Out Package Includes:

  • - Six Days Guided Fly-Out Adventure Angling
  • - Seven Nights – First-Class Lodging and Meals
  • - Charter Flight from Anchorage
  • - Fishing License, Park Fees, Hotel Tax
  • FREE – Package also includes a Primal Angler Media Package ($500 Value)
  • - Design of Full-Color Photo Book of Your Adventure
  • - Production of Highlight Video Clip (Web Version, 3-4 mins)

Limited availability, one-time cancellation special, book via


Why is Royal Wolf Lodge The Top Fly-Out Lodge in Alaska?

  • Location: Based in the heart of Katmai National Park in Bristol Bay, Alaska
  • Planes: Helio-Courier bush planes (STOL) provide unique access
  • Guides: World-class professional guides with extensive experience
  • Fly-Out: Short flights to world famous fishing destinations in Katmai
  • History: Family owned by the Branhams, pioneers in Alaskan sport-fishing
  • Accommodation: First-class private cabins (D/O) and world-class cuisine
  • Wildlife: Katmai NP is home to brown bears, moose, wolves, foxes, and eagles