On an Alaska steelhead adventure, one never knows what else to expect.

Rites of Spring: Good Company & Wild Places

Story by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
Photos by Don & Lori Thomas

T.S. Eliot claimed that April is the cruelest month, but what did he know? In Alaska, that’s when you start to enjoy more daylight than your friends and relatives Outside (a milestone that officially begins with the vernal equinox in late March). Airplanes come off of skis and onto wheels, bears emerge from their dens, and skunk cabbages begin to erupt. And for true steelhead fanatics that’s when the greatest gamefish in the world finally return to Alaska’s streams after their long, mysterious voyages about the North Pacific. This content is available for subscribers only.

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