First Entry -- August 28, 2001
You know you're in fishing country when you're waiting to pick up your bags at the Anchorage airport. Gear bags big and small, assorted tackle bags, guns, and backpacks come out the door and move down the conveyor belt past a long line of anglers two to three deep. They crowd close, eager to put the city and a long cramped flight behind. Some are booked into expensive, posh lodges; others look forward to week-long fly-in float trips. Another group stands there with rental car contracts in hand, cabin reservations in pocket.