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August 2023: The Outpost on the Nush Client Trip Recap

August 31, 23

Yellow Dog client, Mark K., just returned from a trip to Outpost on the Nush in Alaska. Read below for his take on his most recent Alaska fly fishing adventure: 

Q. Did you find the trip booking process through Yellow Dog enjoyable and useful? If not, please share why.R. Yes, super easy, as always great communication!Q. Was the Yellow Dog pre-trip planning packet(s) and travel itinerary you received for your trip helpful and accurate? If not, how could it be improved?R. Super helpful, took a lot of the thinking out of the process.Q. Do you have any comments or constructive feedback based on the overall lodging (rooms, dining area, social area, etc)?R. Nothing, the Outpost is so cool as is.  The little individual cabins are super nice, the dining area is great, the lounge is awesome for drying gear and a great place to hang out if the weather turns wet or cold!Q. Do you have any comments or constructive feedback based on the service, friendliness, etc of the lodge staff?R. This is the hardest working group of guys I've ever seen.  They have a culture of customer service that is unmatched in the world of guiding.  Running such a lean team they still are more thorough and attentive than lodges that have twice the staff.  They have great attitudes, incredible work ethics, all the knowledge and skills needed to ensure fishermen of all skill levels can have a great time.Q. Did the food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) match what you were expecting? If not, please provide additional comments or constructive feedback.R. Chef Jay is the bomb.  His homemade sourdough, on a river island a hundred miles from the nearest human settlement, beats the quality you'd get in a bakery in the city.  He took the challenge of my dad's gluten sensitivity seriously, and maintained high quality dishes for him.Q. Were you pleased with your guide(s) customer service, communication skills, professionalism, work ethic, and general fishing knowledge? If not, please share why.R. Truly the best I've ever seen.  Dave's leadership has established a culture of customer service, attention to detail, and a genuine interest and care for creating an experience that brings customers back to the Nush.  I will 100% be back in a few summers.Q. What key pieces of gear or flies made your trip successful?R.

1.  Rain gear - maybe the most important
2.  Layers - it wasn't cold most of the time, but temperature swings pretty wildly.3.  A solid 7 weight.4.  Good waders.On flies, they handled all of that, but an unsuspecting fun element was the grayling on dry flies!Q. What piece(s) of equipment would not leave home without for this trip , or your next, with Yellow Dog?R. Rain jacket.  Maybe 2 of em.Q. Would you return to this lodge destination? Please share why or why not.R. 100% and I'll be bringing other friends of family members with me and recommending them to everyone.Q. How would you briefly summarize your overall trip experience?R. 10/10.  Caught my personal best rainbow... 3 different times and kept one upping the day before.  Do not underestimate how fun the Dolly Varden and Grayling are.  Beautiful fish, super aggressive, and distinctly Alaskan in awesome ways.  Dave runs the coolest location you can get to in the US, and has the best group of young men helping ensure a truly epic client experience.  Go to the Outpost on the Nush.  I cannot recommend it enough.