Eric Lopez was born and raised in the coastal communities of rural Alaska. A self-identified "reformed" commercial fisherman, he splits his free time between get-lost rivers, tying feathers and fur to hooks and figuring our why the solar panels on his cabin are not working correctly. Volunteer work includes clean water issues, stream repair, promoting healthy habitats and keeping the public informed about threats to habitats including mining and fish-farming. Fish on!
"...This is the home of "combat fishing" for sockeye salmon. Folks stand shoulder to shoulder attempting to cast a fly into the jaws of a willing salmon. Limit is 6 fish per person, per day for the hundreds of people lining the river daily at the peak of the run. Bears, however, are not beholden to quotas and are commonly in competition with their human counterparts. Interestingly enough, there are very few bad encounters and even fewer injuries..."