As soon as we reached the Kobuk River we started catching arctic grayling...trophy size grayling.
These wonderful native women shared a piece of their culture with Andrew and I on the river one day. We have read so many many Alaska bush books and a staple food that is always mentioned is dried whitefish and seal oil. Well, they gave us a whole fillet of dried whitefish since we had never had it before and let us dip some of it in their seal oil. The whitefish is deboned and the scales are shaved off then its air dried. You eat the entire fillet as is. The seal oil (melted down seal blubber) is to keep you warm, and that's exactly what it does. It was all very good and something we'll always remember and cherish.