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April 2013

Fly Fishing Special 

Departments

Editor’s Creel     6

Alaska Traveler     8

Fishing for a Compliment   10

Gear Bag   14

Tackle Tech   16

Salmon Sense   18

EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle   20

Fish Alaska Fly   22

Fish Alaska Boats   24 

Fish Alaska Saltwater   26

Fish Alaska Stillwater   28

Flying Alaska   30

Recipe   78

Advertiser Index   80

Final Drift   82


SPECIAL SECTION   40

12 Essential Flies for Alaska 
Fish Alaska’s Editors select 12 crucial flies for the Greatland.

Features 

Scandinavian Casting 101

by Randy Kadish 

If you’re looking to add the two-handed rod to your fly-casting arsenal this summer, start here for tips and instruction on picking up the Scandi cast.

Managing a Long Leader for Dry Flies 

by Pudge Kleinkauf 

Dry-fly fishing can be tough, and that’s before you even think about interesting the fish. First you have to get the fly there and then get the drift right. Here Pudge Kleinkauf helps show you how.

Tenkara Fishing

by Christine Cunningham 

Introducing the tradition and simplicity of tenkara, the centuries-old Japanese method of fly fishing.

Dry Fly Ops of Southwest Alaska

by Larry Tullis 

Join veteran guide and author Larry Tullis for a look at the most regular and reliable hatches of southwest Alaska, as well as how and when to fish them.

A Katmai Conversion

by Daniel P. Hoffman 

Home to some of the best fly-fishing water in Alaska, spectacular Katmai is the setting for some of the state’s most legendary fishing - and for trips that no angler could forget.

Good Things in Small Packages

by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. 

The southeast Alaska panhandle offers some of the most exceptional small-stream fishing in Alaska, where the usual suspects include cutthroat trout and eager Dolly Varden.

Salmon on the Swing

by Troy Letherman 

In southcentral Alaska, the traditional wet-fly swing is the technique of choice for fly-rodders. Here we take you into the nuts and bolts of the tactic and how to apply it to everything from Chinook to pink salmon.