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August/September 2017

Fall into Fish!

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Final Drift 82

COVER / Dolly Varden are abundant in Alaska and are usually quite willing to crush most lures.
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Haines
by Terry W. Sheely 36

Join Contributing Editor Terry Sheely for an off-the-beaten-path adventure in Haines, a rare drive-in destination with a pair of riveting freshwater salmon rivers, a plethora of saltwater opportunities and postcard-quality scenery in every direction.  

Mini Steelhead Techniques for Trout & Dollies 
by JD Richey 44

Alaska’s rainbows, cutthroat and Dollies are perfect fish for the fly rod, but you can also catch a bunch of fish with scaled-down steelhead techniques on light, traditional gear. Here JD Richey shows us how. 

Making Memories
by Andrew Cremata 52

Contributing Editor Andrew Cremata chronicles one of the true joys of fishing, successfully hooking a young angler on the sport. 

Gateway to the Tongass 
by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. 56

Don and Lori Thomas take us inside the target-rich Thorne Bay region for some of southeast Alaska’s best autumn action, where anglers can fish the saltwater one day and then easily drive to dozens of productive salmon streams the next. 

Top 5 DIY Adventures for Fall in Alaska 
by Troy Letherman 64

For do-it-yourself anglers there is nothing better than Alaska, and even more, Alaska in the fall. For those inclined to get out and test their mettle against some of the state’s hottest fish, here’s our guide to five of the most sizzling fisheries this time of year.

Pavlov’s Trout
by Nick Ohlrich 72

You don’t need to be a late-19th century psychologist to ring the dinner bell for Alaska’s trophy trout, but as fish grow in size and sophistication, you do need to outsmart them. Here Kenai guide Nick Ohlrich takes us inside his daily game of cat-and-mouse and passes on his keys to becoming a better, smarter angler.