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January 2013

Destination: Alaska 

Departments

Editor’s Creel 6

Alaska Traveler 8

Fishing for a Compliment 12

Gear Bag 14

Tackle Tech 18

Salmon Sense 20

EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle 22

Fish Alaska Fly 24

Fish Alaska Boats 26

Fish Alaska Saltwater 30

Fish Alaska Stillwater 32

Fish Alaska Recipe 72

Advertiser Index 73

Final Drift 74

Special Section

Kenai Peninsula’s Stream Watch Program 34
Kenai Peninsula-resident Dave Atcheson takes us inside the stewardship program that assists in protecting habitat and educating the public on the fisheries of the Kenai, Russian and Kasilof rivers.

ADF&G Contest Winner 10
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game Get ‘Em Hooked Photo Contest Winner is...turn to page 10 to find out.

Packrafting the Goodsnews 

by Larry Bartlett 

Southwest Alaska can provide one of the premier outdoor angling experiences anywhere, and with the advent of lighter, smaller craft, multitudes of new waters have been opened up.

Destination Nome 

by Les Gara 

Home to unheralded yet outstanding trophy destinations—perhaps none more productive than the grayling streams of the Seward Peninsula near Nome. Author Les Gara takes us there, pursuing his fish-of-a-lifetime both by road and by air.

Fishing Wild at Unalakleet River Lodge

by Pudge Kleinkauf 

A fish-filled adventure on one of northwest Alaska’s National Wild Rivers, where the targets range from king to chum to pink salmon…and beyond.

Holy Flatfish!

by Gary Lewis 

Yearning for some succulent white fillets in 2013? Then join Gary Lewis for a rundown on halibut fishing in the Last Frontier—how to do it, what to take and where to go.

Emerald Island Silver 

by George Krumm 

With the autumn-arriving coho salmon fishing near Kodiak hits the top of the list. However, an outing with Fish Kodiak Adventures means much more than silvers, as a couple days on the water also yielded kings, lings, halibut and rockfish.

Trolling the Fish Highway 

by Terry Sheely 

There might not be a better adventure around than following Terry Sheely’s path north along the ALCAN, fishing (and catching) the entire way.