Alaska Fishing Tips

How-to plan fishing trips in Alaska of all kinds as well as how-to catch more fish, the gear needed to do it, Alaska seafood recipes and much more


The planning was fierce, nine days and nine nights floating Alaska's Arolik River, in pursuit of Arctic grayling, leopard rainbows, Dolly Varden, and potentially all five salmon species. Getting there was the easy part, thanks to Papa Bear Adventures, who orchestrated our fly in, fly out, and necessary gear which included raft, cooler, kitchen, and tent...the big stuff! [Read Full Post....]
The sharp crack followed a dull thud spread a smile across my face as my fishing partner looked out the window to see if the offending tree had hurt anything. She asked, “What's so funny about a tree falling on our house?” The wind had been building and was reaching 50-60mph gusts, not a common occurrence in February in the Kenai area. The tree hadn't hurt anything but more important, February is our big ice fishing month... [Read Full Post....]
Float trips provide the opportunity to explore remote fisheries across the state, which often means solitude, wide expanses of untouched land, and willing biters of multiple species. It sharpens the skills of navigation, camping, wilderness safety and fishing and the end result is one highly-enjoyable experience. Hands down, my best trips across Alaska have been multi-day float trips. Don't get me wrong, I love the lodge life; fly-outs to blue ribbon streams, four-star meals, 12-year old scotch and fine cigars sits just right with me. But when I want the authentic Alaskan experience, sleeping on the ground, fishing from dawn to dusk, setting a new camp each day, the only sounds the buzzing of biting insects and the occasional splashing from fish or bear, I head for parts removed with a raft, dry bags and a few fishing buddies... [Read Full Post....]