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Doggone It!

Maybe it’s the nickname “dog” salmon, purportedly because natives felt chum salmon were not as tasty as the other species and just tossed the carcass to their sled dogs that put chum salmon low on the commercial market scale. But now anglers are finding …
Dog salmon are terrific fighters on a fly rod. Maybe it’s the nickname “dog” salmon, purportedly because natives felt chum salmon were not as tasty as the other species and just… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/doggone-dog-salmon/

'Bows on the Shoulder: Summer Trout at Rainbow River Lodge

My guide for the day, Tim Pearson, is alternating between rowing and choosing a pattern for the other angler in the boat, Texan Tom Gingerich. They’re thinking fry, maybe sculpin, maybe dry, clearly not aware that there’s a race on to draw the first topwa…
Dorian Thompson I’m the first to tie on a dry fly.  We’re gliding across a stillwater slough connecting Fog Lake to the middle Copper River, flushing the occasional… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/destinations/bows-shoulder-summer-trout-rainbow-river-lodge/

Bead & Fly Patterns for Rainbow Trout

One of the coolest things about rainbow trout fishing in Alaska is the opportunity to catch fish on many different flies and beads. The diverse bio-system that Alaska’s rivers have to offer includes flies, larva, smolt, eggs, salmon flesh and even the occ…
Jeremy Anderson Story & Photos By Jeremy Anderson One of the coolest things about rainbow trout fishing in Alaska is the opportunity to catch fish on many different flies and… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/rainbow-trout-bead-and-fly-patterns/

Early Spring Frustration

Here's a fisherman's frustration. Just as the weather turns warm, and you get the fishing bug, you realize it's still not time to fish, at least on a river. Unless you're a little desperate...
Les Gara Here's a fisherman's frustration. Just as the weather turns warm, and you get the fishing bug, you realize it's still not time to fish, at least on a river. Unless you're… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/freshwater/early-spring-frustration/

It is the Fly!

In the February 2014 issue of the Fish Alaska stillwater column I wrote that in general it’s not the fly that produces consistent success in lakes. This holds true for most of the season, as trout in southcentral Alaska’s lakes are generally opportunist…
George Krumm In the February 2014 issue of the Fish Alaska stillwater column I wrote that in general it’s not the fly that produces consistent success in lakes. This holds true… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/it-fly/

5 Questions with a Fly-fishing Expert

Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf, fly-fishing guide and owner of Women's Fly Fishing for 28 years, is here to answer, if not all of your fly-fishing questions, at least five good ones...
Melissa Norris   1) You guide both experienced and novice fly anglers regularly. What are the common casting mistakes you see, regardless of experience? Pudge: Lots of fly… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/5-questions-fly-fishing-expert/

Adventures of Mac Lightfoot: Brooks River Renegade

Mac and Wally, aka The Fresh Prince of Fly Fishing, entered the rustic room and joined the other globe-trekkers for the Brooks River brown bear orientation...
Mac and Wally, aka The Fresh Prince of Fly Fishing, entered the rustic room and joined the other globe-trekkers for the Brooks River brown bear orientation. Forty-five minutes… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/adventures-mac-lightfoot/adventures-mac-lightfoot-brooks-river-renegade/

Solitude of the Arolik

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…
Troy Buzalsky 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… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/solitude-arolik/

The Other Alaska: Days in the Tongass

For anglers living near or flying into Anchorage, Juneau and the Tongass National Forest of southeast Alaska can be easily overlooked, but we, and the folks at Hatch Magazine, think this "land of snow-capped alpine peaks, towering sitka spruce, harbors do…
For anglers living near or flying into Anchorage, Juneau and the Tongass National Forest of southeast Alaska can be easily overlooked, but we, and the folks at Hatch Magazine,… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/destinations/other-alaska-days-tongass/

What To Look For In Late Fall Trout Flies

For Alaska’s rainbow trout anglers, who enjoy the luxury of fishing for a species that’s actually interested in eating, the task is to figure out what the prevalent food source is for the area and time of year and then to imitate that food as closely as p…
For Alaska’s rainbow trout anglers, who enjoy the luxury of fishing for a species that’s actually interested in eating, the task is to figure out what the prevalent food source is… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/what-look-late-fall-trout-flies/