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Valhalla, I am Coming!

The flowing waters that vein these western Alaska lowlands represent one of the last great strongholds for Oncorhynchus mykiss irideus, the coastal subspecies of rainbow trout. The rivers pour from runoff, from groundwater springs, from cold headwater lak…
Troy Letherman We come from the land of ice and snow, From the midnight sun where the hot springs blow. Hammer of the gods will drive our ships to new land, To fight the horde,… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/destinations/valhalla-lodge-essay/

'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/

Chasing Kvichak Rainbows

Fish Alaska editor Troy Letherman and I are guests at the Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge on the Kvichak River. The Kvichak, world-renown for the size and numbers of wild rainbow trout it produces, flows from massive Lake Iliamna to Bristol Bay, providing a cond…
Marcus Weiner I light up a cigar, and not your run-of-the-mill, dollar-store stogie, but rather a high-end, dark-wrapped import that lasts an hour and promises both bad breath and… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/destinations/kvichak-rainbows/

Handling Trout

There’s no question that pound-for-pound Kenai rainbows, and ’bows in general, are one of the top contenders in the fight circuit, but how do these fish fair during the measuring, photo shoot and release?
Story By Nick Ohlrich There’s no question that pound-for-pound Kenai rainbows, and ’bows in general, are one of the top contenders in the fight circuit, but how do these fish fair… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/handling-trout/

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/

Trout Gear: Reviews of the Necessities

By Jeremy Anderson, As this next summer of Alaska fishing gets closer to reality it’s time to think about what gear you need to have a great trout season. There is gear that helps you catch more fish and be more organized. There is also gear that helps yo…
By Jeremy Anderson  As this next summer of Alaska fishing gets closer to reality it’s time to think about what gear you need to have a great trout season. There is gear that… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/fly-fishing/trout-gear-reviews-necessities/

TU Welcomes Clean Air Rules that will Protect Trout and Salmon

Trout Unlimited today thanked the Environmental Protection Agency for its strong proposal to reduce the carbon pollution that causes climate change. Trout Unlimited’s scientists and their partners have already begun to document the impacts from climate ch…
Trout Unlimited posted the following press release yesterday: June 2, 2014 Contact: Steve Moyer 703-284-9406 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TU Welcomes Clean Air Rules that will… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/conservation/tu-welcomes-clean-air-rules-will-protect-trout-and-salmon/

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/

The One That Got Away

After a belated start to frosty temperatures on the Kenai Peninsula and a late November deer-hunting expedition to the Midwest, I finally enjoyed my first prosperous ice-fishing adventure of the season...
After a belated start to frosty temperatures on the Kenai Peninsula and a late November deer-hunting expedition to the Midwest, I finally enjoyed my first prosperous ice-fishing… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/ice-fishing/one-got-away/

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/