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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/

7 for September

Fish Alaska magazine Editor Troy Letherman describes seven world-class trips to take this September.
Troy Letherman As autumn matures, days get shorter and termination dust settles atop most Alaska mountains, another change occurs as well, this one beneath the surface of the… http://www.fishalaskamagazine.com/blog/destinations/september/