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Kenai River Rainbow Trout: Why They’re So Big Article By Jeremy Anderson Kenai Mega Girth: Healthy salmon returns equals big fat rainbow trout There may not be another river in the world that produces a large, girthy, native trout population like the Kenai River. We can thank four species of salmon that annually return to […]
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  Story by Troy Buzalsky Heavy-gauge all-welded aluminum jet boats have always been near and dear to my heart. It might be because the first ankle-deep riffle I ever ran was achieved in an 18-foot inboard jet. It might be because the first Class IV whitewater I ever ran was in a 20-foot inboard jet. […]

A fish finder is an instrument used to locate fish underwater by detecting reflected pulses of sound energy. Today’s standards use a graphical display to locate schools of fish, temperature, debris

As fishermen in Alaska we have the need to carry bear defense products in various scenarios. When we are fishing and hiking in the backcountry of our great state, there are any number of modes of tran

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Having hiked extensively in bear country Tim Rubbert has also engrossed himself in bear education. He has written two books, Hiking Safely in Grizzly Country and Hiking with Grizzlies: Lessons Learned. Both are available on Amazon. We appreciate Tim taking the time to participate in this Bear Safety Q&A with Fish Alaska’s Publisher. Bear Safety […]

With the onset of summer-adventure season in the Last Frontier, May is Bear Awareness month at Fish Alaska. Many places throughout the state bring fishermen and bears together when in pursuit of river

Story & Photos By Troy Buzalsky In the May 2017 issue of Fish Alaska, Troy Buzalsky penned a Boats Column dedicated to helping boating anglers achieve salmon-season success, detailing se

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Proper Catch-and-Release Methods Watching a fish flounder before your eyes or watching them bleed out as a result of careless or inadvertently poor handling just isn’t a part of the Alaska fishing package as I’d like it to be. Thirty-plus years of guiding anglers on the Kenai River and other productive Alaska waters, both salt […]

Tying Instructions for the Top 10 King Flies for Alaska There are just certain king salmon flies that make the top 10 list for their effectiveness. In no particular order the author’s favorite k

Shallow, fast-moving rivers with select pocket-water typify many of Alaska’s king salmon streams. And when it comes to king salmon techniques for Alaska, the water commonly dictates the approach

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What to consider when buying a saltwater boat in Alaska by Marcus Weiner Saltwater boats for the Alaska angler come in several shapes and many sizes, ranging from the high-end luxury cabin cruiser to an open-air skiff. For many, no matter the choice of model, this is the pinnacle of boat purchases. In Alaska, there […]

Cut through Pinks: A Fish Alaska How-to Story and photo by Scott Haugen Tolerating pink salmon while targeting prized silvers can be a frustrating experience. Here’s how to beat the pinks and l

Alaska’s Kings and the Two-Handed Rod Story By Troy Letherman Searching for clemency from a winter spent locked away from the stream, many of Alaska’s fly anglers look to kings. The first

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