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Category: How-to Articles

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Flashers: Pro-Trollin’ Proficiency Story & photos by George Krumm Flashers: the hottest current technique for icing Chinook and coho salmon up and down the west coast is undoubtedly Pro-Trollin’ The technique was employed first on the Columbia River in eastern Washington and Oregon several years ago. Its use has since migrated west down the Columbia […]
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Alaska Fishing License Online: How to Fish “Legally” in Alaska Story By Alaska Wildlife Trooper Dan Gunderson Among others, purchasing an Alaska fishing license online is one of the easiest ways to ensure you’re legally fishing in Alaska, which is a worldwide destination for fishing. If you plan on fishing kings on the Kenai River, grayling on […]

  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-foo

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

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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 transport that we could have used to get there—wheel- or floatplane, boat or ATV. We could be on foot, […]

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

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

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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 several techniques to get the job done. Here he continues with some information on the right terminal tackle setups for these techniques, as well as mastering the tides, […]

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 p

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

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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 anglers will use. Story & Photos by Scott Haugen  In many of Alaska’s fast-water streams, the moment salmon enter they are on a steady push to […]

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

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

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