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Category: Fly Fishing

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by Nigel Fox This summer marks another pink year on the Kenai River, which means a couple million pink salmon will return to spawn from August through September. If you are primarily a trout fisherman you are probably doing back flips right now. Coho fishermen, on the other hand, have another view of pinks. They […]

Dog salmon (chum salmon) are terrific fighters on a fly rod. Blog Post by Fred Fraikor Maybe it’s the nickname “dog” salmon, purportedly because natives felt chum salmon were not as tasty as the

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 during the measu

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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 beads. The diverse bio-system that Alaska’s rivers have to offer includes flies, larva, smolt, eggs, salmon flesh and even the occasional mouse. As fishermen it is our […]

Flies for Alaska Lakes 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

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Q&A with Pudge Kleinkauf From her top flies to favorite time to fish in Alaska, Fish Alaska magazine asks longtime friend and contributing editor about her fly fishing preferences in this Q&A with Pudge Kleinkauf, 1) You guide both experienced and novice fly anglers regularly. What are the common casting mistakes you see, regardless of […]

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

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The author of this post, Jeff Hickman, knows rainbow trout.  He spent a bunch of years guiding at Alaska West, and during that time he came up with a really popular mouse pattern called Mr. Hankey that’s now available from Idylwilde. With the long winter ahead, we suggest you either tie some up yourself, or make a […]

Blog Post by Troy Letherman Something died today. The air around the launch is heavy with it, a wall of rot signaling apocalypse for the year’s salmon. In the slack-water shallows a few fish mill ab

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