Editor’s Creel 8
Book Review 18
Fishing for a Compliment 20
Fish Alaska Services Guide 91
Advertiser Index 92
Fish Recipe 94
SeaGalley’s King Salmon Imperial
Final Drift 98
Forest Service Solitude 71
Something for everyone—far from the maddening crowd. The U.S. Forest Service has cabins on lakes, rivers and estuaries that can be reserved in advance. Join “Pudge” Kleinkauf for three adventures in “cabin Alaska.”
Little Red-Riding Fly
by Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
This wolf-in-sheep’s clothing is a Pudge Original that’s a proven winner for kings, chums and silvers.
Boon-Dogging for Kings
by Scott Haugen
When it comes to covering a lot of water, this technique is almost guaranteed to be the most productive.
How Do Fish Hear?
by Daniel Bagur
Nature has produced some very sophisticated echo and motion detectors for fish. Understanding how they work can increase your catch!
The Warm Springs of Baranof Isle
by Terry W. Sheely
Halibut, kings and Dollies abound in this Southeast fjordland. Fishing for them can be a relaxing adventure.
The Biggest Salmon of Your Life
by Greg Brush
In this exclusive Fish Alaska Technique, contributing editor Greg Brush takes you where the big fish linger and points you in the right direction for equipment and any other assistance you might need.
by Troy Letherman 60
The other fish of spring eagerly await your fry, smolt, stickleback and sculpin fly patterns. Here’s an assortment and how to fish them for the best result.
Fish Alaska Special Section
by Marcus Weiner
Marcus Weiner researches the monarchy of the legendary drainages of the Bristol Bay region for the big chinook of southwestern Alaska.
COVER / Greg Brush prepares to release a shiny Chinook in the Kenai River. © Greg Brush