April 2015 | Flyfishing Issue

April 2015 IssueDepartments

Alaska Traveler  6

Editor’s Creel  8

Gear Bag  10

Fish Alaska Online  12

Fishing for a Compliment  14

Tackle Tech  18

Salmon Sense  20

EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle  22

Fish Alaska Fly  24

Fish Alaska Boats  26  

Fish Alaska Saltwater  30

Fish Alaska Stillwater  34

Fish Alaska Recipe  78  

Advertiser Index  80

Final Drift  82


An Evolution in Movement by Jerry French

Intruder-style flies are the mainstay for Alaska Salmon, steelhead and trophy trout anglers, and now the whole world is tying big, beautiful, wiggly creatures. At the forefront of the original pattern, Jerry French explains how the fly evolved and how your personal style can take it to new frontiers. 

Chasing Chrome by Nick Olrich

Streamers, beads and flesh should accompany any angler at all times while fishing the Kenai for trout, but this especially holds during the early-season fishery. Veteran guide Nick Ohlrich explains how combining pattern and presentation to match the various river conditions will bring you success while chasing Kenai chromers this June. 

Alaska Gamefish on Top by Larry Tullis

Alaska isn’t famous for its dry-fly fishing, yet there remain myriad opportunities to catch trout, salmon, grayling, and pike on the surface in the Last Frontier. Larry Tullis details how to take advantage of these opportunities for topwater action throughout the open-water season. 

The Micro-Spey Revolution by Jason Rivers

For anglers looking to take Spey-casting techniques designed to catch steelhead and salmon on larger rivers and bring them to their varied fishing locales in Alaska, we offer this compendium of rods, reels, lines and tactics for fishing micro-Spey, micro-switch, and single-hand Spey rods, opening waters to you that were barely fishable before. 

Dial 907 for Fly-Fishng Adventure by Troy Letherman

Your guide to fly-fishing adventures in Alaska, whether looking for a multi-species fly-out expedition or a scenic float down a remote river. Here we lay out the variety of options fly anglers have for designing their ideal Alaska excursion.

Rainbows at Denali by Pudge Kleinkauf

Just 20 miles south of Denali National Park entrance, Pudge Kleinkauf encounters a pay-to-fish kingdom filled with eager grayling and trophy-size lake rainbows. Anglers looking for something different this summer wont want to pass this private lake fishery up. 

COVER / A black and blue intruder tied with OPST barred ostrich. © Ben Paull  

Learn how to tie an OPST intruder here.