August / September 2013 | Autumn Glory: Alaska ‘Bows
Alaska Traveler 6
Editor’s Creel 8
Gear Bag 10
Fishing for a Compliment 14
Tackle Tech 18
Salmon Sense 20
EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle 2
Fish Alaska Fly 24
Fish Alaska Boats 26
Fish Alaska Saltwater 30
Fish Alaska Stillwater 32
Flying Alaska 34
Fish Alaska Recipe 92
Advertiser Index 94
Final Drift 98
Float-Fishing Setups for Coho & Steelhead
by Scott Haugen
Looking for ways to increase your catch rates on both coho and steelhead this fall? Then think about fishing a float and jig, a simple setup that can produce some impressive results.
Balance Beam Silvers
by JD Richey
If the coho bite turns off this fall, and the waters you’re fishing allow bait to be deployed, here’s a new tactic for river salmon from contributing editor JD Richey.
A Spey Introduction at Bear Trail Lodge
by Melissa Norris and Troy Letherman
For Alaskan anglers plying large waters for large fish, it pays to fish the two-hander. Here publisher Melissa Norris details her own introduction to the world of Spey-fishing, while editor Troy Letherman offers some details on the history and technique.
Canoeing the Swanson
by Steve Meyer
Paddle off the beaten path in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge this autumn in pursuit of silvers, rainbows and more.
Alaska’s Char on the Fly
by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.
Contributing editor Don Thomas takes us along as he pursues Alaska’s Dolly Varden and Arctic char in locales across the state. Often nearly forgotten among the state’s more illustrious targets, it’s nice to remember how often the trip savers can become the trip.
Special: Studded Wading Boots—Effective or Not?
by Cecilia “Pudge” Kleinkauf
With Alaska’s 2012 ban on felt-soled wading shoes well into effect, a stable of Fish Alaska regulars headed into the field to test a variety of Vibram- and other synthetic-soled boots, with and without studs. Here are the findings.
COVER / Kate Taylor with a colorful Naknek rainbow. © Justin Crump