August / September 2016 |

August / September 2016 Issue Fish Alaska MagazineDepartments  

Gear Bag 6

Fish Alaska Online 8

Fishing for a Compliment 10

Fish Alaska Families 14

Salmon Sense 16

EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle 18

Fish Alaska Fly 20

Fish Alaska Boats 22

Fish Alaska Saltwater 28

Fish Alaska Stillwater 32

Advertiser Index 89

Fish Alaska Recipe 90



How to get the Most from your Guide
by Ken Baldwin 34

You’ve put in the time and research, and you have spent a good chunk of money on your big Alaska fishing trip. Now do one more thing to assure yourself a successful trip—use these tips to get the most out of your guide.

Coho Lurking: Hootchie Mama, Watch Out!
by Terry Wiest 44

Coho are notorious for turning off the bite just as quickly as they come alive. For those occasions, whether twitchin’ or tossing spinners, reach into your bag of tricks and pull out a hootchie to spice up your presentation.  

Dead-Drift vs. The Swing 
by Jeremy Anderson 50

Alaska’s fall rainbow trout might prefer a dead-drift one day or a fly fished on the swing the next. In this feature, experienced guide Jeremy Anderson tells us why and then shows us how.

Fly Rods in Magic Waters 
by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr. 60

There are other places to chase rainbows and silvers in Alaska, and many may be more convenient to reach, but there is no better place to fish for trophy trout anywhere in Alaska, and no better place to make it a daily double with outrageously productive coho fishing added to the docket.

Juneau Silver
by Terry W. Sheely 68

With the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery pumping out a few million silver salmon imprinted to return to the shadow of the state capitol, anglers headed to destination Juneau during silver summer can target salmon and halibut by the bunch during the day and enjoy city comforts each night. 

Special Section:

by Troy Letherman 76

Surrounded by towering peaks, hemmed in by glaciers, dotted with innumerable lakes and crossed by enough flowing water to drown a desert, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley manages to also provide spectacular fishing opportunities to anglers, who can find a true wilderness experience just minutes from the comforts of small-town Alaska.