Alaska Traveler 6
Gear Bag 10
Fishing for a Compliment 14
Fish For the Future 20
Salmon Sense 22
Advertiser Index 81
Final Drift 82
by JD Richey 42
Coho are many anglers’ favorite salmon, for many reasons. One of the best is that they can be coaxed into taking flies and lures on the surface. Seeing fish over 10 pounds slash at a popper is something that will leave a permanent mark in your gray matter. JD breaks out his secret stash of pink nail polish and tells you all about it.
Neutrally Buoyant Beads for Coho
by Scott Haugen 50
By now, most avid anglers know steelhead and rainbows are suckers for beads. So are Chinook and coho, in the right situations. Scott has been experimenting with a variety of beads over the years and this how-to article will surely help you catch more silvers in rivers. In particular, the use of neutrally buoyant beads can up your success on silvers.
Let it Sink
by Andrew Cremata 56
Lake trout are a quarry most often pursued from a boat or through the ice, but don’t tell Andrew Cremata that. In this piece Andrew tells us how to catch lakers from shore. He’s caught some dandies, and his primary bit of advice to the shore-bound angler is to let it sink.
Big Trout and Logjams
by Ben Rowell 64
Logjams can be big ‘bow magnets, however, fishing big wood is technically more difficult than lobbing a bobber and bead out over a gravel flat. The rewards can be impressive, though, especially on heavily fished, small streams. Ben Rowell shares some techniques to help you fish logjams effectively.
Kenai Mega Girth: Healthy Salmon Returns = Big Fat Trout
by Jeremy Anderson 70
Everyone loves a Kenai big fatty. At only 80 miles or so in length, the conveyor belt of trout food the Kenai produces is only rivaled by the girth of some of its rainbows and dollies. On a good year, when salmon returns are high and water levels stable, you’d be hard pressed to find rainbows in Alaska with a higher girth-to-length ratio.
COVER / Katmai Trophy Lodge head guide James Johnson and Fish Alaska editor George Krumm with a 33-inch Naknek rainbow George swung up last fall. © Kodie Kowitz