December 2007 | Mat-Su Special Issue


Editor’s Creel 6

Alaska Traveler 10

Fishing for a Compliment 14

Haugen’s Tackle Tech 20

Three Tips to Deshka Kings

Advertiser Index 76

Final Drift 82


Fish Alaska Special: The Susitna Chronicles 

by Marcus Weiner

Publisher Marcus Weiner journals a summer of fishing with some of the most experienced guides in the Susitna drainage. Here are 8 of the best the Valley has to offer.

Fish Alaska All-Tackle: Su Valley Kings 

by Scott Haugen

Scott Haugen provides tips and techniques to help you take advantage of the multitude of opportunities for catching king salmon.

Fish Alaska Fly: Damsels & Dragons

Master fly-tier Scott Sanchez documents his favorite damsel and dragonflies in several stages of development. Big flies catch big fish and these are no exception.

Fish Alaska Travel: Early-Season Susitna 

by Matt Hage

Spring fishing on the clearwater tributaries of the Susitna River produce some incredible (though chilly) fishing.

Options & Opportunities 

by Troy Letherman

Editor Troy Letherman indulges the history and the bountiful selection of fish and run-times of the often overlooked, easily accessible Matanuska-Susitna Valley.

COVER / Jon Larson and Marcus Weiner with a chrome Lake Creek king. © Wayne Norris