December 2013 | Super Soldotna Issue

December 2013


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 28

Fish Alaska Stillwater 30

Flying Alaska 32

Fish Alaska Recipe 70

Advertiser Index 72

Final Drift 74


Anglers’ Gift Guide Part II 36
Searching for that special something for your special someone? Well, look no further than this laundry list of what’s new and unique and almost surely a must-have for Alaskan anglers of all types.

If I Were Planning Your Trip to Soldotna 40
Publisher Melissa Norris gives some advice on the trip she would plan for first-time visitors to Soldotna.


Drift Boat Diaries
by Marcus Weiner

More than a decade in the making, Fish Alaska publisher Marcus Weiner relates both his trials and his triumphs earned while drifting the beautiful upper and middle Kenai River. Rainbow, Dolly, sockeye or silver, Marcus and crew have seen it all, helped along the way by some true Kenai legends.

Kenai Beyond the Kings
by Terry W. Sheely

Setting out to encounter the most famous kings in the world, veteran author Terry Sheely finds the Kenai River and its surrounds present a lot more opportunity than just behemoth cruisers. It’s the experience that counts — and there’s much fine fishing to be had.

September in Soldotna
by Gary Lewis

With the leaves turned and the termination dust settling down the mountainsides, Gary Lewis blows into town with rod-and-reel and a mind to explore the explosive silver and trout fisheries of the Soldotna area, proving in his quest that there’s a lot more to this area than just a busy summer season.

Fish Town, USA
by Troy Letherman

Bustling and vibrant in June, July and August, sleepy and comfortable in September and October, Soldotna is southcentral Alaska’s one-stop fishing shop. From the oversized and turbo-charged resident and anadromous fish of the Kenai and nearby Kasilof to Cook Inlet halibut, lonely lake fishing, casual afternoons in the small-stream setting and a stage for fly-outs to some of the most outstanding fisheries in the region, this town offers it all — and then some.

COVER/Marcus Weiner with a fresh Kenai River sockeye. ©Melissa Norris