December 2014 | Experience Sitka
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 30
Fish Alaska Stillwater 34
Fish Alaska Recipe 70
Advertiser Index 72
Final Drift 74
COVER / 2014 Sportsman’s Warehouse contest winner Eric Ward and his dad Bill. That’s a huge 21-pound silver Eric’s holding. © Marcus Weiner
Seven Days of the Mist Cove by Terry Sheely
On a weeklong sojourn mapped out by The Boat Company, contributing editor Terry Sheely boards the 157-foot M/V Mist Cove, pokes into bays, straits, coves, waterfalls and other unforgettables and eventually takes in a mélange of salmon, halibut, trout, whales, bears, hot springs, glaciers, day-hikes and more on a pure Southeast adventure.
A Drawing Togetherby Andrew Cremata
Encountering that unique Southeast hospitality, Andrew Cremata sets to task building a one-of-a-kind Sitka experience at Vonnie’s, where a day’s outstanding angling is followed with care, conversation and down-home comforts while sitting on the deck overlooking the dormant face of Mount Edgecombe and the peerless expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
Coho Rodeo by Marcus Weiner
Finding a Sitka-sized haul of lings, rockfish, flatties and of course, big, bright bunches of silvers, publisher Marcus Weiner brings the Sportsman’s Warehouse contest winners to sample the action from Kingfisher Chartersand Lodge in Sitka and soon learns the backend of the summer angling here is just as good as the first half.
The Sitka Experience by Troy Letherman
Alaska’s fifth-largest city is hard to beat as a top-notch destination for your next Alaska adventure, and here we explore all the fishing potential, from wilderness stream angling off the area’s 17 miles of road to the blistering hot salmon and halibut fishery that lies within sight of town, all of it watched over by towering Mount Edgecombe.
COVER / 2014 Sportsman’s Warehouse contest winner Eric Ward and his dad Bill. That’s a huge 21-pound silver Eric’s holding. ©Marcus Weiner