December 2019


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Alaska Traveler 6
Creel 8
Gear Bag 10
Fishing for a Compliment 12
Salmon Sense 16
Fly 18
Boats 20
Saltwater 26
Stillwater 30
Recipe 68
Advertiser Index 71
Online 72
Final Drift 74


Kodiak Island Overview
by Fish Alaska Staff 40

The Emerald Isle is one of the premier places to fish in Alaska—one of the absolute best places to enjoy angling in the Great Land. Fish Alaska staff highlight many of the opportunities available from saltwater to fresh, road system to remote, and other attractions Kodiak has to offer.

The King of Kodiak’s Old Harbor
by Troy Buzalsky 50

Troy “Buz-Alaska” Buzalsky joined Jeff Peterson of Kodiak Combos for what Kodiak is rightfully famous: A late-season mixed bag of salmon and Bottomfish taken from the waters around Kodiak’s Old Harbor on the southeast coast of the island.

Kodiak’s Late Saltery Silver Rush
by Terry W. Sheely 56

With the best road-accessible silver fishery on the island, the Saltery River AKA Saltery Creek is the backdrop for a most extraordinary fly rod coho experience. With silvers landed up to 18 pounds, and 56 landed between 9:20 a.m. and noon on one particularly productive day, Terry tells a tale as only he can of big, explosive silvers, and plenty of ‘em during his September visit to Dave McGoffin’s Saltery Lake Lodge.

Live Aboard Cast and Blast
by Marcus Weiner 62

A 6-day adventure aboard the 65-foot Venturess puts Publisher Marcus Weiner smack dab in the middle of the action. Fishing for halibut, lingcod, rockfish and king salmon while aboard the boat, and hunting for Sitka black-tailed deer and sea ducks while on land, this is an adventure that you should seriously consider adding to your bucket list.

Holiday Gift Guide Pt. 2
by Fish Alaska staff 32

Our editors contribute gift ideas for anglers and sportsmen as the holiday season nears.


COVER / Zoe Peterson and Lavaya Erickson display one of Kodiak’s abundant crustaceans.

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