4   Fish Alaska Online

6   Alaska Traveler

8   Creel

10  Fishing for a Compliment

12  Gear Bag

14  Salmon Sense

16  Fly

18  Boats

28  Saltwater

30  Coho Chronicles

32  Flyfishing

34  Conservation

36  Holiday Gift Guide pt. 2

64  Recipe

65  Ad Index

66  Final Drift

On The Cover

Blake Stamper with one of many good fish he landed on a 10-fish day on the Situk last April. © Brian Woobank



DIY Stillwater: Alaska’s Biggest Secret by George Krumm

One of the most consistent, reliable, and enjoyable fisheries in southcentral Alaska is also one of the most overlooked. It is not subject to high water, poor runs, or allocation issues, and is rarely impacted by Alaska Department of Fish & Game Emergency Orders. It runs from ice-out in spring until freeze-up in fall, is easily accessible, and has so many places to go, you could spend a lifetime and not learn it all. Editor George Krumm tells you all you need to know to take advantage of Alaska’s biggest secret: southcentral Alaska’s stillwater fishery.



Underwater Photo Essayby Brian Woobank and Marcus Weiner

Marcus Weiner’s opening paragraph in the article sums it up succinctly: “As anglers, we seldom get the opportunity to peer into the fish’s world, at their level. Our buddy and Contributing Photographer, Brian Woobank, has been on a mission for the last several years to capture images of fish underwater in their environment. While others are obsessed with hooking and landing fish, Brian is obsessed with capturing images and videos that preserve each moment. We are pleased to share with you a sampling of Brian’s work.”



The Best ‘Wogging in the Great Land by Robert Campbell

Getting any fish to take a fly from the water’s surface is sublime. When that fish is a 7- to 14-pound silver salmon, it’s more like supercharged sublimation! Silvers can indeed be tricked to the surface. Robert Campbell shares how, and elaborates on some of the best places to do it in southeast Alaska.



Kodiak’s Karluk: One of a Kindby Elwood Brehmer

There’s a 22-mile-long river in Alaska that has an average return of wild steelhead between 4,000 and 11,000 fish. Those numbers sound remarkably like the average Situk River wild steelhead run, but it isn’t the Situk. It’s Kodiak Island’s Karluk River. Elwood Brehmer hooked up with FishHound Expeditions for a multiday steelhead soiree on the Karluk in October.