February 2015 | Blue Ribbon Fishing



February 2015 IssueAlaska 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


Twitchin’ for Coho by Terry Wiest

Veteran author Terry Wiest heads to Yakutat’s Glacier Bear Lodge to target coho and while
onsite employs his favorite, and the extremely effective, method for enticing fresh silver to strike: twitchin’ jigs.

Chinook Bonanza on the Nushagak by Marcus Weiner

After nearly 15 years spent traipsing around Alaska, Publisher Marcus Weiner finds himself returning to the Nushagak River to once again tackle the river’s bountiful kings from his home-base at Bristol BayAdventures.

Yakutat Style by Troy Buzalsky

Exploring Yakutat both from the salt- and the freshwater perspective, Troy Buzalsky heads out from Leonard’s Landing Lodge in late August, specifically aiming for peak coho- and halibut fishing. He finds a bit of both and offers his experience as information for planning your
own trip.

Blue-Ribbon Highways by Les Gara

Les Gara presents his guide to floating the wilderness rivers of Alaska, a primer that includes ideas, options and tips for floating everything from scenic roadside streams to the wild and remote waters of the Alaska bush—all of which, of course, are packed with fish.

Alaska’s All-Species Mecca by JD Richey

The lower Togiak River has a rich reputation for being a world-class king salmon fishery, but there’s a lot more to this Southwest gem than meets the eye. Blessed with excellent runs of all five Pacific salmon species, it also harbors some outstanding trout, Dolly and pike fishing, and Contributing Editor JD Richey takes us there in style.

An Affordable Kenai Peninsula  by Wayne Norris

Your memorable summer 2015 fishing vacation is waiting for you between the fresh- and saltwater of the Kenai Peninsula, where Fish Alaska Operations Manager Wayne Norris most recently enjoyed basing a multi-species excursion out of Salmon Catcher Lodge. Here he shows how your trip can be done on a budget, enjoying the diversity that makes up our famous Alaska abundance.