January 2006 | 2006 Travel Issue


Editor’s Creel 8

Alaska Traveler 14

Book Review 18

Fishing for a Compliment 20

Fish Recipe 76

Sportsman’s Cove Lodge’s

Smoked Salmon Dip

Advertiser Index 78

Final Drift 82


Fish Alaska Special Section

Kinesis on the Kanektok 56

Spey school and kings on one of Alaska’s most forgiving rivers.

by Troy Letherman
Photos by Matt Hage


The Great Alaska Tacklebox

by Scott Haugen

What you bring when you fish the Great Land will determine what you catch. Here’s a shopping list that will make your trip productive.

The Alaska Highway 

by Dave Vedder

From Canada to the border, this first of a two-part story will take you fishing through some of the most famous water that you can drive to. Next month, the lunker waters of Alaska.

Lucky Days in Prince William Sound 

by Kathy Anderson

Kathy Anderson experienced one of the prettiest places on earth. And she wasfortunate to have spectacular weather. And they caught lots of fish. What could be better?

A Kwethluk River Adventure 

by Les Gara

Les Gara rafts the quiet Kwethluk and finds some “leopard” rainbows. Big fish with big spots. Dollies and silver salmon, too.

Kings of the Lake 

by E. Donnall Thomas Jr.

A jewel of a fishery that just needs a little polish. E. Donnall Thomas Jr. fly-fishes the clear waters of Lake Creek.

Fish Ninilchik 

by Marcus Weiner

Publisher Marcus Weiner finds out why this fishery is so popular with the locals. Halibut and salmon abound, right along with the hospitality of those who call this historic seaside village home.

COVER / Publisher Melissa Norris (right) and Pudge Kleinkauf display a nice lake trout. © Melissa Norris