January 2009 | 50th Anniversary of Statehood Edition


Editor’s Creel 8

Alaska Traveler 12

Fishing for a Compliment 17

Haugen’s Tackle Tech 22

Richey’s Salmon Sense 24

Fish Alaska Recipe 76

Advertiser Index 78

Final Drift 82

Special Section

It’s Still Fishing: Alaska at 50 From the discovery of sportfishing in the Katmai region to the lodges of today, Alaska’s mystique and beauty continue to draw fishermen from all over the world.


Float Fishing into the Future 

by René Limeres

Wilderness fishing guide, outdoor writer and photographer Rene Limeres sets you up for a float fishing expedition of Alaskan proportions. River recommendations, guides, what to bring (and what not to) are all
covered in this in-depth piece.

Fish Alaska All Tackle: I’ll Take Those Ugly Fish! 

by Terry Sheely 

Terry Sheely likes the salt side of Alaska fishing in the early spring. Yelloweye rockfish, cabezon and true cod make for an exciting catch with tiny tackle, fresh garlic, corn meal and melted butter.

Fish Alaska Fly: Sanchez Suspended Beetle 

by Scott Sanchez 

Twelve steps to an elaborate beetle imitation that fish just seem to gobble up. Fly master Scott Sanchez shares this original construction as well as how to fish it with FA readers.

Fish Alaska Travel: Sterling Highway 

by Scott Haugen 

Off the beaten path, but not far from one of Alaska’s most popular road system fisheries, the Sterling Highway has plenty of opportunities for anglers looking to escape the crowd. Scott Haugen takes you there for some great action.

Kodiak on a Budget 

by Dave Kilhefner 

On the “Emerald Isle” of Alaska there are few roads, but those roads lead to some of the greatest fishing opportunities you will find anywhere. Dave Kilhefner points the way with this coverage of one of Alaska’s fishing jewels.

COVER/Bud Hagberg holds a grayling at Selby Lake circa 1960. © Frank H.Whaley, AMRC Wein Collection. Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center Library & Archives. AMRC-b85-27-1690.