June 2004 | Saltwater Smorgasbord


Editor’s Creel 6

The Alaska Traveler 14

Fishing News 20

Reader’s Lines 24

Book Review 28

Fishing For A Compliment 32

Gear Review 34

Boat Bring-alongs

Advertiser Index 92

Fish Alaska Services Guide 93

Fish Recipe 94

CampoBello’s Blackened Halibut Caesar

Final Drift 98


The Stimulator 

by Pudge Kleinkauf 

Pudge Kleinkauf ties up a stonefly imitation.

Decoding the Sockeye Run 

by Bernie Taylor 

An exclusive Fish Alaska How-To by Bernie Taylor.

Bling Ling 

by Doug Wilson 

Doug Wilson takes us to the ‘hood where the fish aren’t pretty, but they sure do taste good.

The Ladies of Elfin Cove 

by Kathy Anderson 

Girls’ day out takes on new meaning with these women who are very serious about their fishing. 

Tlingit Mo-Jo & Halibut Calling 

by Terry Sheely 

Terry Sheely joins Matt the Shaman for some rather unorthodox flatfish fishing.

Beyond Salmon 

by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.

Explore the beauty of Alaska’s other gamefish with E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.

A Tale of Two Derbies 

by Marcus Weiner 

Valdez is the home of some of the biggest barndoor halibut, and if you are lucky (and buy a derby ticket), they might just pay you to catch one. 

Fish The Gulkana River 

by Jerry M. Wylie 

Raft and fish one of Alaska’s Wild & Scenic Rivers with Jerry M. Wylie.


WAR!: It’s Combat on the Russian 

by Dave Atcheson 

Gear up and deploy, soldier, the fish are running on the Russian River. Here are some tips and techniques to help you survive your deployment. 

COVER – A lingcod at the surface. © Troy Letherman