May 2002 | Catching Kings Statewide


Publisher’s Note 4

Editor’s Creel 7

Alaska Fishing News 10

Book Review 14

Fishing for a Compliment 16

Gear Review 18

Inside Alaska Angling 66

Featured Fish Recipe 78

The Final Drift 82


Floating Towards Heaven: The Aniak 

by Jeff Varvil

A truly wild river, the Aniak offers a “Grand Slam”for those that venture there.

36 Kings in 36 Hours 

by Marcus Weiner

Ketchikan waters provide an astonishing number of hook-ups for our publisher on a quick trip to Southeast.

Tying the Hareball Leech 

by Rich Johnson

Kings on the fly? You bet! Catch ’em with this bunny fly.

Back Bouncing

by Greg Brush

Let this Kenai guide show you how to back bounce your way to Kenai kings.

Big Kings on the Little Su 

by Andy Couch

Accessible kings? You bet. This Southcentral gem offers great king fishing.

Spoon Feeding Salmon 

by John Beath

When they won’t take the bait, sometimes you need to speed up and spoon feed ’em.

The Colossal Kenai 

by Jim Durkin

A legendary fishing river gives up some of its secrets. Don’t miss the special tips sections by expert guides.

Fish Homer Alaska 

By Josh Parker

End of the Road?
For adventuresome fishers and travellers, Homer is just the beginning.

COVER/ Jeff Peterson, of Old Harbor, AK hoists an over 40-pound chinook. © John Beath