May 2013 | Spring into Kings!

May 13Departments

Alaska Traveler    6

Editor’s Creel    8

Contest  10

Gear Bag  14

Fishing for a Compliment  18

Tackle Tech  24

Salmon Sense  26

EZ Limits: A Guide’s Angle  28

Fish Alaska Fly  32

Fish Alaska Boats  34

Fish Alaska Saltwater  38

Fish Alaska Stillwater  40

Flying Alaska  42

Recipe  92

Advertiser Index  95

Final Drift  98


Alaska Fish Derby Roundup

by Joy Doverspike  88

From the Homer Halibut Derby to Seward’s famous Silver Salmon Derby, we give you a guide to the summer’s fish payouts. Buy a ticket, go fishing and make money – what could be better than that?


Stinger Hooks

by John Rantz 

Set your offerings up with a trailing hook and increase your bite-to-hookup ratio this summer, whether trolling herring for kings or swinging flies for trout.

Kings from Strange Places

by Terry Sheely 

Target trophy Chinook in the salt by searching where others do not, namely in the near-shore areas around kelp beds and large rocks.

Gear Movement for Kings

by Scott Haugen 

Whether fishing drift-bobbers and roe or pulling plugs, create more movement with your offerings and catch more kings – it’s that simple, and Scott Haugen explains how.

Tidewater Trolling

by JD Richey 

Don’t overlook river mouths when searching for eager biters this season. Contributing editor JD Richey shows you where, when and how to find kings in tidewater.

The Return of the Prodigal Fisherman 

by Bjorn Dihle 

A Jonah? Not anymore, as Bjorn Dihle expounds on his continuing evolution as an angler in southeast Alaska, from early days on the water with his father and brothers through the beginning of a commercial-fishing career and on to his current efforts to reconnect with the region’s sport fish via rod and reel.

A Journey to Middle Earth

by Jason Gasper 

Take a float down the wild and scenic Kisaralik River and encounter five species of salmon, trout, char and grayling, all set amidst a truly authentic wilderness experience.

William “Jack” Hernandez Fish Hatchery

by George Krumm 

Come inside Alaska’s new state-of-the-art fish hatchery, which combines the latest technology with the steady efforts of its staff to improve the stillwater fishing in southcentral Alaska.