October/November 2018



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October/November 2018
Multi-Species Musings

Alaska Traveler 6
Creel 8
Gear Bag 10
Online 12
Fishing for a Compliment 15
Salmon Sense 16
Conservation 18
Fly 20
Boats 22
Saltwater 30
Stillwater 32
Fish for the Future 40
Recipe 70
Advertiser Index 73
Final Drift 74


Total Access
by Andrew Cremata 42

No doubt, having a watercraft of some sort opens up lots of possibilities for Alaskan anglers. Andrew Cremata shares his experience chasing grayling, lake trout and pike from his new-to-him canoe.

Arctic Fishing Adventures
by Paul Atkins 50

Fishing the Kobuk River and its tributaries in late summer provides terrific action for chum salmon, sheefish, grayling and pike. Paul Atkins relives the latest rendition of his annual trip to the Kobuk.

The Ubiquitous Egg Sucking Leech
by Terry Sheely 56

The one “lure” every Alaskan angler should have in their box is likely some version of the egg sucking leech. A glorified and colorful version of the Woolly Bugger, it has probably caught more of Alaska’s fish species in greater quantities than anything else. Terry is partial to the purple ESL.

The Best of the Panhandle­—Exploring Sitka’s Productive Saltwater
by E. Donnall Thomas Jr. 62

Chinook, silvers and a variety of bottomfish make Sitka one of the most productive sportfishing ports in southeast Alaska. Don Thomas and his wife Lori have been fishing Sitka waters for years and Don shares some of his insight on the fishery.

Special Section:
Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Part 1 34

We’ve rounded up some options for you to consider as holiday gifts for the anglers in your life. From apparel to accessories, tackle to gourmet foods, guns to boat parts, our Holiday Gift Guide Part 1 will get you thinking about who is on your gift list and what you might end up getting them. Time to decide who’s been naughty and who has been nice.

COVER / Sharna Parker from Taranaki, NZ, with an Alagnak River chum salmon she caught on a Sage switch rod. © Gray Struznik/Olympic Peninsula Fly Fishing/www.opflyfishing.com

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