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How to process fresh salmon Processing your fresh salmon at the end of the day can be a daunting task, especially if you have a lot of other things to do. However, it is probably the single, most-important thing you can do to ensure quality. A few things need to happen on the river and […]

What it’s like to take a bear defense course I’ve been interested in bear protection and a bear defense course for a while, mostly because just the mere thought of surprising a bear to the poi

Steelhead Fishing Bloopers: Adventures of Mac Lightfoot Blog Series by Mac Lightfoot For Mac, steelhead fishing is the pinnacle of cold-water sportfishing. He’s already spent time at Rainbow Trout A

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Gifts for Anglers in 2018 As the holidays are fast approaching, it’s time to make those final decisions on what gifts for anglers to give the important people in your life. We offered some suggestions in the last issue, and we’ll bet that some of those super-efficient, ultra-organized people out there have already made lists […]
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by E. Donnall Thomas, Jr.  Still, cool and humid beneath an overcast sky, the air smelled faintly of the nearby sea. The absence of direct sunlight overhead represented both good and bad news. The clouds denied the ability to spot fish despite the clarity of the current, but conditions that let you see fish also […]

Five Wacky Tricks for Finicky Coho by Greg Brush If you’ve fished silvers before, you likely know that they can be one of the most unpredictable salmon around. These great gamefish can try to rip th

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  by JD Richey So, let’s just say you’re heading deep into the Alaska bush on a week-long float trip where you might encounter trout, Dollies, several species of salmon, steelhead, grayling, pike and maybe even lakers or sheefish…and you can only take one lure with you. What’s it going to be? For me, it’s […]

We’d found silver salmon nirvana. Hiking several miles up a remote stream in Southeast, we rounded a bend and there it was. A 7-foot waterfall . . . below it a hole the size of an Olympic swimmi

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Tying Your Own Leaders for Fall Fishing Success By Troy Letherman For Alaska fly anglers, proper leader construction is of fundamental concern when preparing to fish for our primary fall species: steelhead, trophy char, rainbow trout and coho salmon.  Most leaders, especially the commercially available extruded leaders, perform poorly when casting big salmon flies and the […]

Kiss the Kelp and Tickle The Rocks and You’ll Nail Braggin’ Salmon Others Miss Story and Photos by Terry W. Sheely This time I’ve got it dialed in, the push from roller waves surging

When fished side by side, beaded steelhead jigs will out produce jigs without beads. How do I know this? For the past several years, I’ve tested this theory by fishing side by side with other angler

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