Trip Report: Montana Creek (June 11, 2017)

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Leopard rainbow trout from Montana Creek. Photo: Ben Rowell

For the second straight year I headed north to Montana Creek on a solo outing the same day as the popular Russian River opener. Last year I saw just one other angler and I expected about the same this year. The weather was partly cloudy heading out of Wasilla with dark skies father north over Talkeetna. Anglers fishing Willow, Little Willow, and Kashwitna were dry but anyone fishing further north was getting wet.   Continue reading “Trip Report: Montana Creek (June 11, 2017)”

Fishing Report Roundup! (June 10, 2017)

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The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (June 10, 2017)”

5 Things We Loved about the Alaska Spey Clave

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Over 80 rods to demo at the 2017 Alaska Fly Fishing Fair and Spey Clave. Photo: Ben Rowell

We could go on and on about how knowing two-hand fly casting techniques helps the Susitna River drainage angler access more fishable water but let’s cut to the chase. Here are 5 things we loved about the Alaska Fly Fishing Fair and Spey Clave:

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Fishing Report Roundup! (June 3, 2017)

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A Susitna watershed grayling fell for a smolt pattern. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.

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While king salmon fishing has been slow, the bite was on when the skies opened up Sunday afternoon. Just ask the folks from Drifterz Paradise, who caught and released a two beautiful fish.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (June 3, 2017)”

Learn Two-Hand Casting Techniques at Upcoming Alaska Spey Clave

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Leopard rainbow trout from the Susitna watershed caught on a two-hand rod. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Susitna watershed’s big water is ideal for casting long two-hand fly rods. It also has many roadside streams that call for shorter switch rods and single-hand Spey casting techniques. Having these tools in your arsenal will open up water that has been out of reach by being too far away or limited space for a backcast.

If casting two-hand rods is your preferred fishing style, or if you would like to learn a new casting technique, this Saturday’s 4th annual Fly Fishing Fair and Spey Clave, hosted by Alaska Fly Fishers, is a great opportunity for free instruction from some of the best casting instructors in the state. This year’s event is being held on Saturday, June 3 at the scenic Russian River Ferry Crossing in Cooper Landing.

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Fishing Report Roundup! (May 27, 2017)

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A healthy leopard rainbow trout. Photo by Chad Gage

The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.

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Fishing Report Roundup! (May 20, 2017)

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Resident fish have been keyed in on smolt. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (May 20, 2017)”

Best of Instagram: #2HandAK

With the 4th annual Fly Fishing Fair and Spey Clave coming up on June 3rd (we’ll write more on that next week), we thought it would be a good time to share our favorite Instagram’s from #2HandAK.

2hand Alaska is a phrase Mossy’s Fly Shop came up with to show their support and passion for fishing two-hand fly rods, also know as Spey rods.
Two-hand rods can cast further and cast heavier flies easier than single hand rods, making them an effective tool on some of the Valley’s larger creeks and rivers. If casting further interests you (Why wouldn’t it?) than taking a day to learn or improve your two-hand casting techniques will be worth the 2.5 hour drive south.
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Fishing Report Roundup! (May 13, 2017)

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The Fishing Report Roundup gathers reports from around the web for your easy reference. Reports from multiple sources provide you with an idea of what is happening in an area and where to focus your efforts in the upcoming days. Remember that fishing reports state how conditions are on a specific day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.

May 6 – May 12 – Fishing has been good at most Mat-Su lakes. A lot of reports coming out of Finger Lake and Loberg Lake have included pictures of above average size rainbow trout. There is a 70% chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday so boat traffic may be light on popular lakes.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (May 13, 2017)”