3 Things Mat-Su Anglers Should Add to their Calendar

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Salmon remains on the banks of the Talkeetna River. Photo: Ben Rowell

October 5 – North Pacific Fishery Management Council

From the Mat-Su Borough:

Federal Management of Cook Inlet Salmon?

An important meeting for fisheries STARTS on Monday at the Hilton in Anchorage.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council manages the salmon fisheries in the US Exclusive Economic Zone, 3 nautical miles to 200 nautical miles off shore from Alaska.

In response to a 9th Circuit Court ruling, the Council is considering how to revise the Fishery Management Plan for 3 areas, including Cook Inlet.

The implication: fisheries management for Cook Inlet could return to what it was before statehood—federal management. This could cause profound changes in management for all types of users in Cook Inlet including, set netters, sports fishers, subsistence users, dip netters, guides, etc.  Continue reading “3 Things Mat-Su Anglers Should Add to their Calendar”

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3 Takeaways from MSB Fish & Wildlife Commission Meeting

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Mat-Su Borough Assembly Chambers at the start of Tuesday meeting. Photo: Ben Rowell

On Tuesday, August 22, the Matanuska Susitna Borough Fish and Wildlife Commission held a special meeting with representatives from ADF&G to discuss concerns about recent Upper Cook Inlet fish management decisions. In attendance were commission members, ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotten, Tom Brookover, ADF&G Director of the Division of Sport Fish, Scott Kelley, ADF&G Director of the Divisions of Commercial Fisheries, and about 125 Mat-Su residents and elected officials. The meeting was scheduled to run from 5pm to 7pm but ran an hour longer to accommodate public testimony.

Here are my three takeaways from the meeting.  Continue reading “3 Takeaways from MSB Fish & Wildlife Commission Meeting”

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:

Continue reading “5 Things We Loved about the Alaska Spey Clave”

Guest Post: Small Changes Equal Big Rewards by Ryan McCormick

Fishing for trout when times are tough.

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The author releasing a Susitna tributary raibow trout. Photo: Ben Rowell

If you fish Mat-Su Valley streams, chances are you’ve had some tough days —days when you can’t do anything right and it seems there isn’t a trout in any beat you have covered. We’ve all been there. Those days are frustrating, to say the least, but I’ve learned more from those tough days then I ever have when it has been lights out fishing. Fishing is a lot like anything: the more you practice, the better you become. Here are a couple tips to help get you into fish faster.  Continue reading “Guest Post: Small Changes Equal Big Rewards by Ryan McCormick”

5 Things for Fly Fishers at Mat-Su Outdoorsman Show

IMG_3988This weekend is the 12th annual Mat-Su Outdoorsman Show at the Curtis Menard Center in Wasilla. While there is something ironic about outdoorsman getting together inside on a sunny spring weekend, the show is a good opportunity to see what local outdoor recreation related businesses have to offer.

Here are 5 things that fly fishers will find interesting at the 2017 show:  Continue reading “5 Things for Fly Fishers at Mat-Su Outdoorsman Show”

9 Things That Will Never Change About Fly Fishing

Els Van Woert (right) and Orvis’s Jackie Jordan discuss the future of fly fishing in A Kinetic Loop.
Els Van Woert (right) and Orvis’s Jackie Jordan discuss the future of fly fishing in A Kinetic Loop.

Last week I came across a Facebook post announcing the Fly Fishing Film Tour’s (F3T) upcoming stop in Anchorage. The F3T is in its 11th year and I can’t help but think back to all the great films we’ve seen over the years. My favorite film in the long history of The F3T is A Kinetic Loop: A Celebration of Fly Fishing’s Past and Present by Sharptail Media.

The F3T describes the 2014 film as “an attempt to look at the innovators of today, the pioneers of yesterday, and similarities and differences that have defined the evolution of the sportover its lifetime.”  Continue reading “9 Things That Will Never Change About Fly Fishing”