Early last week I wrote about Orvis 20 Days in September contest, where the goal is to get twenty days of fishing in this month. The contest stemmed from Orvis editor Phil Monahan’s lack of days on the water in July 2014, so he challenged himself to get out at least 20 times in September. The following year he challenged the Orvis community to do the same and it’s now an annual contest. I decided to participate in the challenge and post my progress here.
Orvis editor Phil Monahan didn’t fish very much during the summer of 2014. To make up for his lack of fishing, he challenged himself to fish 20 days in September. Twenty days on the water is probably way more than most of us get each month but I think it can be done, especially if you live in the Mat-Su Valley, where we are spoiled with fishing options. Monaghan wrote about his 20 Days in September Project back in 2014 and has since challenged Orvis fans to do the same with the Orvis 20 in September Contest.
ADF&G is opening the Fish Creek Youth-Only Fishery on Saturday and Sunday, August 5 – 6, 2017, from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. each day. The Youth-Only Fishery allows anglers 15 years and younger to fish for all species, except king salmon, in waters between the ADF&G markers at the mouth of Fish Creek and ADF&G markers 1⁄4-mile upstream of Knik-Goose Bay Road. Come to Fish Creek expecting to have lots of fun and getting very muddy.
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! (July 15, 2017)”
The Valley’s Fish Creek may open to dipnetting by Emergency Order on July 10 if ADF&G projects the escapement to reach the goal of 50,000 sockeye salmon. On the same day many will head south to participate in opening day of the Kenai River dipnet fishery. Thousands of fish will soon be filleted, smoked, vacuum packed or canned and there’s no better time than now to review how to properly dispose of fish waste in the Mat-Su Valley. Continue reading “How to Dispose of Fish Waste in the Mat-Su Valley”
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.
Problem: We load up the same old truck, drive the same old highway to the same old fishing hole, and catch the same old fish with our same old buddies. It’s a routine we’ve had for years that is desperately in need of a shake up.
Solution: Thankfully Bentley Motors identified our problem and tasked their top designers to come up with a fix. Behold Bently’s Bentayga Fly Fishing SUV by Mulliner – a Valley angler’s cure for the same old routine (or something like that).
The Valley streams are going to open up any day. Okay, that’s not accurate but the sunshine and warmer temperatures sure made it seem like it. The truth is that it’s still cold and streams are locked up in a thick layer of ice.
With the creeks still frozen, it’s now time to get our gear ready for when that first bit of water opens up and that means stocking fly boxes and prepping tackle now instead of putting it off until May.
A good opportunity for fly anglers to sell new or lightly used gear is at the upcoming Alaska Fly Fishers (AFF) Annual Fundraising Auction. For years, AFF has offered fly anglers the chance to place gear into a silent auction with 10% of the final sale price going to support AFF initiatives.