Trip Report: Willow Creek (July 13, 2017)

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A Morrish Mouse fooled this Willow Creek rainbow trout. Photo: Ben Rowell

Dark skies moved over the Talkeetna Mountains and into Wasilla, bringing thunder, lightening, and heavy, but brief, rainfall. Not exactly the weather conditions that gets one excited to drive north to bushwhack into a lightly pressured section of Willow Creek. But knowing  there are protein starved rainbow trout waiting for the king salmon egg drop was enough to ignore the weather. Besides, it was time to throw some mice!  Continue reading “Trip Report: Willow Creek (July 13, 2017)”

Fishing Report Roundup! (July 8, 2017)

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Rainbow trout caught in the crystal clear water of Montana Creek. 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! (July 8, 2017)”

How to Dispose of Fish Waste in the Mat-Su Valley

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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”

Susitna River Drainage Closes to Sport Fishing for King Salmon, Including C&R

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Late this afternoon, ADF&G announced the closure of sport fishing for king salmon in the Susitna River drainage beginning July 4. The closure includes targeting kings for catch and release. If a king salmon is hooked while targeting other species, the fish must be kept in the water and released immediately.

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Poor Salmon Runs Have Guides Targeting Trout, Sitting It Out

Last week ADF&G announced two emergency orders limiting opportunities to harvest king salmon. The first banned the use of bait on the Deshka River. The second closed the Little Su to king salmon fishing except for a few upcoming weekends. With such poor returns, some anticipate both rivers closing to all king salmon fishing, including catch and release, as early as this week.  Continue reading “Poor Salmon Runs Have Guides Targeting Trout, Sitting It Out”

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:

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

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)”