2017 Fishing Regulations Published

2017sc_sfregs_susitna_river_1.jpgJust one day after the NFL released its 2017 schedule ADF&G published the 2017 fishing regulations for Southcentral Alaska. One is anticipated by millions, the other by dozens. What I’m interested in is who America’s team (the Buffalo Bills) opens up against and where and when am I not allowed to fish.

While I don’t notice any major changes from the past few years, I’m anticipating ADF&G to release additional Emergency Orders on top of the EO’s released earlier this year as soon as salmon return numbers are available.  Continue reading “2017 Fishing Regulations Published”

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Trout Unlimited to Host First Chapter Meeting in Mat-Su

TU SC Alaska logo FA-01The Southcentral Alaska Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host its first chapter meeting in the Mat-Su on Wednesday, April 19 at 6pm at Bearpaw River Brewing Company. TU’s guest will be Adam St. Savior, a research biologist for Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division, stationed in Palmer.

St. Savior has been the principal investigator on numerous Fish and Game research projects including smolt, sonar, genetics, and adult salmon weir projects in Kodiak and across Southcentral Alaska. He’ll be share the finding from a recently completed study titled Northern Cook Inlet Chinook Salmon Marine Harvest Stock Composition.  Continue reading “Trout Unlimited to Host First Chapter Meeting in Mat-Su”

Urban Tumbleweed: It’s What’s for Dinner

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Cottonwood Creek just 100 yards from the Parks Highway. Photo: Ben Rowell

The Mat-Su has a plastic bag problem. It’s harmful to the environment, unsightly, and embarrassing.

We’ve all seen it. The urban tumbleweeds dangling from trees like ornaments along the Parks Highway or partially sunken into the mud along the banks of our waterways. Besides being an eyesore, plastic bags poise a risk to salmon returning to our local streams.

“Plankton eat it, salmon eat plankton. Salmon are also attracted to the plastic because it grows algae, so they eat it as food. So it comes back to us on our dinner plates”, Mat-Su Bag It Committee member Carol Montgomery told KTVAContinue reading “Urban Tumbleweed: It’s What’s for Dinner”

Matanuska Valley Fish and Game Advisory Committee to Hold Elections on Wednesday, April 19th

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The Matanuska Valley Fish and Game Advisory Committee will hold an election meeting Wednesday April 19th at 7:00pm at Wasilla High School. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Advisory Committees are local groups that meet to discuss fish and wildlife issues, provide a local forum for those issues, and make recommendations to the Alaska boards of fisheries and game. Their purpose as established by the Joint Boards of Fisheries and Game includes:  Continue reading “Matanuska Valley Fish and Game Advisory Committee to Hold Elections on Wednesday, April 19th”

Missing from the Sportsman Shows: Bentley’s $300K Fly Fishing SUV

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).

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Spring Cleaning: Get Cash for Your Fishing Gear

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Alaska Fly Fishers Annual Auction provides opportunity to sell your lightly used gear.  

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.

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No signs of breakup on the Little Su. Photo taken on March 27, 2017.

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.

Here’s how it works…

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Win Tickets to the International Fly Fishing Film Festival

if4-2017-poster-master-noeventinfospace-bleedsThe International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4™) returns to Palmer and Anchorage this fall and Highway 3 Angler is giving away tickets.

What is IF4™?

IF4™ consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing.

Here’s how to enter:

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ADF&G’s Friday News Dump: Susitna River King Salmon Restrictions

When a government agency sends out a press release on Friday afternoon it’s because they don’t want it to get much coverage. It’s call the Friday news dump. Is that what ADF&G is doing here?

While there is some good news for Susitna River anglers hoping to catch (and release) a king salmon, we’re again hit hard with restrictions. Most of us have come to expect ADF&G to restrict the harvest of kings and more will likely come in a few months. But while restrictions are depressing and may deter anglers from hitting the water, the worst part of this press release is in the last paragraph:  Continue reading “ADF&G’s Friday News Dump: Susitna River King Salmon Restrictions”

Fishing Time Increased on Wasilla Area Creeks

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In what appears to be a win for Wasilla and Big Lake area families and working people, ADF&G announced Thursday that it increased fishing time on the lower sections of Fish, Cottonwood, and Wasilla Creeks that are open to sport fishing for salmon. Past regulations allowed fishing at this weekend only fishery from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. The increase extends fishing time to 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.

ADF&G also repealed the regulation closing Wasilla Creek to all fishing within 300 yards of Palmer-Fishhook Road. While still closed to salmon fishing, the area will be open to rainbow trout and grayling anglers beginning June 15.

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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”