Evening Run

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Google Maps shows the river is that way. Photo: Ben Rowell

Our plan was to drive Highway 3 to Talkeetna to search for open water, but with a late start (6:30pm) and an optimistic fishing report for a different spot, we called an audible. Talkeetna would have to wait. Tonight we’re fishing highway streams.  Continue reading “Evening Run”

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Fishing Report Roundup! (April 29, 2017)

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Wetting a line as the sun sets in the Mat-Su Valley. 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 single day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (April 29, 2017)”

Good Reads: ‘Body of Water’

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Body of Water: A Sage, A Seeker, and the World’s Most Alluring Fish by Chris Dombrowski

Nonfiction
Milkweed Editions, October 2016
$24; 215 pp
ISBN: 978-1-57131-352-2

In Body of Water, a treat for fly fishing bibliophiles, author and Montana fishing guide Chris Dombrowski strays from his roots in poetry and big sky rivers to tell the story of legendary bonefish guide David Pinder and one of the world’s most fabled sporting lodges – Deep Water Cay.  Continue reading “Good Reads: ‘Body of Water’”

Fishing Report Roundup! (April 22, 2017)

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 single day or week. Conditions can quickly change since first reported.  Continue reading “Fishing Report Roundup! (April 22, 2017)”

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”

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).

Continue reading “Missing from the Sportsman Shows: Bentley’s $300K Fly Fishing SUV”

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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