Trip Report: Willow Creek (July 23, 2017)

Willow Creek rainbow trout taken on a streamer. Photo: Ben Rowell

As I wrote in the last trip report, Willow Creek was very low. At 300cfs, the discharge was about 200cfs below normal. These low water conditions make for a slow float but it was the perfect opportunity to take my 4-year old son down the creek in a raft for the first time. Joining us was Ryan and his 8-year old chocolate lab, Turk.  Continue reading “Trip Report: Willow Creek (July 23, 2017)”


Trip Report: Willow Creek (July 13, 2017)

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! (June 3, 2017)

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.

May 28
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)”

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”

Evening Run

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”