Tag Archives: Alaska fly fishing

5 Rivers Odyssey, Part II: A Bounty in Bristol Bay

Written by: Anthony Ortiz


Anthony Ortiz with a gorgeous, streamer-eating Dolly Varden on the Koktuli River.
Photos courtesy Trout Unlimited

A sleepless night, two flights, and one hell of a portage later, I found myself on the Koktuli River in the heart of Bristol Bay. We inflated our rafts and prepared for the eight-day float trip that was . . .

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5 Rivers Odyssey, Part I: Doubt on the Water

Written by: Libby Glaser


Libby Glaser casts for big rainbows on Alaska’s  Kenai River.
Photo courtesy of Tyler Gagat, USFS

The 5 Rivers Odyssey crew spent our first two days on the Russian River, volunteering with Kenai Peninsula Stream Watch, a U.S. Forest Service (USFS) program that manages salmon habitat . . .

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Pro Tips: How to Recognize a Problem Bear


Written by: Phil Monahan

This bear’s posture and attitude don’t suggest any aggression.
Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

We have posted before about how important it is to carry bear spray when you venture into bear country—whether you’re in Alaska, Glacier national Park, or Tennessee. But we’ve all seen . . .

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Pebble Mine Project Loses Major Investor


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is no place for a gigantic, open-pit mine.
Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

On April 2, 2018, some 50 fishing and hunting businesses and organizations–led by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Orvis, and the Theodore . . .

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Watch “Frontera Norte” for FREE for the Next 48 Hours


Written by: Phil Monahan

As part of a monthlong celebration of the first public release of the fly fishing film “Corazón”–the final of three films that make up “The Scorpion Trilogy”–Off the Grid Studios and Orvis are showing . . .

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Story: “Getting The Big Picture” on an Alaskan Stream

Written by: Bob Triggs, Washington Fly Fishing


The author (left) shows of a Lower Talarik Creek rainbow landed by angler Bob Kuhn.
Photo courtesy Bob Kuhn

The DeHavilland Beaver lifted off of the quiet lake surface at dawn, leaving a trail of water sluicing off of the trailing edges of the floats. I was being sent out, with the float plane and pilot, and . . .

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Action Alert: Tell the U.S. Corps of Engineers that Pebble Mine Is Too Risky


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bristol Bay is home to the world’s last great wild salmon run–too important to fast-track Pebble’s permitting process.
Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

On April 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opened a public-comment period to collect opinions and information about the proposed Pebble Mine. But it seems as though the Corps is fast . . .

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EPA Reverses Course on Pebble Mine


Written by: Phil Monahan

Bristol Bay is home to the world’s last great wild salmon run.
Photo by Pat Clayton, Fish Eye Guy Photography

In a move that surprised almost everyone involved in the fight against Pebble Mine, the EPA announced on Friday that it would NOT withdraw the Clean Water Act Section 404(c) Proposed . . .

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Fish Facts: Pink Salmon (Oncorhyncus gorbuscha)


Written by: Phil Monahan

The large hump in front of the dorsal fin on spawning males is the reason for the species’s nickname, “Humpy.”
Illustration by Timothy Knepp – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

In the angling community, the pink salmon (Oncorhyncus gorbuscha) is not generally held in the same high esteem as its cousins, the Chinook, coho, and sockeye. However, the sheer. . .

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