Fish Facts: Pink Salmon (Oncorhyncus gorbuscha)


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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Matching The Alaskan Hatch

Alaska is one of those rare places where there are enough native and wild fish to not only challenge you, but also encourage you to experiment. I began thinking about this while fishing for sea-run Dolly . . .

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 12.02.20: Bristol Bay Wins!

Welcome to the latest installment of the Wednesday Wake-Up Call, a roundup of the most pressing conservation issues important to anglers. Working with our friends at Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, The Everglades Foundation, Captains for Clean Water, Bullsugar.org, and Conservation Hawks (among others), we’ll make sure you’ve got the information you need to understand the issues … Continue reading “Wednesday Wake-Up Call 12.02.20: Bristol Bay Wins!”

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Video: The Mouse-Eating Rainbows (and More!) of Alaska

The latest full-length video from Catch Magazine’s Todd Moen is an epic journey to western Alaska, where angler Brian O’Keefe throws mouse patterns to big rainbows, arctic char, and even grayling. The shots of the surface strikes are exciting, but as . . .

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Classic Story: Patience Pays Off in Alaska


The huge rainbows that Alaska is famous for are not always easy to catch.
All photos by Jeremy Kehrein

In early July 1995, I was guiding two of my favorite clients of all time—a father-and-son team from Annapolis, Maryland—on the Copper River, which drains into Alaska’s Lake Iliamna. Tom and. . .

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#GivingTuesday #MomentofChill: Save Bristol Bay

The rivers of Alaska’s Bristol Bay are home to the world’s largest runs of sockeye salmon, like those shown here. Near the headwaters of this incredible resource, a Canadian mining company has proposed an open-pit copper and gold mine of . . .

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Wednesday Wake-Up Call 08.07.19: Pebble Mine Edition

Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it was withdrawing the 2014 Proposed Determination, which ” would have safeguarded Bristol Bay from the proposed Pebble mine and other large-scale industrial development by . . .

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