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By Eric Booton I practice catch and release. I pinch my barbs and tie on barbless hooks when I can. I carry a rubberized net and am an avid supporter of the keepemwet movement. If you are following the Trout Unlimited blog I can pretty safely assume that you are familiar with the concept of [ READ MORE... ]
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Who doesn't like catching fish on top? With poppers, no less. Several years back, while fishing with a great group of guys on Alaska's Tongass National Forest, I was introduced to the fact that pink salmon—yes, pink salmon—will hit poppers just as they're reporting for spawning duty from the [ READ MORE... ]
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Every year about this time, I'm lured over Monida Pass into the Beaverhead drainage, and, inevitably, after a day or two of fishing, I go a bit farther. I'll venture from there, up the Big Hole to the Bitterroot, or maybe even farther north to Rock Creek, where I tell myself a sqwala might make an [ READ MORE... ]
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By: Alaska Program Staff Anyone who understands the value of public lands to hunters, anglers and other outdoor recreationists, and the fundamental role public lands play in many of our lives has cause for concern. Today we're writing to highlight just one of the threats to our public lands. ​ [ READ MORE... ]
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The Kenai River, One of a Kind For both fisherman and outdoorsman alike, the Kenai River has everything to offer.  World-class fishing, breathtaking scenery, and an abundance of wildlife make it truly one of the finest outdoor destinations in the United States. Kenai River Trout fishing is world [ READ MORE... ]
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If you have the thirst for 30 inch rainbows and rivers clogged with wild salmon then you are likely familiar with the Alaskan gem known as Bristol Bay.  And if you are familiar with Bristol Bay then you likely are familiar with the Pebble Mine proposal and maybe have even submitted comments on it [ READ MORE... ]
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Colony High School teacher, Tim Lussow, is all smiles after receiving fly tying material donations to support his "Alaska Wild" course.  Photo: Eric Booton   After spending the past couple of months hosting a fly tying material donation drive for Colony High School, I have two words to share with [ READ MORE... ]
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Bristol Bay rainbow. Photo by: Brian O'Keefe   Friends,   Now that it has been a month, we suspect you might be wondering how the recent election will impact our work to protect the places we love to fish in Alaska.    Simply put, the change in Administration may make some of our efforts to protect [ READ MORE... ]
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The Nuke Egg by Tim Flagler   By Chris Hunt Egg patterns get a bad rap, for the most part. They're kind of like the venerable San Juan Worm—they just look too much like bait to some fly fishers, and for that reason, they're often scorned, and those of us who use them are often ridiculed. But, in a [ READ MORE... ]
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blog BY Eric Booton ON November 28 - 0 COMMENTS
An ode to the coho
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Photo courtesy Dave Atcheson  Coho, or silver salmon, run in the Kenai River throughout the fall and are popular with anglers.   By Dave Atcheson   We all know the Chinook is the undisputed king and sockeye salmon fill our freezers, but I don’t believe Oncorhynchus Kisutch, or the silver [ READ MORE... ]
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