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Where gravity does the work

Chad turned to his wife Erin,    “If I don’t make it back, I died doing what I love.”  It was well-spoken and sealed with a kiss. The Class III rapids of the canyon are far from the roughest or most consequential white water in the state, though they have proven deadly. As with many things, it’s better to be safe than sorry when drifting for adventure and a sense of freedom in … Read more

Alaska’s Eklutna River, just add water

As an angler, this is where the problem sinks in. It’s a visible focal point for the issue at hand. On one side, a massive freshwater lake, on the other, a salmon stream that once supported all 5 species of Pacific Salmon sits bone dry.

Help return water to the Eklutna River

Lower Eklutna Dam before removal

For nearly 90 years, the abandoned lower Eklutna Dam blocked salmon migration on the Eklutna River, contributing to the downfall of the salmon fishery. In September of 2018, we, along with many others, rejoiced the successful removal of the lower dam. This dam removal marked a first step in reconnecting 22 miles of salmon habitat and securing a free-flowing future for the Eklutna River.

The mouse-muncher

I can feel myself shaking but for some reason I still hold my hand out for visual verification.  The sort of tremble a fish hasn’t left with since putting a rooster fish in the net or landing my first steelhead. My adrenaline is spiked and the only way my grin could be any bigger is if I’d brought the fish to hand, but that’s of surprisingly … Read more

Goldfish in Alaska?

“Let’s go catch some goldfish.” This is not the phrase an Alaskan angler, or likely any angler, anticipates hearing. However, this summer it was brought to Anchorage residents’ attention that goldfish have been gleefully parading around an urban pond in colorful schools for some time.   With plans to eradicate the invasive species, and orders to catch and kill … Read more

Entrenched in the salmon cycle

“We are products of our environment.”  There is much truth to this adage, and I know I am a product of my Alaskan fly-fishing environment and exposure.    Six years ago when I arrived in Alaska, I was still a mere “padawan” with the fly rod. With time, I found more seasoned anglers to fish with, picked up some tips at the … Read more