Monday, May 27, 2013

USGS Upper Kenai River at Cooper Landing

Its been a long winter in Southcentral Alaska, but the Kenai River at Cooper Landing is on the rise as summer like temps finally get the snow melt pumping.  Runoff is typically a slower and more steady process on the Kenai River system than the rivers of the Rocky Mountains. Kenai and Skilak Lakes also create a buffer to spread out the water and maintain a more steady and less spiky rise.  This is great for fishing.  More and more rainbows and dolly varden char will move into the river as the flows begin to peak in early to mid summer.  The Upper Kenai River opens June 11.  There will be fresh sockeye bound for the Russian River rolling through and the rainbows will be looking to eat after the spawn.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Help Save Bristol Bay and Be a Winner

To help save Bristol Bay fisheries and stop the Pebble Mine from altering Alaska forever, all you need to do is follow this link.  It's really easy and you just might win a dream fishing trip to Crystal Creek Lodge.

Comment Now to the EPA to Protect Bristol Bay

No Pebble Mine!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Alaska King Salmon Fly

I love fly fishing for Alaska King Salmon.  My favorite color for fresh fish charging in from the ocean is chartreuse or hot green.  My favorite color combo for fishing between tides or for fish holding in classic swinging water is Blue and Black.  The Bruise is a blue and black King Salmon fly that I feel confident swinging just about any time.

Tight Lines and Screaming Reels!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Trailer Maintenance

Soon, boat trailers will be banging down the highways and bi-ways on the way to fishy waters everywhere.  We've all seen those abandoned trailers with missing wheels along the road during the fishing season. A sure way to ruin a trip is to have your trailer bearings blow out.  Especially if you are not prepared for a roadside repair.  It's always a good idea to start with a fresh batch for a busy season or at least make sure the bearings are packed full of grease.  Then load up your repair kit and keep it ready in case something bad happens.  This video shows how to quickly replace a hub and bearing assembly and get back on the road within minutes.

Here's to a great fishing season!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Alaska Needs King Salmon

Alaska needs King Salmon!  Continuing to allow by-catch waste by commercial trawlers is completely unreasonable and immediate steps must be taken to curb the deadly trend for the health of Alaska's marine and freshwater environments.

King Salmon are part of Alaska’s wild heritage and healthy runs are vital to Alaska’s sportfishing economy and to Alaska’s image throughout the world.  In many systems, King Salmon provide an important food source for Rainbow Trout, Char and other species.

King Salmon have always been the glamour species for anglers and as fish-able populations decrease, anglers are displaced to fewer and fewer areas, leading to crowding and many other social and environmental impacts.  Anglers are also diverted to target other species such as Rainbow Trout or sockeye salmon, leading to a negative spiral in multiple fisheries.

Doing nothing to curb the by-catch issue will have permanent and far reaching, negative impacts for our wildlife and our sportfishing traditions.

Stop The Profit In By-Catch

I signed a petition to The Alaska State House, The Alaska State Senate, and Governor Sean Parnell to Stop the Profit in By-Catch.  This is vital if we have any hope of maintaining our King Salmon runs.
Will you sign this petition? Click here:  MoreKing Salmon in our Rivers!

Thanks and let’s hope for Tight Lines!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sacred Headwaters Protection

Blockades, arrests, sit-ins, protests. Swimming a 355-mile river, living in the wilderness for months at a time. Music festivals, art shows, traveling exhibits, school programs. Singing, dancing, praying.

Canada has announced a permanent ban on oil and gas exploration in the Sacred Headwaters, the critical habitat that forms the headwaters of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers.  

Contact – Melyssa Rubino,, 604-331-6201, ext 227
Historic protection for BC’s Sacred Headwaters Announced: Major victory in campaign that puts local communities over corporate profit
Coalbed methane development to be permanently banned from headwaters of major salmon rivers VANCOUVER – The B.C. government announced today that Shell would be withdrawing its plans to develop coalbed methane in the Klappan-Groundhog tenure area in northwest British Columbia. The government will also not issue oil and gas tenures in the area in the future.
“Eight years ago, northern B.C. communities joined together to say ‘no’ to coalbed methane and ‘yes’ to wild salmon,” said Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition executive director Shannon McPhail. “Today is an incredible day for residents of the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine watersheds. We are grateful and proud that First Nations and communities from the watersheds came and stood together. The B.C. government and Shell deserve recognition for listening to these communities and making a decision that will protect salmon cultures and livelihoods.”

It is possible to have your voice heard when it comes to protecting those places that are sacred to you.  This victory in Canada should be both exciting and motivating for those of us who are strongly for the protection of Bristol Bay and Alaska's Sacred Fishery Resources. NO PEBBLE!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Bring the Rain and Take the Wind

The Upper Kenai River picked up a little precipitation and came up a smidgen.  Its just over 5000 cfs again. At least it stopped dropping.  The more water the better right now to spread out the Red Salmon soup. The wind however is raging.  I’m not a big fan of the wind.  5-10 mph is Ok, but gusting from 20-40 mph is not fun.  At least we have some shelter in the middle of the Kenai Peninsula.  Turnagain Arm is blowing 50 mph with the possibility of 80 mph gusts.  Glad were not trying to fish over there.  Glad I’m not a Halibut Captain or a Bush Pilot.  Those guys are grounded.  We still had a great day on the Upper Kenai River today.  The Upper Kenai River is probably the most consistent fish producer day and and day out throughout the season in Alaska.  That’s been my experience for the past 24 fishing seasons.  I still love it!
Rainbow Trout Upper Kenai River Alaska
Dolly Varden Kenai River Char