A few minutes of Drone footage flying over the Kenai River Canyon in Cooper Landing, Alaska
Spring is quickly making its rejuvenating presence known throughout the State. Lee Kuepper took advantage this weather to explore the legendary Kenai River canyon from the air. The once frozen rivers, are now breaking free of their icy handcuffs, and the sun is walking the horizon for hours longer than the prior months.
Summer is just around the corner. Who’s ready to fish?
Learn to tie one of the best sculpin patterns for Alaska in only 6 minutes.
When coming up to Alaska in search of monster trout, don' forget to throw a few sculpin patterns in your bag. Throughout the year, trout will take advantage of a properly placed sculpin imitation at just about any time. In this video Lee Kuepper goes over how to tie up one of his favorites.
The "Dirty Diving Sculpin" is tied on a jig hook so the pattern swims head down, using the current to push it towards the bottom. Utilizing only 3 materials, this fly is made with 3 things in mind; imitation, movement, and durability. Make sure you have a few in your box this summer.
Bear encounters in Alaska are common, but the right lodge always ensures your saftey.
The 49th state is loaded with bears, and with good reason. The massive salmon influx provides the perfect fat-rich sustenance that they need to survive the long winter and raise their young. When it comes to finding a good lodge for your next Alaska fishing trip, bear safety and wildlife interaction etiquette is definitely a criteria that needs to be considered.
Respected lodges always place your safety above all. They employ experienced guides that deal with bears on a regular basis. In fact, many of the guides get to know the bears by name, recognizing each of their personal characteristics and comfortable zones of safety. Seasoned guides are just as focused on you as they are on your surroundings, addressing wildlife encounters before they have a chance to become a safety issue.
At Alaska Fly out, we understand that wildlife sightings and encounters are a big part of the Alaska fishing experience. There is nothing quite like fishing alongside bears, moose, wolves, or even wolverines. Keeping this in mind, each of the lodges and outfitters that we represent offer unique fishing experiences while placing great emphasis on keeping their guests happy and safe.
5 minutes of quality tunes and fly tying for your Monday.
There is no better way to break away from the grip of cabin fever than by spending some quality time at the vice with some fresh tunes. Keeping the upcoming spring thaw in mind, this video shows how to tie Kuepper's Small Fry, the perfect imitation for chasing trout during the early season salmon fry migration.
Swing and twitch it near the surface during low light periods in early spring. Focus your concentration on pinch points in the rivers, inside bends, and woody debris. Hold on tight as this little guy is rarely hit lightly.
Here is the list of materials needed:
Gamakatsu SC15 Size 10 hook
Small Holographic Eyes
Ice Dub Pearl Red Hue
Ice Dub Pearl
Ice Dub Minnow Back Shimmer Fringe Chartruese Peacock
Sometimes increasing the difficulty means leaving some critical gear at home.
We are very fortunate to have such spectacular fishing opportunities here in the 49th state. Silver salmon are some of the most acrobatic and hard fighting species swimming in our rivers. Successfully hooking and landing an Alaskan silver salmon without the use of a rod has always been on Lee Kuepper's bucket list. Watch how it turned out.
The 49th state is the perfect place to instill a lifetime of outdoor passions.
A while back I was introduced to a video called "My First Fish." While not specifically filmed in Alaska, this video perfectly captures the excitement of introducing a child to fly fishing. Of all my years guiding anglers in Alaska, there are a select number of memories that I can relive by just closing my eyes. A few of them are about very large trout and steelhead, a few are of the epic battles that ensued, but many of them are simply memories of days spent fishing with kids. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, uncles and nephews, and all the combinations in between are among the most vivid fishing memories etched into my brain.
Alaska is a wild and beautiful place filled with mountains, glaciers, salmon, and bears. This translates into being the perfect location for exposing your kids to the excitement of being outdoors. It will instill a lifetime passion in fishing and create personal bonds that will last forever. Do your kids a favor. Bring them up to one of the last "wild" places we have left and take them fishing. You will never regret it.
Lee Kuepper is professional guide now calling the Kenai River home. He is a co-owner of Alaska's Angling Addiction, chasing the Kenai's monster kings and fabled trout on a regular basis. He is also a member of Loop USA's prostaff and a Certified Fly Casting Instructor through the FFF.
Silver Salmon can be aggressive topwater feeders if you can keep their attention.
By Lee Kuepper
Found throughout nearly the entire state of Alaska, Silver Salmon (also called Coho Salmon) are hard fighting, eager biting, and acrobatic - making them a very popular sport fish among fly anglers. Not to mention, Silvers in some parts of Alaska push up to around the 20lb mark! And, Coho are generally "fly-friendly". Now, I am not saying that they are always easy and eager biters, but quite often chasing silvers with a fly is just as productive as fishing them with conventional gear. My final pitch for Silver Salmon is that you can coax them to take a top-water fly, and any species that can be caught on the surface will always get the nod from me.
From the coastal rainforests of Southeast Alaska, to the waters of Western Alaska, and everywhere in between, the demeanor of the Coho (Silver) Salmon are always the same. They will always choose the path of least resistance, and if they can lazily mill around in "froggy" water, they will. With that in mind, you would be well advised to leave the heavy currents and fast riffles to those not in-the-know.
Now, there is an exception to this general rule in the tide-water areas. When fish are fresh from the ocean they will often enter in massive, sprawling waves that coincide with the incoming tide. As soon as they hit non-tidal water though, they take on the lazy-boy mentality and begin looking for couch water. Weedy sloughs, inside river bends, behind islands, or any other breaks in the main current will usually provide some spectacular Silver Salmon fishing.
Filmmaker Ryan Peterson's new video "XBoundary" highlights the the open pit mining boom in B.C, and follows the impacts and concerns for Alaska. Filmed for Salmon Beyond Borders (www.salmonbeyondborders.org).
From The Filmmaker - An open-pit mining boom is underway in northern British Columbia, Canada. The massive size and location of the mines--at the headwaters of major salmon rivers that flow across the border into Alaska--has Alaskans concerned over pollution risks posed to their multi-billion dollar fishing and tourism industries. These concerns were heightened with the Aug 4, 2014 catastrophic tailings dam failure at nearby Mt. Polley Mine in BC's Fraser River watershed.
After surving cancer, Pudge Kleinkauf decided to spend her life doing what she loves: fly fishing.
By Lee Kuepper
Part of the Indie Alaska series, "I Am A Fly Fisher" follows the story of one of the most well known and respected female anglers in Alaska, Pudge Kleinkauf. I have met Pudge up here a few times, and can tell you that she is quite an amazing woman. More so, I have run into many of the women she has taught and touched along the way, furthering the respect I have for her passions and pursuits in the fly fishing world.