Take some time and watch this great vintage Alaska fishing footage from Costa Films based on the Brooks River. Pretty cool to see how this fishery has maintained its integrity and fishing potential over the years. The amount of people visiting has changed for sure, yet it still remains a beautiful and productive piece of water for fishermen and bear viewers alike.
A great video by Fly Fish TV at Alaska Sportsman's Lodge - Bristol Bay
Follow Kelly Galloup on an episode of FlyfishTV as he chases Rainbow Trout at Alaska Sportsman's Lodge. They are utilizing beads during the Sockeye spawn on Battle Creek, a legendary river supporting some spectacular small-stream sightfishing. This is a great representation of the spectacular fishing you can find on your next Alaska Fly Out adventure.
Find out more about Alaska Sportsman's Lodge here.
Spend a few minutes of your work day watching some of Alaska's wildlife.
Photographer Randy Harris visited Brooks Falls in search of fishing and photography adventure. He found both, and also captured some pretty great footage of the Brown Bears at Brooks Falls along the way.
If you have not visited Brooks Falls before, it needs to be on your radar. The fishing is spectacular, the accomodations are great, and the wildlife viewing around you is second to none.
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.