Fish Talk | February Newsletter

Truck camper in mountains
Just think, 2018 is gone with all of its great fishing for silvers, rainbows, kings, Dollies, sockeye, pinks, pike, and grayling and I don’t know where it went, do you? I’m also behind on my newsletter in the last couple of months and it’s time I got going. Here are a couple fish pictures and a couple of pictures of glaciers for the newsletter while the fish and we are dreaming about next summer.

 AK Fly Fishers Auction

The Alaska Fly Fishers club has had some setbacks with the online auction that they have been working on but they haven’t given up. It’s going to appear very soon now so keep watching their website at .  It will be done ONLINE ONLY and will feature all those great trips we have seen in the past, and maybe some other great items we always drool over. The starting point will be their website. Start planning those fishing trips for 2019 right here to be ready when the fun begins. I’ll let you know!!!

Fly-Tying Materials Sale!!

I’ll be offering lots & lots & lots of fly tying materials (feathers, hooks, threads, fur,) etc. at a sale at the Alaska Fly Fishers monthly meeting on the February 4th meeting at BPEC ( British Petroleum Energy Center) starting at 6:00p.m. Some real deals!!!!!! (you don’t have to be a member of the club to join us).

Compliments to Mid-Current

Hats off to Mid-Current, the web’s original news site for the fly fishing community and its new website’s tips, techniques, videos, art, photography, gear, books, and expert advice for fresh and saltwater. Experts from my book, Rookie No More, the Flyfishing Novice Gets Guidance from a Pro also appear in the “How To” section. Check out –“Nymphing Techniques,” “Steeple Cast,” and “Reading Water to Find Fish” among others. You can buy the book on Mid-Current’s site as well as Amazon, If you haven’t already subscribed, Do It Now!!!!!!!! Daily & weekly on Wednesday)

January/February 2019 Fly Fishing Show Dates

  • The fly fishing show in Edison, NJ is – January 25, 26, & 27 at the New Jersey Convention & Expo center. Get demonstrations, the chance to win guided trips, opportunity to see new gear, get fly tying tips and more. Don’t miss it.
  • The Atlanta Fly Fishing Show will run Feb 1-2 at the Infinite Energy Center (formerly Gwinnett Center) 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. Duluth, Georgia 30097. Lots of presentations, new items from waders to rods & reels and much more.
  • The Lynnwood, Fly Fishing show will be in Lynwood, WA – February 16 & 17 in the Lynwood Convention Center. One of the best fly fishing shows in the Northwest. You can see all of the vendors from other shows in a small & friendly environment.
  • Pleasanton, CA – February 22, 23 & 24 at Alameda County Fairgrounds. A casting pond inside and also out enable twice the # of demonstrations. Californian shops have lots of room for displays and gives some of the best-known names in fly fishing show you their skills.

  Fly-Fishing & Tying Journal

One of my articles appears in the Winter issue of the “Flyfishing &Tying Journal.” It is titled “Grayling Fishing with a Dry Fly.” Get some tips about techniques, presentation, and taking proper care when releasing grayling are the highlights.
Get my book titled “Alaska’s Arctic Grayling—Sailfish of the North” at Amazon or from me at

!!! Used Fly Fishing Books on Sale !!!!!

February 8, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
 Fishewear 4011 Arctic Blvd Ste. C

More than 65 of Pudge’s slightly used fly fishing books (that ended up on the floor in the recent earthquake) will be on sale from 4:00p.m.-7:00pm at Fishewear on Arctic Blvd. All of the books will be sold for 1/2 price!! Take a peek at some of the new items at the shop while you are browsing. Appetizers will be available. All of the proceeds go to Trout Unlimited. Join us! (p.s. please bring cash or check only. We can’t accept credit cards!!!!) (Guys are certainly welcome too.)
Also sign up for the 2nd Edition of the Gold-Medal-winning book “RIVER GIRLS” which will be available in May 2019.

Articles for My Blog!

I have another classic article from Fish Alaska Magazine for you, rescued from my archive and now in the articles section of our web site! Go straight to my website at
to read about fly-fishing the Aniak River in 2006. It’s amazing!!
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OK! That’s all for now.

Fish Talk | November Newsletter

Brook Lodge - Alaska fly fishing destination
HI everyone! We’re finally getting some cold here after a wonderful warm Fall. No more fishing for me. Now looking forward to Thanksgiving.

Tail Magazine

Tail MagazineThere’s a neat new fly fishing magazine around! You may not have seen it but TAIL MAGAZINE is really making its mark, especially in the salt -water fly fishing world. Take a look, and by all means check out the video’s.  (p.s. Alex Woodsum, the author of one of the articles is a woman who was once a  River Girls  in my Gold-Medal book some years back,  (See a Second Edition of that book in May of 2019)

Alaska Fly Fishers 2018 Fundraising Auction – Online only!

The Alaska Fly Fishers is having an Online-only Fundraising auction that will consist of the trips that we would normally auction during the Live portion of our regular auction, with a few selected additional items. There is a page on our web site that will be the jumping-off page to the actual auction. It will be active starting NOVEMBER 9TH AND RUN THROUGH NOVEMBER 21. You’ll be able to bid through your computer, Mobile phone, tablet device, or anything else that offers a web browser. Watch for it at FaceBook and fly fishers web site at

Women’s Flyfishing Articles

The  Fish Alaska Magazine Articles  we have for you this month can be found on our articles page at

Efforts Continue to Reintroduce Arctic Grayling in Michigan

Efforts continue to try to introduce Arctic Grayling back into Michigan waters. State government, non-profits, business, and more are committed to reintroduce this culturally significant species, with steady progress made since June of 2016. Read all about this partnership at .

Roosterfish Tournament in Costa Rica

Want (like I do) to go to where the roosters are, then there’s an International tournament you can go to in Costa Rica out of Crocodile Bay Resort. You can find all the info here . Dates are Nov 16-19! I wish I could go to them all!!!!

Secretary Zinke Announces Protection for “Paradise Valley”, Montana

See the announcement about Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinky’s withdrawal of more than 30,000 acres of federal lands in southwest Montana from mining for 20 years, subject to valid existing rights here . Secretary Zinke has worked toward securing a withdrawal in this area for several years as both a Member of Congress and the Secretary of the Interior.

Atlantic Salmon News

All Atlantic salmon numbers are off for the second year. Get all the info here and see what might be the causes here .

Free Fly Tying Clinic

Notice!!!!!! Be sure that if you live in Anchorage you join the Alaska Fly Fishers for a free fly tying clinic on Sat November 17 at the hatchery out on Reeve blvd, 9:00 AM– 3:00 PM Saturday. All free, and all equipment is provided. See You There!! Stay connected at  for news about the up-coming on-line auction there are going to be some fabulous trips for sale!!

Rookie No More

See my article on “Dead Drift” at MidCurrent taken from my book “Rookie NO More: The Flyfishing Novice Gets Guidance from a Pro “. Get the book at MidCurrent or Amazon .
On the hook

Fish Talk | September 2018 Newsletter

BJ cutting fish in Nome

Hello everyone!

The colorful leaves are beginning to fall, and you can see your breath when you go outside in the morning. There’s some new snow on the mountains from time to time now as well. More signs that winter is on its way are the flocks of geese in the air, and puffy, flowerless, fireweed along the roadways. Silver salmon fishing is still in full swing in some places, and the big, fat, rainbows are easy to find in their habitat gobbling up the salmon carcasses.

Carcasses for Stoneflys
Carcasses for stoneflies

I had the luck to spend two days on the Kenai River this past week-end doing my best to connect with one of its huge, 30-inch rainbows that appears late in the season to gorge for the bounty. Two freezing mornings greeted us as did heavy fog until mid-morning when a glorious sun broke out and warmed us continually throughout the day. Both large and small fish responded to our offerings, but the jumbo beasts stayed hidden until another day. The really-really large fish are said to appear only as the temperature drops, but I’m not sure I’m tough enough to face teen-numbers to see if that is actually true. Why don’t you get out your gear for one last attempt and see what you can do if you’re tougher than me before the snow flies. Send me a picture for the news letter if you score.

Maxine McCormick, the Wonder Girl of Fly-casting

The week-end of August 16-17-18-19, 2018 was poised for the 5th World Championships in Fly Casting in Cumbria/North England and 14-year old Maxine McCormick was poised and ready to compete and repeat her gold-medal-winning performance from the 2016 Estonia competition. And, medal-winning it was. Two gold medals and one silver medal ended up in her hands where the custom rod (created just for her by her coach, Chris Korich,) did its magic. One medal was for accuracy and another for distance. One set a new distance record at 189 feet! It is almost unbelievable, but Maxine’s championship casts took place in winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour. (Just “Google” Maxine McCormick fly fishing and see what a phenomenon she really is. I’ve been lucky enough to be able to write about Maxine for my up-coming book, the Second Edition of my gold medal book River Girls. Look for it next May from Epicenter Press. )

News from Trout Unlimited on Pebble Mine

Some Bad Bristol Bay news for you:

Recently, the federal agency in charge of reviewing Pebble’s mining application moved the company one step closer to digging a massive, toxic hole at the headwaters of Bristol Bay.
The Army Corps of Engineers released an incomplete report that leaves out important scientific studies and glosses over input from thousands of Americans. A project the size and scale of the proposed Pebble Mine – that threatens our fish, jobs and way of life – deserves a more rigorous review. If you live in Alaska, please help ensure this happens today.

thout significant intervention by Alaska’s state leaders, the process that is underway now will pave the way to Pebble mine being constructed in Bristol Bay.
Taking only 37 pages to summarize over 400,000 comments, the report is insufficient to acknowledge the value of Bristol Bay and does nothing to protect the region’s salmon, cultures, and jobs from Pebble.

ALASKANS: Please take a moment to contact our decision makers right now and ask them to put the current flawed process on hold, and ensure Army Corps of Engineers is conducting a fair and rigorous process.
Nearly all of our state leaders say that the mine application should receive fair review, however that’s far from what’s playing out in reality. We need to convince our state’s most powerful leaders that they can no longer remain silent.

If you live outside of Alaska, please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors across the country that Pebble’s mining permit is ADVANCING at a rapid pace. We’ll certainly contact you the next time we have an action alert in which you can participate. Thank you for staying engaged.

Thank you,
TU’s Save Bristol Bay Team
P.S. Our Facebook page is a great place to find the latest news and updates.

Columbia River Closes to All Salmon Fishing

With fall Chinook salmon returns to the Columbia River tracking well below preseason predictions, fishery managers announced the Columbia River from the mouth at Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 Bridge near Pasco, Washington closed for angling and retention of all salmon and steelhead at 12:01 am Thursday, Sept. 13.

October 6-7 Florida Sportsman Expo

Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa
Florida Sportsman Magazine will return to Tampa to host the Florida Sportsman Expo at the Florida State Fairgrounds, October 6th & 7th, 2018. Attendees of the Florida Sportsman Expo will find an array of new exhibitors, new fishing and hunting seminar speakers and other exciting features, including boat dealers and manufactures, large fly casting pond, artist, archery games and the Iron Buck Archery Tournament by Arrowhead Archery will return again this year.

Maryland: Fall Trout Stocking to Begin

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes and rivers from mid-September through the end of October. If you live in the area you better get ready to take advantage of it!!

Orvis-Endorsed Saltwater Fly Fishing Schools in Sarasota, Florida

CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, 1249 Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL has announced dates for their Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing schools for the upcoming fall through spring timeframe; Nov 17, 2018 and Jan 19, Feb. 23, Mar. 16, and Apr 13, 2019. Located on Siesta Key, named Best Beach in America, the schools will cover fly casting basics, line control, shooting line and the roll cast. Instructors, Capt. Rick Grassett and Capt. Ed Hurst, will also cover leader construction, fly selection and saltwater fly-fishing techniques. The course, designed for beginning and intermediate fly casters, will focus on basics but also work with intermediate casters on correcting faults and improving casting skills. Cost for the schools, which will run from 8:30 AM to 2 PM, is $195 per person and includes the use of Orvis fly tackle and lunch. Contact CB’s Saltwater Outfitters at (941) 349-4400 or to make reservations.

Dun Magazine
If you aren’t subscribing to Dun Magazine the magazine created for women by the women, you are really missing something. Take a look at: Dun Magazine

Alaska Fly Fishers ‘On-Line” Auction

An ‘on-line’ auction is in the making by the Alaska Fly Fishers! It will be predominately trips including some of AK fly fishers members’ favorite places to go. More information very soon!

That’s all for now. ~ Pudge

Fish Talk | August 2018 Newsletter

Fly fishing for rainbows

Hi Everyone,

Summer is just whizzing by! Hopefully all of you are enjoying the fishing. We’ve got some closures for salmon on several of the rivers due to low returns, but we are hoping that they will catch up soon.


Hope you didn’t miss the news that Congressman Don Young has sponsored the “Modern Fish Act” that passed the House in Congress recently, and is now headed toward the Senate. This vote marks the first time the priorities of the recreational fishing sector are included in the re-authorization of our nation’s primary marine fisheries law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management ACT. 


AFFTA Statement on H.R. 200 Passage

AFFTA President Ben Bulis issued the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 200, the “Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act of 2017” by the House of Representatives:

Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed – by a slim margin – a bill that seeks to unravel the sensible, science-driven management framework that is working to achieve abundant and healthy marine fisheries. Rather than improving upon the success of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, H.R. 200 undermines the law by exempting some fisheries from limits on catch and weakening the rebuilding requirements that recover depleted stocks as quickly as possible. In doing so, H.R. 200 puts at risk the long-term sustainability of marine fisheries, and the saltwater fly fishing industry that is dependent on healthy, productive stocks.

AFFTA believes a reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act must focus on real solutions to the issues facing marine fisheries, solutions that are focused on increasing the number of fish in the ocean, and thus increasing the angling opportunities that drive our industry. We implore the Senate to safeguard the economic vitality of the recreational fishing industry by strengthening – not weakening– the conservation and management of our federal fisheries. Click here to read the full statement .


Slated to begin in 2020, the largest dam removal project in U.S. History will remove four dams on the Klamath River. “The Klamath River Renewal Corp. plans to begin site work in two years to remove four dams on the Klamath River and deconstructing the dams will begin in 2021, according to the “Definite Plan for the Lower Klamath Project.” Via Record Searchlight.


Click here for an interesting article on fly fishing at night! 


IF retirement is always as good as it has been for me this summer, I want to tell you about a wonderful adventure I had just recently. Being the grayling aficionado that I am, I hooked up on a several day trip to the Denali Highway with some friends who had just bought a new motor home and wanted me to ride along with them in my own van. The grayling fishing was stupendous, with fish that just couldn’t wait for the next fly, and so was the trip over the mountains in the Interior! Getting a chance to view a scene like the Susitna River, with the mountains and the lakes gleaming in the sun and the oil pipeline meandering through the bushes was worth driving the long gravel road for. We also saw lots of wildlife including fox, eagles, a few caribou, and owls.

We extended our trip to visit Kirk Martakis at Adventure Denali and some of his remarkable private lakes and stream-side opportunities at Cantwell for time in the float tubes fly fishing for his VERY large rainbows and grayling. We were not disappointed. We pasted ourselves with bug-dope, and then sat outside each evening after dinner with a glass of wine to listen to the owls. 

I left them there (reluctantly) for their return to Anchorage. I was headed to Delta Junction to visit the lovely, delicate, spring-fed Clearwater River, where I am in the process of writing an article on grayling for Fish Alaska Magazine on it. Read all about that adventure sometime next year. 

Driving home a couple of days later down the Richardson Highway and Glennallen and the road to Valdez have mountains beside them that will take your breath away when the weather is good—and it really was! Still covered in snow & just dusting themselves off in the breezes, I tried not to go off the road while oogling them. I’ve traveled all of these roads any number of times during the nearly 50 years I’ve lived in Alaska, but never have I seen such great weather as we had on every single day of the trip!!! Can you believe THAT for AK? Don’t put an Alaska trip on the shelf for your “some-day.” Some-day is NOW!


Information and an up-to-date event schedule for the family-friendly event are available at . Tickets to the International Fly Fishing Film Festival™ Aug. 8 at 6:30 are available at . Film Festival tickets and other Fair-related activities may be obtained at (406) 222-9369:


ICAST/IFTD 2018 Recap from Fishpond –go to to see all the new products!


The Drake 12 th Annual videos! View them at . Some very great video!


As of July 2018 by Wildlife Enthusiast Magazine. A proprietary algorithm determines the winners. It measures not just the number of followers, friends, and fans on social media but-more importantly-activity levels, engagement, and influence.

See the announcement at:

That’s all for August! Fish on!!! ~ Pudge

Fish Talk | July 2018 Fishing News

fishing near alaska mama moose

Hi Everyone- The fish are up and on the prowl (except for the kings) and it’s time you put on your waders and get out there. I just got back from Bristol Bay fishing for rainbows, lake trout, dollies + pike. One day of 50 mile winds kept us off the water, but otherwise the fishing was pretty good. Now, some other news.

  • Korkers Wading Boots If you happen to be in need of some new wading boots, I’m recommending Korkers that have a lot to offer. I’ve been wearing them for years now because they make interchangeable soles so that you can take them off and put a different soles for different situations. This year their studded soles include Studded Kling-on, Studded felt sole, Studded rubber sole, and Alumatrax sole, all of which are affordable as well as interchangeable. Take a look at all of them at and then head over to your fly shop or sporting-good store. I think that you will be glad you did.
  • Guess What! RIO is now going to be offering flies as well as fly lines, leaders, tippets and a complete line of spey products in your nearby shop. A wide selection for all species will be available immediately. Should be great.
  • Red Tides are killing snook, tarpon, and red fish in Florida due to too to many nutrients entering Florida’s estuaries and coasts due to water mis-management. Resident and everyone that fishes in Florida is asked to protest to the state. A great analysis of the situation can be found on
  • Far Bank Enterprise the owner of Sage Fly Rods, Redington, and Rio have announced that they have acquired the travel company, Flywater Travel. Many of the customers of both entities are said to be delighted!
  • Loon Outdoors Most of you know loon-outdoors, the company that produces products like of Aquel floatant but now they have created a product called LOCHSA, a gel that will quickly penetrate even the most tightly wound fly bodies. There’s another new product that is worth trying called FLY SPRITZ that comes in a spray format and is water/alcohol based. They have also created English-made tin weights (ie split-shot). That’s one I’ll have to try.

That’s all for now. How about sending us a photo for the web site?? Cheers!! Pudge

Fishing with mama bears
A hiding baby bear.

Fish Talk | June 2018 Fishing News

Hello to everyone! The weather has been good and the fish are waking up in the rivers, so I hope everyone can get out their fly rods and head out there for some great fishing.

We are delighted to let our readers know that we have signed a contract with Epicenter Press to publish a Second Edition of our Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal winning book, River Girls: Flyfishing for Young Women! This edition will feature a very special girl named Maxine McCormick, who has become the most decorated female of all time for her fly-casting skills. Not even out of high school yet, she now holds the Gold Medal for her casting in the World Championship Flycasting event in Estonia in 2016. We will have more about this amazing girl in the new book, scheduled for release in 2019.

Now that it’s spring and we all want to head out to fish it’s time for us to offer you a discount on our “Rookie No More: The Flyfishing Novice Gets Guidance from a Pro” book. It’s got tons of tips and answers to all your fly fishing questions from top to finish. It’s got an “all 5-star” bunch of reviews on Amazon, too. If you don’t have this book, now is the time to order yours, autographed, for just $10!! The address is Pudge Kleinkauf, P.O. Box 241833 Anchorage, AK 99524 and we’ll pay the postage in the US.

Hook your self up with this week’s Mid-Current site at and go to to find out more about the Gordy & Sons Outfitters and Bonefish & Tarpon Trust (BTT) who are pleased to announce the launch of the BTT Texas Tarpon Acoustic Tagging Project. The family behind the finest hunting and fishing retailer, which is based in Houston, is generously funding the first year of the Texan tagging initiative to harvest local data from the tarpon migration that spans the western Gulf of Mexico and as far north as the Chesapeake Bay area.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic River act, conservation organizations and outdoor businesses have come together in support of the 5,000 Miles of Wild initiative, which aims to designate 5,000 new miles of rivers as Wild and Scenic by 2020 and collect 5,000 stories about rivers over the coming year. Check it out!

Hooray!!! Great News!! Dealing a blow to the proposed Pebble Mine project, Canadian mining giant First Quantum Minerals has pulled out of the proposed partnership with Northern Dynasty. “First Quantum Minerals did the right thing,” says Joel Reynolds, Western Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, “They listened to the people of Alaska and walked away from the Pebble Mine. It’s the wrong project in the wrong place, and today’s announcement is the latest proof that it’s a bad investment—financially, environmentally, and socially.” Via NRDC.

Don’t forget to go to the “Articles” page to pick out an article that you want us to resurrect from the list for everyone to read in the blog!


Fish Talk | May 2018 Fishing News

Landing Pink Salmon
Grayling on the fly
Grayling on the fly

We’re a bit slow on the May 2018 Fishing News, but we want you to know that we’re ready to put a new article from the articles list on our new website blog for you to read. Please take a look at the list and let us know which one you would like to read and we’ll get it going.

First of all I’d like to call your attention to the 10 most Endangered Rivers in the US so that if one of them is in your area you can lend your help to protect it. Dams, mines, and other threats are ruining these waters all around America. From the rivers threatened by the Pebble Mine here in AK to other rivers in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota these waterways all need our protection. Click here to get all the details.

Washington lawmakers put an end to the raising of Atlantic salmon with a bill that will effectively ban Atlantic salmon farming in Washington state, phasing out the process by 2025.

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing has announced its Inaugural Fly Casting Competition, which will be co-hosted with Fly Fishers International. Regional competitions will conclude on May 31, 2018 with winners competing in the PHWFF Casting Competition Finals during the Fly Fishers International Fair in Boise, Idaho August 8 – 11, 2018.

If you are into Tenkara fly fishing here’s the Spring issue: Tenkara Angler – Spring 2018. Published on Mar 31, 2018 Tenkara Angler Magazine chronicles the tenkara lifestyle through entries about community, destination, tactics, gear, and creative essays. 

Fly Fishing Fair

You can now visit our new Amazon’s Author’s site to see all our books. If you have one or more of them, but haven’t yet written a review, I’d appreciate your doing one. We would like to remind you that Pudge is now writing a book about women who have experienced terrible misfortunes in their life, and used fly fishing to help themselves cope with them, and she would like to hear from such women to discuss the possibility of them writing one of the chapters of the book. You can contact her at


Best Fishes, Pudge