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 www.Korkers.com 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 www.anglingtrade.com.
  • 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 https://midcurrent.com/ and go to www.gordyandsons.com 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 pudgekleinkauf@gmail.com

 

Best Fishes, Pudge

Spring Fling for Women

Alaska Airlines Center
3550 Providence Drive

Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

(11 a.m. start for the General Public due to the Alaska Heart Run-Open at 10:00 a.m. for Heart Run Participants-Special Door Prizes(Massages, Drinks etc.) and Offerings for Heart Run Participants)

Sunday, April 22 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

FREE Public Admission

Lots of FREE Parking

Bristol Bay Hearings

Dear Bristol Bay supporter,
 
The backers of the proposed Pebble Mine have applied for a key permit to mine, and that means Bristol Bay needs our help once again! 
Please join us at one of the upcoming public hearings to make your voice heard. 
What: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting meetings to discuss the proposed Pebble Mine and the impacts of its extensive infrastructure (current plans include a massive mining pit, port, natural gas pipeline below Cook Inlet, nearly 100 miles of private road crossing over 200 streams, and more). Why: It’s important that people who value or one day hope to experience Bristol Bay attend these meetings and express our concerns about Pebble’s impacts to the region. The Corps of Engineers will take these comments and concerns into account as they draft the Environmental Impact Statement, the linchpin of Pebble’s permit application.

There will be a rally in advance of the hearing to display public opposition.  
Don’t live in the area or can’t attend a hearing?  Click here to submit your comment today!
Thank you,
Eric Booton
 

Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show 2018 at the Sullivan Arena

Dont’ miss the Great Alaska Sportsman’s Show 2018 Thursday, April 5th – Sunday, April 8th

Free Casting Clinic with Pudge!
Friday, 3pm at the casting pond
Saturday, 1pm at the casting pond
Sunday, 2pm at the casting pond

Pudge will be giving a free casting clinic and sharing her tips for helpful fly fishing casting techniques.

Catch Pudge’s ‘Fly Fishing Overview’ Presenation!
Friday, 2pm at stage 4
Saturday, 12pm at stage 4

Pudge is giving a presentation on both Friday & Saturday. She will be sharing her knowledge on fly fishing in rural Alaska and what flies will catch them all.

Win an Autographed Copy of One of Pudge’s Books!
Find Pudge at her table and get an autographed copy of one of her books. You will also have the chance to win a signed copy of one of her books, so be sure to swing by!