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New "How to fish for grayling" video from the Alaska Dept of Fish & Game

By Troutnut on May 28th, 2014, 3:17 am
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game office here in Fairbanks does a nice job with instructional videos for the public. A while back they created a series on how to setline for burbot, and how to clean them, and now they've come out with a new video about how to fish for grayling. It nicely covers the basics for beginners to grayling or trout fishing, but non-beginners will still enjoy the shots of the Chena River and of grayling feeding underwater.

Not exactly a lunker

By Troutnut on May 16th, 2014
I drove south to North Pole in the evening to check out a couple of clear, spring-fed sloughs and try to catch a round whitefish for burbot bait. After a couple hours drifting nymphs through deep pools, I finally got one.

In the meantime I caught a dozen or so grayling. These sloughs often have good fishing during the grayling spawning run, but that seems to have ended already. I caught several small to medium grayling, but mostly the sloughs were packed full of yearling 3-inchers, for which they are a year-round nursery. They were rising like crazy to a midge hatch... fun to watch, if not to fish.

Photos by Troutnut from Piledriver Slough in Alaska

 From Piledriver Slough in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 16, 2014
Date AddedMay 17, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
Three-inch grayling. Hundreds of fish were rising all around me to an intense midge emergence. Unfortunately, this was one of the biggest ones. From Piledriver Slough in Alaska.
Three-inch grayling. Hundreds of fish were rising all around me to an intense midge emergence. Unfortunately, this was one of the biggest ones.
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 16, 2014
Date AddedMay 17, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10

Finally, fly fishing!

By Troutnut on May 1st, 2014
In this area, the first place to catch grayling each year is also one of the least idyllic places in Alaska to fish, a spring-fed slough in downtown North Pole where many of the Chena River's grayling congregate to spawn. It runs low and clear while all the other rivers in the area are high, turbid, and still holding more icebergs than grayling. The angling pressure at popular access points looked more like the Catskills than Alaska, but I was still excited to catch my first fish in months. The grayling were abundant and eager, and I enjoyed ridiculously easy fishing on nymphs and more interesting action on dries for a couple hours before I tired of the highway buzz and the gas station scenery and headed home. Soon, water levels will drop and the real Alaska will be ready for play.

Photos by Troutnut from Badger Slough in Alaska

A decent grayling for this stream From Badger Slough in Alaska.
A decent grayling for this stream
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
First fish of 2014 From Badger Slough in Alaska.
First fish of 2014
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
 From Badger Slough in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10

On-stream insect photos by Troutnut from Badger Slough in Alaska

The least welcome sign of spring  In this picture: True Fly Family Culicidae (Mosquitoes). From Badger Slough in Alaska.
The least welcome sign of spring

In this picture: True Fly Family Culicidae (Mosquitoes).
StateAlaska
Date TakenMay 1, 2014
Date AddedMay 2, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10

Spring break-up on the Tanana River

By Troutnut on April 26th, 2014
My wife and I checked out the Tanana for burbot this weekend, just a day or two after the Nenana Ice Classic tripod fell, indicating that the ice went out about fifty miles downstream. We found no sign of fish at the first spot we tried, which had open water with ice chunks floating around. At the second spot, we caught the ice break-up in action--a spectacular show to watch.

Videos by Troutnut from the Tanana River in Alaska

Spring break-up on the Tanana River near Fairbanks
On April 26, 2014, we caught the last of the contiguous ice across the Tanana River near Fairbanks breaking up and washing away.
StateAlaska
LocationTanana River
Date ShotApr 26, 2014
Date AddedMay 4, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNikon P7700

Photos by Troutnut from the Tanana River in Alaska

Spring is finally coming

By Troutnut on April 25th, 2014
Things have melted here in Alaska just enough for me to slip and slide my way up the hilly, narrow, rutted trail of ice and mud leading to a scenic mountain where I sometimes find some ptarmigan in the fall. I was hoping to get a few birds for the table before the season closes on April 30th, but I climbed all over the little mountaintop and didn't see or hear a single one. Hunting is over for now, but grayling should be returning to fishable streams as I write.

Photos by Troutnut from Miscellaneous Alaska in Alaska

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