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The Chena is a popular catch & release grayling stream that runs through the second largest city in Alaska, Fairbanks. It's also the site of the Troutnut's Ph.D. research on juvenile Chinook salmon. There's easy access to good grayling water all along Chena Hot Springs Road for 15-20 miles in the river's upper reach.

Arctic grayling in the 16-inch range are easy to come by, and grayling above 18 are possible in a good day. The better-than-average size and numbers here can be attributed to the catch-and-release-only regulations that have been in place since the 90s. Grayling are very slow-growing fish that can live for decades, and in a river so close to town and with such easy access the population of big fish dwindles quickly if people are allowed to keep them. The maximum size here does not match the monster grayling of Alaska's west coast, but this is as good a grayling fishery as any on the Alaskan road system.

Although the Chena holds both Chinook and Chum salmon, the fishery for them does not match what outsiders picture when they think of Alaska salmon fishing. The river is only open to salmon fishing in its deep, slow, meandering lower miles, where fly fishing, sight fishing, and wading are all difficult. It's mostly the domain of bait and lure fishermen in boats, and the good fishing for them only lasts a week or two as the main pulse of salmon blows through to their spawning grounds in the upper river, which is closed for salmon.

Landscape & scenery photos from the Chena River

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This pretty little grayling fell for a well-placed beetle imitation. From the Chena River in Alaska.
This pretty little grayling fell for a well-placed beetle imitation.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJul 25, 2007
Date AddedMay 9, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
 From the Chena River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJul 25, 2007
Date AddedMay 9, 2011
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
Beautiful sunset, just four or five "almost theres" from the car. From the Chena River in Alaska.
Beautiful sunset, just four or five "almost theres" from the car.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenOct 12, 2013
Date AddedOct 13, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
There are no trout here, but this beautiful river in Alaska is home to large Arctic Grayling and several species of salmon. From the Chena River in Alaska.
There are no trout here, but this beautiful river in Alaska is home to large Arctic Grayling and several species of salmon.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenFeb 20, 2006
Date AddedApr 15, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
This is probably my largest grayling to date -- it's about 18 inches. From the Chena River in Alaska.
This is probably my largest grayling to date -- it's about 18 inches.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJun 30, 2007
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
Two major forks of this grayling stream come together in this pretty pool. From the Chena River in Alaska.
Two major forks of this grayling stream come together in this pretty pool.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJun 30, 2007
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
What a great place for a fly line to be! From the Chena River in Alaska.
What a great place for a fly line to be!
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJun 30, 2007
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
My dad nets a grayling. From the Chena River in Alaska.
My dad nets a grayling.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJun 30, 2007
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
Pretty grayling fins. From the Chena River in Alaska.
Pretty grayling fins.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJun 30, 2007
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
CameraPENTAX Optio WPi
 From the Chena River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenJun 30, 2007
Date AddedJul 18, 2007
AuthorTroutnut
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