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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 is a small, photogenic tributary of the main river I was photographing in Alaska. From the Chena River tributary in Alaska.
This is a small, photogenic tributary of the main river I was photographing in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenFeb 20, 2006
Date AddedApr 15, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
A tangled canopy of fir trees overhangs a small, completely frozen tributary of a grayling stream in central Alaska. From Chena Hot Springs Road in Alaska.
A tangled canopy of fir trees overhangs a small, completely frozen tributary of a grayling stream in central Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenFeb 20, 2006
Date AddedApr 15, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
Some pretty winter scenery in Alaska. From the Chena River in Alaska.
Some pretty winter scenery in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenFeb 20, 2006
Date AddedApr 15, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
High hills in central Alaska overlook a mostly frozen river. From the Chena River in Alaska.
High hills in central Alaska overlook a mostly frozen river.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenFeb 20, 2006
Date AddedApr 15, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
Dusk over a frozen grayling stream in Alaska. From the Chena River in Alaska.
Dusk over a frozen grayling stream in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenFeb 20, 2006
Date AddedApr 15, 2006
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Chena River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenAug 22, 2014
Date AddedDec 19, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Chena River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenAug 22, 2014
Date AddedDec 19, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Chena River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenAug 22, 2014
Date AddedDec 19, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
 From the Chena River in Alaska.
StateAlaska
LocationChena River
Date TakenAug 22, 2014
Date AddedDec 19, 2014
AuthorTroutnut
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