Tenkara

Tenkara Fishing in USA

Note the lack of a reel on this tenkara rod. Courtesy David Lor
Note the lack of a reel on this Tenkara rod. Courtesy David Lor

Tenkara is a Japanese method of fly fishing that’s gotten a lot of attention stateside in the last few years. like many things Japanese, tenkara is about minimalism—reel and other mechanical elements are eliminated in favor of “string tied to a pole” tackle, though often the pole is a collapsible, pocket-sized, graphite rod. That simplicity is the main attraction of tenkara. No reel means less that can go wrong, get lost, or get fouled up. A fixed line length means less management and easier casting. The focus stays on the fishing, and you can walk down to a creek and be fishing in seconds with rods that can literally fit in your pocket.  Continue reading Tenkara

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Southeast Alaska Fishing

Southeast Alaska Fishing

Southeast Alaska Fishing is year-round with all five salmon species, wild rainbow trout, and saltwater fish like lingcod, halibut, and rockfish. Rivers are full of steelhead, salmon, trout, and dolly varden char. Full guide services, lodges, and fly-out services are common. Rain is also common, so water-wicking clothing layers, good rain gear, and good insect repellent are all musts. If you are planning to Southeast Alaska Fishingvisit Alaska with non-fishing friends and/or relatives, this is a great choice of region, as this is the most temperate of the three regions, and it is full of tourism gems like national parks, wildlife tours and cruises, and artisan towns with cute shops and good restaurants. Be sure to check seasons and regulations with the Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game.

 Yakutat Fishing

Southeast Alaska fishing is anchored by this great remote area where the Continue reading Southeast Alaska Fishing

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Alaska Fishing

Alaska Fishing

Alaska fishing is known worldwide for cold weather, spectacular wildlife, and great fishing.  The wildness of the land is an advantage for fishermen, because there is no shortage anywhere in this huge state of places to catch fish.  According to Alaska department of fish and game, the state has over 3000 rivers, 3 million lakes, and 6640 miles of coastline.

Alaska also boasts some of the largest fish that can be caught, from 100 pound king salmon to halibut that are close to 50lbs.  Here is a guide to Alaska Fish and Game’s fishing regions, and the perks of each:

Southeast Alaska Fishing

Alaska fishing
A big trout looking for his dinner

Year-round Alaska fishing is available for all five salmon species,
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Oregon Fishing

Oregon Fishing

A big, sprawling western state with fir-clad mountains and rustic desert scenery, Oregon fishing offers an unbelievably diverse experience. Every part of the Beaver State has something unique for the angler, and unlimited diversions for those that don’t fish. The western half of the state is home to ocean fishing and trout, but is best known for its legendary runs of salmon and steelhead. The eastern half is home to high desert and pine-covered mountain ranges and is world-renown for its trout fishing.

Oregon Fishing
The author with a summer steelhead taken in the White River Photo by Jeff Otto

The urban centers of Portland and Bend offer everything a traveler could want in the name of restaurants, resorts, and lodgings, while offering fine Oregon fishing right within their city limits. Each is an excellent jumping-off point for exploring the Oregon fishing opportunities. Continue reading Oregon Fishing

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Washington Fishing

Washington Fishing

Washington fishing takes a back seat to few places on earth. Even though it is a populous state there are regions of Washington that are incredibly remote, and some of its salmon and steelhead runs rival those in Alaska. The Puget Sound area offers everything from sea run cutthroat to rockfish to blackmouth Chinook, while a few hundred miles east the North Cascades offer stunning scenery and hike-in adventures for high alpine trout.

Seattle’s Urban Charms

Metropolitan Seattle is surrounded by fishing of many kinds, and has everything a big city can offer in nightlife and entertainment, as well as restaurants, major league baseball and football, and the popular Pike’s Place Fish Market. Washington fishing in the Puget Sound includes rockfish, Chinook, silver and pink salmon, as well as crabbing, clamming, and sea-run cutthroats in Lake Washington.

Local rivers such as the Skagit are not only known for their fishing, but for the incredible scenery they flow through.

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A short drive from Seattle, the Skagit River has strong runs of salmon, steelhead, and giant Dolly Varden trout. Photo by Terry Otto

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