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King fishing Alaska

We reserved the peak weeks of the Kodiak Island King salmon run months ago to secure spots for our Epic guests. Our guests will be fishing the Ayakulik River staying at a camp run by Alpenview outfitters. They are the only licensed operator allowed to overnight with guests in the park in which the camp lies (Kodiak National Wildlife refuge). Fish in Solitude on our epic trips. Over a 4 month season the camp only sees 6-8 private groups float through in rafts. This allows for very exclusive...

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Proper short line skagit casting

Fishing short lines is a topic that has probably been done to death.  Even epic has several blog posts about how effective it can be.  The problem is that people don’t accept how difficult fishing a short line effectively is.  Every subtle mistake with a short line is exemplified 10 fold with the fly.  Without much line in the water to stretch or absorb your mistakes your poor fly gets tossed around like your favourite shoes in the hands of your new Labrador puppy dog.  

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Frontier Farwest Guest spotlight

Goose chase for a moose hide:  article by Amanda Follett Hosgood A Frontier Farwest guest’s misadventures in seeking Indigenous art

In the Frontier Farwest Lodge, Strat Leggat models a well-loved coat for a dozen or so fishing guests.

Its sleeves are a little short (it never did fit quite right), so it hasn’t seen a lot of wear over its 45 years. Now, he’s trying to find a new one, his quest for a replacement hide jacket becoming a comedy of errors that makes for...

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Florida Keys: Epic on Tarpon

We are now taking bookings for the 2018 Keys Tarpon fishing.  We run a 4 week season out of Big Pine Key right in the heart of the best fishing. Guests fish 5 full days on a trip. Guides are nearly impossible to secure for this timeframe as it is the heart of the major tarpon migration.  The tarpon are dificult to catch of course but the advantage is that you see lots and lots of fish almost every single day.  If you aren't sure your single hand game is on point enough to catch these fish...

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Your guide to guides

A key to identifying common members of the genus Dux (guide)

1 - The Head guide - Dux primis

Identification of Head guides is easy; they usually introduce themselves as such. Other tell-tale signs include 'Guide #1' stickers plastering their to-go cups, and a general air of godliness. Their angling skills are exceeded only by their charisma, and, if pressed, most clients would freely admit that while they enjoy catching fish, the main reason for their trip is simply...

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November steelheading on the Skeena

It is easy to label November and December in the Skeena drainage as ‘late’ or ‘shoulder season’ times for steelhead. After all, they exist in the massive shadow of its famous summer-run fisheries where, over several months, big, aggressive fish enter the river and push upstream in some of the warmest water temperatures of the year. The traditional steelhead narrative indicates that with cold water, the fish slow down. The annual August run peak happened three months ago. Those fish have...

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