As I write this, I should be in the Alaska outdoors – casting into the recently opened edges of our Matanuska Valley lakes. Virtually all of them have at least 20-30 feet of open water along the edges, some much more. The first ones to go like Finger, Kepler/Bradley, and Lucille would even have enough water for a small cataraft or canoe (I have both). Each year I plan to spend more time fishing in Alaska right now, so tomorrow afternoon I’m going.

Spinners work, of course, but nymphs are great terminal tackle for both fly rods and spinning rods. Bead head nymph patterns like a gold ribbed hare’s ear or prince nymphs are two of the best around here. Trolling or retrieving them behind a split shot with a spinning rod or fly casting and just letting them settle naturally can be deadly on trout or landlocked salmon in our 80+ stocked lakes in the Valley. See you there tomorrow.

Early season rainbow fishing