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  • Paperback: 455 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Adventures Press (May 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193209802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932098020
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #907,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The maps were great and accurate.
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Be warned though, the book has the dimensions of a phone book.
Bryan Newman
Anyone flyfishing in Alaska needs this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bill Leitch on June 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Writing a guide to fly-fishing in the huge state of Alaska must be extremely difficult - tantamount to writing a book like "A Fly-Fisherman's Guide to Everything West of the Mississippi." At the outset, the author would have to make some important decisions on which of the literally thousands of the state's waters should be included in the book, and which waters should be left out.

A logical way to start would be to divide the state into geographical regions, which is what "A Flyfisher's Guide to Alaska" does, then decide what to highlight in each region. In this book, the authors have done a commendable job surveying a large number of diverse of waters; however, in choosing which waters to exclude, they have left out some important fishing destinations, while at the same time including some inconsequential locations.

But before criticizing it too much, I should point out that certain portions of the book are very well done. The regional sections on Bristol Bay, the Kenai Peninsula, and especially Kodiak Island are excellent, providing a high level of detail, with good maps and helpful sidebars containing notes on fishing gear and techniques, options for do-it-yourself fishing, and how to deal with ever-present grizzly bears. Throughout the book, there are lists of contact addresses that the reader will find useful: names and telephone numbers of hotels, fishing guides, air and boat charter businesses, and government offices for each regional selection. The run-timing charts for fish are accurate and helpful, and prospective visitors should pay particular attention to them. In Alaska, where much of the fishing is dependant on anadramous fish, proper timing is everything.

But the book falls seriously short for its lack of coverage of some areas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Newman VINE VOICE on February 7, 2005
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I don't think this book is the best Alaskan fishing book out there, but it is a close second. Renee Limeres' Alaska Fishing is the best book out there right now. Both these books stand heads and shoulders above the others out there. This book doesn't cover as many locations as Limeres, nor is it as solid across all sections (like fish natural history etc.) but it is well worth the money.

Don't be afraid of the title if you are not a fly-fisherman. The author often mentions situations where you should put the fly rod down and fish spin casting and all the information is just as useful for fly and spin fishermen.

Too bad the publishers didn't put a photo of this book here. I think it would sell better with a visual. I was definitely pleased when my copy came. A quick flip through the well-designed pages made me realize this book is better than nearly everything that's out there right now. Be warned though, the book has the dimensions of a phone book. Maybe more like a Milepost. It is not pocket or pack friendly. You might want to use it to plan your trip first, then photocopy the maps and sections that you'll want on your trip.

This is definitely a good book for those planning their first self guided trip. It has good coverage of the most popular area and covers the road system well. For the Anchorage bound fishermen, it has the best Anchorage area fishing coverage I've seen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PhD86 on January 14, 2005
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This book is a well-above-average addition to what has become tightly held information: where and how to fish in Alaska. Most of the book concerns the oft-fished road-accessible areas; but it does include more detailed discussions of several of the more popular float-fishing rivers, a nice chapter on Kodiak Island, and shorter but interesting chapters on the aleutians - none of which are available in other recent books. The coverage of southeast alaska was really too terse to be of much value; what was there was again road-fishing which is perhaps of use to first time travelers or for cruiseship travelers passing thru - but too busy for seasoned fly fishermen who live in or frequent Alaska. Some chapters were unbalanced - the Yakutat area gives far more than is necessary about the Situk river (which flows thru town), and not enough about others (almost to the point of inaccuracy of facts - e.g., the Italio cabin is about 1/4 mile or less from the river, not 3/4 of a mile). The most glaring omission was the lack of any discussion of the entire gulf coast between Yakutat and Valdez, including Cordova,Prince William Sound, and points inbetween - its hard to believe anyone writing a book that includes silver salmon fishing without ever once mentioning this area. Other annoyances were an index that was woefully incomplete and poorly edited, the overabundance of bear warning stories (an ounce of prevention is fine, but this is several pounds - in a book that's supposed to be about fishing), and far too many pages spent on local community information, fishing regulations, and/or pictures that are of very limited use and available elsewhere. The value per unit book thickness is not high.Read more ›
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steve Otto on August 19, 2005
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This book is packed with all sorts of detailed, useful information for much of Alaska's destinations. Though it probably doesn't cover everything perfectly (Alaska is a big place) I have compared what the author says to some of my personal experiences, and he is quite accurate.

This book goes beyond, the usual "I'll give you the run timings and list guides for you" approach -- it has some real info in it that is good. Though flyfishing is in the title, Haugen recognizes the limitations of that for some of the destinations (e.g., King salmon in most places) and mentions gear techniques also.
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