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Targeting Situk River steelhead in Alaska

Good news: The river's run has grown from 338 steelies in 1993 to 15,003 in 2006.

Updated: November 22, 2006, 7:04 PM ET
By Ed Jones | Special to ESPNOutdoors.com — Nov. 22, 2006

YAKUTAT, Alaska — It was pitch black, freezing and a headlamp was required to follow the snow covered trail.

The pace was brisk in the areas of trail protected by a dense canopy of Sitka spruce and hemlock forest.

But intermittent meadows and alder thickets made life miserable with chest-high snow and a completely obscured path.

Still, I continued on, motivated by the fact I was on the world-famous Situk River near Yakutat, Alaska, in mid-April carrying my favorite fly rod ...

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