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6 fishing hot spots in the Yukon

Fishing the Yukon: 6 hot spots

Where the owner of Whitehorse’s Headwaters 2 Ocean Troutfitter tackle shop goes for trophy arctic grayling, lakers, pike and bull trout

For 10 years, H20 has specialized in fly tackle, and guiding via jet and drift boat. Owner Steve Hahn is also a certified wilderness EMT and flight nurse, making him a handy guy in the backcountry. Even after fishing all over North America, Hahn says his favourite spots are in his own, far-north backyard.

More info: Headwaters 2 Ocean Troutfitter, (867) 633-2666, www.h2otroutfitter.com

BRAEBURN LAKE, YUKON

GPS: 61.463, -135.807

FISH: Arctic grayling, lake trout, northern pike, whitefish

HIGHLIGHT: Sight cast for monster pike and troll for lakers, among myriad islands

WHEN: June to September

COTTONWOOD RIVER, STIKINE REGION, B.C.

GPS: 59.082, -129.706

FISH: Arctic grayling, bull trout

HIGHLIGHT: A deserted river, where trophy fish take tiny dry flies

WHEN: July to October

EAST AISHIHIK RIVER, YUKON

GPS: 60.858, -137.064

FISH: Arctic grayling, rainbow trout

HIGHLIGHT: Stand in the snow and catch early-season fish

WHEN: May to June

HIDDEN LAKES, YUKON

GPS: 60.691, -135.006

FISH: Kokanee, rainbow trout

HIGHLIGHT: Easy access to trophy rainbows; take a belly boat and hang on

WHEN: May to September

RANCHERIA RIVER, YUKON

GPS: 60.223, -129.141

FISH: Arctic grayling, bull trout

HIGHLIGHT: Drift through spectacular canyons, where trout have never seen a fly

WHEN: July to October

TAKHINI RIVER, YUKON

GPS: 60.862, -135.493

FISH: Arctic grayling, lake trout

HIGHLIGHT: A great beginner river near Whitehorse, with easy fishing and spectacular views

WHEN: June to September

H20 specializes in fly tackle, and guiding via jet and drift boat (above).
H20 specializes in fly tackle, and guiding via jet and drift boat (above).

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Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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