BIRD CREEK -- While flogging the water for coho salmon on a cloudless Tuesday morning, my mind drifted back to an email I got years ago when I worked full time as the Anchorage Daily News' fishing reporter. The email was from a reader, an avid Bird Creek angler who was clearly upset that I had written an article about the excellent coho fishing here along Mile 101 of the Seward Highway.

"How dare you write about my secret spot," the reader wrote. "Now everybody's going to be down there!"

That email has been seared into my memory bank, not only because it's ridiculous to think this creek was ever a secret once the Alaska Department of Fish and Game began stocking it with hatchery smolt decades ago, but also because I think of it every time I come here and fish elbow to elbow with dozens of other anglers trying to limit out on silver salmon.

Tuesday morning was proof that Bird Creek is no secret.

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