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Susitna Rods are made specifically for the waters of the Matsu Valley near the towns of Anchorage, Wasilla, Willow, Palmer and Talkeetna.  The rods are designed for Alaska Salmon, Alaska Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling and Arctic Char that inhabit the pristine waters of the Little Susitna River and the Susitna Drainage of which include the Deshka River, Willow Creek, the Talkeetna River, Lake Creek and beyond.
This video provides a brief overview of the Susitna Rods-  Unity 9’ 6wt. 2 or 4 piece Fly Rod.
The fly rod outlined in this video is built and designed for Alaska Trout fishing and is the best value for available in the fly rod market.  Big name companies can touch a rod with this craftsmanship and materials for less than $700.00
As an owner/operator of Miller’s Riverboat Service, I am guiding fishing trips every day, May 15th - September 30, out of Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow and Talkeetna Alaska.  I guide rafting fishing trips, jet boat fishing trips and hike in fishing trips, where I target all species of Alaska pacific salmon in addition to trophy Alaska Rainbow trout, Arctic Grayling and Arctic Char.  The river is my laboratory where I test all my hand built fishing rods.   The rest of the year is spent building and designing fishing rods under the label Susitna Rods.  I am a professional fisherman and rod builder and have dedicated thousands of hours in both fields.  I got into fishing rod building because I love everything about fishing, love building fishing rods, but most importantly because I want to build tools that give myself and my customers the best opportunity at catching fish.  
When it comes to fly fishing for Matsu Valley Rainbow Trout on Willow Creek, the Talkeetna River, the Deshka River and all Susitna River tributaries, I have a lot of confidence in the Rx6 Unity 6wt 9’ 2 or 4 piece fly rod I build.  I have tested several fly rods over the years, and the Rx6 Unity 6wt, built with my custom components and spacing , is definitely a winning combination and at an extremely great value.   The first thing I really like about this rod is its durability.  I have rowed these rods into trees to only watch them bend well past 90 degrees, where most rods will break, and they don’t skip a beat.  The durability is achieved through blank design and materials that include a proprietary blend of intermediate modulus graphite, resin and fiberglass.  In the Matsu Valley we need to have tough rods.  We are pulling 25” Rainbow trout out of log jams, rowing and fishing around wood, in addition to walking through thick brush.  Additionally we will hook big salmon while fishing for trout and this rod still has enough backbone to play a decent size silver salmon.  The high performance , high modulus, high dollar trout fly rods just don’t handle the abuse necessary to trout fish Matsu Valley waters properly. The Rx6 Unity 6 weight is a great boat rod for all applications including nymphing beads, buggers and ripping streamers.  I really like how this rod casts; it’s a moderate fast action that you can feel loading throughout the cast. A fly rod you can feel loading throughout the cast is utopia to experienced casters with great technique, who can appreciate a quality rod.  Additionally a moderate / fast action rod is a great trout fly rod for most presentations for entry level fly anglers in south central Alaska.  A line that really casts nice with this rod is Rio’s Elite Rio Gold https://farbank.com/products/rio-elite-rio-gold   This is a 6 weight floating line that has a 30’ head weight of 168 grains.
The Rx6 Unity 9’ 6wt 2 or 4 piece by Susitna Rods, has an Olympic Green blank finish, chrome guides, metallic black pale gold twisted thread for guide wraps, hook keeper, 1” lean fighting butt, 7” reverse half wells high grade cork handle and CNC machined reel seat with aluminum insert with fish lazer etched in.
I sell these rods for $350, which includes a lifetime warranty and your name or business signed on the rod.  This is the best deal for a quality fly rod that I know of.  For additional questions on the Unity 6 weight fly rod or any of the other high performance fly, spin and baitcast rods I build contact me, at 907-715-1095, today to get your hands on one of the finest fishing tools available. Support small business!

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Susitna Rods are made specifically for the waters of the Matsu Valley near the towns of Anchorage, Wasilla, Willow, Palmer and Talkeetna. The rods are designed for Alaska Salmon, Alaska Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling and Arctic Char that inhabit the pristine waters of the Little Susitna River and the Susitna Drainage of which include the Deshka River, Willow Creek, the Talkeetna River, Lake Creek and beyond.
This video provides a brief overview of the Susitna Rods- Unity 9’ 6wt. 2 or 4 piece Fly Rod.
The fly rod outlined in this video is built and designed for Alaska Trout fishing and is the best value for available in the fly rod market. Big name companies can touch a rod with this craftsmanship and materials for less than $700.00
As an owner/operator of Miller’s Riverboat Service, I am guiding fishing trips every day, May 15th - September 30, out of Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow and Talkeetna Alaska. I guide rafting fishing trips, jet boat fishing trips and hike in fishing trips, where I target all species of Alaska pacific salmon in addition to trophy Alaska Rainbow trout, Arctic Grayling and Arctic Char. The river is my laboratory where I test all my hand built fishing rods. The rest of the year is spent building and designing fishing rods under the label Susitna Rods. I am a professional fisherman and rod builder and have dedicated thousands of hours in both fields. I got into fishing rod building because I love everything about fishing, love building fishing rods, but most importantly because I want to build tools that give myself and my customers the best opportunity at catching fish.
When it comes to fly fishing for Matsu Valley Rainbow Trout on Willow Creek, the Talkeetna River, the Deshka River and all Susitna River tributaries, I have a lot of confidence in the Rx6 Unity 6wt 9’ 2 or 4 piece fly rod I build. I have tested several fly rods over the years, and the Rx6 Unity 6wt, built with my custom components and spacing , is definitely a winning combination and at an extremely great value. The first thing I really like about this rod is its durability. I have rowed these rods into trees to only watch them bend well past 90 degrees, where most rods will break, and they don’t skip a beat. The durability is achieved through blank design and materials that include a proprietary blend of intermediate modulus graphite, resin and fiberglass. In the Matsu Valley we need to have tough rods. We are pulling 25” Rainbow trout out of log jams, rowing and fishing around wood, in addition to walking through thick brush. Additionally we will hook big salmon while fishing for trout and this rod still has enough backbone to play a decent size silver salmon. The high performance , high modulus, high dollar trout fly rods just don’t handle the abuse necessary to trout fish Matsu Valley waters properly. The Rx6 Unity 6 weight is a great boat rod for all applications including nymphing beads, buggers and ripping streamers. I really like how this rod casts; it’s a moderate fast action that you can feel loading throughout the cast. A fly rod you can feel loading throughout the cast is utopia to experienced casters with great technique, who can appreciate a quality rod. Additionally a moderate / fast action rod is a great trout fly rod for most presentations for entry level fly anglers in south central Alaska. A line that really casts nice with this rod is Rio’s Elite Rio Gold https://farbank.com/products/rio-elite-rio-gold This is a 6 weight floating line that has a 30’ head weight of 168 grains.
The Rx6 Unity 9’ 6wt 2 or 4 piece by Susitna Rods, has an Olympic Green blank finish, chrome guides, metallic black pale gold twisted thread for guide wraps, hook keeper, 1” lean fighting butt, 7” reverse half wells high grade cork handle and CNC machined reel seat with aluminum insert with fish lazer etched in.
I sell these rods for $350, which includes a lifetime warranty and your name or business signed on the rod. This is the best deal for a quality fly rod that I know of. For additional questions on the Unity 6 weight fly rod or any of the other high performance fly, spin and baitcast rods I build contact me, at 907-715-1095, today to get your hands on one of the finest fishing tools available. Support small business!

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Unity 9' 6wt. Fly Rod- Susitna Rods Handbuilt by Ben Allen in Wasilla, Alaska

Susitna Rods are made specifically for the waters of the Matsu Valley near the towns of Anchorage, Wasilla, Willow, Palmer and Talkeetna. The rods are designed for Alaska Salmon, Alaska Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling and Arctic Char that inhabit the pristine waters of the Little Susitna River and the Susitna Drainage of which include the Deshka River, Willow Creek, the Talkeetna River, Lake Creek and beyond.
This video provides a brief overview of the Susitna Rods- Unity 9’ 6wt. 2 or 4 piece Fly Rod.
The fly rod outlined in this video is built and designed for Alaska Trout fishing and is the best value for available in the fly rod market. Big name companies can touch a rod with this craftsmanship and materials for less than $700.00
As an owner/operator of Miller’s Riverboat Service, I am guiding fishing trips every day, May 15th - September 30, out of Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow and Talkeetna Alaska. I guide rafting fishing trips, jet boat fishing trips and hike in fishing trips, where I target all species of Alaska pacific salmon in addition to trophy Alaska Rainbow trout, Arctic Grayling and Arctic Char. The river is my laboratory where I test all my hand built fishing rods. The rest of the year is spent building and designing fishing rods under the label Susitna Rods. I am a professional fisherman and rod builder and have dedicated thousands of hours in both fields. I got into fishing rod building because I love everything about fishing, love building fishing rods, but most importantly because I want to build tools that give myself and my customers the best opportunity at catching fish.
When it comes to fly fishing for Matsu Valley Rainbow Trout on Willow Creek, the Talkeetna River, the Deshka River and all Susitna River tributaries, I have a lot of confidence in the Rx6 Unity 6wt 9’ 2 or 4 piece fly rod I build. I have tested several fly rods over the years, and the Rx6 Unity 6wt, built with my custom components and spacing , is definitely a winning combination and at an extremely great value. The first thing I really like about this rod is its durability. I have rowed these rods into trees to only watch them bend well past 90 degrees, where most rods will break, and they don’t skip a beat. The durability is achieved through blank design and materials that include a proprietary blend of intermediate modulus graphite, resin and fiberglass. In the Matsu Valley we need to have tough rods. We are pulling 25” Rainbow trout out of log jams, rowing and fishing around wood, in addition to walking through thick brush. Additionally we will hook big salmon while fishing for trout and this rod still has enough backbone to play a decent size silver salmon. The high performance , high modulus, high dollar trout fly rods just don’t handle the abuse necessary to trout fish Matsu Valley waters properly. The Rx6 Unity 6 weight is a great boat rod for all applications including nymphing beads, buggers and ripping streamers. I really like how this rod casts; it’s a moderate fast action that you can feel loading throughout the cast. A fly rod you can feel loading throughout the cast is utopia to experienced casters with great technique, who can appreciate a quality rod. Additionally a moderate / fast action rod is a great trout fly rod for most presentations for entry level fly anglers in south central Alaska. A line that really casts nice with this rod is Rio’s Elite Rio Gold https://farbank.com/products/rio-elite-rio-gold This is a 6 weight floating line that has a 30’ head weight of 168 grains.
The Rx6 Unity 9’ 6wt 2 or 4 piece by Susitna Rods, has an Olympic Green blank finish, chrome guides, metallic black pale gold twisted thread for guide wraps, hook keeper, 1” lean fighting butt, 7” reverse half wells high grade cork handle and CNC machined reel seat with aluminum insert with fish lazer etched in.
I sell these rods for $350, which includes a lifetime warranty and your name or business signed on the rod. This is the best deal for a quality fly rod that I know of. For additional questions on the Unity 6 weight fly rod or any of the other high performance fly, spin and baitcast rods I build contact me, at 907-715-1095, today to get your hands on one of the finest fishing tools available. Support small business!

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Miller's Riverboat Service LLC has specialized in fishing for King Salmon in the State of Alaska since the 1970s. King salmon fishing opportunities in the state of Alaska are a mere shell of what they once were.  State of Alaska license sales are down.  In 2007, an accredited in depth economic study acknowledged sportfishing was the second most important industry to the economy of Alaska; hardly likely now.   Bad management, lack of answers, no forethought, ignorance of accredited scientific information are the reasons; Miller's Riverboat Service in conjunction with the majority of Alaskans and visitors lack the confidence in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, to properly manage and recover King Salmon stocks in the State of Alaska.  How bad is the King Salmon problem in the State of Alaska,  well bad enough to not even allow single hook artificial catch and release fishing.  We are challenging State of Alaska management to have a change in behavior concerning management of King Salmon by developing a recovery plan.  We are asking for help from powerful organizations to get the train back on the tracks.  

This is a crisis and without excuse, because Alaska has largely pristine habitat without dams and roads.  The Susitna drainage is largely roadless, pristine and clean water-- epic spawning habitat is available.  So what is happening.  King Salmon spend the majority of their life cycle in the ocean and the longest lived Pacific Salmon species?    

In Addition to King salmon guided fishing trips that are no longer available, Miller's Riverboat Service specializes in fishing for Silver Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char and Arctic Grayling.  Miller's Riverboat Service offers guided jet boat and raft float fishing in Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow, Big Lake and Talkeetna.  Miller's Riverboat Service offers fully guided fishing trips on the Deshka River, Willow Creek, Kashwitna River, Talkeetna River, Susitna River, Little Susitna River, Big Lake and Finger Lake.  Miller's Riverboat Service specializes in fly fishing, spin fishing and bait cast fishing.  

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Miller's Riverboat Service LLC has specialized in fishing for King Salmon in the State of Alaska since the 1970s. King salmon fishing opportunities in the state of Alaska are a mere shell of what they once were. State of Alaska license sales are down. In 2007, an accredited in depth economic study acknowledged sportfishing was the second most important industry to the economy of Alaska; hardly likely now. Bad management, lack of answers, no forethought, ignorance of accredited scientific information are the reasons; Miller's Riverboat Service in conjunction with the majority of Alaskans and visitors lack the confidence in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, to properly manage and recover King Salmon stocks in the State of Alaska. How bad is the King Salmon problem in the State of Alaska, well bad enough to not even allow single hook artificial catch and release fishing. We are challenging State of Alaska management to have a change in behavior concerning management of King Salmon by developing a recovery plan. We are asking for help from powerful organizations to get the train back on the tracks.

This is a crisis and without excuse, because Alaska has largely pristine habitat without dams and roads. The Susitna drainage is largely roadless, pristine and clean water-- epic spawning habitat is available. So what is happening. King Salmon spend the majority of their life cycle in the ocean and the longest lived Pacific Salmon species?

In Addition to King salmon guided fishing trips that are no longer available, Miller's Riverboat Service specializes in fishing for Silver Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char and Arctic Grayling. Miller's Riverboat Service offers guided jet boat and raft float fishing in Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow, Big Lake and Talkeetna. Miller's Riverboat Service offers fully guided fishing trips on the Deshka River, Willow Creek, Kashwitna River, Talkeetna River, Susitna River, Little Susitna River, Big Lake and Finger Lake. Miller's Riverboat Service specializes in fly fishing, spin fishing and bait cast fishing.

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Susitna River & Little Susitna River King Salmon Crisis

Miller's Riverboat Service LLC has specialized in fishing for King Salmon in the State of Alaska since the 1970s. King salmon fishing opportunities in the state of Alaska are a mere shell of what they once were. State of Alaska license sales are down. In 2007, an accredited in depth economic study acknowledged sportfishing was the second most important industry to the economy of Alaska; hardly likely now. Bad management, lack of answers, no forethought, ignorance of accredited scientific information are the reasons; Miller's Riverboat Service in conjunction with the majority of Alaskans and visitors lack the confidence in the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, to properly manage and recover King Salmon stocks in the State of Alaska. How bad is the King Salmon problem in the State of Alaska, well bad enough to not even allow single hook artificial catch and release fishing. We are challenging State of Alaska management to have a change in behavior concerning management of King Salmon by developing a recovery plan. We are asking for help from powerful organizations to get the train back on the tracks.

This is a crisis and without excuse, because Alaska has largely pristine habitat without dams and roads. The Susitna drainage is largely roadless, pristine and clean water-- epic spawning habitat is available. So what is happening. King Salmon spend the majority of their life cycle in the ocean and the longest lived Pacific Salmon species?

In Addition to King salmon guided fishing trips that are no longer available, Miller's Riverboat Service specializes in fishing for Silver Salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char and Arctic Grayling. Miller's Riverboat Service offers guided jet boat and raft float fishing in Anchorage, Wasilla, Palmer, Willow, Big Lake and Talkeetna. Miller's Riverboat Service offers fully guided fishing trips on the Deshka River, Willow Creek, Kashwitna River, Talkeetna River, Susitna River, Little Susitna River, Big Lake and Finger Lake. Miller's Riverboat Service specializes in fly fishing, spin fishing and bait cast fishing.

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King Salmon Fishing- Susitna River Tributaries and Little Susitna River

Little Susitna and Susitna River tributary (Talkeetna River, Deshka River, Willow Creek, Little Willow Creek, Lake Creek, Kashwitna River, Chulitna River) King Salmon Fishing with Ben Allen of Miller's Riverboat Service. After going for a run in Wasilla, Alaska in sub in -5 degrees, I had King Salmon on my mind, when I got home I compiled a few videos and even pulled the workout music I was listening to for the background. King Salmon are my passion---really the reason I live in Alaska. Matsu King Salmon are in serious decline and sadly the State of Alaska has absolutely no plan or vision for recovering these King salmon. Given the circumstances, Miller's Riverboat Service guides Silver salmon, Chum Salmon, Pink Salmon, Arctic Char, and Rainbow Trout Charters. We now do a lot of guided Rainbow Trout fly fishing trips near Willow, Talkeetna, Wasilla, Palmer and Anchorage, Alaska. I look forward to the day when King salmon are abundant enough to target and offer guided trips for.

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Susitna River Jet Boating

Miller's Riverboat Service LLC guide jet boats introduction by Ben Allen. Jet boating the Susitna River, Talkeetna River, Yetna River, Little Susitna River, Deshka River, Kashwitna River and Knik River. Brief synopsis of Miller's Riverboat Service guide jet boats used in the Matsu Valley, Alaska on salmon and trout charters. We currently operate 3 jet boats in the Susitna Drainage area lakes and rivers (~only 90 minutes from Anchorage)
1.) 20'x66" Alumaweld Free Drifter
2.) 20'x72" Alumaweld Super Vee LT
3.)20'x66" Greatland Welding 20'x66" semi vee/tunnel

raw footage and pictures narrated unscripted by Ben Allen operator of Miller's Riverboat Service LLC

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Matsu Valley Fishing Guides- Ben Allen Mindset

The Miller's Riverboat Service mental approach to guiding and fishing on the awesome rivers of the Matsu Valley such as the Deshka River, Willow Creek, Little Susitna River and Talkeetna River.

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Willow, Alaska Fishing Guides

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How to repair a tip top on your fishing rod.

How to replace and install a tip top on your fishing rod.

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Deshka River Salmon Fishing

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