The Alaska Flies & Rivers Blog

The AK. Assassin fly

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Within a few days I’ll be launching the boat and begin searching for the tip of the king salmon returns. This is my favorite time because while there may be few or no kings far enough up river for me to fish the flies with Spey rods there will also be few to no other [...]

Hooking & Landing Salmon, soon to be tested again.

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I was reading content on a fly fishing forum about hooks and lost salmon, the post led to an article which was relating hooks to lost fish as in type quality and etc. I read the article and began to write my own take on hooks and lost fish. Within a short while I realized [...]

The Cabin on The Lake = Photos

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Ever since this website went online I’ve made mention of the cabin, in the past five years I’ve been busy as time and resources have allowed to make the place a little nicer. The building went up in the late 1990′s and I have been working since 2006 on it. The logs came from spruce [...]

What Are Your Quesstions About Fishing in Alaska?

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I know that this isn’t a forum where you can post a question and receive answers from a multitude of sources but I thought I’d try this anyway. Whatever you may be wondering about various species – salmon run timing – probable weather conditions – tackle, whatever, post them as a comment and I will [...]

A Useful Technique Regardless Of Where You Fish;

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Quite recently I posted a brief answer regarding articulated patterns and hook location / number of hook points to a general fly fishing forum. In hindsight I felt it should be repeated here for visitors to this page. I use both trailing hooks (stashed in the flowing materials) and tube flies with the hook tucked [...]

A scenario for where I live & fish ?

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I had nothing to do with the production of the first video video program but if you are curious about the area where I live and work it will give you a perspective. Will it really happen? I hope not. I do intend to dedicate some time to producing a few shows of my own [...]

How I Became A Fishing Guide

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The real story is probably not what you may have assumed. I’ve never written in general regarding this strange turn of events that led to my being a guide for visiting anglers. I’m going to try to lay this out so that it makes sense, I think you’ll get it. Right up front people need [...]

Streamer Fishing / Setting The Hook?

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I can only tell people ‘what I think I know’ about almost any topic. One thing I will not do is to tell you that what I do is right or correct, it’s just what I do. I’m just some guy who fishes and has done it for a long time. I’ll soon be placing [...]

Going To A Very Cold Place 2016;

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I don’t write much about personal fishing trips I take but on Thanksgiving day 2016 I did one that seemed worthy of some photos and a telling of the days events. I don’t know if I’ll ever start guiding late season steelhead fishermen but I do intend to purchase another boat just for use on [...]

Time For Some Fish Photos;

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No fish were harmed in taking these photos and all were caught using Spey rods and swung flies Please don’t overlook the many other articles on the Alaska Flies & Rivers Blog after viewing some of the fishes, the articles discuss the tactics used to get those fish in front of the camera I will [...]

Just An Update Regarding the 2016 Season.

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I can’t say that this was a normal year. I didn’t host any King trips and didn’t fish for them at all myself. There were reasons for that and I’ll try to be brief although this seldom works. The 2015 season was wrought with low water conditions on all of our non glacial rivers here [...]

Video on Streamer Fishing Techniques

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This is something long overdue, I have created a video. Please bear with the first 2 minutes 30 seconds but there is a reason I put those 3 casts in the program. That reason is to demonstrate that the method for rigging lines I will show you does work, they cast well. After those first [...]

Getting The Fly Down To Where The Fish Are At;

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I’m hoping that this article may intrigue some of you to experiment with some different ways to sink your flies. Please feel free to comment on or question what you are about to read. What I am going to propose to the readers here may or may not be a new concept to you. You may [...]

Fishing / Controlling The Submerged Fly;

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In this writing I will share some technique that resulted from my use of streamers and salmon flies over the past 40 years. I hope it will be useful to the readers. After a fly has been cast into the flow there are a lot of things that one must train their mind and hands [...]

The Trout;

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The very best fun of the year was seeing the fellows catch trout. Unlike salmon fishing there was no pressure because the trout were everywhere and they provided some memorable days for each angler. These are some of the trout of 2014, everyone caught plenty of trout. The size range of these fish runs from 13″ [...]

Spey casting with Life On The Line;

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Click the photos to enlarge for your screen, use your browser back arrow to continue viewing and reading. In short, I am a Spey caster who uses floating lines ranging from 45′ Scandi lines to 70′ long bellies. I know where the best water to swing flies for salmon and trout are on my regular [...]

Trout & Silver Salmon Fishing from 2014;

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Thus far while the salmon returns can be hard to predict the rainbow trout continue to support day to day angling with some of the most beautiful fish I’ve ever seen caught daily. In order to experience trout fishing at its best multi day trips are necessary. This is due to the locations we will [...]

Looking back at The Early 2014 Season, King Salmon Fishing

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All King Salmon fishing will be Catch & Release fishing only in 2015 going forward. The king salmon returns for 2014 were fair in this part of Alaska.  For the first time since I’ve been fishing here we had low water conditions throughout June.. This low water I believe had a great deal to do [...]

How To Prepare For Fishing Alaska in 2015;

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Hello Anglers, I now have three full seasons experience working with anglers who have made Alaska their destination for a fishing trip. One thing I can offer in the advice category is that you should make sure that your fly casting is as good as it can be before arriving. Many times it will be [...]

Thank You All For a Great 2014 Season!

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Today is October 23rd and things are winding down as we slip toward winter. I am still trout fishing a bit but the rivers to the north are getting some ice along the shores at this time. I’m not one of those guys who heads out when it’s much below 32 degrees because usually it [...]

Getting Ready For The Spring;

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It’s been busy here ever since the weather got cold again. We had a long spat of warm weather from early January through the second week of February. When I say warm I mean as high as 57* and heavy rains in some areas. This made river travel impossible via snowmachine. Matter of fact we [...]

The Outlook For King Salmon In My Region 2014;

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There have been changes to the salmon regulations regarding the Susitna and Yentna River drainages for 2014. I see all of them as being positive especially for those who are seeking only to catch some of these most beautiful and strong of all the salmon species. For the local crowd many of whom are strictly [...]

The Best Times for Fly Fishing the Various Species in Alaska;

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This posting is an effort to help those planning a trip to better target certain fish during their stay in Alaska. Without further preamble I’ll get right to it. Pike Fishing  Through out June and early July the Pike fishing at the lake and nearby drainages is at its peak. By August they become much [...]

Fly Fishing for Salmon in Alaska;

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I tie many fly patterns some of which are my attempts at creativity, an artistic expression of sorts. Because I live here and fish whenever I’m not guiding others to those fish, I have the time to experiment. Wild rainbow / steelhead trout will take almost any fly I can tie, if you have the [...]

Fish Counting, How’s That Work?

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One of the most important data items to both the fisheries management department and the sport fishing community alike are the fish count numbers. Counts are conducted by various means, some rivers are done using a combination of sonar devices and netting to assess run strength. How this system works (in some locations) is that [...]

New Fishing Options Coming in 2014;

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If you are reading the pages and thinking you might want to give my area a try in 2014, by all means drop me an e-mail through the site here. I am putting together a ‘totally new’ way to provide a quality and exciting fishing experience for visitors in the new year. I am calling [...]

How Trout Fishing is Linked to the Salmon, Our Migratory Trout

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For viewing media inserts simply mouse over the image and click for enlargement            Something to acknowledge in this first sentence is that I am not a fisheries biologist. I do seem to have a fair grasp of sciences and so try to relate my observations to others. These ideas are taken from years in [...]

Stay Tuned for regular content updates on this page.

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I appreciate all of you who are stopping to read these pages greatly. As the title implies, I will write tonight about what I have learned regarding the seasonal movements of our various indigenous species here in South central Alaska. Thank you for bookmarking this site!   Ard

Northern Pike the Problem & the Fishing;

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If there is one thing I have been very bad about that would be documenting the pike fishing here. There are several reasons behind this short coming; one is that I have never been a rabid pike fisherman and secondly they are viewed as a problem in my area not a sport fish. Never the [...]

New Postings will Be Made Often Here;

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    Outside it is -6* right now and I have hundreds of photographs and information about fishing and Photo Touring here in Alaska to get posted. It’s been a summer filled with fishing and work at the cabin and now it’s time to bring this web site up to date. I hope you’ll look [...]

Bigger waters and some Larger Trout;

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When I am not with people who are here to salmon fish you will find me trout fishing. While finding a true steelhead deep in the Interior rivers flowing to North East Cook Inlet may be a long shot, there are plenty of beautiful wild rainbow trout who will hit a swung fly. I fish the trout on [...]

Small Stream Trout Fishing;

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I really enjoy fishing with 2 hand fly rods and a large percentage of my personal fishing is done with them. I have rods ranging from 11.5′ to fifteen foot 10 weight bombers and enjoy every one of them.The salmon here are no doubt a major focus for visiting anglers, however there are some wonderful trout [...]

Some 2013 Fish, and a couple happy fellows

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Funny thing, no matter how a season goes, by November when I think back it always seems that it could have been better. Then I start looking through the pictures and I think………… Wow, did that all happen? Where to start is the question. I should start in the spring with some trout, or maybe [...]

Updating My Fly Selections; 2013 and Beyond

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I am a creature of habit, fly fishermen who came up through the late sixties through the 20th Century and into this new age are like that I think. I’ve been very aware of changes going on around me for 20 years but I saw no need to hop aboard the band wagon because what [...]

Tracking The King; A look at the Future of King Salmon in My Area.

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Spring of 2013 brought with it trepidations regarding the king salmon run strength. 2012 and the preceding year saw the broadest fisheries closures in our history. In facing the dilemma of dwindling returns the Alaska Department of Fish & Game along with a host of other agencies and organizations have mobilized in a concerted effort to [...]

Surprising Catches While Trout Fishing;

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Although my home river is host to all 5 species of salmon it also has a few trout. Of those trout there are some whose size approaches that of a salmon and it those trout that captivate my imagination. Over all the years that I have been fly fishing I’ve caught many trout and some [...]

Recent Fishing Results

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I’ve spent June at our cabin working on the property and buildings there. Even with all the work that must be done I had time for some fishing.   Although I’ve seen – hooked and lost some pretty large pike the 28″ fish seem to be every where. All of the fish I’ve caught this [...]

Let’s check our fly boxes………….

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One terrific thing about Alaska’s wild fishes is that you can very effectively make use of all those traditional fly patterns that you have been admiring & perhaps tying for years. You may have trouble finding fish who wallop a ‘Freight Train’ or ‘Skykomish’ Sunrise in your local river but they will take them here. [...]