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Alaska Fly Selection: July (Part 2 of 3)

on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Article, Gear

By Fly Out Ambassador Mark Rutherford

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July Fly Patterns for Bristol Bay, Alaska

It is so much more complex to stock your Alaska fly box for July than for June or August! A great deal more total feed is available to resident fish in July than in June including fry of salmon, trout, char, and Grayling. There are Caddis, stone, & mayfly nymphs, plus salmon spawn and a bit of flesh late in July. While I have not seen stickleback in July, occasionally small Lamprey are present and Sculpin are pounced upon with enthusiasm. In July forage diversity is at the seasonal apex.

In mid July, adult sea run Dolly Varden Char begin to return to the rivers. In the last week of July a weather transition can begin bringing autumn storms. Finally you need Coho / Silver fly patterns in late July. All 5 Salmon can be present after Coho arrive yielding the Pacific salmon "Grand Slam".

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Here is a multi species list, with an emphasis on resident Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling, King and Sockeye Salmon plus patterns for Chum and Pink Salmon, early Coho / Silvers, Arctic Char, Lake Trout, and Northern Pike.

As anglers we are participating in an explosion in fly pattern creativity as fly tiers experiment with different materials and profiles. Simply stocking the July fly box with Leeches is a challenge. But with such a huge variety to choose from it's unreasonable and unnecessary to try to carry them all. Pick two or three leech patterns with varying amount of weight and differing profiles and articulation. Then fish them carefully and deep. The same is true for Sculpin patterns.

Trout, Char, and Grayling.

The Bristol Bay is the finest completely intact, functional, wild salmonids fishery in the world. The flies listed are proven for the Bristol Bay region but of course they are not the only patterns that work. When possible, tie or buy your patterns articulated or with stinger hooks for a significantly higher ratio of total fish landed (with less damage to fish mouthparts than traditional streamer hooks.) In the Bristol Bay region, please release all Rainbow Trout regardless of whether the Alaska Department of Fish and Game allows retention. It takes 7-10 years in cold Alaskan waters for a trophy trout to grow beyond 22 inches. Fresh Sockeye, Lake Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, and Grayling might be kept to provide your fine dining.

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  • Sculpin patterns. Choose among various Sculpin patterns keeping in mind some overlap exists with leeches: Sculpzilla, Cone head, Rag, Woolhead, Dali Lama, Exasperator, Loop, etc. Choose colors- olive and black and include some with contrasting red, green or purple accents. Size # 4-6-8. Bring 6+ total of two or three proven patterns.
  • Leech patterns. There are outstanding leeches available commercially and infinite variations if you tie. Choose among: Loop, Articulated Bunny, Sleech, Lead Eye, S&B Super string, Intruder, Starlight, etc. Colors: solid purple, olive, black plus some with contrasting colors. Sizes #4-6-8. Bring 6+.
  • Starlight leech. Color white for Lake Trout and Char and as flesh late in July. Consider them.
  • Haymaker Leech size #1 black or blue. Consider them.
  • Conehead Eggabou size #4. Bring 2.
  • Signature Intruder, Moal Rhoid, or Al Green size #8. Bring 4.
  • Dali Lama, Black & White, #6 Bring 2.
  • S&B Super string leech, consider a selection of S&B Super string leeches. Bring 2+.
  • Mice, Choose among Mr. Hanky, Loco, Preparation H Mouse, Moorish Mouse, Blair, Darth Skater. Bring 1 small bottle silicone floatant (not dry silica) for Mice and Caddis. Bring 4.
  • Wooly bugger patterns in Olive, Black, Brown, size #4-6 bring 4.
  • Trout beads. The Salmon spawn begins. 8mm for Chum, natural roe, glow, egg yolk, orange clear. Mottled beads in gold, mango, peachy etc with egg hooks. Bring a kit purchased for the precise species of salmon spawning in your week for your rivers, of the specific Alaskan region you'll visit. Consider sliding beads up the leader ahead of your Sculpin!
  • Glo bugs. Truthfully they no longer belong in your Alaska kit. Beads are much more effective with a fraction of the mortality caused by Glo bugs. Trout all too often inhale Glo Bugs and similar roe deep in the throat before becoming hooked. Then they die.
  • Fry. Smolt patterns are not as important as in June when those baby salmon (true smolt) were out-migrating each evening and holding in deeper water by day. However you will see increasing numbers of salmon, trout, and Grayling fry that rear in the log jams and sloughs feeding on "drift" as the weeks pass. Our tendency is to cast leeches & sculpin into the woody debris and overlook fry patterns, but there are days when if you are not dead drifting a fry pattern you are simply not catching fish! Fry need to be part of your July searching process. Choose the Stinger Clouser, Strung out Thunder Creek, Neil Creek Dart, Neil Creek Slider. They can be fished as dropper, streamer, or dead drifted under an indicator! Green & gold. Bring 4+.
  • Nymphs, Size 12-16 Copper Johns, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, etc. Bring a mixed one half dozen. Fished as dropper behind a leech (where legal) while searching for fish or under an indicator. You probably won't get lots of use of your nymphs. However if you are fishing the few "known" rivers with dependable aquatic insect hatches like the Copper or Agulukpak bring 3 dozen nymphs. Years go by when my nymph box doesn't come out in July unless it's cold and I'm desperate for Grayling.
  • Dries, Royal Wulff, Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, PMD Parachute, X-Caddis, Stimulator sizes 12-14. Bring a mixed one half dozen in a box shared with nymphs unless you are fishing the few "known" rivers with highly dependable hatches like the Copper or Agulukpak then bring 3 dozen dries. High floating, high visibility. Colors tan, brown, black, olive. As with nymphs in Alaska you may never even take these out of your gear duffle.

Total flies 48.

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SALMON FLIES

My presumption is that King and Sockeye salmon are going to be targeted as well as Rainbow, Grayling, & Char. This list "Over Weights" flies for Kings because in North America there is nothing that even comes close to the power and strength of a King except perhaps a sturgeon. Certainly no fish porpoises across a small cold wilderness river like a Chinook.

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BobWhite Studio Donates to Sportsman's Alliance for AK

on Thursday, 29 March 2012. Posted in News, Conservation

25% of All Print Sales Donated

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Many of us in the Alaska fishing community are doing whatever we can to help stop the proposed Pebble Mine threatening the Bristol Bay watershed. Fly Out ambassador, Bob White, is no different. BobWhite Studio will donate 25% of print sales to the Sportsman's Alliance for Alaska to help stop the Pebble Mine. 

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As many of you know, the proposed Pebble Mine threatens Alaska's Bristol Bay watershed, a complex system of rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands that supports the most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery in the world.

You can see all of Bob's prints on his website, BobWhiteStudio.com.

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Wine Week 2012 - At Mission Creek Lodge

on Monday, 26 March 2012. Posted in Article, News

World-Class Fishing And Wine? . . . Yes Please.

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Join two of Washington State's best known flyfishing winemakers for a spectacular week of fishing for silvers and rainbows at one of Fly Out's recommended lodges, Mission Creek Lodge on Lake Aleknagik in the famed Bristol Bay region. Chris Figgins and Rob Newson not only have a passion for making fine wines, but also have shared their love of flyfishing together. Each evening you will enjoy gourmet dinners featuring specialty meats and seafoods, including grass fed beef from Lostine Cattle Company, all perfectly paired with Chris & Rob's premier wines. They will each share with you some of the insights and stories behind each vintage.

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2012 Wine Week Rate

$7500 per per person plus $1500 per person for wine and special pairing menu. Package includes 7 nights, 6 days of fishing, meals, lodging, all fishing equipment including waders and daily guided fly-outs. Click here to learn more about Mission Lodge.

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Crystal Creek's Rainbow Release Party

on Monday, 26 March 2012. Posted in Video

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A compilation video featuring the often overlooked "release" of a bunch of beautiful rainbows caught at Crystal Creek Lodge

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Patagonia Sets An Example . . . Again!

on Wednesday, 21 March 2012. Posted in Video, Conservation

Patagonia Provisions

The popular clothing company is coming out with Patagonia Provisions™ Wild Salmon Jerky, in an effort to inspire and implement solutions to the salmon crisis. If you have enjoyed fresh Alaskan salmon, than you know what a quality fish product is. 
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Wear This Shirt While You Contact Your Congressman

on Tuesday, 20 March 2012. Posted in Article

Pebble Protest Shirts

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Check out this unique anti-pebble t-shirt design by commercial salmon fisherman Eric Dieters. Eric works on Kodiak Island during the fishing season, and has a screen printing business in the off season. These shirts are printed on American Apparel 100% cotton black shirts, made in America. You can purchase this shirt along with some other cool Alaska specific shirts on Eric's website at www.emulsiondesigns.com. And, while you're surfing the web, go to Save Bristol Bay's page to write the EPA and your congressmen about your opinion about large scale mining at the headwaters of some of the world's best fisheries. 
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Crème Brûlée For Alaska Fishing

on Monday, 19 March 2012. Posted in Article

A Special Package from Keen Eye Anglers

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Kyle Kolodziejski, owner/operator of Keen Eye Anglers, has built the perfect compliment package for those who have already booked a recommended fly out lodge or float trip. The serious angler can get the most out of their Alaska fishing vacation by planning a trip with Keen Eye Anglers prior to, or after your main fishing destination. The way we see it, you can either spend your layover day in Anchorage roaming the Dimond Center Mall, or book with Kyle and fish the beautiful Upper Kenai. Transport is included from Anchorage, and the accommodations are fantastic at the Kenai Riverside Lodge. Check out Keen Eye Anglers and email Kyle for the add-on package.  

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A Behind the Blog Interview of AlaskaFlyOut.com

on Thursday, 15 March 2012. Posted in Article

by J.J. Pilgreen and AlaskaGuideList.com

AGLlogoThis is the first of many interviews to come from Alaskaguidelist.com that will focus the spotlight on the movers and shakers on the Alaska Guide scene. This month, we discover Cory Luoma, the driving force behind Alaska Fly Out.

I first heard about Alaska Fly Out last June when Cory gave me a heads up on his project. It was an interesting and ambitious concept, I wished Cory the best of luck getting it going, not giving much thought to the idea of it actually coming to fruition.

Now here we are gearing up for the 2012 season and Alaska Fly Out has definitely arrived to the party. Whether you have found the site via social media or word of mouth, it isn't hard to miss. Read on to learn more about the project and it's creator Cory Luoma.

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Alaska Fly Out Picks for Cheeky Bracketology

on Monday, 12 March 2012. Posted in News, Conservation

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The Fly Out Bracket submission - Good luck ak sport fish! 

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Cheeky Fly Fishing March Madness - Road to the Final Fish

Cheeky has once again created the ultimate tournament of sport fish. Thirty-two fish have been selected and seeded in a bracket, but ony one will be crowned champion based on your votes. Fill out brackets by selecting which fish you prefer in each matchup. Pick the winners and receive great prizes including reels, rods, line, sunglasses, art, apparel and accessories from some of the hottest companies in fly fishing.

Click here to fill out your bracket to help the following causes: 

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Twisted Steel and Fish Appeal

on Friday, 09 March 2012. Posted in Article

Nelson Metallics Handcrafted Metal Art

Joel Nelson has worked all over Bristol Bay, Alaska and is currently the head mechanic at Tikchik Narrows Lodge. Not only is he a talented and well-respected mechanic, but he is an amazing artist. His business, Nelson Metallics, specializes in handcrafted metal fish with the stained glass inlays. Beautiful and contemporary, many of these pieces are undoubtedly inspired by Joel's summers spent in Alaska. You can contact Joel about his work at .

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