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The Alaska Spring Steelhead Experience

on Wednesday, 08 April 2015. Posted in Photo

A visual journey though the beauty of South-East Alaska's spring steelhead season

There is a reason why steelheaders brave the elements day-in day-out. The settings that steelhead are found in, combined with their powerful fight, and beautiful characteristics, are the primary reasons for the "steelhead Addiction" that many anglers find themselves haunted by.

For those of you who have not yet tasted the sweet nectar of the steelhead, follow this little photographic journey. You will get a glimpse into the eyes of a true anadromous addict, and maybe develop some symptoms yourself.

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Finding The Zone

on Monday, 06 April 2015. Posted in Article

Stop thinking too hard and bump up your productivity on the water.

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I want you to think about the best angler that you know. Better yet, reflect back on a day of fishing where you could do no wrong. A day where you were on fire, and the fish seemingly could not stay away. Can you say specifically what it was that accounted for this stellar performance? Most would attribute it to fly selection, casting ability, or even chalk it up to blind luck. Even if you cannot pinpoint the exact reason, the fact of the matter was, you were in the zone.

What separates the consistently productive anglers from the rest of the river crowd is their innate ability to "get in the zone" as soon as they step into the water. The zone that I am referring to is not related to depth, but rather a mindset. That mental place where you feel like you are swimming right alongside your fly, guiding it to the perfect spot where the fish are holding. All distractions are gone, and all that is left is fishing. Great anglers find themselves mentally relaxed from the first cast to the last, maintaining the confidence that they are always right in front of the fish.

This simple mindset is the tipping point that will take your fishing to the next level. Next time you are out on the water, check your baggage at the door. Leave all the stress and worries of day-to-day life behind, and focus on each cast individually. Better yet, don't focus on anything at all, and just fish.

 

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Bear and fishing footage from the famous Brooks Falls

on Wednesday, 01 April 2015. Posted in Video

Spend a few minutes of your work day watching some of Alaska's wildlife.

Photographer Randy Harris visited Brooks Falls in search of fishing and photography adventure. He found both, and also captured some pretty great footage of the Brown Bears at Brooks Falls along the way.

If you have not visited Brooks Falls before, it needs to be on your radar. The fishing is spectacular, the accomodations are great, and the wildlife viewing around you is second to none.

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Spring Drone Footage From Alaska

on Monday, 30 March 2015. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

A few minutes of Drone footage flying over the Kenai River Canyon in Cooper Landing, Alaska

Spring is quickly making its rejuvenating presence known throughout the State. Lee Kuepper took advantage this weather to explore the legendary Kenai River canyon from the air. The once frozen rivers, are now breaking free of their icy handcuffs, and the sun is walking the horizon for hours longer than the prior months.

Summer is just around the corner. Who’s ready to fish?

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Alaska Fly Tying Video: Dirty Diving Sculpin

on Wednesday, 25 March 2015. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

Learn to tie one of the best sculpin patterns for Alaska in only 6 minutes.

When coming up to Alaska in search of monster trout, don' forget to throw a few sculpin patterns in your bag. Throughout the year, trout will take advantage of a properly placed sculpin imitation at just about any time. In this video Lee Kuepper goes over how to tie up one of his favorites.

The "Dirty Diving Sculpin" is tied on a jig hook so the pattern swims head down, using the current to push it towards the bottom. Utilizing only 3 materials, this fly is made with 3 things in mind; imitation, movement, and durability. Make sure you have a few in your box this summer.

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Why You Need To Chase Alaskan Kings On The Fly This Year

on Monday, 23 March 2015. Posted in Article

Kings are unlike any other salmon out there. Anglers often quickly find out why....

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As Alaska begins to show signs of the thaw, that little area in the back of fly anglers brains begins to fill with thoughts of spring fishing pursuits. For many, the first target will be chasing the mighty King Salmon.

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Tackling Kings on a fly rod is no simple task, but the rewards continue to attract driven fly anglers back to Alaskan waters year after year. Following a steep learning curve is necessary in order to succeed. Even though the odds may seem against you at first, setting off to land a King on the fly will almost always improve your angling game 1000 fold. Because Kings generally live in deeper, faster waters, the proper use of sink tips and depth control are often the keys to success. Placing the fly perfectly in the strike zone can be difficult, and on tough days, fish will not want to move far to attack the offering. A precise and accurate presentation, adapting the drift multiple times throughout the run, will help the odds tremendously.

The raw power of these chrome freight trains is astounding, and anglers will quickly realize that the King is unlike any other salmon. While other fish may give an exciting, fast paced battle, Kings have a tendency to draw each fight into a knock-down, drag out struggle to simply hold on. There is no gentle touch needed here. Hard side pressure, torqueing the rod into the butt section, is usually the only way to turn these fish around.

Amidst all the trial and tribulation that comes with chasing Kings on the fly, anglers will find rewards in both the fish itself and the hard lessons learned. In the end, nearly every angler who has pursued the mighty King, catches the "fever," returning to Alaska's waters again and again.


 If you would like more information about Alaska's top lodges for chasing Kings on the fly, shoot us an email. We would be happy to assist in setting up your next King Salmon fly fishing adventure.

 

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Fishing With Bears In Alaska

on Wednesday, 18 March 2015. Posted in Video

Bear encounters in Alaska are common, but the right lodge always ensures your saftey.

The 49th state is loaded with bears, and with good reason. The massive salmon influx provides the perfect fat-rich sustenance that they need to survive the long winter and raise their young. When it comes to finding a good lodge for your next Alaska fishing trip, bear safety and wildlife interaction etiquette is definitely a criteria that needs to be considered.

Respected lodges always place your safety above all. They employ experienced guides that deal with bears on a regular basis. In fact, many of the guides get to know the bears by name, recognizing each of their personal characteristics and comfortable zones of safety. Seasoned guides are just as focused on you as they are on your surroundings, addressing wildlife encounters before they have a chance to become a safety issue.

At Alaska Fly out, we understand that wildlife sightings and encounters are a big part of the Alaska fishing experience. There is nothing quite like fishing alongside bears, moose, wolves, or even wolverines. Keeping this in mind, each of the lodges and outfitters that we represent offer unique fishing experiences while placing great emphasis on keeping their guests happy and safe.

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Fish Stories: A 2014 Alaska Rainbow Trout To Remember

on Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in Article

The story behind one of the most beautiful Alaska trout of 2014

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As many of you have probably seen, California fishing guide, Anthony Carruesco, put one the most beautiful trout that we have ever seen to hand last summer. Hovering just below the 3-foot range, AC's fish is a perfect representation of how spectacular Alaska fishing can be.

Fly Out caught up with Anthony to get the low down on that day, and the epic trout that made it so memorable.


 FO: What was the day like leading up to hooking into that monster? What were you doing in AK?

AC: My fiancé, Erika, and I had traveled up to Alaska to attend our good friend, Lee Kuepper's, wedding. To my benefit, Lee just so happens to be a top shelf guide on the Kenai River, and was able to finagle a few days off prior to the wedding to soak us some leisure time on the water with a few of us boys. It was a laid back, beer drinkin' type of day, and I certainly wasn't hard pressed to catch many fish. Just being out there with a good friend that I hadn't seen in over a year, catching up, and enjoying the 70 degree summer weather was the only agenda we had.

Interestingly enough, while we were sitting at the ramp rigging up rods, I decided to pull all the line off of my reel for no real reason in particular. When I got about 10 feet into the backing, I found a knot where the backing had doubled over itself and locked the line from coming out. Kharma......? Maybe Fate......? Looking back now, catching this potential game-stopper would prove to be pretty damn important about four hours later.

FO: How was the fishing?

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AC: We'd been pounding the banks with flesh and hitting solid fish pretty consistently all morning. We had put some good two footers to the net and I was happy with that. We were getting towards the end of the float – coming along a big shady bend when the bobber disappeared again.

FO: Did you know it was huge when you hooked it?

AC: Yes. Though honestly, for the first 10 seconds I thought it mayhave been a Sockeye snagged in the butt.

FO: How was the fight?

AC: The initial run was impressive. It shot directly upriver and was quickly into my backing, similar to a coastal Steelhead from back home. Lee was pulling on the sticks hard to try and lessen the distance, but the current in this main flow was strong and it was all he could do to slow us down. I bent the rod to the cork and turned his head back downriver. Fortunately, you don't have to be that tender with 12lb flouro. After some strong, steady head shakes and a few more runs, he rose from the blue water and just hovered near the surface. Lee, not thinking that it was even close to ready yet, was focused on finding a place to eddy out. I looked back at Lee and said "I think he may be ready." You don't expect the fat kids to have that much stamina anyways.

FO: What was the most remarkable thing about that fish?

AC: I was shocked by how flawless the fish was. Not a single scar or blemish on her. Many of the big fish on Alaska's popular waters seem to often have some battle scars from their angling encounters earlier in life. This fish was clean as a whistle. The girth was ridiculous. My arms were sore from holding it out of the water for the few seconds for that "Hero Shot." As I was releasing it, it finally set in how spectacular this fish was. As it eased back into the blue, and the broad shoulders faded away, we all just sat around for a few minutes in quiet awe.

Hands down the biggest trout I've held, and probably will ever hold. As a guide myself, I was just happy to be the one holding the rod that day. Catching a fish like that is a once in a lifetime experience. I feel very fortunate.

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Wading The Flats In Alaska For Lake Trout

on Wednesday, 11 March 2015. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films

A rare opportunity to chase lake trout on the fly in knee-deep water.

A few years ago, a couple buddies hit the road in June, searching for lake trout on the fly. They overheard whispers of a fabled smolt migration that provided anglers an opportunity to successfully fish the flats of interior Alaska lakes. This exodus of baitfish was said to bring the typically deep water oriented Lake Trout, into knee-deep sand flats. During the early hours of the morning you could find them violently attacking any baitfish imitation you could put in front of their face.

Needless to say it was an epic adventure and one they will not soon forget. It is amazing how many opportunities there are to chase fish with a fly rod in this great state, seemingly limited only by your imagination. Get yourself up to Alaska this year and check at least one of them off your "Must Fish List."

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Alaska Fly Tying Video: Kuepper's Small Fry

on Monday, 09 March 2015. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

5 minutes of quality tunes and fly tying for your Monday.

There is no better way to break away from the grip of cabin fever than by spending some quality time at the vice with some fresh tunes. Keeping the upcoming spring thaw in mind, this video shows how to tie Kuepper's Small Fry, the perfect imitation for chasing trout during the early season salmon fry migration.

Swing and twitch it near the surface during low light periods in early spring. Focus your concentration on pinch points in the rivers, inside bends, and woody debris. Hold on tight as this little guy is rarely hit lightly.

Here is the list of materials needed:

  • Gamakatsu SC15 Size 10 hook
  • White/Cream Uni-thread
  • Small Holographic Eyes
  • Ice Dub Pearl Red Hue
  • Ice Dub Pearl
  • Ice Dub Minnow Back Shimmer Fringe Chartruese Peacock
  • Thick UV Cured Clear Resin

 

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