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Alaska Salmon Country - Sockeye City

on Tuesday, 09 February 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

Filmed on the Copper River with Copper River Lodge

The sheer volume of salmon that return to Bristol Bay each year is truly astounding. For those who haven't visited Alaska, it's really hard to conceptualize 32 million fish - the average sockeye return in Bristol Bay. This video gives a glimpse of the bio mass that enter the rivers and streams that make up the Bristol Bay watershed. Filmed exclusively in 2015 on the Copper River with Copper River Lodge.

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Alaska Fishing Lodge | Guide's Day Off

on Tuesday, 26 January 2016. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

Fly Out TV featuring Royal Coachman Lodge

It's not all glory for Alaska fishing guides and lodge staff who work the short summer season. Most of the time, they really bust their tails off. Just ask any fishing guide if they get to fish a lot. We got the rare opportunity to spend a few days with guide staff at Royal Coachman Lodge during their pre-season. Let's just say most everyone got a chance to cut away from work and have a day off!

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Fill your Fly Box for Bristol Bay

on Wednesday, 07 January 2015. Posted in Article

Trout Flies for Bristol Bay

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There is no denying that Bristol Bay is known as one of the best regions in Alaska for the die hard trout angler. The Nushagak, Togiak, Kvichak, and Naknek are a few of the big rivers in Bristol Bay which support some of the largest naturally reproducing salmon runs in the world. These massive riverine ecosystems, rich in salmon, also produce giant rainbow trout. Prime time trout weeks get filled fast here with the best lodges in the region and with good reason. The clear waters, pristine habitat, and monster trout, make it a world-class angling destination.

One common question that visiting anglers all seem to ask is "what flies should I bring with me?" While most lodges provide you with all the necessary equipment, catching big trout with your own flies has a special feeling to it. So, without further delay, here is a list of my top 5 flies to bring along for the giant red-sides of Bristol Bay.


 

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The Dolly Llama dominates most Alaska trout boxes, and for good reason. The combination of bulk, movement, and all around fishiness make it a trout catching machine. According to guide Tyler Nonn (www.tidewatercharters.com), during the early season on the Kvichak, fly boxes are stocked with large leeches in purple or black/white color variations. Leech patterns like the Dolly Llama are a Bristol Bay standard and account for some donkey sized trout every year.

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The springtime thaw accounts for a special kind of "hatch" each year. The frozen river banks give way to spring, and the salmon graveyards begin to thaw, washing the carcasses back into the river. The trout know this and have a special place in their hearts for the early season protein. While it may not seem like it, a dirty, off-white colored flesh fly is always a good choice early on in the year

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Yes, I said it. Condemn me as a cheater all you want, there is no doubt that beads are one of the most productive and therefor controversial patterns on the planet. While some "purists" prefer to not use them, there is no doubt that the little plastic ball is an Alaska staple. A varied range of colors and sizes are necessary to properly match all the egg variations in the river. If you were to only grab one size though, it would probably be the 10mm version. Carrying an array of colors, from milkier pinks to fresh red, will keep you in the fish for the majority of the season.

753Articulated Fresh Flesh
You can smell it in the late summer and fall. The salmon that were once charging upriver in masses are now looking like extras for AMC's "Walking Dead." While it may not seem very appealing to you or me, trout are addicted to salmon flesh. It is more or less the crack cocaine of the underwater world and often times the bigger the fly the better. Remember, the size of some of these trout can be incredible. Like, "deep throat a softball" big. Articulated flesh in particular is one my favorites. Carry it in a few variations of pink, orange and white and you'll be set.

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Similar to the Dolly Llama, the Morrish sculpin is another Alaska staple. Regardless of the time of year, sculpin will scurry along the riverbed feeding and running from hungry trout. Sculpin feed on many of the same things trout do, so be sure to throw them in places you would find food. Even around actively spawning salmon, where trout generally will focus on eggs, sculpin patterns will shine. Depending on the time of year, they will wear a variety of colors. Keeping with the naturals, like black, brown and olive in a 3-inch size is a safe bet.

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In Southwest Alaska - VIDEO

on Tuesday, 09 December 2014. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films, Video

By Jason Ching

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Last year, Jason Ching produced the short film showcasing the research of an Alaska Salmon Program. Watch it here. It was incredible. Some of the best salmon, wildlife, and landscape videography we'd ever seen. Fast forward 1 year. 

Today, Jason has yet another beautiful Alaska video reel, focusing on the landscape and salmon of Lake Aleknagik in the Wood River System and Iliamna Lake. There are some absolutely fabulous aurora, aerial, and underwater shots in this short film. 

From the Filmmaker: 

This video highlights the scenery of Iliamna Lake and Lake Aleknagik in Southwest Alaska. These two watersheds provide spawning habitat for some of the largest returns of wild sockeye salmon from Bristol Bay, and also serve as important habitat for the development and growth of salmon in their early stages of life. As a keystone species in Bristol Bay, sockeye salmon are of large economic importance to the commercial fishing industry and local lodge outfits, they serve as an important food source for local communities, and also support the diverse and amazing ecosystems within these watersheds.

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Sponsor a Bristol Bay River Academy Participant

on Tuesday, 07 May 2013. Posted in News

From Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust

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Sponsor a Participant for $275 and . . .

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The Bristol Bay River Academy is looking for generous donors to sponsor 2013 participants in an effort to help offset the costs of operations, lodging, travel, food, and more. This week-long event is an investment in the community, salmon culture, and environment of Bristol Bay. Please consider helping Bristol Bay's local youth in learning about river ecology, salmon, conservation, and recreation. To be a sponsor – Contact the Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust! Once we confirm you sponsorship, pick out a print from ApayoArt.com, and we'll have it sent to you.

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Time to Book Alaska for 2013

on Tuesday, 08 January 2013. Posted in Article

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Vintage Alaska Fishing - Katmai National Park

on Wednesday, 05 December 2012. Posted in Alaska Fly Fishing & Adventure Films

From IGFA Hall of Fame

Here's a blast from the past. Incredibly entertaining fishing video from Katmai National Park. Check out the grayling fishing with the class

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Notes on Pebble Mine Public Hearing in Seattle, WA

on Monday, 04 June 2012. Posted in Article, News, Conservation

By Fly Out Ambassador Mark Rutherford

sbbhearingPublic comments & EPA draft assessment - May 31,2012 - Seattle, WA

Regarding Section 404C Clean Water Act

Dennis Mclerran, the EPA Region Administrator, introduced the Watershed Assessment process and the goals for public participation. Rick Parkin, the EPA Manager for the Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment and the tribal liaison gave a Power Point presentation Executive Summary. He showed that through the literature review process, his visits to the site, and liaison with the Bristol Bay tribal entities, that he had a good grasp of the issues

The list of speakers with very compelling and impassioned testimony included Peter Andrews, Dillingham BBNC board member, Larry Barret Director of operations for Sage, Rio, Reddington, Joel Reynolds NRDC, Jim Klug Yellow Dog & AFFTA and so many more.

Huge numbers of commercial fishers and Alaskan native residents gave passionate comments. Three to four of us spoke representing sport fishers. About 95% of the comments were pro conservation, 5% were pro development- (by appearance all pro development speakers were on the payroll of Pebble with the exception of 1 pro development Alaska native from Nondalton and 1 from King salmon who may or may not be on the payroll),

Of the 95% pro-conservation comments about 5% of us were commenting on the science behind the assessment. I (Mark Rutherford) spoke to the impacts on the fresh water (salmon spawning & rearing) resources by the various proposed slurry pipelines, electrical transmission lines, & haul roads. Thomas Quinn, University of Washington, reported that the fishery and biologic data strongly support protection of the fresh water resource rather than remediation. David Kerlick, a theoretical and computational physicist, critiqued the "failure analysis" data used by the EPA suggesting it is too conservative. Richard Leeds, Wildlife Forever, spoke about the importance of "Hydrologic Interconnections" and "Connected habitat". Robert Wisnar (not sure the spelling) retired University of Washington professor suggested the Bristol Bay ecologic/ hydrologic systems may not have the "resilience" to sustain a robust fishery in the face of mine development of this magnitude. Pete Modaff Senator Cantwell's aid spoke of the Senators deep concerns for the fishery, and the environment it depends on, and the health of the fishing industry.

Many dozens more (80 total) made comments we all can be proud of! There were several ovations after impassioned conservation comments. It was an inspiring public hearing.

To the EPA's credit, their findings strongly support EPA intervention through a 404C veto of the project.

Alas if it were only that simple. Great cheer nonetheless.

EPAHEARINGMark Rutherford has over 34 years of fly fishing experience in Alaskan rivers and a Masters in Education in Alaskan Aquatic Ecology, Mark is in the 99'th percentile of the most experienced fishing guides in Alaska. He is regarded by several authorities as one of the finest boat handlers in Alaska. Mark specializes in first descents of small wilderness salmon streams and tributaries exploring for rainbows, cohos, kings, & char. Mark is the owner and head guide for Wild River Guides.

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Sportsmen Voice Against Pebble Mine

on Thursday, 12 April 2012. Posted in News, Conservation

Sportsmen Summit in Washington, DC

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Next week, April 16 – 18, 40 sportsmen representing 17 states are traveling to the nation’s capital to let their elected officials and the President know that protecting Bristol Bay, Alaska is a top priority for sportsmen. Learn more about next week’s Sportsmen Summit here from Scott Hed, the director of the Sportsman’s Alliance for Alaska.

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Tikchik Narrows Lodge on Ford Fishing Frontiers

on Monday, 16 January 2012. Posted in Video, News

As Seen On The Outdoor Channel

Tikchik Narrows Lodge has been featured on an episode of the Ford Fishing Frontiers series on the Outdoor Channel. Check out the episode here.
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