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Grayling Leaders & Tippet

The best leader for grayling fishing is a Rio Trout Leader in 9 foot 4X. In the vast majority of cases that size and length will work well. Powerflex Tippet in 4X is a good match for the leader. 

We have them as Single Leaders or in 3-Packs which are handy for a multi-day trip. You can see all of our leaders here

Switch Rod for salmon on the Chilkoot River

The Chilkoot River is a blast in July. Early sockeye, first of the pink salmon and good Dolly Varden fishing. Your 7 weight single hand rod is fine for pinks and Dollies, but a bit light for sockeye. 

An 8 weight switch is an ideal S.E. Alaska all-around salmon rod. It has more backbone for fighting fish, the ability to cast either Spey-style or overhead, and the extra length to let you mend line and more effectively dead drift flies. 

Sockeye really like a dead drifted small fly and an 11 foot switch rod would let you cover more distant runs and get longer drag free drifts.

Hope that helps!

Good Fly Line for Mousing

When fishing mouse patterns, we like a weight forward floating line that will turn over large, wind-resistant flies and load the rod quickly at short distances. Three lines that come to mind that do all these things well:

  • Rio Powerfly
  • Scientific Anglers Textured Magnum Taper
  • Airflo Impact Taper

Go get your mouse on!

Flies for Haines Alaska

Early August in Haines features great fishing in the Chilkoot River. It is semi-glacial but fishes very well. The sockeye run is at its peak so a selection of sockeye flies is a good idea. The Dolly Varden fishing is very good, too. The Dollies are eating eggs at this time so a selection of 8mm beads such as the S.E./Kodiak Medium Bead Selection is ideal. If you prefer to fish egg flies such as Glo Bugs go with Gorman Beadhead Eggs in Peachy King, Unreal Egg Clusters and Glo Bugs in Champagne and Peachy King. #8 and #10 are ideal.

There can also be some good pink salmon in the river. Humpy Hookers, Starlite Leeches in Pink and Lead Eye Egg Sucking Leeches in Purple are favorites. 

For Leaders a Rio Salmon/Steelhead Leader in 9 foot 12lb will work for sockeye and pinks. A Rio Trout Leader in 2x is best for the Dollies. Split shot and indicators really help when fishing egg patters, too.

Call us at 907-586-1550 if we can be of any more assistance. 

Kanektok River Float Flies & Gear

We would be happy to put a selection of flies together for your Kanektok River Float. Our specialty is outfitting anglers with the best flies and gear to insure a great fishing trip. 

The Kanektok in early August will have great fishing for rainbow trout, Dollies and there should be a good push of silvers towards the end of the week as you get into the lower stretches of the river. 

Where to fly fish around Juneau.

Juneau has a wealth of road-accessible fly fishing spots. They are generally uncrowded and easy to get to. We have two maps on our site you can print out. One shows the entire Juneau road system and the other has some detailed maps of popular spots. Go to the Juneau News Page and scroll down to the bottom. They are listed as Map #1 and Map #2. 

Tackle for Alaskan Salmon & Trout

Fly fishing tackle in Alaska has to be specialized and built for the rigors that big fish and harsh conditions will put it through. We can recommend a wide range of tackle that we have personally used and can vouch for.  

Having over 15 years of experience running a fly shop and guiding in Alaska, we have seen a lot of gear come and go. Tell us a few things such as:

Abandoned Dolly Llamas: Are they up for grabs?

Thanks for this insightful question John. In our opinion, if your brother leaves Dolly Llamas lying around, he has in essence forfeited a part of his ownership. At that point, you are free to take a few, but not all of them.