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Fishing in Alaska for the first time?

Fly Fishing in Alaska for the first time Brad Elfers has been a fly fishing & river guide in Alaska since 1993.
He opened Alaska Fly Fishing Goods in 1998.

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The count down has begun.  All of you anxious fly anglers that have been counting the days, hours, minutes and for some of you fish nuts, even the seconds, the wait is almost over.  Race on down and as they say at the beginning of the cage match.” It’s Time!”   Put on the gloves, the waders and sunglasses and get your swing on!

Our friends at Troutfitters send reports of sockeye at the mouth and up in the Russian.  A good run is predicted which only leads to good trout fishing.   For the rainbow opener, try swinging leeches and sculpins off of the bars.  This technique can be a deadly way to pick up some hot early season trout.  When floating from bar to bar and in the back channels, try dead drifting small flesh patterns.  And yes for you “bead heads” out there, beads can be a good way to start. Even though there’s no spawning salmon, trout tend to have the egg thing engrained into their heads.

For all you guys and gals looking to rip lip and fill the cooler with bright, fresh, red sockeye fillets, its time to hit the “A” run.  Check the usual spots and bars as the fish continue to show up in hoards.  For patterns to try check out Montana Brassies and the Sockeye Fly in orange or green.

The Kenai has some pretty strict regulations.  To see the ADF&G regs, click here.

Have a great weekend and catch lots! We’ll have an updated report for you early next week.

Tight Lines,

Brad and Mike