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The rivers and shoreline around Juneau host a wealth of fly fishing opportunities. From sea run Dolly Varden in the spring to pink and chum salmon in the summer and ending with silver salmon in the fall, there is something to cast a fly to from early May until late September.

If you are looking for a guided fly fishing trip there are two choices.

  1. A fly out fly fishing trip with Bearcreek Outfitters. Bearcreek predominantly works with anglers arriving by cruise ship. They supply rods, reels, waders and flies along with a snack. The guides are good, they are helpful with novice anglers, and the trip is a lot of fun. Just the flight itself is amazing. If you are traveling alone they can often fit you in with a group. They also can do custom trips if you have 3 or more anglers. See their website for current pricing and booking information.
  2. A shore-based trip with Hooked on Juneau. Hooked on Juneau offers mostly spin casting trips but they do some fly fishing, too. The fishing is almost all along the shoreline, casting into the saltwater for whatever species is available. It may be at the local hatchery or near a creek mouth. Some instruction is available. See their website for current pricing and booking information.

We should note (since we get asked this a lot), there is no river oriented fly fishing guide service that operates in Juneau that guides via car or boat. Most of the streams that you can drive to in Juneau are on U.S. Forest Service land and commercial permits are not available for guiding on them. However, you can bring your own rod, reel and waders and fish any number of these streams. We are more than happy to suggest places to go and flies to use. Add a comment

Salmon fishing during the third week of July will land you right in the middle of the pink salmon and chum salmon runs. Dolly Varden char and cuttroat trout will be available too. In some areas sockeye salmon are running. Sockeye tend to return to river systems with lakes on them and sockeye are not nearly as wide spread in the Tongass as pinks and chums. 

Silver salmon and kings will be around out in the saltwater but not in fly rod range. For a selection of flies for this time of year check out our Chum & Pink Selection Add a comment

For good rainbow fishing out of Anchorage you will have to do a little driving. Here are a couple of options:
  1. Drive down to Cooper Landing on the Kenai. It is ground zero for big trout. Check in with the fine folks at Alaska Troutfitters about getting a guided day on the water. The Kenai is a challenging one to fish if you don't have a boat. If you time is limited a guided day is money well spent.
  2. Drive north out of Anchorage and head for some of the great streams off the Parks Highway. Willow Creek, Montana, etc are all good trout rivers. They are much more fishable on foot. The rainbows are generally not as monstrous as Kenai bows, but there are some really nice ones. It might take some walking to leave the crowds behind but you can do it. 

Either way you go, you'll have some fun! Add a comment

Rio's In Touch T Series Heads, such as T-14, T-11, etc are 30 foot in length and come with welded loops on each end. These 30 foot heads are intended to be cut to shorter lengths. Typical heads are 10', 12' or 14'. 

When you cut the head, you will need to create a way to attach your leader. You can buy a pack of  Rio Braided Loops and add them to the head. We suggest the 3-6 weight loops since they fit best on the relatively thin line diameter of these heads. 

If you are comfortable tying an Albright Knot, you can add a butt section of monofilament and then put a loop in it. We generally do not suggest a nail knot since they often pull off the head when placed under heavy pressure.  Add a comment

There is lot of discussion on this subject and here are some thoughts.

Light noise makers, like cow bells, are great for awareness.  Talking in loud friendly voice or singing is great too.  As far as using air horns and what not, I've heard of bears actually be provoked into charging because of how startling a loud squealing blast that they put off.  The best thing to do when encountering a bear is to talk in a loud calm voice and slowly back away.  Waving your arms and making yourself look bigger while doing this is good too. Stand you ground if you need to, but do not freak out and never turn and run.

Bear spray vs firearms.  Firearms are only good if you know how to use them in a close confrontational situation.  Statistics show that firearms are less effective for protection than bear spray. We like to go with bear spray.  It's easy to use and very effective when used in bear charging situation.  Remember that bear spray is only really effective at 30' or less.

Honestly, if you stay calm and collected in an encounter, you'll be fine. When moving from one fishing spot to the next, take your time and make plenty of noise.  This will help warn the bears of your presence.  Mostly they do not want to be around you and will vacate the area.

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For September silver salmon fishing in Yakutat I would recommend the Silver Salmon Fly Selection. It has a variety of great silver flies. 

I would then add Dolly Llamas in #2 in Black/White, Pink/Purple, Pink/White and Tutti Fruiti. 2-4 each. 

Finally, get a Rio Salmon Steelhead Leader 3-pack in 16lb test and a spool of Maxima Ultragreen Tippet in 15lb. 

You will be all set! 

Should be a great trip.  Add a comment

The Tsiu River is best fished utilizing a front loaded weight forward floating line with a stout 9-10' salmon/steelhead leader in 12-16 lb. test.  Lines like Rio's Power Fly, Rio Grand and Airflo's Streamer Max Short or Nymph Indicator all work really well in turning over the heavy streamers that are used out there.  Rio's Salmon/Steelhead leaders matched with Maxima Ultragreen or similar are the best choice for leader.

A short fast sink tip line can come in handy on a few of the deeper pools up the river.  Check out Rio Streamer Tip Type  10' sink tip for this application.  This short, aggressive sink tip line is designed to turn over the heaviest of flies, like Dolly Llamas and Hareball Leeches, with relative ease.  Highly recommended by our staff.

Best of luck out on the water! Add a comment

Hi and thank you for the inquiry.

We currently do not offer any guided trips through our shop in Juneau.  We can however, offer some suggestions.  For Juneau, Bear Creek Outfitters ( offer half day and full day mostly inclusive fly out fly fishing trips.  If not looking for a fly out trip, try Abe with Hooked on Juneau (

If you are looking for fly fishing opportunities elsewhere than Juneau, please let us know where you are looking to fish and the dates and our website manager, Mike Cole, will get back to you in a timely manner.  Please shoot him email to

est of luck! Add a comment

Sizing waders can be done pretty easily. The Redington Wader sizing chart is shown below. 

Start by estimating what size you normally wear in a pant or sweatshirt....M, L, XL, etc. This will get you close. 

Then look at Inseam. This is measured from crotch to bottom of pant leg. Is it approximately what your pant inseam is? It is OK for the wader inseam to be an inch or two longer than your normal inseam.

Does your street shoe size fall in the range of sizes shown?

Finally, look at the chest/waist measurement. It is OK if these are a few inches bigger than what you actually measure. A bit of extra room will allow you to layer under the wader and waders come with a belt that will take up any extra fabric.

If all this is not working, just give us a call at 907-586-1550. We have fit hundreds of anglers and can help you sort out any wader issue. 

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There is a guide service called Game Creek Guides that offers fly fishing trips in Hoonah, AK.  They can make arrangements to pick you up at the ship and take you fishing.  They have a good reputation and have access to the best streams/rivers that Hoonah has to offer.  This link will take you to their site where they have contact info. Game Creek Guides

Best of luck on your visit.

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The Togiak is a fairly large river and it can be unforgiving to new anglers.  This should help you to have the best float trip possible.

As you start out of Togiak Lake, you should see the last of the kings and chums spawning and possible some sockeye starting. As you get farther down the river, you should see lots of large spawning beds in the slower runs, braids and back channels.   You will most likely be following the end of king and chum spawns with sockeye activity starting as you continue down.  The thing to remember is that the earliest salmon spawns typically start high and the rivers and start later as you get closer to the ocean. Kings that enter the river in late May typically start spawning in mid to late July by the lake, where kings entering the river in mid to late July typically spawn in the lower 10 miles of the river.

In and around active spawning salmon is where eggs will do best.  The Togiak is know for its crazy numbers of Dolly Varden.  These Dollies will often be found in greatest number eating eggs right in and just behind the spawning beds.  Various shades of #6-8 Glo Bugs, Fish Emission Eggs, Billy's Crystal Egg and Battle Creek Specials can all be deadly effective.  If throwing Beads 8mm and 10mm will cover your bases, even on sockeye beds.  Mottled Natural Roe, Dark Roe, Peach Roe, Montana Roe, Tangerine and Orange Clear are all producers for fresh eggs.  Standard Oregon Cheese, Peach Pearl, Apricot Pearl, Pink and Sun Orange are all good "dead" egg imitations that can be best when fishing over old beds or in between beds.

Streamers and flesh flies are a must this time of year, especially if you want the best shot at the 30" plus rainbow.  Smaller flesh flies like the Twofer, Choker,  Flesh Fly, Furry Party Flesh and Micro Flesh can all be good dead drifted on the outside of salmon beds and in the shallower runs just below beds.  Larger trout tend to hang outside of the spawning chaos and the "Dolly" feeding frenzy.  Often either dropping a bead or an egg pattern off of these small flesh patterns and Battle Creeks can be good way to go to pick up trout.  Avoid doing a double bead rig as Dollies will just make an absolute mess out ot the rig if they eat the upper bead.

Larger articulated flesh patterns, Dolly Llamas and sculpin patterns can also be the ticket to finding large trout.  Swinging these patterns along the outsides of large gravel bars or where braids or tributaries is a great way to go.  The big trout is this river tend to act like steelhead and can be enticed by a swung fly.  The same patterns can also work well when fishing the under cut banks and over/behind snags and root wads. Here both a swung fly or a stripped fly can work. All white and black/white Dolly Llamas can be deadly when fished this way.

Lastly, keep a few mice on hand.  Big bows are suckers for a swimming rodent.  Try the Mr. Hankey or the Bob Gnarly off of cut banks, in braids and over snags. There's nothing like a big trout crushing a rodent.  You should also try skating the AK Gurgler over the spawning beds to pull up both Rainbows and Dollies.

Silvers will be slow to start and you will see the best fishing for them from starting at the confluence of the Togiak and Kimuk (mid float) and down.  Silver are suckers for streamers like LE Egg Sucking Leeches and variations of the Egg Sucking Leeches, Hareball Leeches. Kilowatts, Deep Sixes and the DOLLY LLAMA.  The Dolly LLama has become the most popular pattern for silver and rightly so.  It is DEADLY. Dolly can be fished on the swing, on the strip, on the drift, with a sink tip, with out a sink tip and every other possible way imagined. All of the other patterns are best when stripped retrieved off of a floating line or a short sink tip. Patterns in the darker colors scheme work best up higher while brighter pinks, fuchsias and sometimes chartreuses work best closer to tide water.  Water levels with dictate where and how many fish will be in the river.  If the river is relatively low and there is little to no rain, most of the fish will be sitting along open gravel bars where oxygen levels are good. If its too low and warm, most of the fish will sit out in the bay and wait for rain.  If the water is high and there is a lot of rain, the fish will pool up in the frog water sloughs and slow water on the lower end of the gravel bars.  These fish are often very grabby and can also be ideal to taking top water wogs.

This should help you have the most successful trip on the Togiak. Email for more information.

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