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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.

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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

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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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A lot of the fly fishing efforts for kings on the Alagnak is done in the lower stretches of the river.  Here a swinging technique and stripping technique can be used to produce fish, while a drifting or dead drift is more effective in deep slower runs or holes.  The fish in the lower section tend to be "fresher" as they are closer to the ocean and get "darker" when found farther up the river.  Kings tend to follow the deeper runs along the far banks of gravel bars, hugging the bottom most of the way up. Two handed rods are becoming more and more the go to tool for this as they can make long cast with big flies and heavy tips.  Don't count out the good old 9-10' single hand 10-12 wt.  These rods are a better tool for fishing deeper runs holes where fish will hold in minimal current. Here stripping flies with a heavy sink tip or dead drifting flies with a floating line and a long leader is better situated.  Remember fly lines for this river can vary from a straight floating line to super heavy/fast sink tips.

Swinging is most effective in moderate to fast current where fish will run close to bars that have deeper slots and troughs,or where they'll  nose up to shallower runs that have good deep drop offs   Good swinging lies like the Trailer Trash, Squidro, Rock Star, Signature Intruders, Guide Intruders, Articulated Hareballs and Jumbo Critters can be really good. Dolly LLamas are also good to throw into the mix, but they can be hard to spey cast even with the largest of spey rod.

Flies to consider for fishing the deeper pools with a single handed rod include large 2/0 Egg Sucking Leeches, 2/0 Everglow Flies, Mega Dolly Llamas,  Articulated Hareballs, Fat Boys and Fat Alberts.  Fat Boys and Fat Alberts are large yarn/egg patterns that work best drifted.  Everything else can be drifted, stripped or swung. Mega and #2 Dolly Llamas are often easiest to cast with a fast sink tip that is designed to throw heavy streamers.

How to choose colors?
Earlier in the season, lighter colored flies in chartreuses, blues, pinks and combinations there of are often the producers. Sometimes a little black thrown in too is really good on darker overcast days.  As the season get later into July, start look at the darker color combos.  Blacks, blues, purples reds and combinations of those are good to have.  The Jumbo Critter in black and red, Trailer Trash in night shade, Rock Star in purple/blue and black/blue are all go getters.  Also the fish will be more susceptible to the large Egg Sucking Leeches in black or purple.

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Early July on the Kenai is prime for sockeye, dollies and rainbows. No silvers that early in the season. 

For sockeye check out our selection of flies. A few killers ones of note:
  • Sockeye Lantern Green
  • Sockeye Lightning Green, Red
  • Montana Brassie
  • Mini Krystal Shrimp

Trout will be on the hunt for eggs and flesh. Beads in 6mm are ideal sockeye imitations. On the heavily fished Upper Kenai hand painted beads are the ticket. Mark's Trout Food come 10 per pack and are killers. Best colors are Dark Roe, Natural Roe, Orange Clear and Tangerine. 
Smaller Flesh patterns such as Twofers, Micro Flesh, Battle Creek Specials and Dolly Llamas in #6 are good bets. 

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That should be a great trip! We outfit a lot of Goodnews floats and invariably hear back about how awesome it is.

For fly line in August on your 8 weight I would recommend a weight forward floating line that can handle large flies. Rio Grand, Airflo Galloup Nymph/Indicator are two that are very good and cast well on a wide range of rods. A sink tip is occasionally helpful for silvers, especially on the lower end of the river, but you can likely get away with a 5 foot Polyleader in Fast Sink. 

For the switch rod, depending on whether you are running a head system or one-piece line, a floating line will get a lot of the work done. Particularly for bead fishing. You may use some sink tips if you plan to swing flesh.

One other note, if you have a 9 foot 6 weight, this is an excellent rod for trout on the Goodnews. You may want to keep 3 rods strung up. One for silvers, one for swinging leeches/flesh, and a third with an indicator and bead rig.

For flies, it would be helpful for me to know what week in August you are floating. Let me know and I can make a specific list for your trip dates.

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In July and August the majority of trout and dollies in Southeast AK are found in the streams feeding on salmon eggs behind spawning chums and pinks.  8'6"-10' single hand rods in 4-6 wts with a weight forward floating line are best as are10'-11'6' switch rods in 3-5 wts matched  with a one piece switch line like Rio's Switch or Switch Chucker work well. The main fishing technique is dead drifting/nymphing egg patterns and beads, which make shooting head setups hard to fish on switch rods.  Beads and egg patterns in the 8-10mm size work best in a variety of colors ranging from bright oranges to peachy colors.  Check out our weekly fish report for what is fishing best.

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Fishing mouse patterns in Bristol Bay in Sept; absolutely.  The more remote the drainage will provide better mousing and it only gets better as October nears.  Morrish's Mouse is a great pattern, along with Mr. Hankey, Mini Hankey and Bob Gnarlys.

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In the inter tidal areas and in the lakes, try fishing Clouser Minnows, Dolly Llamas and Half N' Half Deceivers in pink/white, chartreuse/white, pink/purple and tutti frutti.  In the creeks, the drifting Dolly Llamas, LE Egg Sucking Leeches, Hareball Leeches, Jig Spankers, Deep Sixes and Mr. Bodangles in pinks, purples, blacks and some chartreuses.  In the esuaries fish them with a floating line and a 9' salmon/steelhead leader.  In the creeks, you can fish a floating line with a 9-10' leader or with a short fast sink tip. The big thing in fishing the streams is focusing on deeper pools and getting the fly down deep.

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