Over the last week we have seen sun, rain, wind, and copious amounts of Dollies. This year is panning out to be a terrific season thus far, you just need to get out there and put in a bit of time on the water!
As wild and hatchery salmon fry continue to dart around town, the Dollies continue to gorge themselves in force. From the Echo Cove/Cowee Creek area all the way to Point Dupont, and everything in between the Dolly Varden are scooting along the beaches stuffing themselves with salmon fry.
We've been busy out there testing out as many flies as we possibly can, and we have had luck on a bunch of flies such as...
- The Smoltzilla. This fly can be fished with split shot for subsurface feeders, or without for top water chasers.
- AK Clouser - Olive/White or Gray/White. The Clouser is a go to pattern when you see a few fry in the water, but not a ton. It is very realistic and mimics a variety of different species of salmon fry.
- Clouser Minnow #2 - Black/White or White/Red. Your guess is as good as ours, it sort of looks like a salmon fry... It's big, it's bulky, and apparently the Dollies love it.
- The Clone and the Stinger Clouser Minnow - Gray/White or Olive/White. These two patterns are fantastic for places that a lot of Silver fry are in the water.
- The Fryolator. This fly was a new pattern this year, designed by a local guide, and boy did he have it right. This fly has been a wicked fly when there is a bunch of Chum fry scooting around. With a small jig head and heavy eyes, it gets great action that the Dollies can't seem to resist.
We realize this list is long. Apparently, all you need to do is get a fly out in the water around hungry Dollies and they will eat it!
We'd love to see your catches! Send photos to Kayla@alaskaflyfishinggoods.com