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Forum: Alaska General Discussion 02-09-2012, 02:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 765
Posted By nerka
Re: New To Alaksa

Welcome, and you will probably have an awesome time. I think your rod choice is sound for the most part. If you want to chase grayling, a 3wt makes for an awesome time. It is worth noting that the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-02-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 764
Posted By nerka
Re: Line backing

I am along the same lines...but I use 30lb on my 6wt and 20lb on the little stuff. Ill sometimes use my 6wt on reds and silvers and having the extra muscle in the backing is nice if one gets into the...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-31-2012, 03:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,225
Posted By nerka
Re: hook keeper

For me, yes. On all rods. It is nice to have a spot for the hook without having to worry about the cork or any line guides.

You have Alaska experience, think of the times when you are hiking...
Forum: Pacific Southwest 01-31-2012, 02:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 377
Posted By nerka
Nor-Cal/San Diego spots

Hi Everyone,
I will be traveling to northern Califonia(Sacramento area) and San Diego in late February and early March. I am looking for some ideas on where I can do some fishing and hopefully...
Forum: Fly Reels 07-13-2011, 12:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,335
Posted By nerka
Re: Loomis guru or Orvis large arbor battenkill?

I would agree with both of the previous posters. I bought a Galvan Torgue 8 before this season and have enjoyed every second of use. For a 5wt I would agree with Dennis about the Rush. If you want to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-12-2011, 01:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By nerka
Re: Keeping fish

If there were one fish that I wish we had up here in AK, it would be walleyes. Fun to catch, better to eat!
Forum: General Discussion 07-09-2011, 02:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,681
Posted By nerka
Re: Keeping fish

I recognize that I am different from many others in this regard when it comes to fly fishing. Firstly, if I am fishing for salmon. They have to be pretty blushed and nearly spawning for me to release...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-06-2011, 12:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,479
Posted By nerka
Re: Northern Pike

Pike on the fly are good times. I will defer to Dan on the subject. But have done fairly well myself. As for the line type question...fishing a mouse or popper pattern for top water action is...
Forum: Fly Swap Pictures 07-04-2011, 05:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,350
Posted By nerka
Re: Salmon and Steelhead Fly Swap, Spring 2011

I got mine in the mail yesterday. They all look great. Thanks to all of those who participated. Especially Mark for coordinating the swap. Ill be throwing these flies at the salmon up here and will...
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2011, 03:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By nerka
Re: weird fly fishing tales

Yeah a quick doc visit isnt a bad idea.
We have tons of them up here in AK. Little thought about because they are nocturnal.
I have had some interesting encounters with bats, like the time one...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-29-2011, 03:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By nerka
Re: Brown Vs. Speckled

As others have mentioned. It seems to me that probably the browns are feeding on some brookies and thier fry. If I were you I would tie on a pattern to mimmick this and maximize. If you are dead set...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 06-28-2011, 10:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 365
Posted By nerka
Re: Residents speak out on proposed Pebble mine.

I used to live in the region. I think it is easy for people who dont understand the scale and scope either the salmon fishery, nor pebble until they can see it for themselves. I am not a greenie, but...
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2011, 03:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,626
Posted By nerka
Re: rod rack

Casey,
I have a retail rod display that works alright for spinning gear less than 8ft. I think the best option for storing fly rods is to have each broken down in its individual rod tube. While I am...
Forum: Alaska General Discussion 06-27-2011, 09:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By nerka
Re: Wildman Lake in mid-August

Sounds fun, I lived in the Bristol Bay region for many years and learned to flyfish out there. I also managed to spoil myself with the massive salmon runs and giant 'bows, char, pike, grayling, even...
Forum: Fly Swap Pictures 06-26-2011, 04:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,350
Posted By nerka
Re: Salmon and Steelhead Fly Swap, Spring 2011

Those are some good looking flies. Thanks Mark for coordinating the swap! Thanks also to everyone for participating. I am looking forward to throwing these at the salmon up here. If I manage to land...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 06-26-2011, 04:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By nerka
Re: saltwater reel for occasional use

I own an Okuma SLV and unless your budget cant justify the Konic, I would choose the Konic. The SLV is not a bad reel, but it is stamped and not machined. I use mine as a backup to a Galvan T-8. If...
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2011, 04:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,629
Posted By nerka
Re: box for pike flies

Casey, I do a fair amount of pike fishing up here, but many of the salmon flies used as well are 3-6 inches. My basic concept is that I have two of the medium sized Orvis Boat boxes. They are slit...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2011, 02:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By nerka
Re: Anyone carry a GPS with them?

I have an old school Garmin Etrex yellow basic model. I use it to mark fishing holes and landmarks for when I am traveling just for a basic reference. There are a ton out there that have way more...
Forum: General Discussion 06-15-2011, 02:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By nerka
Re: I can Start Fishing now!

The important thing is to be out fishing. I am still not convinced that a hundred bucks of gear catches 10x the amount of fish that a thousand bucks worth does.
Have fun and tight lines.
Forum: News & articles for discussion 06-13-2011, 02:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
Posted By nerka
Re: dolly varden fly

Hi Casey,
If you dont mind me chiming in here on this one...If you could give a time frame of what month(s) you will be here it could help. If it is in august I would use a ginger flesh fly with...
Forum: Forum Polls 06-10-2011, 03:00 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,992
Posted By nerka
Re: Waders vs. Shorts

I am generally in waders. Because in AK, even on the warmest day I am still asking for trouble by going bare legged. It gets you dead. Literally.
Forum: General Discussion 06-10-2011, 02:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,492
Posted By nerka
Re: Your recommentation for a fly rod for 250 dollar range

Just some thoughts for what it is worth.
I am a big TFO fan. The rods have caught me thousands of fish and done it well. Throw in a no questions asked warranty for $25 a repair/replace and that is...
Forum: Alaska General Discussion 06-09-2011, 01:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By nerka
Re: Members Living in Alaska;

Welcome Stan, Ill be heading north this weekend to chase kings myself. Good to have another Alaskan around.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-07-2011, 12:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 857
Posted By nerka
Re: Salmon Fly Question

Not yet, hitting the Deshka this weekend. I was down at Ship on saturday and snapped my 10wt when I was double hauling and caught my fly on one of the utility pole guy wires. Shipped it back for...
Forum: Other Gear 06-06-2011, 03:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,058
Posted By nerka
Re: Low budget wading boots

For what it is worth, this is something I wouldnt skimp on. Originally I went cheap and found myself regretting it at the end of a day long fishing trip. Having the studs on the sole remind you each...
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