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    Default Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing



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    This is the Traditional version of the Polar Shrimp. It is tied on a shorter shanked hook than the other styles and has an underwing. It is the last version I will post....promise.


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    Default Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

    This is a winter Steelhead and Salmon fly. It is another in the family of the 'Alaskabou' flies. The front color of this fly did not come out true in the photo. It is really a deeper Cerise color than the pink it looks here.


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    Default Sunrise Special

    I like orange for most salmon applications and at the crack of dawn which sometimes is at 2:30 AM here I like orange the best. This fly is a dual purpose type. In low light conditions like turbid water and rainy days It makes a fine searching pattern for steelhead / trout also.

    The Sunrise Special;

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    Tying;

    Hook: Single salmon #2 - #8
    Thread: Black
    Tag: Narrow gold tinsel
    Body: Black floss
    Rib: Medium gold tinsel
    Hackle: Front part of body is wound with bright orange spey hackle and is collared with jet black spey hackle
    Wing: A pair of bright orange goose shoulder sections

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    Default KISS Fly; King Salmon Tie

    When it comes to salmon (especially Kings) I keep it simple. These fish are hitters and a large brightly colored fly anywhere near a fish will often bring a strike. Kings are also big and some will break off (even with a 25 lb. leader) so you don't want to be throwing flies that take half an hour to tie at them. Here is a combination of materials that has put salmon in our freezer more than once.

    The KISS FLY

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    Tying:

    Hook: Here I use a 1/0 single salmon, I tie these up to a 3/0 for Kings
    Tail: A puff of Oregon Cheese Glo Bug yarn or similar
    Weight: 10 - 15 wraps of lead wire on the shank
    Body: Fluorescent pink chenille ribbed with a strand of bright red yarn
    Throat: Same bright red yarn as the ribbing
    Wing: A strand of that bright red wool from the rib is tied inside the Glo Bug yarn to form a wing.
    Head: black
    Note: the bright pink body is reflected in the wing and tail material and making it appear pink also. The wing is Lt. Orange but you can do these any way that suits you and they will all work.

    These are simple to make and the red stripe in the wing is just the left over yarn (no extra step) clip the excess and use it for the throat. Then split the Glo yarn and tie it around the red wool. Nice, and about 3 - 4 minutes each.

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    Default Chartreuse Comet

    I dead drift these for Pink Salmon as you would a nymph. On the right day this color can catch plenty of salmon. An easy fly to tie and worth having in the box in as many colors as you can imagine. I will post just one variation. If you have a favorite color combo for this fly please feel free to put one up.

    Chartreuse Green Comet

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    Tying;

    Hook: Single salmon sizes 2 - 10
    Thread: Chartreuse mono cord
    Tail: Small bunch of Chartreuse Green calf tail
    Body: Flat silver tinsel ribbed with fine silver wire for weight and strength
    Collar: Chartreuse hackle
    Eyes: Large silver bead chain

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    Default Ard's Double Dare

    Every now and then during the King Salmon runs I get the chance to swing big classic style flies at them. I began tying this pattern when I moved to Alaska and it finds its way onto my leader every spring. Taken from the colors of the famous Dare Devil Spoon I called this the Double Dare. I first tied it on double hooks for silvers and pinks but began using it for kings three years ago.

    Ard's Double Dare single hook;

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    Tying;

    Hook: Here I use a 3/0 single hook
    Tag: Heavy French Braid in gold
    Tail: Two Gold pheasant crests dyed scarlet red
    Tip: Rear section is scarlet red floss, front is black floss. This tipping makes up half the hook shank
    Body: Black chenille
    Hackle: A scarlet red spay hackle is palmered over the black chenille body and then finished as a collar
    Ribbing: Beginning at the black floss tip heavy French Braid brought forward and covering the hackle stem for strength
    Wing: Up top place a full bunch of white calf tail

    Double Dare two point;

    Here's that #6 Double Hook;
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    Tie it;

    Hook: #6 double salmon
    Tag: Medium French Braid gold
    Tail: Scarlet crest or hackle barbs
    Tip: Scarlet floss
    Body: Black floss
    Rib: French Braid gold
    Hackle: Scarlet Saddle as a collar
    Wing: White calf tail

    More classic patterns on doubles

    The Pass Lake was originated by the Native people of Labrador in the early 1900's and has made its way from there all the way to Alaska.

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    Recpie;
    Hook: Your choice double size 4 - 8
    Tail: Brown hackle bunch
    Body: Black yarn or chineile, I use mohair yarn here
    Wing: White calf tail, goat, or bear
    Collar: brown hackle


    Maynard's Marvel was developed in New England in the early 1900's and was tied as a smelt pattern.

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    Hook: I have used a Mustad #4 here
    Tail: Red or claret hackle
    Body: Silver embossed tinsel
    Wing: Three materials, Gold pheasant body on bottom, then light blue buck tail top with bronze mallard flank
    Collar: Red / claret hackle tied down to a throat

    The Rogue River Special, I have seen this pattern tied with upright wings made with calf tail on fine wire doubles but I used a heavy hook and tied streamer style wing here. Originated on the Rogue River in Oregon for steelhead & salmon fishing. Based on the productivity of flies like Thor and Skykomish Sunrise that share this basic color concept with the white wing this fly will catch fish for me this year.

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    Hook: Salmon double, your choice
    Tail: Orange hackle fibers
    Body: Rear is golden yellow silk - front burgundy floss
    Rib: Gold tinsel
    Hackle: A few turns of dark furnace hackle the longer the better, mine is a bit short but I figure it'll work.
    Wing: Choice of white hair, buck tail, calf tail, white bear or synthetic
    Eyes: Jungle cock eyes
    Last edited by Ard; 04-25-2011 at 12:27 PM. Reason: Add fly

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    Default Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

    ARD'S SPECIAL.

    Hook:size2 Thread:dark orange
    Tag,tail:cristal hair pearl
    Body:chartreuse Hackle: black
    Wing:rabbit strip olive


    ---------- Post added at 12:39 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:31 PM ----------

    NANCY'S FAVORITE.
    Hook:size 2
    Tag:cristal hair.
    Wing:rabbit strip orange/2 furnace hackles.
    Boddy:brown chenille.
    Collar:furnace hackle.

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    Default Thor

    Originally produced as a steelhead fly this is another pattern that is definitely a dual purpose pattern. I will place it in both Salmon & Steelhead threads, you will note that this is another KISS pattern, very simple to tie.

    Thor;

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    Tie one;

    Hook: Here I have used size 1 steelhead iron heavy wire
    Tail: Bright Orange hackle barbs
    Body: Most patterns call for claret red chenille but I have dubbed claret and black Australian opossum for the body
    Collar: Brown saddle hackle long and soft
    Wing: White calf tail
    Head: Black

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    Default Ard's Leech

    When I first came to Alaska the majority of my gear and all of my tying tools and materials were in storage and awaiting transport. So I went to a shop and bought some flies. One of those patterns was the venerable Egg Sucking Leech. I used it for silver salmon when fall rolled around and the flies caught a bunch of fish. After getting my tying gear here I made a few tweaks to the pattern and am still using it on both silvers and trout.

    Leech;

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    Tying one;

    Hook: This is a single salmon 1/0
    Body: Black chenille
    The Leech: A strip of bunny fur dyed black and lashed on top of the chenille
    The Egg: Two pieces of bright orange egg yarn, one top, one bottom. Stretch them and trim them to form the head.

    This is another KISS pattern, easy and very effective.

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    Default The Russian River Fly;

    Not really authentic because most that I have seen are simply tied to a bare hook. Just buck tail, Red & White and Green & White seem to be most popular colors offered for sale, and they are sold everywhere in Alaska. Good for all species I like the red & white.

    Russian River Fly;

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    Tie one; Nothing hard about this fly, I have tried repeatedly to tie on the bare hook but have not been able to do it.

    Hook: Single Salmon #1
    Body: Wrapped with pink sparkle tinsel
    Wing: Red & White buck tail, stack them and lacquerer them in well.

    That's it.

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