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Don't give up, it can go any which way very quickly. Good to think about your options and be prepared. The fish will show up when they want to and if you are there the guides will take you to them :)

There are also many lakes to fish.
 

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Guy said there was a pink dry fly that was killer for Grayling. Missed the name. Did search and decided on my version. Found some real short deer hair on base of a bucktail and after a chennile body decided on wraps of foam strip, deer hair wing/tail. Oughta float well down below film some and skate it along and maybe not be pushed away as the lil mouths strike.👍 The one I found had CDC wing and a pink dubbed body w/white hackle, no tail....Snip off my tails...? Got plenty candy plus all my usual trout stuff...
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I think you'll have a great time and you'll be surprised at what is available. The runs can sometimes be unpredictable so while on paper it looks like you will be between runs...that might not necessarily be the case. Nonetheless, you will have ample opportunities for aggressive rainbows and grayling on your trip. If you strike out on dollies, and it's a bucket list fish, then I'd suggest fishing Campbell Creek in Anchorage at Taku Lake. I've caught plenty of small dollies there on nymphs while killing time. I don't think I've seen anything bigger than 12 inches but it can be a fun way to kill an hour with light gear. I typically just use my tenkara rod.

Salcha pink is the name of the grayling dry fly that's possible. I've never used it though. These are the dry flies that I use:

1. Stimulator- size 10-14
2. Elk hair caddis- size 12-16
3. Black mosquito/gnat- size 12-16
4. Royal Coachmen- size 12-16
5. Griffiths Gnat- size 18
6. Parachute Adams- size 12-16

Years ago I caught a real nice rainbow, around 22-23 inches, in a parks stream on a mouse pattern. In the jaw was a broken off royal coachmen from someone who was probably fishing for grayling.
 

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Great stuff!!

Do you have one suitcase dedicated to flies!? :D But seriously...do you?! :D :D

I maen, don't get me wrong, if someone can have a suitcase of shoes, or makeup, or booze, or whatever, then you can have one of flies. It's cool :)
 

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When we went to Idaho(Henry’sFork) my 50# luggage had 4 flyrods w/reels in cases, 3 telescope spin rigs, 4 fly/spin boxes, 2 nets, one vest, 2 breath waders, 1 zippered boots and few clothes...Daughter and her husband had their boots/waders in theirs and some of my clothes. Stayed a week and Yellowstone. Hi lite when I caught nice brown, rainbows on my stone fly nymph and dry. Tail end of Salmon fly hatch. I made a trophy for DD outa resin with the bug, nymph and real stonefly/pics. No joy in Yellowstone cuz rivers were raging from snow melt..
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My DD searched everywhere for zippered wading boots( mine have felt/studs...not allowed in AK). She got these in SCOTTLAND, $139.
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Found a leftover where I’d attached a spinner to a hook. Added lil body so maybe run just under surface with long strips/pauses. I think it’s castable. Also converted a big salty Gurgler into a rat.
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I've never heard of zippered wading boots although I can see how could be nice. I put studs in my wader boots since felt isn't allowed.
 

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I’ve had these for years. Hodgemans, discontinued. HandyDandy!
Did some mini spins
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Playing with some unorthodox dries maybe to skate across for a Grayling? Deer hair tails, some hair under the Grizzly hackle wraps and foam strip wrapped body and big foam wings. Prolly get mangled but hopefully they will be consumable....
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Gave a couple of guys a ride up the pasture in Idaho at the Ranch on Henry’sFork that were dry fly 365. He gave me a couple Emperor Caddis that’s tied with 2 CDC feathers with lil olive dubbed body and the stems become the antenna. They caught a few rainbows. I think one guy has passed. They got a website. DryFlyInnovations.
We were late June the tail end to the Salmon fly hatch. A nice brown on my foam stone dry made my trip.
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What I can tell you about the weather forecasts here is, ignore them completely. I live roughly 72 miles south of Talkeetna and it is currently 55 degrees here at home according to my LaCross Weather station out back. It measures wind - humidity - rainfall and temps as well as barometric shifts. If it's actually 74 degrees on Tuesday at Talkeetna I'll be surprised.

We haven't had much appreciable rain all season so other than glacial runoff the rivers are low. I wouldn't stress over flies because I've caught fish up there on anything I ever tied to my leader. Good luck and if I am in the area maybe drop me a message while you are here.
 

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I called one of my guides asked what they thought. Said they said 100% rain today but the sun has shined all day...Cloud cover gonna disappoint if my crew can’t see the mountains.
 

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For a great view of Denali try the road pull off on the left just before you descend into the town. There is a small parking lot there. Seeing Denali is always a gamble.
 

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Was thinking about drive/bus to WonderLake one day. My DD has a 1.5 hour “Glacier” flight booked already. The day Between boat ride up to ClearCreek and a float trip on WillowCreek
 

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Wonder Lake is a giant reflective mirror on calm mornings. The extra $100 K2 Aviation charges for a landing on the glacier is money well spent. Sounds like a good sightseeing plan.
 
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