Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

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This thread is open to all of our members to post pictures and tying recipes for their favorite salmon fly pattern. If you have salmon fly favorites for fishing the Pacific North West and Alaska, you may place them here. Please remember to include the tying recipe for others to use.

[Note:] This thread will be for member tied submissions so do not post links to other web sites. Postings with links will be removed. Please do not post comments to the thread; it is for submitting 'Your' salmon fly pictures and recipes. If you would like to make comments post to the AK. General Discussion forum. Thank you for your cooperation and participation here.

I will open the thread with a few tried and true producers.


Rainy Day Special;
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Hook: Single salmon size 2 - 4
Thread: Black
Eyes: Zinc dumbbell eyes lg.
Body: Wound with lavender / pearl estaz chenille
Wing: A small bunch of lavender blue crystal flash fibers
Collar: Medium blue hackle

Chartreuse Amnesia;
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Hook: Daiichi 2051 single size 1.5
Thread: Black
Tag: Flat medium silver tinsel, use metal tinsel not Mylar, the latter will not hold up well.
Tip: Chartreuse floss very long
Butt: A nice black saddle hackle wound and angled back toward bend of hook
Body: Chartreuse green floss
Ribbing: Wide embossed silver tinsel followed with a chartreuse green spey hackle
Wing: A sparse bunch of long black bear or polar bear dyed black
Collar: A bright yellow saddle hackle

Orange Bunny Fur Comet;
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Hook: Single salmon size 2 - 4
Tail: A small bunch of orange crystal flash over which is short strip of orange bunny fur
Body: Orange bunny strip wound to the eyes with hairs folded back
Eyes: Large zinc dumbbells

Please scroll down the thread because members are posting more flies here, enjoy.
 
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Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

This is a surface fly for Alaskan Silver Salmon and Chum Salmon, although Steelhead may take it as well. Some variations of this fly are very large (4") and are tied on Bass Bugg hooks. They are clipped without the wings, which on this version are clipped to force the fly to ride on the surface as it is swung in the current.

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The Pink Pollywog​

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Hook | Tiemco 8389 or your choice of Salmon or Bass Bug hook, 2 to 2/0.
Thread | Heavy pink.
Tail | Pink marabou, with purple crystal flash.
Body | Pink Deer hair, spun and clipped to shape.
 

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Alaskan Lady;

For the white fly enthusiasts...............

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Hook: Size three used here in A.J. Steelhead Iron black
Tag: Flat medium silver tinsel
Tail: Golden pheasant crest dyed bright red
Body: Bone white floss burnished a bit
Rib: Medium oval silver tinsel
Hackle: Bleached white goose wing feather swept back spey style
Wing: Sparse natural polar bear tied over hackle
Cheeks: Jungle cock eyes cocked slightly to give a sassy appearance
 

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Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing, Polar Shrimp

There are a number of versions of this fly. The Traditional, Haas wing style which this fly is, Spey and Dee versions. I will tie and post all of them.

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Polar Shrimp, Haas wing style​

Polar Shrimp |

Hook | Mustad 36890 or similar, size #2 to #8
Thread | Red
Tag | Flat gold tinsel
Tail | Scarlett hackle fibers
Body | Orange Seal fur or substitute (Orange Waspi super bright dubbing)
Rib | Oval gold tinsel
Wing | Calf tail, may use Arctic Fox or Polar Bear
Collar | Orange hackle
 

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Assassin, AK. style

Assassin, AK. style; used for all species of salmon


AK. Assassin;

Hook: 2/0 for Kings, smaller for others
Tail: Two bunch's of hackle fibers one hot pink and one chartreuse
Butt: Chartreuse synthetic chenille
Body: Pink synthetic chenille
Underwing: Pink crystal flash, Make it long and lay it along the body
Wing: Opaque white poly yarn
Top: More pink crystal flash dont be afraid to make it long enough so it will trail the fly.

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Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

Maybe one that will work in Alaska
Hook size 4.
Thread : Kevlar
Tail: Pink antron
Body: 3 strands from White shoe lace.
Rib: PVC
Hackle: red and yellow cock hackle + light grey hen hackle.



Trygve;)
 

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Orange Amnesia;

A good low water substitute for the Orange Bunny Fur Comet.

The Orange Amnesia;
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Tying Recipe;

Hook: Daiichi 2051 single size 1.5
Thread: Black
Tag: Oval silver tinsel
Tip: Orange floss tied long
Butt: A black saddle hackle wound and angled back; over this is a bunch of orange hackle fibers as a tail
Body: Orange dubbing of your choice picked out a bit
Ribbing: Wide embossed silver tinsel
Wing: A sparse bunch of long black bear or polar bear dyed black
Hackle: Goose shoulder that is bleach burnt and dyed bright orange
 

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Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

My friend Ard wanted me to tie a salmon fly for Alaska ....although I've never fished for salmon:eek:so I tied one with the materials I could find.I'll repost it in the share patterns thread to get some specialist's opinions....the boss doesn't want any comments here:army:
Alaskan Tsarina;)
Hook size 2
Rabbit hair( white and orange)
Cristal hair(pearl)
Orange dubbing,gold tinsel
Hen feather
Plastic orange bead.
 

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Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

This is the Spey fly version of the Polar Shrimp. I have tied two versions of it. In both flies the hackle is from the middle of the body forward. The sparse version, one side of the hackle is stripped off be before tying it in. The "bushy" version would be effective for Kings.

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Polar Shrimp, Spey version.​

Sparse Version |

Bushy Version |

Hook | Alec Jackson 1.5
Thread |Red
Tag | Flat gold tinsel
Tail | Red hackle fibers
Body | Orange SLF
Rib | Oval gold tinsel
Hackle | Orange Marabou, from mid-body. May strip one side.
Collar | Two turns of Orange Mallard flank.
Wing | Two matching slips of white Goose shoulder tied Spey style.
 

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Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

Popsicle ( Tube Fly Version ) These 'fluffy' bright colored flies work on salmon and Steelhead. There are quite a few patterns in this popular family of flies. Like the Alaska Showgirl, Pixie's Revenge, and more.

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Popsicle, the tube fly version.​

Popsicle |

Hook | Mustad 36890 or equivalent size 4 to 1/0, or tube.
Thread | Red
Weight | .035 lead wire. (Optional)
Body | Silver tinsel
Hackle | Fluorescent Orange, Fuscia, and Purple Marabou.
Flash | Pearlescent Flashabou, or Electric Blue and Gold Flashabou applied after the orange hackle.
 

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Re: Your Flies for Alaska Salmon Fishing

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Double Egg and Sperm Fly​

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Hook | 7999, Mustad 36890 or similar, size 2 to 8.
Thread | Flourescent orange
Tag | Flat gold tinsel
Tail | Yellow hackle fibers
Body |Hot orange chenille, flat gold tinsel, then hot orange chenille. Tie and trim the chenille to look round like eggs.
Hackle | Hot orange to match the chenille.
Wing | White marabou


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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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Polar Shrimp, Traditional​

Traditional version |

Hook | Tiemco 800, Mustad 3407, or similar, size 4 to 8.
Thread | Black.
Body | Orange rabbit dubbing or synthetic.
Rib| Flat silver tinsel.
Collar | Orange hackle.
Underwing | Orange fly fur, Ultra hair, or similar synthetic.
Overwing | White calf tail, or Polar Bear.
 

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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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Pixie's Revenge​

Pixie's Revenge |

Hook | Mustad 36890 size 1/0 to 2/0.
Thread | Red
Tag | Flat silver tinsel from the point of the hook forward.
Wing | Two white Marabou plumes wound on folded.
Flash | Silver Flashabou
Collar | Cerise Marabou plume wound on folded.
 

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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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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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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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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
 
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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


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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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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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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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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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