February 27, 2015

in Alaska West, Fish

Fly Fishing for Chum Salmon

Pure chrome awesomeness.. Photo: Ben West.

Not what you were thinking? You’re not alone.

During the early part of our season, many of our first time guests at Alaska West are pleasantly surprised to find out that many of the chum salmon we target look just like this; big, bright, and covered in sea lice. Not exactly the dark, barred up, goblins often pictured in magazines.

Located only 6 miles from the ocean, our river boasts unbelievable numbers of chrome bright chums. In fact, some are so bright that they are often difficult to distinguish between other species of salmon at first glance.

They’re also super aggressive, pull really hard, and tend to break more rods than any other species we encounter. And in a twisted way, we think that’s pretty cool.

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Shooting Line Under Control – The ‘OK’ Sign

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It’s no secret that shooting line is an essential skill in nearly all avenues of fly fishing where distance is concerned. Flats fishing is no exception. However, a common mistake we see when shooting line (in a purely fishing scenario) is completely letting go of the fly line. Angler ‘X’ makes one, two, three false casts, […]

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ADF&G ‘Chinook News’ – Winter 2015 Newsletter Now Available

February 25, 2015
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Despite record numbers of returning chinook (king) salmon throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaskan chinook have experienced a significant decline in recent years. The decline is widely misunderstood throughout the scientific community, and because of this fact a great deal of research is currently being conducted by the state of Alaska in hopes to better understand […]

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Swinging Flies – Elevate the Rod Tip

February 24, 2015
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A while back we ran a poll on whether or not you like to hold a loop when swinging flies for andramous fish. We received a number of fantastic comments on many angler’s preferred swinging ‘style,’ and if you haven’t read them, we recommend you check them out! When it comes to swinging flies, personal […]

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South Andros Mini Gallery – Peter Viau Edition

February 23, 2015
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If you’ve been following our blog for some time, you may have noticed some photos credited to Peter Viau. Peter is a long time friend and guest of Andros South, but he’s also one heck of a photographer! We look forward to seeing his photos after each visit and today we present you with a […]

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Spicing Up Your Fly With a Bead

February 21, 2015
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There’s no denying the effectiveness of bead fishing for trout in Alaska. As the prolific runs of salmon in Western Alaska approach the end of their migration, thousands of eggs are released by each female salmon providing millions (if not billions) of protein-rich morsels for our resident rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, and dolly varden. The […]

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February 20, 2015
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Andros South guide, Sparkles, hoisting one mean Barracuda. No fingers were harmed during the taking of this photo. More on Fishing for Barracuda Barracuda Fly Presentation Barracuda Flies for the Bahamas Rigging with Wire

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Nymphing Without an Indicator – 8 Tips

February 19, 2015
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Last month we ran a post on the advantages of nymphing without an indicator. Judging by the number of comments we received, we’re happy to report that nymphing without an indicator is a popular topic! Therefore, today we’re coming at you with a follow up post on how to increase your success when fishing without […]

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Three Good Articles

February 18, 2015
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We’re back today with our roughly mid-month rundown of three great articles from other fly fishing sites around the web. Enjoy! Three Good Articles Two Hand Trout. More reasons you don’t have to live in steelhead country to pick up the two-hander, courtesy of Rick Matney on the Echo Fly Fishing Blog. You Should Hire […]

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