Trout fishing at Alaska West

Product of number 7. Photo: Jeff Forsee.

Still need some holiday gift ideas for a fly fisherman in your life? With the big day just around the corner, we’re down to crunch time.. Not to worry!

Here are 7 great gift ideas, sure to please any fly fishing junkie. But here’s the best part, they can all be purchased online, require no shipping time, and are available as soon as you print them out!

  1. Yearly Subscription to The Flyfish Journal. To say the Flyfish Journal is a ‘magazine’ is a huge understatement. Exactly what it claims to be, the FFJ is a journal, full of stunning photography, excellent writing on quality high-gloss paper. It’s like fish porn in prose, and is a must have for every hardcore fly fisher’s coffee table. For a gift subscription, click here!
  2. Postfly Monthly Fly Box Subscriptions. Trout, steelhead, saltwater, or bass fly selections delivered to the recipient’s home on a monthly basis.. It’s like netflix with flies, and it’s pretty darn clever. Click here to check it out!
  3. Skagit Master Subscription. For the spey junkies out there. A yearly subscription to is a great gift for anyone interested in learning more about skagit casting, fishing with two handed rods, or tying flies. Depending on the package, subscriptions include access to full length videos (viewed online) to current Skagit Master videos. Our favorite instructional videos of all time! Click here for subscription details.
  4. Fishing Licenses. In most states, annual fishing licenses expire on December 31st. Picking up the tab for something every angler needs is a great gift going into the new year! Visit your local Fish and Game website for ordering information.
  5. Catch Magazine Gift Subscription. Catch Magazine is an excellent online magazine highlighting fly fishing photography and films. If you’re buying for someone who scours the internet looking for flying fishing photos and videos when they can’t be on the water, look no further than a subscription to Catch Magazine. Click here to subscribe.
  6. Membership to Conservation Organizations. An annual membership to a favorite conservation organization makes for a great gift. Not only can you be sure your money is going towards a good cause, many groups provide their members with great content about their beloved fisheries as well! There are many great conservation groups out there, but here are a few of our favorites.
  7. A Fly Fishing Trip of a Lifetime. Have they been especially good this year? How about setting your loved one up with a bucket list trip to Alaska, British Columbia, or the Bahamas? Click here to talk to our experts about the details!

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Resident Rainbows

December 19, 2014
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One of the reasons many of our guests join us each season at Alaska West is to catch some of these.. Big Alaskan leopard rainbow trout. Not only are they super pretty and extremely aggressive towards mouse flies, but they also reach sizes rivaling that of some summer steelhead.. Except they stay in our river […]

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Jordan Sly’s Bonefish Rig

December 18, 2014
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Jordan Sly is back with another segment of our ‘expert rig’ series of posts, where we give the skinny on how the experts rig up, all the way down to the bitter details. Jordan is our operation’s manager at Andros South and spends a substantial amount of time stalking the flats for hungry bonefish. Here’s his […]

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Nice Fish, Benny

December 17, 2014
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Congrats to Alaska West guide, Ben Beatty, for landing this double-digit bonefish alongside Andros South guide Josie Sands. Nice work guys! More on Bonefishing The Advanced Ready Position How Far Do You Have to Cast Selecting Bonefish Flies    

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Don’t be a Creeper

December 16, 2014
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A while back we ran a post on creep, a common fly casting error, most often the culprit of tailing loops. However, creep isn’t only a single hand casting error, it wreaks havoc while spey casting as well! Alaska West guide, Jason Whiting reminded us of this fact while critiquing his own cast. Although if […]

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Three Good Articles – Holiday Gift Guide Edition

December 15, 2014
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We’re back today with our roughly mid-month rundown of some good articles from other fly fishing websites around the web. With the holidays upon us, the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for the fly fisher people in our lives. So, today’s “Three Good Posts” is nothing but holiday gift guides, all featuring […]

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Bonefishing – Don’t Strip Off More Line Than You Have To

December 13, 2014
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When fishing for bonefish from a flats skiff, it’s common practice to strip a generous amount of fly line off of your reel onto either the deck, or better yet, the floor behind you as you hold the fly in your non-casting hand. We call it the ready position, but in case you’re not sure […]

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December 12, 2014
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Sculpins are an important food source for our resident rainbow trout at Alaska West. We spend a great deal of time at the tying bench trying to imitate the appearance of these fat headed bait fish as closely as possible. Why? Because the trout love ‘em! Particularly during the beginning and end of the season. […]

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The Spawning Mantis Shrimp

December 11, 2014
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A great thing about our fishery at Andros South is that the bonefish aren’t overly picky. It’s a great place to get creative with your flies.. A true fly tyer’s paradise! After all, if its the right size, and some shade of tan, odds are there’s a fish out there that will eat it! With […]

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