Core Deneki team member Adam Kryder spent a good chunk of time hosting anglers at Andros South this spring. During his time on the island he also got a bunch of really cool pictures.
Today we present to you a mini-gallery of pictures from Andros South, all courtesy of Adam!
More Pictures from Andros South
Last week he heard how Jason Rivers fishes for grayling around Fairbanks in Interior Alaska. Today we learn about a very different kind of grayling fishing, from Alaska West’s own Adam Kryder.
Midge Fishing for Grayling In Alaska
Its no secret that King Salmon season gets a lot of press on our website, but let’s take a minute to think about another type of magic at that same time of year – excellent dry fly fishing for grayling.
In June and July, the egg and flesh drop of the salmon has not yet started. The grayling are ravenous, and can be found packed in little side channels that very closely mimic a lot of the dynamics of spring creek fishing – tight casts, sight fishing, matching the hatch. Just like spring creek fishing, we highly recommend a nice soft 4 weight fly rod, and some 6x tippet or less with midge patterns.
One of the big advantages of fishing midge patterns for grayling is that midges are naturally occurring, and will hatch in the cold, wet, and weird conditions that we often encounter that time of year in Alaska. Even if there is a lot of wind, grayling are usually found tucked back in side channels where a wind shadow is created. Most of the time you can find a midge hatch coming off.
We definitely look at being very versatile with our fishing skills, and you wouldn’t believe just how nice it feels to take an hour or two at the end of a day and fall back to that soft 4 weight. Instead of continuing to huck a huge spey line – especially if the fishing has already been incredible, or if it is a slow day. Sometimes, with a little touch of something different, and a moment’s pause, we can learn even more about the entirety of the ecosystem that our river provides. And grayling are beautiful!
- Your favorite 4 weight. We highly recommend checking out some of the modern fiberglass rods that can be researched on thefiberglassmanifesto.com.
- Any click pawl reel matched to balance the rod. Ebay, craigslist, garage sales, flea markets, etc… are great sources to dig up classic sound and feel for cheap. Try a search for “Pflueger Medalist”.
- Scientific Anglers Mastery Series Trout Line in 4 weight
- Clear 9 foot 6x trout leader and 6x tippet. We know a lot of anglers look at 6x as overkill in Alaska, but it is strong, so why not?
- Size 22 and under midge patterns, like Griffith’s Gnats, tiny Adams patterns, etc.
More on Grayling
Today we have the hotly anticipated follow up from our post a few weeks ago about pre-heating your thermos. Sometimes the little things make all the difference, right?
Thanks to Adam Kryder for this tidbit on ridding your thermos of that not-so-fresh feeling.
Cleaning Your Thermos
After a bunch of days of using your metal thermos to keep you warm on the river, it’ll get stained and dirty, and alter the taste of the fresh coffee, tea, or soup you put in it.
While at Alaska West, I find the easiest method for keeping my clients’ thermos clean and fresh is to add a tablespoon of baking soda during my ritual nightly heating session. The next morning, I wash it out thoroughly and the results are fantastic. Keep the freshness comin’!!!
More Random Tips
Today we’re starting up a series of posts on Alaska Guide Secrets. Various members of our guide crew at Alaska West will pass on some tricks of their trade, and you’ll be the ones the benefit.
Our first post comes from Adam Kryder. Take it all in!
Don’t guess the depth of the run – measure it.
When guiding I often have anglers ask me, “So, how deep is this run we’re fishing?” My response is always, “Let’s find out.”
For Chinook salmon we almost always are fishing sink tips. So, I ask my angler to face upstream at a 45 degree angle to the flow of the river, throw a cast and mend – usually this cast will catch the bottom. Then I ask my angler to cast at an angle downstream of their first and repeat until they no longer catch the bottom – that way my angler can feel how deep the run is and know exactly where their fly is swimming in the water column.
Using the reference point of their first cast that doesn’t catch the bottom, I explain that as they work downstream from that reference point they can effectively work the run and know exactly how deep their fly is swimming. Once the depth is known I usually ask them to fish the run from shallow to deep.
Never underestimate the ability of a fish to be holding right under your nose.
This is a great principle that I learned from Jeff Hickman and Kevin Price. They taught me to always fish a run from short to long. I can still remember Jeff saying, “Start swinging with just the head (usually around 30 to 40 feet) of your spey line out when you enter at the top of a run. Work gradually from a very short cast to your comfortable casting distance before you start step swinging.”
This will ensure that you won’t miss a fish holding in water close to the bank, or at the head of run.
Even if you prefer two-handed casting, don’t be averse to fishing holds that are better accessed with a single-hand rod.
When fishing the seams of sloughs use a single-hand rod to swing from the current into the slough and then slowly strip along the seam of the slough and the main current – this will enable you to fish more water than using a two-handed set-up. I always carry a single-hand and a double-handed rod to make sure that I have the best tool for the job no matter what water I encounter. Very effective!
More Alaska Fishing Tips
Adam Kryder‘s on site at Andros South, and the words today are his.
There is one incredibly important aspect of bonefishing that is often overlooked. What do you do when you miss the strip set? Strip setting on a bonefish that is coming toward you while the boat is simultaneously being pushed by the wind toward the bonefish makes a strip set difficult. You may hook the fish but not as well as you desired, which usually results in the fish escaping rather quickly.
When this happens do not become overcome by frustration. Keep your eyes on the bonefish and take another shot! You will be surprised by the results.
The other day I was talking with our guide Norman. Norman explained, “Yah man, many fisherman not be castin’ again. They be gettin’ all angry and not knowin’ that the bonefish hungry. He still gonna eat, all they need do is cast again.”
So next time you’re out, remember Norman’s advice. Stay calm, stay determined, and stay with a tight line more often!
More Bonefishing Tips
We’ve told you a few times that we think it makes a lot of sense to do some casting practice before your next fishing trip – especially if you’re headed to a spot where you’ll be casting on the flats.
Today Adam Kryder checks back in with a short video covering some ways you can make your flats casting practice more fun and effective. Thanks again to the Raw Water Productions team for the video.
Grab some targets, don’t try to be too fine with it, and have fun out there!
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More on Casting Practice
At the International Fly Tackle Dealer show last year we got to play with some new backing by Hatch that at the time seemed to be a little bit out of left field. We walked by the Hatch booth thinking “Really? Dacron is fine. Anglers who need tons of capacity can use gel spun. Does the world need a new kind of backing?”
Then we stopped by to learn more about the stuff and play with it a little bit and we quickly came to the conclusion that “of course we’re going to use this stuff on all of our reels”. It’s available now, so today you get to hear about it!
Adam Kryder put together the video below while rigging up for a trip to Andros South and you should definitely watch it. Thanks to Adam and Lucas from Raw Water Productions for the moving pictures.
Here’s the quick rundown.
- It comes in one break strength – 68 lb – with a diameter smaller than 20 lb dacron.
- It feels like dacron, only smoother.
- It knots really easily, and they say it doesn’t mildew or break down.
NOTE: If you’re viewing this in a newsletter or a reader, click here to see Adam’s video on our web site.
You can pick up a spool directly from Hatch right here. It’s $29 for 100m – not exactly cheap, but for what may be the backing you put on once and use for everything, the value sounds pretty good to us.