Done and over

That's a wrap Alaska 2019 is in the books for me. As I said in a earlier post salmon fishing was tough, day to day. It stayed that way all season. However the rainbow, char, and grayling fishing on all of our flyout destinations was truly amazing. Just to throw out a number, yesterday Friday September 13 four anglers caught just shy of 300 char in a 5 hour period. I am planning on coming back to the Naknek for 2020 be in the lookout for dates and special pricing. I'm back on the local waters starting this week. From what captain Katz tells me the waters are low clear and the fish are skiddish.

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Almost time to head home

My 2019 Alaskan season is just about over, I'm counting the days until I'm back on the sticks chasing smallmouth. If I had one word to describe Alaska this year it would be rainbows, the flyout locations we go to have been chalk full of big plentiful rainbows.

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Home away from home

Week one in Alaska is in the books. As in years past the Naknek is a amazing place. We're are filling the days catching plenty of trout and Chum salmon as we wait for the run of silvers to start. Flyout destinations have been on fire. If you're into bears, there's plenty of them around this year.

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A change of pace

That’s a wrap for my 2019 spring season I’m off to the last frontier, my tent and jetboat await. With heavy pressure on the river and extreme heat fishing this past week has been tough. Smaller baitfish patterns and top water did the trick. I will try and post from Alaska as much as I can. See you all in September.

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Dog days

The dog days of summer are here to stay. Starting the days early have been key to this week's success. The mid day heat isn't enjoyable for anyone. Finally the long awaited top water bite on the Kankakee has started. I am currently booking for September and October. If you've missed the spring and summer dates don't wait to get a day for the fall bite.

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Staying solid

Being flexible this past week has been important. Dodging storms to find the cleanest water has be key to the past weeks success. Finally the fish are looking up and eating top water on a consistent basis. Deer hair patterns have been best. It’s berry season and the carp have keyed into it. As always in dealing with carp stealth is key.

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Stupid Big

I lied, I’ll be honest. In a email I sent out I said the spawn was over, it isn’t (unfortantly) However it hasn’t mattered we’ve been getting stupid big fish this past week. The Kank is back fishing well. The only negative that I have to report is that the top water bite still hasn’t started.

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The only one on the water

We’ve been the only guide service working the local water ways this week. While other guides are rescheduling for one reason or another we’ve been rewarded for playing in high dirty water. I guess knowing when to fish or not comes with experience. The Dupage has been pumping out some great fish while the Kankakee is coming down and will be back fishable tomorrow. Being flexible in your fly selection has been the key to success.

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Ugh

Ugh, more of the same. We just can’t seem to get out of this weather pattern. With all of this high water this spring I’ve spent a lot of tie at the tying bench. The outcome of the hours spent have been some great new patterns that swim great and catch fish. The world of tying is going big, articulated, and did I say BIG. Why not? When you look at conventional lures, mostly soft plastics they’re 2-4 inches. Which leads me to my current tying mindset, if a river smallmouth can and will eat a 4” plastic craw why not tie big? Choose your materials carefully in order to keep the weight of the fly down for casting purposes and go BIG the fish will eat it.


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Don't be a dick, PSA

Boat ramps aren’t meant to be fished from. Boat ramps aren’t meant to be used as a dumping ground for your landscaping waste. Boat ramps are meant to launch and remove boats from the water. If by chance you’re too lazy to walk away from your car to find a fishing spot and you choose to fish from the ramp, GET OUT OF THE WAY when a boat comes up to it, so said boat can either launch or be put back on the trailer!

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