Fly Fishing In Alaska
Get to know Alaska fly fishing methods and fly fishing patterns
One of the most exciting and exhilarating ways to fish in Alaska is fly fishing.
Whether stopping at a roadside fishing hole or taking a floatplane trip to one of Alaska's wild rivers, fly fishing in Alaska is a unique experience.
In many ways Alaska defines coldwater fly fishing because there's nowhere else in the world that offers such diverse fish species and such varied terrain.
Alaska fly fishing trips
anglers to be better educated about the behaviors of fish species,
particularly the salmon runs that occur each year. Salmon runs
affect the salmon of course, but they also affect the behavior of
other fish (like rainbow trout.) Many of these other fish feed
on salmon roe and small fry. Knowing this helps anglers
determine the best places and fly patterns to use for fly fishing in
Popular Fly Patterns For Fly Fishing In Alaska
About a dozen fly patterns account for 90 percent of the fish caught in Alaska's waters. Anglers will find that certain fly patterns work best for certain situations. Most fly patterns fall into specific categories.
Glo Bug, Iliamna Pinkies, 2 Egg Sperm Fly
Fry and Smolt Patterns
Thundercreek, Woolly Bugger, Muddler Minnow, Katmai Smolt, Bunny Fly, Egg Sucking Leech, White Zonker
Nymphs and Dry Flies
Black Gnat, Adams, Renegade, Griffith's Gnat, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulff
Flash Fly, Coho, Popsicle Streamer, Showgirl, Polar Shrimp, Comet, Alaskabou, Krystal Bullet, Sparkle Shrimp
Mouse, Shrew, Pink Pollywog, Green Butt Skunk, Dahlberg Diver
Encountering Bears When Fly Fishing In Alaska
Bears are very common in Alaska so it's not unusual for anglers to come across bears while fishing. The bears typically found fishing in streams are brown bears, but black bears and other bears can occasionally be found. When encountering bears while fishing, anglers should listen to their guide and follow the guide's lead. If a fisherman without a guide should encounter a bear, he should walk slowly and remain calm. Anglers should let bears become aware of their presence by talking loudly or making other noise. It's always best to give bears plenty of room.