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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-11-2012, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Bristol Bay Flies June, July?

I am looking for some help with putting a box of flies together for my inlaws for a trip they are making to Bristol Bay late June Early July. I have tried contacting the lodge, but I have not heard back yet. If anyone has any patterns, pictures of flies or suggestions please let me know. Ideally I want to have 6 different patterns and do a half dozen of each, in a nice wooden box, with their names engraved on it. Any thoughts or suggestions is appreciated.

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I would bring some dali lamas in black and olive for trout and ESL's in black and purple for kings. You might want to throw a mouse or two as well. There are tons of flies that work but the above are what I would bring if I could only have a few on the river.......if you would like some more options PM me...

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Check out Alaska West Lodge's website. They have a lot about flies for the Kanectoc River which runs into the bay. George Cook has a YouTube video on King salmon flies, as well.
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June flies

Water is slow opening up this year. Can't go wrong with a large articulated muddler and one of my favorite, a washed out flesh. Last year I started tying tubes in an Intruder styling with polar bear and gray guard hairs with a bright pink cone or bead head. They are 1-2" long. Man, did they hit hard. I tied them to simulate the washed out salmon flesh washing down, and boy did they work. That's the first, and last fly I tied this winter to fill the box. You may want to ask about fry in the area. Depending on the river/timing/proximity to lakes, etc. this can be deadly.
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I'm sorry for not getting back to you on this. I do not fish over there however I use the same flies everywhere I fish here. The suggestions offered by the other fellows are all good.

I stick to rather small & lite flies, I do use a flesh fly sometimes but generally swing traditional patterns for king salmon. Easy to cast and I can't argue with the results.

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AK. Assassin: all on # 2 & 2/0 standard Gama hooks
Whitlock Sculpin: #2 streamer hook long shank
Thor: on #2 & 2/0 standard

I can send a link to my picture & recipe lists for every fly I have tied and fished used here in Alaska if you want. Remember, I fish from the Tal to Kodiak but not Bristol Bay. I really believe that it is not so much the fly. It is your ability to find fish and make them strike.


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Thank you so much everyone. I will hopefully get a chance to post the pictures of the box, when it is completed.
Ard, if you could send me that link that would be great. I am a visual guy, so it will help my tying considerably.

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