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  • Water Temp: 35.24 ° F
  • Flow: 514 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 5.21 ft

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  • Flow: 941 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 6.15 ft

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  • Water Temp: 32 ° F
  • Water Level: 3.14 ft

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  • Water Temp: 42.44 ° F
  • Flow: 185 ft³/s
  • Water Level: 65.59 ft
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Archive for January, 2012

Tube Fly Class – AFF Tying Clinic/February 18, 2012

Next Saturday!!! Don’t Miss It!!!

For those of you attending my Tube Tying Class at the February 18th Tying Clinic sponsored by the Alaska Fly Fishers, I have created a page that lists some of the basic tubes and tools available both locally here in Anchorage, and through the web.

Download the pdf at:  Tube Flies – Materials and Sources

Tube flies are just starting to make some inroads into the American fly tying culture, and although they are not a total solution, tube flies have several advantages over traditional hooks in some specific applications. In my opinion, it’s always a good idea to have a couple of different tricks up your sleeve, especially when you are targeting our larger salmon (Kings and Silvers), or those beefy rainbows and char that Alaska is known for.

Long shanked hooks, necessary when creating large bulky patterns, have the disadvantage of creating a lot of leverage once the hook is in the fish’s mouth. The current trend of using stinger hooks is one way of addressing this problem. Truth be told, using a stinger loop off the back of any fly pattern is a great solution to the problem of shank leverage.

However, in some cases stinger loops may not be the most practical solution. Tube flies were based on the concept of keeping the fly away from the fish’s sharp teeth after the hook set. The fly body is designed to disconnect and slide up the leader, allowing the angler to play the fish on a short shanked hook tied directly to the leader. This offers the advantage of not having your fly in shreds after one or two fish.

An additional advantage is that the hook doesn’t have a chance to hinge over during casting and hook itself onto your leader, or in some cases the fly body itself. Using junction tubes, you can control the distance behind the body that the hook is riding; which can be important when the fish are short striking, or nipping at the rear of the fly. The junction tube is flexible, but not enough so that it will hinge back on itself like most stinger loops.

Or, as in the case of most of my fishing with tube flies; I just let the fly slide down to the hook knot. I find that a junction tube isn’t necessary most of the time. Without a junction tube the fly will have a tendency to spin on your leader, something that I hope the fish fish find as tantalizing as I do. (I am a fan of the “If it moves, it’s alive and food.” school of thought.)

Whether you get into tube flies big time or just for a couple of specific uses; spend some time getting familiar with this style of tying.

Tubular Smolt

Rainbow Trout caught on a Tubular Smolt


Here’s a sample of a tube specific pattern that is working very well for our meat eating rainbows. The Tubular Smolt will be featured in a new fly pattern book from the Alaska Fly Fishers, most likely to be published later in 2012.


“Any day on the water is a GREAT day”





Youtube Fishing Music

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Ben Winship & David Thompson wrote this piece for their album Fishing Music II. It’s a great album with a pretty wide range of music. This one is hilarious! Give it a listen and head over to their store at to buy a copy of this one and their first – Fishing Music. Very good stuff!


My Links for my presentation to the Alaska Fly Fishers at the January General Meeting on 9 January 2012

I’m doing a presentation for the Alaska Fly Fishers at their January 2012 meeting on “Virtual Fly Fishing”. So rather than hand out pieces of paper with tons of links that folks can mis-type and get frustrated over – I’ve compiled my list into a page here:

This is not by any means a complete list of all the sites I frequent – and you’ll notice that there are a lot not there. I didn’t include many of the manufacturers, just ones I’ve been to recently. The blogs and info pages may be some of the most useful. I also included some just weird links – everyone needs to know the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition for instance. And who doesn’t think Cats in Sinks are worth spending some time on?

The other category I didn’t get really wound up on is YouTube although you should go spend a lot of time there. Whatever you want to know about from Spey Casting to rod building to watching some bozo get chomped on by a shark because he was holding it where it could get hold of him. It’s all on there and more. For some really bizarre stuff try searching on “Weird Fishing” or “Unusual Fly Fishing”. But be warned – don’t go here unless you have some time to spend. The thread will take you away for a l-o-o-o-n-n-g-g-g walk if you let it…

Enjoy and let me know if you find something that you think others might like!