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Some New Ideas On Alaska Flies And Mice

Nordic Way Tube Flies

Go-Go Girl is a fly I once saw fished on the Kuskokwim River late in 1995 by one of my guides. It was tied on a hook and totally destroyed from ,any years of usage. I transformed the original design to a tube making it an almost all epoxy fly. I have absolutely no idea what its supposed to represent, all I know the fish chase it till they're worn out. I've tied this fly in all colors, even black for the Anchor under the trees. If nothing else the Go-Go has a certain WOW appeal.

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In some fast rivers like the Kenai its almost impossible to get your fly down to the salmon. In the 2002 Silver salmon season I tried some flies with a new concept, "Russian Bullet" flies made with a body of coneheads. Surprisingly these flies did quite well reaching salmon in heavy water.

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Heavy weight Flash Fly for the Kenai River

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Orange Russian Bullet

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Mayhem on the Homer Spit, "Real Alaskans" fishing

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The "Homer Roach' designed for fishing in the bay

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Rain, babysitting doesn't stop real Alaskans from fishing

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180 degree double hook

Several years ago an acquaintance of mine from England, Peter Thornley, told me that treble hooks modified to doubles with the tangs 180 degrees apart would increase hookups. I was skeptical at first but I decided to give this theory a test on the Kenai River and in the salt next to the Homer Spit. All of us were quite surprised to find that it really did work with the added feature of greatly reducing snagging of closely packed Pink salmon. Where you are allowed to use these types of hooks try them. Modifying a hook is simple: Cut off the welded tang and bend the other two so they are opposed to 180 degrees apart

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A Homer Silver caught on a "Roach" with 180 deg double hook

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Russian Orthodox Church, Ninilchik, Alaska

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"Nightwitch" tied on a small Swedish Morrum tube

For the past several years I've had the opportunity to tie on Rooney tubes which I found to be perfect for my style of tying. One big difference with this tube is the lack of inner plastic leader protector, the tube being highly polished to remove all burrs and edges which would cut the leader. Personally being somewhat farsighted threading the leader is a snap with this tube.

 

click on picture to go to the Rooney Tube site
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Rooney Tubes

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The Mickey Finn, an Anchor River fly

Last Year a Russian friend and fellow tier told me something about salmon I never even considered. He stated the theory that salmon develop a hooked jaw not only to fight but to keep them from killing smolts. It seems that when salmon first enter fresh water they are bent on genocide againsed what they consider a threat to their survival, namely salmon smolts who are notorious egg theives. Personally I haven't witnessed this killing spree but it has been seen by fishermen in Sweden. One of the best flies I've seen used on the Anchor River is a very sparsely tied Mickey Finn so this is my tube version of that fly.

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The Blair Mouse: Originated by Will Blair this is a very effective mouse for Alaska trout especially in the interior of Alaska where trout activly feed on these numerous rodents. Even though it looks odd this pattern has a long history of catching fish in Far Easten Russia and Alaska.

Click here to read the full story and how to tie the Blair Mouse. This will take you to the Hans van Klinken URL.

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The Larionov Mouse: I designed this mouse for a friend headed to Kamchatka several years ago. Made from a mixture of rabbit and deer hair this pattern accurately simulates a struggling mouse in the water. Mice aren't good swimmers, both these patterns reflect that fact, the only real difference my friend noted was the Larionov was a bit easier to cast. The name comes from a hockey player on the old Red Army Team, Igor Larionov who also had a successful playing career here in North America