Ask the Pro's: Alaska Fly Fishing Flies

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  • Planning two trips to Alaska (one early for dry fly 'bows and the other late season for the silver runs). Was told by the guide service I'm using that Bristol Bay Flies has a good selection of the flies I'll need. Anyone know if their quality is what I'll need? They are listed in New York, so I kind of wondered.

    - Mark B

  • Mark I'm not familiar with Bristol Bay Flies. For buying flies online I recommend Alaska Fly Fishing Goods they are a great online resource for Alaska fly fishing flies. In Alaska if you are anywhere near Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage definitely recommend you stop by and see them.

    Also tossed in a few of my favorites for early season Rainbows and late season Silvers below.

    The Dolly Llama in black white is a staple for bows, as well as some mouse patterns and white flesh flies. Yes, the Dolly Llama and the flesh fly are sub surface patterns, but there are a lot of times where dries will not work. The best dries are caddis,(12 - 14) green drake mayflies, (size 12), and of course the mouse patterns.

    We prefer the Mr. Hanky Mouse Pattern as it seems to draw more strikes.

    For the silvers, check out the Megawatt Flies. Anything pink or on the Kenai, green, will work.
    Here are some links to the fly assortments:

    These do not have to be all purchased to get what you need for the trip, but it surely helps narrow down the search. At least you can get a view of what they look like.

    Let me know if you need any more help, glad to!

    John Perry - Head Guide & Owner at Angler's Alibi
  • I've never used Bristol Bay Flies out of NY, so I can't speak to their quality. As far as favorite local fly shop in the Anchorage area, I'd suggest Mossy's Fly Shop or Mountain View Sports. If you are looking for an online resource The Fly Shop out of Redding, CA would be a good option.

    Rus Schwausch - Head Guide & Owner at Epic Angling & Adventure
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