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  • Hello, I'll be near Willow at the beginning of September 23 for fly fishing and I wonder how many flies you are allowed to use at one fly rod? Fishing C&R and rather rainbows, graylings than salmons. How is it in Alaska? Regards.


  • Konrad,

    Congrats on your upcoming trip to Alaska! The Alaska Parks Highway fishery is an incredible fishery with lots of options. On the majority of rivers in Alaska it is single fly only, preferably barbless. Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, and Dolly Varden are primarily catch and release. Something to keep in mind is that our trout really don't eat aquatic insects much, they are meat eaters! You will want to have a good assortment of beads that imitate salmon eggs, flesh patterns, and streamers. If you are not familiar with this type of fishing, hiring a local guide for a day to get you dialed may be beneficial. Good luck on your trip!

    Cheers - Adam

    Adam Cuthriell - Part owner of FishHound Expeditions. His wife Kathryn Cuthriell and business partner Dave "Reps" Repta make up the rest of the company as well as their dogs Hatch, Rado, and Pike. They fish, live, and guide in Alaska year-round. When not guiding on the rivers they guide ice fishing on Alaska's numerous lakes. Originally from Colorado, he began guiding at the age of 19 while receiving a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. Adam is also a current state of Alaska EMT.
  • Hi Konrad,

    The streams in that area are single hook/fly only waters, so you can not fish "Hopper/Dropper" style. Your timing will be mostly egg patterns and flesh, but streamers will also play in as well.

    Anything we can do to help, please let us know.

    Thanks - Mike

    Mike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
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