Ask the Pro's: Mid-October Fly Patterns in Kodiak, AK
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I'll be in Kodiak AK in mid October for a mountain goat hunt. I'm planning to bring my fly rod along in case I get lucky and get my goat early. Can you suggest what fly patterns might be best around that time of year. Hunt is in the southern portion of the island.
Thanks for any help!
Hey Andrew! Thank you for the question.
Mid to late October can be a great time to go fishing in Alaska. Depending on where you go on Kodiak, there still could be some silver salmon around and some trout fishing, though the weather (as you know) can be very unpredictable and river and lake access can be a little tough.
For fly selection, egg patterns (like beads) and flesh flies could work well and also streamers (leeches and sculpins).
Most guides will almost definitely be done for the season on Kodiak, but it would be worth it to seek them out to ask for advice. As far as other parts of Alaska, I know a lot of fishing guides on the Kenai River will be done for the season, but a select few of us will still be operating and using the same fly patterns.
Hopefully this helps!
DaveDave Lisi - Owner/Guide for Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC located in the small mountain town of Cooper Landing, Alaska where he is a year-round resident, guide, carpenter and trout bum. On any given day, you will most likely find Dave on the banks of the Kenai swinging for trout with his best friend and future wife, Jackie. Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC was built in early 2017 with the goal of sharing the love and passion Dave and Jackie have for the Kenai Peninsula and the fish that live there.
Kodiak is an awesome place! Good luck on your hunt. Good flies for that time of year are big Dolly Llama flies size 4-6 in a variety of colors from black/white, olive/white, pink/purple. These are some of my favorites and go too's, But basically big streamers that move a lot of water. Enjoy!
Cheers, - AdamAdam 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.
You will want to have some pink, purple, chart/white and pink purple flies. Bunny flies, marabou flies and clouser minnows work great there. Should be some silvers still arriving during that time. Might also find some Steelhead, same colors as well as some black/blue.
Thanks - MikeMike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
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