Catching rainbow trout at Alaska West is not all that difficult – in fact, it’s easy to catch ‘some.’ That being said, great anglers catch more, and great anglers catch the bigger ones. Here are five ways you can make yourself into a ‘greater’ trout angler in our part of the world.
- Mend less. Our trout are not particularly sensitive about drag-free drifts. Hitting as many good spots as possible is much more important than presenting perfectly. Don’t get all cutesy with your mends – hit more spots with decent drifts.
- Let him eat it. Particularly when mousing or fishing big leech or sculpin patterns, it’s very common to see a fish tear out from under some structure to crush your fly. Don’t jump the gun! Let him eat your fly, close his mouth and turn before you set. With big flies, a quick trigger is a bad thing.
- Leave your 5 weight for the dollies and grayling. Listen, Tex, don’t bring a knife to a gunfight. 6s and 7s are the norms for trout on our rivers. Unless you are sight casting to fish that you know aren’t super-grande, it’s best to fish a rod that’s capable of landing the big boys.
- Fish flesh. Our rivers get choked with salmon flesh, so our trout love eating salmon flesh. When you don’t yet see rotting salmon everywhere, don’t overlook your flesh flies even in the early season. In small water and big water, early season and late season, good conditions and bad conditions, flesh flies are some of our most consistent producers.
- Fish the couch water. That soft water on an inside bend is often overlooked and often the home of Big Jerry. Fish it.
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