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OUTDOORS Capital City Weekly Pick up any book on Alaska fly patterns and flip through the pages - or better yet, rummage through a few fly boxes of any hard core Alaska fly fisher - and you'll quickly note that fly patterns for Alaska come in a wide variety of styles, sizes, colors and profiles. In fact, on the market today, there are well over a thousand different fly patterns commercially advertised as "Alaska Flies." This enormous number, however, is quite conservative and the true value could well be five times this figure because most of these patterns are also available in several different sizes. With all of the various styles and patterns of flies available today choosing the most appropriate fly pattern (or patterns) for any given fishing trip can - at first glance - seem highly intimidating, even for advanced anglers. But it doesn't need to be so. Fly selection can be streamlined tremendously if you first obtain a general knowledge of the local fishery where you'll be will be fishing, and specifically, its run timing.

Unlocking the puzzle of fly selection

Choosing flies for Alaska is no different than anywhere else. To ensure yourself the best opportunities of success, you must first understand your target species.
Photo By Rich Culver
Choosing flies for Alaska is no different than anywhere else. To ensure yourself the best opportunities of success, you must first understand your target species.
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