“The AK Way” – Amazing Alaska Fly Fishing Video

This is a fly fishing film that consists of the beauty of Alaska mixed with a lot of underwater footage of amazing salmon schools. Our flies pass by them, and often times they are seen peeling away to chase our presentations. It was fun to capture this on film! Alaska is a very special place for fly fishing. There is a broad myth that many of the salmon caught in Alaska are snagged. This has not been my experience during any of my three trips there.

Alaska Salmon Fly Fishing

Alaska Chum Salmon on the Fly

Alaska Rainbow - Tungsten Embryo Fly Pattern

I filmed this in 2014 when a few of my brothers and I took an Alaska fly fishing trip that had many memorable moments. It was a good salmon run that year for the chum and silver salmon. We hooked up with a few aggressive rainbows as well. All of which ate the Tungsten Embryo egg pattern.

Big Chum Salmon

One of my favorite accomplishments of the film was by my brother Brad. He had never been fly fishing before, and after only a few days he was casting like he’d been doing it for year. He is the guy in the film double hauling and throwing the tight loops.

Big Silver Salmon - Rainy's Flies

I teamed up with Rainy’s Flies on this project. They have a great selection of flies for all species of salmon. They produce great quality flies that don’t fall apart. Check them out at http://www.rainysflies.com/

Alaska Fly Fishing with Friends

We visited our good friends the Butlers and caught many amazing fish each day. Alaska fishing has never been so much fun for me.

Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Hook) – Fastest, Easiest, Most Productive Nymph EVER!

For the past five years or so this Lance Egan creation has been one of the top producing nymph in my arsenal. For the past year Kohler and I have been fishing the Tungsten Surveyor on a Syndicate jig hook which has been dynamite! When it comes to easy, quick to tie, and extremely effective flies the Surveyor nymph is on top of that list.
Tungsten Surveyor Fly Tying

 

Tungsten Surveyor (Jig Nymph) Recipe:

Hook: Syndicate Jig Hook Size 12-16 Buy Here

Bead: Silver Slotted Tungsten Buy Here

Weight: 7-10 Wraps Lead Wire 0.015

Thread: Uni 8/0 Red

Tail: Coq de Leon (Medium or Dark Pardo)

Body: Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Rib: Silver Wire Size BR

Collar: Dark Rainbow Sow Scud Dubbing

Tungsten Surveyor

The Tungsten Surveyor jig is extremely effective Euro Nymphing, Czech Nymphing, and even indicator nymphing. The additional weight from the tungsten bead helps this pattern get down to the fish quickly and helps it stay low in the feeding zone longer during each drift.

Original Two-toned Surveyor

Tungsten Surveyor

Kohler began incorporating dark rainbow sow scud dubbing for a thorax many years ago. The darker tone seemed to add a nice component to the fly. With the jig variant it is merely a dubbing collar instead of a thick thorax. Also, this fly is flashy enough with the rainbow dubbing and the red hotspot that the pearl wing case has also been omitted. These slight changes have made this fly even faster to tie, and by no means have we seen a decline in the number of fish we catch. In fact, I have become so confident in jig nymphs that many of my nymphs are being transitioned to these hooks.

Jig Hook Benefits

There are many benefits of fishing jig nymphs including better hook ups primarily in the top of the mouth, better holding power once a fish is hooked, and fewer snags since it rides hook point up which results in fewer lost flies. There may also be other benefits, but these simple advantages have really proven to be helpful when targeting fish nymphing.

Competition Jig Hooks from Syndicate

Syndicate has proven its self over and over again for us. We are firm believers in this hook and now offer it in both sizes 12 and 14 here in our web store.

Slotted Tungsten Beads

Fly Tying Jig Hooks

You can purchase both jig hooks and slotted tungsten from us to get rolling on jig style nymphs. I’m confident you will be pleased with them as well.

Slow Down the Fall

For those of you don’t know, at the end of last summer my wife and I started a new adventure which included quitting my stable and comfortable job to pursue other interests in the world of fly fishing. Crazy?!?! Yes, we think so too, but it’s what we love so here we go! Along with that change meant I was able to spend more time on my local rivers than usual. Being that the fall is already an exceptional time of year to fly fish, I felt rather blessed with the additional time I spent tugging on nice fish. The video above is short compilation of some shots I walked away with. Below are some of the more memorable fish and moments recorded by stills broken into categories.

Brown Trout Beauty

Brown Trout Leather

Utah Brown Trout

Brown Trout Photography

Brown Trout Back

Most anglers know that browns color up in the fall preparing for the spawning season. This fall my mind was blown once again by the many fish that were truly remarkable in not only size and strength, but especially color.

New Favorite Fly Rod

Syndicate Fly Rods

 

Syndicate Fly Rods - For Sale

I’ve been fishing the same couple of rods for the last five years or so. Some are high end, and others more mid range. I’ve been content with my arsenal until this fall when I first laid hands on Syndicate’s 11′ 3 wt. Most of my fish this fall were caught Euro Nymphing. Many of the larger browns were caught dead drifting large streamers using this same technique. The Syndicate 3 wt performed extremely well under both conditions. Both Kohler and I have enjoyed this rod so much that we decided to pick them up and sell them here on Fly Tying 123. We truly believe they are the best mid price range rod on the market for Euro Nymphing, and we wanted to offer them to our friends. The 3 wt is offered in both 10′ and 11′ lengths. Check them out in our shop here SYNDICATE RODS.

Rowley Stone Dominates AGAIN!

Rowley Stone - Brown Trout

Rowley Stone catches Brown Trout

No surprise here, right?!?! The Rowley Stone has been my top producing stonefly for years now. I’m excited that Rainy’s has officially picked up this pattern starting this year, 2016. For those who like to tie, check out the tying video for this pattern ROWLEY STONE it could change your fishing life completely!

Back to Beauty

Euro Nymphing - Fall Colors

Brown Trout - Tungsten Embryo

 

Tungsten Embryo best egg pattern I fish.

Fall Fly Fishing

Streamer Eating Brown Trout

I hope this fall treated all of you just as good.

Here’s to enjoying our current winter conditions for a completely different set of compelling characteristics!

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