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.
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.
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.
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/
We visited our good friends the Butlers and caught many amazing fish each day. Alaska fishing has never been so much fun for me.
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
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.
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.
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
Tungsten Embryo best egg pattern I fish.
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!