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Guide, Keith Graham says:
About  Barely Legal Flesh Series
Guide, Tracy Smith says:
About Lady Flesh Series
Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Peachy Pink Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated
Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Cotton Candy Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated, Orange & Tan
Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Washed Out Lady Flesh Fly, Chunky
  Bead Head Flesh Fly
Decaying salmon carcasses feed a lot of hungry trout Salmon return to all watersheds in Alaska that have access to the ocean. Many river are veritable salmon factories with thousands and even millions of fish returning annually. These salmon draw legions of fishers, many of which are not humans. Eagles, gulls and giant bears also get much nourishment from the salmon runs. Below the surface of these salmon rivers rainbow trout and char also feed on the bounty brought to these rivers by the spawning and dying salmon. In some rivers in Alaska, all five
species of Pacific Salmon find a niches in the web of life. Every salmon that enters these rivers is on a one way mission. Each dies after spawning. In some rivers salmon spawning goes on nearly from ice-out in the spring to freeze-up in the late fall. These rivers are rich with food for rainbows and char in the form of drifting eggs, emerging fry and especially in the protein from drifting and decaying flesh of salmon carcasses. As ghoulish as it seems, many resident rainbows grow fat on this nearly inexhaustible supply of protein. A combination of an endless smorgasbord of salmon flesh and fishing pressure caused by visiting anglers can make some fish very selective in the flesh they eat. Color and texture plays rolls in this selectivity. a couple of very astute Alaskan fishing guides have studied this selectivity and produced flies that level the playing field. They are listed below.

Guide, Keith Graham with a nice Alaskan rainbow that ate a Barely Legal Flesh Fly. Guide, Keith Graham says about his Barely Legal Flesh Fly Series: I first tied the barely legal flesh about 10 years ago. The use of plastic beads were not allowed during certain times on some of my home waters, such as the Russian River for example, so I thought I would incorporate a bead into a fly. I came up with the idea of putting a bead into a flesh fly simply because Rainbow Trout & Dolly Varden rely on both salmon eggs & flesh as a main food source during the months of August, September, & October. The use of articulated flies has become
very popular & by putting a plastic bead that I custom painted, one of my favorite colors, into the middle of 2-pieces of flesh, I was offering the fish 2 of their primary food sources at the same time. This fly has proven itself in many different waters here in Alaska. The Kenai, Naknek, & Kvichak to name a few. Basically any river that has Trout & a Salmon run, would be a great place to give this fly a try, especially in the months I mentioned.

Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Peachy Pink
This large (4.5") Articulated fly is unweighted for maximum action. It is tied using expensive tip dyed rabbit fur to simulate fresh flesh, perhaps from a fish that was torn apart by a bear. To give it further realism an opaque pink bead in the middle.
Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Peachy Pink
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ST0965OR04 Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Peachy Pink 4 3 for $10.50

Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Cotton Candy
As fish flesh drifts down the river, it tends to bleach out. This bleaching effect also happens inside the fish themselves as they loose fat from their stay in fresh water. As the season goes on, flesh from salmon becomes lighter and lighter in color. To give it further realism an opaque pink bead in the middle.
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ST0965PK04 Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Cotton Candy 4 3 for $10.50


Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Washed Out
The flesh bleaching process continues the whole season. Toward the end of the season the salmon flesh is contains very little fat and is bleached to off-white. To give it further realism an opaque pink bead in the middle.
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ST096504 Barely Legal Flesh Fly, Washed Out 4 3 for $10.50


Tracy Smith with a nice Alaska rainbow. Fly designer Tracy Smith says about her Lady Flesh flies, "I was born and raised in Alaska and have been blessed with the opportunity to live and fish in an area some people only dream about. As a Fishery Biologist for the Department of Fish & Game, fish are my life and rainbows are one of my favorites. With abundant salmon runs the rainbow is always near by slurping eggs or gorging itself with that perfect piece of rotting carcass. My love for the rainbow has narrowed my tying focus in search of the perfect flesh fly
 and after examining a countless number of salmon carcasses I found the perfect color. The color was paired with a cactus chenille underbody and a bit of marabou and crystal flash in the tail to simulate salmon skin and that is how Lady Flesh was created. The mimicry is uncanny to pieces of salmon carcass being carried by the current. Since the creation Lady Flesh has been fished all over the state of Alaska from Kotzebue to Ketchikan and the Kanektok to the Kenai. Lady Flesh proved to be an instant success and was a secret weapon for some time and has become quite popular among many Kenai River and Bristol Bay guides proving her success in heavily fished drainages. Lady Flesh is a great fly for year round rainbow fishing as there are numerous colors in the series. Colors: Lady Flesh, Articulated Lady Flesh, and Orange/Tan.

Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated
This fly simulates flesh from a fairly fresh fish. This may be from a carcass that was ripped by a bear, or maybe by the natural breakdown of the elements. What ever the cause, this fly represents what most fish are looking for and gets lots of action.
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ST09604 Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated 4 3 for $10.50


Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated, Orange & Tan
This fly simulates flesh from a fish that has been exposed to the air. It is in middle stages of decay and will often produce on finicky late season fish.
Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated Orange & Tan
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ST096OT04 Lady Flesh Fly, Articulated, Orange and Tan 4 3 for $10.50


Lady Flesh Fly, Chunky
Sometimes trout and char get so filled with salmon flesh that they are only able to eat smaller chunks of drifting flesh.
Lady flesh Fly, Chunky
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ST09504 Lady Flesh Fly, Chunky 4 3 for $7.49

ST09506 Lady Flesh Fly, Chunky 6 3 for $7.49


Bead Head Flesh Fly
Sometimes when trout have seen all the tricks, you need a change up fly, which incorporates flash in the dressing. This fly is tied on a strong, heavy wire hook and has a nickel plated brass bead to provide extra weight for fishing deeper water.
Bead Head Flesh Fly
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20252-02 Bead Head Flesh Fly 2 3 for $7.49


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