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Top Alaska Flies
Going to Alaska? We've got the flies you need. Alaska is huge and its fish are huge. Here the trout don't often sip spinners in the back-eddies. Here they kill rodents and ravage the spawn and flesh of the millions of salmon that return from the Ocean. These salmon in turn are also targets of fly fishers. They are still keyed to Ocean food: shrimp, krill, squid, and baitfish. We've got all the flies that simulate this Ocean food. We've got the rods, reels, lines, waders, clothing, connections and insect repellent too.
Map of Alaska Alaska has 47,000 miles of ocean coastline, more than all the other states combined. The interior abounds with as many miles of shoreline on lakes and streams. Alaska is a coldwater fly angler's dream. Many anglers migrate to Alaska during the summer months to partake in the bounty of the "last frontier". On this page is the most complete selection of proven Alaska flies to be found anywhere. They are made from the finest materials available.
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Click any of the flies below to purchase, or to get more information. Good luck on your Alaska fishing trip.

Alaskabou, Blue Moon

Alaskabou, Popsicle

Alaskabou, Volcano

Agitator, Black/Red

Agitator, Purple/Flame

Agitator, Sandy Candy

Cotton Candy

Deep Eyed Wog

Egg Leech, Black

Egg Leech, Purple

Flesh Fly

B.L. Flesh, Peach Pink

B.L . Flesh, Cotton Candy

B.L.Flesh, W.Out

Lady Flesh Fly

Lady Flesh, Articulated

Lady Flesh, Articulated, Tan & Orange

Bead Head Egg

Natural Salmon

Light Orange

Bead Head Hot Egg

Egg Sherbet

Glo Bug, Alaska Roe

Glo Bug, Baby Pink

Glo Bug, Golden Nugget

Glo Bug, Oregon Cheese

G. Bug, Peachy King

Glo Bug, St. Orange

Krystal Bugger, Chartreuse

Krystal Bugger, Red

Krystal Bugger, White

Morrish Mouse

Pink Polywog

Pink Polly Popper

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Black

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Olive

Sculpin, Big Gulp, Tan

Sculpin, Shiela

Sculpzilla, Black & White

Sculpzilla, Natural Brown

Sculpzilla, Olive & White

Sculpzilla, Natural Tan

Sculpzilla, White

Guide Intruder, Black

Guide Intruder, Chartreuse

Guide Intruder, Pink

Lady GaGa, Blue

Lady GaGa, Pink

Jumbo Critter, Black& Blue

Jumbo Critter, Blue and Chartreuse

Jumbo Critter, Pink & Orange

Jumbo Critter, Purple

Stinger Prawn, Black & Blue

Stinger Prawn, Chartreuse

Stinger Prawn, Purple

Echo Seven-Weight Spey Rod Comparison
At Echo
Echo E3-7130 Length: 13' Sections: 4 Line Weight 7
This is a very popular size for summer steelhead and smaller salmon. This will prove to be a great rod all Deschutes steelhead, and will also prove to be the perfect tool for all Oregon winter steelhead as well. So far E3-7130 has attracted the most attention of any rod in this series.
Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo E3 rod model are: Scandi Compact 450-grain, Delta 7/8 and Skagit Compact 540-grain.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
7130 E3 7 Fast B (22") $549.95


ECHOTR7130 Length: 13' Sections: 4 Line Weight 7
Grains: 450-540
This is a very popular size for summer steelhead and smaller salmon. This will prove to be a great rod for Deschutes "A" Run steelhead. So far this model has attracted the most attention of any rod in this series. Tim's top picks in Airflo Lines that bring out the best performance with this Echo TR rod model are: Scandi Compact 450-grain, Delta 7/8 and Skagit Compact 540-grain.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Item Series Line Wt. Action Handle Price To Top
ECHO-TR7130 TR 7 medium fast Standard $349.95


ECHODH7130-4X

Length: 13' Line: 7 Pieces: 4

The Echo 13’0” #7 was designed as a heavy summer steelhead rod or a light winter rod. It handles larger flies and medium size tips with ease. It's great for steelhead, Atlantic Salmon, and Coho.
Free Airflo Skagit Compact Shooting Head 540-grain included with this rod.
Series
Item
Recommended Line Weights
Price To Top
DH 7130 #7, 480-590 grains $349.95


Dorado Flies
for fish called Dorado, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish, Coryphaena hippurus

This large dorado was hooked on a Mark's Sardina.
Dorado are one of the finest fly rod game fish species in the world. They are beautiful to look at, aggressive toward well presented flies and are extremely athletic when hooked. Below are listed the top six fly patterns for the Sea of Cortez, which offers very strong dorado fishing from June through October. The single most productive fly pattern during our nine trips to Loreto, Mexico has been the 2/0 Mark's Sardina. This fly is usually used in combination with a slow sinking line and is presented to fish, which have been chummed with live sardinas. The next most productive fly is a size two olive and white Deep Eyed Minnow. This fly has an erratic, wounded minnow action, and is a good bet when fish are working smaller baitfish. Poppers are great fun when dorado are feeding right at the surface. The Witchcraft Popper has also been effective when presented with a fast sinking line below the surface of the water. Fast strips impart a swimming action.
Mark's Sardina
Mark's Sardina

Bubble Head Popper
Deep Eyed Minnow
Deep Eyed Minnow
Bright Painted Popper
Bright Painted Popper
Crease Fly
Crease Fly
Master Jack Popper
Master Jack Popper
Dorado means gold in Spanish. It's a reasonable name for a fish that can turn bright gold along the sides, but they are usually bright greenish blue along the back and have liberal amounts of blue spots and the pectoral fins are very bright electric blue. Dorado are one of the most successful fishes and are found in tropical waters, world wide. In Australia and most of the Atlantic Ocean the specie is call Dolphin (not to
Patty Barnes landed this large dorado on a Mark's Sardina
be confused with a family of sea mammals of the same name). In Hawaii they are called Mahi Mahi. Dorados are prime fly rod sport fish for a number of reasons. They are very strong and acrobatic. They spend a lot of time around the surface of the water where they are comparatively easy to reach while fly fishing. Dorado grow incredibly fast. At one year old, most Dorado exceed 6 pounds and may be over twenty pounds at age two. Three year old Dorado usually exceed thirty pounds. Few Dorado live beyond the forth year. The world record is 87 pounds. Once the fish reach maturity they spawn every six weeks and broadcast about 400,000 eggs. The eggs which are about the size of the head of a pin hatch in about 60 hours. The little fish start growing immediately. This fast growth rate keeps them eating constantly and they are very aggressive biters most of the time. They feed on bait fish
This Dorado ate a Crease Fly
of many sizes and are fond of sardines, flying fish, mackerel and squid. On a recent trip to the sea of Cortez several fish were vomiting up squid as they were being played. This attracted more Dorado which quickly consumed the free meal. Some of the squid were more than a foot long. When hooked a Dorado runs hard and often jumps spectacularly, then slugs it out all the way to the boat. They can exceed 50 miles per hour for short bursts. Ordinarily they save a bit of energy to thrash about madly as the angler tries to either release, or land the fish.

Dorado have multiple groups of wicked little teeth that can chew your leader and flies.  Patty Barnes photo.

Dorado have multiple groups of wicked little teeth that can chew your leader and flies. It is advised that when large fish are expected that a shock tippet of 50-60 pound test is used. A simple leader formula is as follows: 12" or less #50 shock tippet, 16'" or more of #16 or #20 class tippet, 3' of #50 butt section. Sections of leader can be assembled with surgeon's knots. Smaller fish can be landed on straight twenty pound test tippets. Our favorite rods for Dorado are #10 to #12 weight.

Or favorite line for most fishing conditions is Rio's Outbound Short Head with a slow sinking intermediate tip. Fast sinking shooting head fly lines such as Rio's DeepSea lines are a good bet for fishing bait fish and squid patterns when weather/water conditions keep dorado from feeding right at the surface. Intermediate or floating lines with intermediate tips, are best for fishing poppers. Dorados like to hang around anything that is floating on the water. Floating weed mats, debris, rays or turtles will often have Dorados under them. I once hooked a 20 pound Dorado from under a single floating Styrofoam cup. Many Dorados that are caught with flies, have been chummed up to the boat with live or cut bait. Most Dorado caught from the sea of Cortez are chummed with live Sardinas, which are stored in well aerated live-wells.
Mark Bachmann with a Mexican dorado
Another way to attract Dorado to the boat is to simply troll a fly and when a Dorado is hooked the commotion will attract others that can be cast to. This method is hard on fly lines, as trolled flies often revolve and twist the line. Using conventional gear to troll with is easier on your fly gear.
Dorados can be picky. Often they will be keyed on one type of food. It pays to have a range of sizes and kinds of flies that imitate the range of food organism that dorado eat. On several trips to the Pacific Coast of Mexico, very large flies that saved our trip. We found that trolling 12" Marlin flies was the easiest way to pull deep feeding Dorado to the surface where we could get at them. Once a school was around the boat, we could chum them with sardinas and then get them to eat flies that looked and behaved like the bait, but is was the big flies that got the game started. Ordinarily the bigger fish like to feed on larger flies.

Fish long & prosper,
Mark, Patty & Crew

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