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Kodiak Commando

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  1. Several years back I went on a Coho trip in Seward with a friend. Some of his friends from Pittsburgh nicknamed me "Kodiak Command"
  2. I had a fly fishing earing once! A size 4 ESL courtesy of master tatoo artist old man winter and his "Wind" needle
  3. I second bunny leeches. They are simple, easy to tie and versitale. I use them for trout in lakes or rivers on the sink, strip, drift or swing. And if i'm going after troutzilla nothings better than a leech colored bunny leech or a flesh colored one!
  4. Great Photos!!! I've also froze my ass off on the provo and it's a lot better than sitting keeping warm at the house thinking about fishing and rivers!
  5. I have always used gami's, especially their glo bug hook because i fish so many egg patterns and tube flies and bead setups. That being said I don't know if their that much metter than tiemco or mustad i've just grown up with them since my favorite local shop carries them and i haven't seen a reason to change.
  6. Yeah you can do great trips up here for less than some people think. Many people think of lodges like the one i work at that are 6 to 7 grand a week and although they do offer fishing advantages. float planes trips are included in the package and since there are so many rivers around you never fish a river that's not fishing good. Compared to cheaper trips where your stuck on one river or pay extra for fly outs so if the home river is blown or whatever your pretty much screwed. That being said most people including the guides like myself that work at those lodges can't spend that kind of money!! There are sevaral trips I can think of right now for less than that. First one is the trip duckydoty did, Naknek river camps offer a guided trips for a week on the nak for 1700pp and you can fly out for extra. Theya along and rainbow bend(who i have stayed with and highly recomend. also offer diy trips for around 1500, it includes a boat and gas. This is a sweet deal no matter what your going for. All you need to know is I have had several 50 fish days there with the smallest rainbow being around 18 inches, average around 24 and biggest around 35", record fish there for me was 35x21.5. I have yet to find a better river for Big rainbows. You can also pay extra to go to a smaller river like Little Ku or American. It adds cost but catching 10 pound trout in a 10 to 20 foot wide creek like little ku or catching 25 inchers on dries on american is worth it. Also the Naknek is killer fly fishing for sockeye and Coho. Nothing like catching 6 to 16 pound coho till your arms fall off. You could consider the situk for steelhead. I know several GL guys who do that trip and say it's a lot like fishing at their home , small with tons of log jams. Only difference is all the fish are wild and routinely get over 36 inches and every year several are caugh over 40, record fish was a 47 inch 35 pound buck :buff: Its really road accessible so it's more crowded than say the naknek but that also means that you can do a very cheap trip whether you stay at a bead and breakfast or just camp. Most times i would reccomend a guide if your new to a spot in alaska but the fishing is very simalar to fishing the GL so you would do just fine. You could also consider the Karluk for a DIY trip. The flight on a float plane is around 1400 but it's per plane so you can split costs with people and then bring all your camping gear. It's roughing it in cold weather but hey catching 20 plus wild PNW steelies a day is pretty much unheard of outside of this river. Or how about renting a car and fishing up north for 15 pound dollies which are like big brook trout on steroids. Or staying at a DIY lodge on the Kvichiak or fly fishing from a rented Kayak in the salt water in prince william islands. Just need a cheap place to say and a kayak and your ready for 15 to 20 pound coho all day with a clauser. And that's just a small list! Point is there are lost of more affordable trips up here whether you want a guide or not, stay in a tent or cabin or travel by plane or car. One of these days we should do a TFF get together up here with one of the more affordable trips. I know i've kicked the idea around with Carlin and Steve. Maybe in a few years when i'm not guiding anymore I could Take some time off and host some sort of trip possibly with carlin. Even on the road system on Kodiak or the mainland a good local fisherman like Carlin or me could put you on some big Trout or Salmon. Carlin's trip suggestion isn't too bad either, you can fish by road for 2 or 3 weeks and catch rainbows like this Char like this or coho like this, obviously i did
  7. I also should be a member of the love ice dub club! I use the stuff religously especially on scuds and big nasties.
  8. I have a Dave scadden pontoon boat. I would reccoment going with a pontoon boat if you can afford it, don't need to carry it much to the places you fish, and can transport it via vehicle.
  9. I don't have a fish cat float tube but I can tell you I know some people that do and they really like them. Personally I have the caddis navigator 2 and love it and it's not that expensive either. Really you can't go wrong with a lot of float tubes as long as they come from reputable companies (caddis, dave scadden, fish cat, water skeeter etc....) I would go ahead and buy it.
  10. it has worked awesome for me!
  11. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Kodiak Commando: Omlet
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  13. Don't know that's just how i learned it. Don't know if it makes a difference, probably not for trout but maybe it does for steelhead?
  14. Awesome photos!! I like the one with the butterfly.
  15. Been using this pattern for trout for years but recently have found it good for steelhead as well.
  16. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by Kodiak Commando: Gormanz Bead Head Egg
  17. I just got a camera (HP R817) but i'm having a tough time taking pictures of flies with the super macro setting. They all turn out blurry even though the camera is steady. Any idea what is wrong and how i should fix it?
  18. I use cactus chennille a lot. Usually I just substitude it for normal chennile on certain patterns like wooly buggers, ESL's and Illiamna pinkies. It works real well on starlight leeches too
  19. When I tie flies I like to have the TV on since my station is right near a big screen or I will listen to NBA games over the internet. Honestly I can tie longer if i have some sort of entertainment going, esecially if i'm planning on tying one pattern for an hour or more.
  20. Trout are just different up here so you won't find your Traditional trout flies and go to, although they do work. Anytime but the fall for trout up here I would say a size 4 olive bunny fly with barbell eyes or a conhead, also a size 6 olive wooly bugger. In the fall I would say a bead but since it's not a "True Fly" (ALthough i use them a lot) I will say a articulated flesh fly.
  21. Alaska has WAAAY more earthquakes then california but most go unoticed since we have WAAAY less people than california.
  22. Welcome to the site! I'm sure you will learn a lot here.
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