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GldstrmSamApril 16th, 2012, 1:42 am
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Are there any flies for Irish Lords, flounder or any other fish that you could catch off the shore of Kachemack Bay (Homer, AK) or a similar type of Bay? (Think deep water right of shore, old piers...).

Thanks in advance to you who will attempt to help me,

Sam
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
EntomanApril 17th, 2012, 7:25 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Sounds like a new avenue to explore, Sam. Wished I could help...
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
GldstrmSamApril 17th, 2012, 8:38 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
I actually did some research yesterday on fly fishing for those fish.

I only found info for flounder, and I only saw one good article at that. Here it is: http://www.gulffishing.com/flyingflounder052.html.

Sam
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
TroutnutApril 17th, 2012, 11:33 pm
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2723
I bet you could catch some pollock with streamers on a sinking line at that spot where lots of people fish off the tip of the spit. It generally helps to cast out really far, though, so I don't know how you'd do. I just fished there with a spinning rod and live bait, and caught lots of pollock and yellowfin sole, and one sculpin.

Fly fishing is really more of a freshwater thing in Alaska. It can be done in the salt (especially for salmon) but you have to really want it to go after bottomfish on the fly here.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
GldstrmSamApril 18th, 2012, 1:19 am
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Thanks Jason!

I was just throwing this idea out there for curiosity's sake because I might be going down there this summer.

What size do most of those fish you mentioned run. In other words if I did happen to try it, would a 4/5 weight rod be fine?
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
TroutnutApril 18th, 2012, 6:33 pm
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2723
Most of those fish are 1-3 pounds, so they'd be great fun on a 5-weight. The main challenge will be casting distance. If you go down there, I really recommend bringing some spin-fishing gear with moderately heavy sinkers, so you can cast really far and get down to the bottom quickly. Fly fishing really isn't the best approach to that spot, but if you want to try it for the challenge, go for it!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
GldstrmSamApril 18th, 2012, 7:51 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Thanks Jason!

I definitely will take spinning gear down with me, but since I'll have my fly rod with me I might do some of that for variety.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus

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