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General RegionInterior Alaska
Specific LocationBadger Slough
Time of DayMorning/Afternoon
Fish CaughtGrayling
Conditions & HatchesClear water, sunny, 80-85 degrees(F). Did not look for hatches.

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GldstrmSamJune 2nd, 2013, 3:14 am
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
I went fishing with a friend on Thursday for grayling in the Badger slough (off the Chena river), and tried my new rod and reel* set up for the first time.
Even though the day was hot, I had a very successful trip.
Within the first 10 minutes caught at least five fish. After the sun rose higher the fish, for the most part, got lazy and I had to work the fly a little harder to get a strike. None the less I still caught and released at least twenty five grayling by mid afternoon. One of which set a new grayling record for me at about 16"+.

If you know me fairly well you should easily be able to guess which fly I caught most of them on. Yep! you guessed it - a bead head Brassie. I also was doing very well on a nymph of my own creation, but it started falling apart after a few fish.(of course I did not have any more in my fly box:) I also caught a couple using a good old Red Tag.

My friend was fishing lures so he only caught two grayling. :) :)


*I finally settled on an Echo Ion fly reel and am very pleased with it so far.
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
TroutnutJune 5th, 2013, 4:49 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2533
Glad you had a good trip! I've been thinking of heading out there while waiting for the rivers to go down, but I've been too busy lately. Had a really fun bear hunt in Prince William Sound!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
GldstrmSamJune 6th, 2013, 2:30 am
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
At first I was worried that the water was going to be high and muddy because the Chena river was at flood stage that day, but the water was actually low and clear. I could not have asked for better conditions.

Sounds like you have a blog post to write. :) :)
There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus

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