Dan will use his centerpin setup to slay bows and dollies on the Upper Kenai gravel bars this September.
With that said, I hate fishing beads with my fly rods.
My favorite fish last Sept was taken on a flesh colored leech. Just a 16-18" bow, but it absolutely hammered my swung leech and was the best fishing experience I had last year although I caught several bigger fish. This year I am going to fish flies exclusively with my 7 wt. Got a new Scott X2s and St Croix Bank Robber to break in anyway. Ideally, swinging some flies with my type III sink tip, my favorite way to fish. Also will dead drift some patterns, but to a lesser extent.
Wondering if anyone, and I mean anyone, has had much (any) success with anything other than beads in September. Inventorying my flies today I found several patterns that caught my eye and will be in the fly box. Namely, ESL's, flesh/ginger leech patterns, red/ginger "bandits"(AFFG), battle creek specials, olive/white dolly llamas, and pink/white dolly llamas. Wondering if anyone had any suggestions to help fill out the box. Thought about putting in a quick order to the good folks at Alaska Fly Fishing Goods. Thanks for any comment.