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    So here's the plan for the season.....To catch all 5 species of pacific salmon on a fly rod. Last year I got all 5 on traditional tackle in a little less than a month and a half. The question of the hour to you experts in the sport is what flies do I use for kings? This is the only species that I see giving me any trouble. I got bright, flashy flies for pinks, chums, and silvers as my primaries for these species. Obviously a russian river fly tossed a few times on its namesake river will get me the red. Only question I have is about the kings????? Will the same bright, flashy flies work for them? I have a sneaky suspision they will but seek your advice on other patters that will produce.
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    I have had trouble catching them on big flashy flies in the clear water I like to fish. But I have good sucess on little black flies. Anything black tied on a size 4 to a size 1 hook.
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    Do you think that is mainly a clear water thing or do you think it will work in waters that are a little stained like the mouths of some of the valley streams?
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    Fat Freddies and green everglow's have been my most productive King flies. I usually tie then on 4/0 or 5/0 stainless hooks. I have also caught several on Babine Specials tied in the large sizes also. Hope this helps.

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    It works for me in everything that is not glacial. Valley streams making the majority that I have fished with them. They work when others don't, but because of the small size they don't always do a good job of landing in a fast current.
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    Default Once kings get up river they arer more aggrresive.

    I have fished the valley streams for over thirty years. I have found out the further that kings and silvers move up river the more aggressive they become. I have had kings clear across the Deshka to take a fly. I beleive that you have to get the fly do where they are. I like to fish from the sun into the shade. Since I've retired I don't go out until after 6 in the evening and fish until dark or curfew time.

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    I dig bunny flies, flash flies, eggsucking leaches and typical steelhead flies. I haven't had to much luck on huge flies, but lots of people like intruders and other things that look like kwickfish
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    Check out the dean lantern. It has worked pretty well.

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    I'll have t get a box filled with all of these patterns, thanks for the advice. I'll keep you posted on my success (or lack lack there of) in the future
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