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    My goal this spring is to catch a halibut on a fly. I have been told they come close to shore when the hooligans are running. Anybody ever tried it with any success?

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    We have had several anglers do it from the boat during a ''surface bite'' in the spring......
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    I have caught them from shore in the spring, but not on a fly rod. I went a few times last year when the eulechan were running into the rivers; I think we caught 2 halibut in 3 trips between 2-3 rods each time. So it wasn't ever hot fishing, but it was still really cool to catch one from the bank. A friend of a friend landed one that went 100 pounds from the beach in mid-May last year; I guess it was the best fight he has ever had. The beaches I have fished wouldn't be productive with a fly because the water is way too dirty.
    I have caught halibut on a fly rod using weight and a jig-like fly. You really begin to realize how well halibut can fight when you put away the broom stick of a rod, and replace it with something that actually has some feel. The downside is that a 30 pounder will wear you out, but it's still a lot of fun.
    If I were you, I would fish shallow water in the spring from a boat, say 30-40 feet, using a very fast sink tip and a jig-like fly. It's not the most productive way to catch a halibut, but you would have a good shot at gettings some nonetheless.
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    there are some spots out of homer, look for 60 foot humps cause you can reach 60 feet without too much trouble. Forget about the hooligan
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    I really don't have any advice, but there was a guy in Fish Alaska a while back showing off his fancy-scmancy custom sage rod "flyfishing" for halibut.... I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the pic with a 10+ ounce sinker on his leader....come on....thats not flyfishing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skookumchuck View Post
    .. I couldn't stop laughing when I saw the pic with a 10+ ounce sinker on his leader....come on....thats not flyfishing
    Its fly fishing if the sinker was 16 inches above the fly and the fly had a gap smaller than 1/4 inch

    seriously though 40 feet of t14 should get you down to 60 feet on slack tide no problem
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    I could be mistaken, but I think there is a section on this and other saltwater fly fishing species in Troy Leatherman's "Topwater, Flyfishing Alaska..." It is a great book, but honestly I have not thought much of saltwater flyfishing in Alaska and did not read that section. Don't have the book with me or I would check for you, but something you may want to look into.
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