I'm not sure if i'm doing anything wrong. I don't think i am. I'm not spooking fish by wading out too far and i'm working some great water on foot here on the kenai's middle river around sterling and sometimes i go into soldotna, and i can't even get a bow to hit me.
Fishing sure is funny sometimes. Last week, i started fly fishing for silvers for the first time this season. I hook 2 in one day and the next day had a hot fish break my hook. all 3 fish liked my articulated orange flesh fly but after 10 more trips out not even a grab.
I wonder if many of them books on fly fishing alaska, are but mostly hype. After all, they are written to make money too. i haven't hooked a fish on the flash fly since coming to alaska in May of 2004. i seem to hook kings fairly frequent when they are in but silvers....hmmm, they really have a way for me to find discouragement. I release them anyway but my take is there just isn't a lot of fish in the river, plus sight fishing isn't much of an option most of the time.
perhaps i really need to be out there at dawn. i tend to fish when i wake up but i've hooked silvers mid afternoon. mostly when it's windy or raining. i also like to throw spinners and soak eggs but i like the c hallenge of hooking silvers on a fly but i never thought it would be so spotty for me.
anyone have a go to fly that works consistant for you? Again, big river, and need to be there at the right time i suppose especially between runs.
im throwing purple and black leeches, a few variations of flash flies, egg suckers, popsicles attracted a nice dolly weeks ago but i can't even hook a rainbow. today i had a rainbow come up and check out who was tossing big flies down into a deep hole. ME! : ) bows are smart. that 20" or so critter just came up and saw my boots in the water and swam off.
i enjoy just being out but would sure like to hook silvers more consistant. i'm in the water column but i guess it's why it's call fishin not catching. i feel like i'm on a lonely pursuit of percentages that just don't add up.