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    Default Looking for advice floattube flyfishing Anchorage lakes.

    I recently picked up a float tube cheap off craigslist and am looking to explore the Anchorage area lakes a little more in search of some larger fish from the tube(awaiting payday to buy flippers and make maiden voyage, yes I will wear my life jacket) And to get out alone away from the banks. The biggest fish I have caught on flies (in anchorage) have been only about 12", one char and one trout, while most are 8" or less freshly stocked fish. I have heard some of the lakes hold bigger char, and at least once a summer an intoxicated bystander at some local lake will attest to the monster trout he has witnessed people catching there I'm sure some of the trout do grow bigger than 12". I have limited trout fishing experience, mostly salmon in the past, and want to build my lake fishing skills here in town and not be driving super far away. You know the 2 hour vacation after a day of work. Any suggestions on lakes, locations in said lakes, and flies/presentations/methods, etc... would be greatly appreciated. PM me if you don't want to SHOUT out good spots to everyone. Thanks to anyone who responds.

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    Kepler Bradley Lakes is all that you need to know to get started. It is worth the extra bit of time driving.
    I am not against the flippin kenai, since I cannot but suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering every other stream... ~Paul O'Neil~/~Wyo2AK~

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    23 inch wild bow
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzyman87 View Post
    Kepler Bradley Lakes is all that you need to know to get started. It is worth the extra bit of time driving.
    I went to one of the Kepler Bradley lakes last night.
    I caught one little fish on a big fly...

    ...and one big fish (18 incher) on a little fly


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    Beano, let me know if you want to know which lake. Proabably doesn't make much difference.

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    Default Yeah...

    I second Kepler Bradley lakes...Caught a nice 20" 'bow there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzyman87 View Post
    Kepler Bradley Lakes is all that you need to know to get started. It is worth the extra bit of time driving.
    People, this man may eat scones...
    but he speaks wisely.




    Muzzy with a decent fish a couple days ago.

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    Lakes that have triploid rainbows stocked in them, if the conditions are right, can get up to 30 inches
    Your bait stinks and your boat is ugly

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    Take the drive......28" Canoe Lake in the KB Complex, many years ago.

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    I don't recall the length without looking in my log, but it was a 172 pound tarpon. Landed it quickly (2 hours 44 minutes) on a 14-weight and 16-pound tippet.

    No wait, you said Anchorage lakes.

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    I will have to make my way down to Palmer it looks like. Most nights though I can't get out of the house till after 8pm, that's why I am interested in fishing Anchorage I would like to go elsewhere more often time permitting but I am still curious if there are tactics to catch bigger fish in anchorage or if they never get big with the heavy fishing they receive. I assume that targeting bigger fish would relate from one place to another. What flies are you guys using on those lakes

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    Caught a 12" stick
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    Default nice 21" bow from dry fly

    caught a nice 21 inch bow at a lake in anchorage

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    jewel lake and cheney lake should produce 12-20" bows with dry flies and leech patterns.....dont be afraid to try a mid sized mouse either.



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    Caught a 20inch trout at Green Lake on EAFB. I consistently catch 10-14 inchers there and I think it is open to the general public;just check in at the Boniface gate.

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    I've caught a handfull in the 27-28.5 mark.
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