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    Hello,

    I am heading up the Dalton Hwy in about a week to do some caribou hunting and fishing along the way. Any suggestions on fly patterns for Lake trout in Galbraith lake and/or Arctic Char in the Sag river? I know all those rivers have grayling and I know what patterns to bring for those. Mostly I would like to catch some of those sea run Char in the Sag. I have heard there are some bigguns in there. Last year I hooked into one using a sculpin, but it got off.

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    Bushwhack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    Hello,

    I am heading up the Dalton Hwy in about a week to do some caribou hunting and fishing along the way. Any suggestions on fly patterns for Lake trout in Galbraith lake and/or Arctic Char in the Sag river? I know all those rivers have grayling and I know what patterns to bring for those. Mostly I would like to catch some of those sea run Char in the Sag. I have heard there are some bigguns in there. Last year I hooked into one using a sculpin, but it got off.

    Thanks,
    Bushwhack
    If you mostly want to catch arctic char try the lakes along the Richardson Hwy. There are no arctic char in the Sag, there are char but they are dolly varden.

    Here is great reference for fish distribution by species in Alaska:

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/SARR/...ps.interactive click on start mapping

    Specific information source for fishing the Sag for dolly varden:

    http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/sto...?products_id=3

    gives location access points, timing chart, lure/fly selections and, all by specific species.

    Good Luck!
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    Thanks for the links Jedi. I am sure they will help. May the force be with you. Hey cool grayling video by the way. I checked it out the other day. I am going to have to make a run up to the Delta Clearwater River next spring.

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    I have never had muck luck with flies on the Sag, But there is some great grayling fishing on Jim river tributaries, I try to camp in that area on the way back to fairbanks. This time of year they are hungry. Good luck

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    Okay, so I did a little research. I stopped at Sportman's and glanced at a copy of the Highway Angler to see what flies might be recommended for the Sag. Unfortunately, no specific flies were recommended. The text just says "flies and lures". Not very helpful to say the least. Has anybody out there successfully caught some of the sea-run Arctic Char/Dolly Varden (whichever variety) on flies??? I know there in there. And I have caught plenty of nice grayling in the Sag. Smolt patterns? Sculpins? Dry flies? Nymphs? Any suggestions would be nice.

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    Disclaimer: I have never fished the Dalton Hwy!

    Here are some links that you may or may not have looked at:
    http://www.alaskaoutdoorjournal.com/...isheries2.html
    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/Stati...tonFishing.pdf
    http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/gene..._FIS01-113.pdf
    http://article.pubs.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/p...startPage=1103

    Given the dollys overwintering in the Sag, they are going to need a high protein diet. I would not discount beads, flesh, and even shrimp patterns. Even without a salmon run. Sculpin, smolt, llamas, leaches. I've never caught a dolly on a mouse... but why not try it?

    From what I've read, the dolly fishing doesn't really pick up until late August. Good luck. Also I would very much like to hear about your experience when you get back!

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    Hey Thanks icb12,

    I appreciate the honesty and advice. It doesn't sound like too many guys out there have tried to fish for dolly's with flies on the Sag. But I agree with everything you are saying. Your link were good too. I am heading up there the first week of August. I will try to post my results when I return. In the meantime, if anybody else has any advice it would be much appreciated.

    Bushwhack Jack

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    Might be worth trying some Mickey Finns. Never fished it though.

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    Never fished the sag, we were too busy with the hunting part. Did stop and hit a bunch of the little creeks on the way back down (jim river, fish creek etc) and nailed the crap out of them on top water black nats, mosquitos, bead head nymphs they werent too picky . I have a bunch of collegues at the toolik research station up there...but it does not seem that many of them hit lakes for lakers.

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    big and orange flies
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    Okay, so I did a little research. I stopped at Sportman's and glanced at a copy of the Highway Angler to see what flies might be recommended for the Sag. Unfortunately, no specific flies were recommended. The text just says "flies and lures". Not very helpful to say the least. Has anybody out there successfully caught some of the sea-run Arctic Char/Dolly Varden (whichever variety) on flies??? I know there in there. And I have caught plenty of nice grayling in the Sag. Smolt patterns? Sculpins? Dry flies? Nymphs? Any suggestions would be nice.

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    I use the matrix in the front section of the book for fly/lure selection by species. It should narrow things down for you?
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    Yes, that's what I do with my copy. Same as Jedi. That book would be as thick as the bible had the author listed everything specifically! Then again, there should also be an element of surprise or discovery in fishing, not all given to you on a platter, so to speak. IMO. Dalton is one area I would love to explore! Keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JediMasterSalmonSlayer View Post
    I use the matrix in the front section of the book for fly/lure selection by species. It should narrow things down for you?
    I'll have to pick up a copy and thoroughly look it over. I didn't see that. Oh well, if all else fails throw out an ESL or dolly lama right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    I'll have to pick up a copy and thoroughly look it over. I didn't see that. Oh well, if all else fails throw out an ESL or dolly lama right?
    Agreed! for the book and the selections you mention.
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