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    Default New to fly tying!

    So I am new to fly fishing(very new) and received a new fly tying starter kit for Christmas. I am posting to ask help and advice. I was wondering first off what, if any, books or dvd's you people would recommend for fly tying. Also, which flies I should concentrate on for alaskan fly fishing. I mainly plan on trout fishing in the rivers (north and south) and lake fishing throughout the state. What are the alaskan "go to's"? Dry, Nymphs, Flesh, Leaches, etc... My main goal of the 2011 spring/summer is to familiarize myself with the upper and middle Kenai by walking in. Maybe some of the Streams and rivers of the north too. Willow, Montana, Susitna, etc... I really appreciate any help anyone could give me. Thanks everyone! Happy fishing.

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    i can point you twards a great club. aff (alaska fly fishers) has many things that will help get you off ground zero. they have a fly tying clinic every month with lots of people that have a great deal of knowlage.

    go to aff.com for more info.
    hope it helps.
    otherwise you can check out youtube for fly tying vids and stuff.

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    Default Focus on tying techniques...

    Local fly shops will have some good books for basic techniques and I found a basic book (or 2) to be a valuable resource. As you develop, consider focusing on techniques. Here are a few flies to start with each featured on YouTube videos, which I find instructive for many things:

    Streamers; leech patterns:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPrUo...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upQVTxjBJl8

    Egg patterns; Glo-bug"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40Nni...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUj6W...eature=related

    Smolt fly basics: Try Brad Hanson's Thunder Creek smolt pattern:
    http://www.alaskaflyfishingonline.co...ndercreek.html

    Dry fly basics - here, one called the Parachute Adams:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8VIY...eature=related

    Here's a thread with excellent pointers for beginner flies by Wyo2AK, AK Powder Monkey and others...
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...-of-techniques

    Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joefish00000 View Post

    go to aff.com for more info.
    hope it helps.
    I had not been to the Alaska fly fishers site in awhile, so I typed in aff.com... wrong kind of fishing. Thank goodness the wife was not in the room and the kids were paying attention to the t.v. take a look at www.akflyfishers.net .
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    Thanks for all the help so far! I'll Makle sure and check all these things out. Keep it coming. Thanks

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    all you need for fishing the kenai is beads, flesh flies, and coho flies. Some people use sculpins there too in the spring, and other times.
    But those 3 things cover reds, silvers, and rainbows.

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    Had great success with the clouser minnow - yellow and white or pink and purple. Have had salmon, rainbows, dollies, etc. hit these.

    Also had good luck with egg sucking leeches, dragon fly nymphs, and elk hair caddis.

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    be sure to read this, once you get your feet on the ground.

    <http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/showthread.php/88580-Dolly-Llama-Ultimate-Tutorial-for-Tying-Your-Own>

    There is lots of good info on this web site - look through the back pages of this forum & use the search function when you can.

    Learn how to tie flesh flies, egg sucking leaches & (of course) dolly llamas. Nymphs can be covered in the bead head gold ribbed hares ear & dries with the elk hair caddis. Learning how/when to fish these will set you up for what you'll want to learn later.
    Gary

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    Default Scott Sanchez articles and dvd for fly tying...

    Quote Originally Posted by aksteve31 View Post
    So I am new to fly fishing(very new) and received a new fly tying starter kit for Christmas. I am posting to ask help and advice. I was wondering first off what, if any, books or dvd's you people would recommend for fly tying...Steve
    I have enjoyed articles and one DVD by Scott Sanchez.
    -Here's a fly tying article for one I plan to try this (2011!) Spring: http://www.flyanglersonline.com/flyt...112105fotw.php
    -I have Sanchez's dvd, Understanding Fly Tying Materials, which was useful for me and sold here as part of a 3 dvd set: http://www.chartingnature.com/books.cfm?book=B13581
    -And a basic fly tying dvd by Sanchez, although I haven't viewed it: http://www.taimen.com/mt/product_inf...oducts_id=2784

    Good luck.

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