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    So here's the plan for the season.....To catch all 5 species of pacific salmon on a fly rod. Last year I got all 5 on traditional tackle in a little less than a month and a half. The question of the hour to you experts in the sport is what flies do I use for kings? This is the only species that I see giving me any trouble. I got bright, flashy flies for pinks, chums, and silvers as my primaries for these species. Obviously a russian river fly tossed a few times on its namesake river will get me the red. Only question I have is about the kings????? Will the same bright, flashy flies work for them? I have a sneaky suspision they will but seek your advice on other patters that will produce.
    Alaska: We're all here cuz we're not all "there"

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    I have had trouble catching them on big flashy flies in the clear water I like to fish. But I have good sucess on little black flies. Anything black tied on a size 4 to a size 1 hook.
    It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

    http://wouldieatitagainfoodblog.blogspot.com/

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    • #3
      Do you think that is mainly a clear water thing or do you think it will work in waters that are a little stained like the mouths of some of the valley streams?
      Alaska: We're all here cuz we're not all "there"

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      • #4
        Fat Freddies and green everglow's have been my most productive King flies. I usually tie then on 4/0 or 5/0 stainless hooks. I have also caught several on Babine Specials tied in the large sizes also. Hope this helps.

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        • #5
          It works for me in everything that is not glacial. Valley streams making the majority that I have fished with them. They work when others don't, but because of the small size they don't always do a good job of landing in a fast current.
          It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

          http://wouldieatitagainfoodblog.blogspot.com/

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          • #6
            Once kings get up river they arer more aggrresive.

            I have fished the valley streams for over thirty years. I have found out the further that kings and silvers move up river the more aggressive they become. I have had kings clear across the Deshka to take a fly. I beleive that you have to get the fly do where they are. I like to fish from the sun into the shade. Since I've retired I don't go out until after 6 in the evening and fish until dark or curfew time.

            Big Fisherman

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            • #7
              I dig bunny flies, flash flies, eggsucking leaches and typical steelhead flies. I haven't had to much luck on huge flies, but lots of people like intruders and other things that look like kwickfish
              I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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              • #8
                king fly

                Check out the dean lantern. It has worked pretty well.

                Jake
                All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.

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                • #9
                  I'll have t get a box filled with all of these patterns, thanks for the advice. I'll keep you posted on my success (or lack lack there of) in the future
                  Alaska: We're all here cuz we're not all "there"

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