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Sockeye fishing methods?

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Question; Please;
Anyone having exstensive knowledge on sockeye fishing.
I am going to Alaska in June, for the peak Sockeye run.
I need to know specifics.
What fly's do they bite? (I like to say "I refuse to floss fish").
The group I am going with insists that they don't bite much.
So, should I target other peak attendee's like rainbows,
cutthrouts and char as a backup.
I am going to Yakutak. About half way between Juneau, and
Thank you for your feedback.
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Although sockeye (reds) don't bite much, they can be caught. And yes, alot of people "line 'em". I won't question or get into the sporting issues with lining, all I know is that once you hook 'em, pound for pound they're the wildest salmon I've had on the end of the line. I did '01 & '02 on the Kenai in July. Here is a link that has plenty of patterns to review. I used several of the ones identified here. Oh, and by the way... reds are a FOOD FISH !!!

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They will hammer down big gaudy flies, but the bows are where its at. the big thing there is to use 6-8mm beads. You slide the bead on your line then tie on a single hook. Take a toothpick and "peg the bead a few inches above the hook. The nice thing about the beads are you can get them in all colors of the rainbow and different sizes to match the hatch. The downside of bead fishing is it tears the fish up. When the fish strikes the bead, you set the hook into the side of the fishes face. Personally, I wasn't liking that too much, so I stuck with Yarn eggs and did pretty good, but buddies with the beads had more strikes. Check the rivers your fishing, they have different rules on how far a bead can be above your hook.
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Thanks for your input guy's,
I have been looking at patterns I found in the www
and talked to some other fishin Bud's that have fished
sockeye's, and they said this Pink Pollywog it a great fly
presented with a wake on the surface.
They said its a real producer and its a blast watching a sockeye
coming after it. Sounds far fetched but they are credible friend's.
I could always use them on panfish.
Also sparse material shrimp patterns.
Thanks again...
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Anyone interested,
I went to Yakatat Alaska and had a great time.
I don't beleive any more retoric about how Sockeye's
don't bite. Its justification for lining (Snagging fish)
We absolutely mashed that into pulp.
Shrimp patterns Chartrouse with crystal flash.
One local comercial fisherman we met on the Situk River (while sportfishing)
was made a believer too. He came to our Lodge with his check book
to buy any extra flies we had. We where happy to give them away because
we were packing our stuff to go home. 90% of the fish we hooked were
in the mouth. I fought and landed a 40# king on a 9wt 10# test leader.
lost several others. Sockeye's rock!
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rowboat said:
Sockeye's rock!
Yes they do!!!!!

Glad to hear you had a great time.

Just to stimulate some of your memories (and mine) here's one that flipped me the fin a couple years ago.

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What river is that LDR at ?

Im guessing Keani

I can't wait to go again.
I don't know how to post a photo on the page.
Can you give me the first clue Molson?
Please and thanks. :confused:
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yep it was the Kenai. a do-it-yourself trip.

there is a forum that has the destructions for pic poting. go there, thats the easiest way i can tell ya.
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