Fly Fishing in Alaska - Alaska Fly Fishing Trip


Fly Fishing In Alaska

Get to know Alaska fly fishing methods and fly fishing patterns

Also see Alaska salmon fishing and Alaska trout fishing

One of the most exciting and exhilarating ways to fish in Alaska is fly fishing. 

fly fishing in Alaska, Alaska fly fishing tripWhether stopping at a roadside fishing hole or taking a floatplane trip to one of Alaska's wild rivers, fly fishing in Alaska is a unique experience. 

In many ways Alaska defines coldwater fly fishing because there's nowhere else in the world that offers such diverse fish species and such varied terrain.

Alaska fly fishing trips require anglers to be better educated about the behaviors of fish species, particularly the salmon runs that occur each year.  Salmon runs affect the salmon of course, but they also affect the behavior of other fish (like rainbow trout.)  Many of these other fish feed on salmon roe and small fry.  Knowing this helps anglers determine the best places and fly patterns to use for fly fishing in Alaska.

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Popular Fly Patterns For Fly Fishing In Alaska

About a dozen fly patterns account for 90 percent of the fish caught in Alaska's waters.  Anglers will find that certain fly patterns work best for certain situations.  Most fly patterns fall into specific categories.

Egg Patterns

Glo Bug, Iliamna Pinkies, 2 Egg Sperm Fly

Fry and Smolt Patterns

Thundercreek, Woolly Bugger, Muddler Minnow, Katmai Smolt, Bunny Fly, Egg Sucking Leech, White Zonker

Nymphs and Dry Flies

Black Gnat, Adams, Renegade, Griffith's Gnat, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, Elk Hair Caddis, Royal Wulff


Flash Fly, Coho, Popsicle Streamer, Showgirl, Polar Shrimp, Comet, Alaskabou, Krystal Bullet, Sparkle Shrimp

Specialty Flies

Mouse, Shrew, Pink Pollywog, Green Butt Skunk, Dahlberg Diver

Encountering Bears When Fly Fishing In Alaska

Bears are very common in Alaska so it's not unusual for anglers to come across bears while fishing.  The bears typically found fishing in streams are brown bears, but black bears and other bears can occasionally be found.  When encountering bears while fishing, anglers should listen to their guide and follow the guide's lead.  If a fisherman without a guide should encounter a bear, he should walk slowly and remain calm.  Anglers should let bears become aware of their presence by talking loudly or making other noise.  It's always best to give bears plenty of room.