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Small Fish, Big Meal

Posted on October 17 2016

Small Alaskan trout eating a dolly parr.
Big fish, big fly. Small fish, big fly. Photo: Bill Krohn.

We’ve said it many times before, but we love fishing giant flies for our trout in western Alaska. Some might assume that that’s because we subscribe to the ‘big fly, big fish’ theory of fly selection..

However, in our neck of the woods, abundant food sources and a short growing season lends itself to trout, both big and small, pouncing on flies the size of which might be more at home in a largemouth bass pond than a trout stream.

Don’t believe us? Just ask the juvenile dolly varden hanging out of the mouth of the, oh, ten inch rainbow trout shown above. Small fish eat big flies too!

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