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In the latest Alaska Fly Fishing Goods newsletter, Mark Hieronymus cracks open the mind of George Cook.

Well ok, here we go…I got a month and a river, and I’ll describe the scenario to you and you can fill in the blanks. Mid-July on the Kanektok river, bright kings are holding, you’ve got the perfect run, and you’ve got it all to yourself. What is your tackle set-up as far as rod, reel line, and three flies?

Three flies, the flies are easy. We’ll start that one in reverse…for kings, there’s a fly from Solitude Fly Co. called the Jumbo Critter which is an Intruder-style fly, and I think when you are in the tidewater regions of these rivers, you can’t go wrong with chartreuse, chartreuse and blue, or black and blue, so if you gave me a chartreuse Jumbo Critter Intruder-style fly, a chartreuse-blue , and a black-blue , I’m set. Gimme 6 of each and turn me loose for the week. In terms of a setup, I’d probably want two different spey rods, one kinda smaller one and one sort of big one. The smaller one would be a Sage 8129-4, a 12-foot, 9-inch 8-weight – don’t be fooled by the 8-weight designation, as it’s a really powerful 8-weight and it makes for a nice, comfortable rod to cast, and often times in the wind, the smaller rod is more effective. If we got some wide-open stuff that we really wanna bomb ’em out on, could be the Kanektok, could be a Nushagak-type situation, a 10150, a 15-foot 10-weight, both these rods set up with [Rio] Skagit lines, cheaters where appropriate, particularly on the 15-footer. Generally for kings you’re fishing t-14 or the new t-17 – these are sink-tips that sink at 9 and 10 inches per second [respectively]. You can custom-cut ’em, I suppose my favorite length for that setup is 13 feet, but you should certainly have yourself some 11-footers, and 15-footers, you’ll end up fishing them all, but if you had to just pick one, a 13-foot chunk of t-14 is gonna get down into the living room and get some work done, Mark.


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If you are planning a fly fishing trip to Alaska, check out the just recently launched Alaska Fly Fishing Goods. Brad Elfers and his crew have been running a fly shop and guiding for the past 15 years out of Juneau and have decided to bring their collective experience to the forefront. The site will help you figure out what, where, and how. Alaska is big…you might need some help finding your way around.

Editor-at-Large behind Alaska Fly Fishing Goods is the very own Neil Creek Chief Svengali himself G_Smolt. We all know how fishy that mofo is. Surefire guarantee that the site won’t disappoint.

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