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About newbow

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  • Birthday 03/29/1979


  • About Me:
    Living the dream everyday in Alaska.
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  • What I do for a living:
    Charter Capt/Fly Fishing Guide/Commercial Hook & Line Salmon Fishing

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    Remote SE Alaska
  1. Concerning spoons and flashy bait I am of the opinion that silver hooks work better. Another fisherman looked at my spoons one day and asked why I had blued hooks. The guy told me bright hooks are better. In fact what he said was "more flash is more better". It's funny the things I remember. After receiving this sage advice I took note of how many fish were coming up on the blued hook vs the silver hook. For sure I have had better luck with the silver hooks and changed over to all silver hooks. I also find my bait rigs work better when the hooks are silver as opposed to rust colored.
  2. I would call that a claw point hook.
  3. I find old beat up equipment can be super lucky and new fancy stuff gets broken too fast. There is a level of expense that becomes outrageous and unnecessary at least for me.
  4. There is hardly anyone on the river in the winter time. There were two guys flying down from anchorage around Dec but the stopped after that. Otherwise it's mostly just me and one other guy who doesn't show up until late in the day. Now late April through Mid May it's for sure crowded. The best fishing I have had was in late March when on warm days there are pods of chrome steelhead moving. There are lots of dolly's and rainbow trout the 14" range as bi catch too. I'm on a layover in Juneau now heading back up from working a sports show in denver for the flyout lodge. I made it into the finals of the best of the west casting contest at the show and sold some trips. That was so much fun!
  5. Krill, herring and squid in a coho from last fall.
  6. Yeah, I have tried many different patterns and found a mixture of yarn on the same hook is money. Local retired dude showed me the pattern once called it the oversized clown ball. Also there is a certain yellow and orange bead they go for. It's crazy fishing when the water level is right.
  7. Hey check this out guys here are some pictures of steelhead I took since Nov. I've gotten so spoiled living in Yakutat. I miss stripers but steelhead are incredibly wonderful sport fish. I go to the river about once a week and they are always in there.
  8. Okay, thanks Tim you fixed it. I was not in the mobile version.
  9. Maybe I'm doing something wrong here but there are a few forums that don't show up. I'm missing the main and fly fishing. I have been able to get there in a round about way using the search bar but it's annoying. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
  10. I use left handed conventional reels for jigging light tackle and right hand for big game (tuna, sharks). When fighting a very large fish I want my strong hand to crank the handle as opposed to something like walking the dog for a bass where I want my dominant hand to impart the action. For some reason I can't ever seem to get the right snap in the rod tip using my left arm. Fly casting is sort of the same where my right arm is dealing with the tricky part (casting) and my left hand just has to strip line and turn the little handle on relatively small fish.
  11. Using a lighter leader results in more bites and will handle the vast majority of fish but from now on I will always keep some heavy leader handy for when the big ones show up.
  12. They work great. I have pulled some big bass off the jetty and bridge with them. Although the storm shads seems to have a more supple body and action I like the tsunami swim baits better and they are more durable against bluefish attack. Never had too much issues with the hooks on them but tend to think if they start to bend out for whatever reason its a good idea to throw the lure away as opposed to bending it back.
  13. I think ice is colder than a refrigerator so having a bass packed in ice with the guts in is not the same as keeping it in the fridge. It maybe ok but not the best. Removing the guts as soon as possible if your going to hold a fish on ice makes a big difference in how it will taste later. I always bleed my fish. With striped bass I was taught to also puncture the tail and bleed the fish out from both ends. Anyway even just cutting the gill area up along the spine seems to do a good job getting most of the blood out. After bleeding the cutting up part is very clean. When a fish is bleed out and cleaned off thoroughly it is possible to cut it skin it and then pack it straight into bags without washing the meat. This may sound like a lot of extra work but the end result is worth it for me. After caring for a fish in this way the taste is good in the refrigerator for about a week and a half. Sometimes I wonder how many fishermen would change their opinion of seafood if they knew how to properly handle it.
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  15. I use those box of rags paper towels instead of cotton rags then throw them away after fishing.