Page - Hatches & Flies
MATCHING THE HATCH
When it comes to our salmon species, “matching the hatch” doesn’t apply in the traditional sense because they’re not feeding once they enter fresh waters. Rather, they’re on a spawning run.
In order to catch king salmon bright colored streamers or spinners are used to evoke a response, such as territorial aggression, or a habitual biting reaction. Bright colors also work for sockeye, not so much for the fish, but so the angler can see their fly in relation to said fish.
As for silvers, pink pollywogs will no doubt draw a vicious strike. There’s a famous guide saying: “Start with pink. When that no longer works, switch to pink.”
For our trout and char, “matching the hatch” in Alaska usually means salmon fry, salmon eggs, or salmon flesh. However, patterns like floating bass poppers, bumble bees and other “state-side” patterns also work well at times, as do floating mouse patters or shrew patterns.
For our average sized grayling, nihpms and dry flies work well. And for the larger grayling, we suggest trying shews.
Talaheim Lodge has a wide assortment of spinning lures, flies, sinkers, and leader material for our guests use. However, having your own nippers, hemostats, and floatant is helpful.
Fly fisherman that wish to bring their own flies, can refer to our suggested fly patterns. We also offer a variety of fly tying material should you wish to tie your own flies while at Talaheim Lodge.
All salmon hooks should be tied on #2 quality hooks. Streamer hooks for trout and char should be tied on #2 to #4 hooks. Smaller grayling surface flies can be tied on #10 or #12 hooks.
For the spin fisherman, Talaheim offers all hardware necessary. Typical lures for salmon consist of #2-#4 spinners, or pixie spoons, all with the required single-hook. Although fly tying material is complimentary, Talaheim Lodge does charge for any lures lost.