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The Bunny Snaelda – Tying Instructions

Last year our pal and long time Deneki guest, Nic Jepson, shared with us a great step by step on how to tie the Franc N Snaelda – a killer European fly pattern originally designed for Atlantic Salmon that we’ve witnessed work extremely well on our king salmon at Alaska West. Today, professional fly designer, […]

Mousing for Trout – Work Upstream

When mousing for trout, we tend to target fish using two different methods – banging the banks from the boat while rowing ‘drift boat style,’ or walking smaller side channels on foot. Both methods have their advantages. Fishing from a moving boat covers far more water than wading, in theory allowing you to put your […]

Arctic Grayling – Fish the Traditionals

For the majority of our guests at Alaska West, the first few weeks of our season is all about two things -swinging flies for big bright king salmon and/or chucking big mouse and sculpin imitations for hungry rainbow trout. However, during the first part of our season, an often overlooked species on our river are […]

Timeless Tip Tuesday: Swinging Flies – Cast, Then Step

Cast, mend, swing fly, take a few steps downriver, repeat.  That’s how you fish for steelhead, right? Not necessarily.  Michael White stops by in video form today, straight from the Dean River, to tell us a bit about how he likes to present flies to steelhead. The basic idea – rather than stepping downriver after […]

Opening Day at Alaska West

Today marks the opening day of our fishing season at Alaska West. Our guests and guides are taking to the water this morning to cut the first tracks on the Kanektok for the 2017 season, and needless to say, we couldn’t be more excited. We’ll be on site all season long, and plan on keeping […]

History of the Intruder – Interview with Jerry French

Steelhead anglers rejoice! The folks from the Ashland Fly Shop recently conducted a great interview with our pal and Alaska West family member, Jerry French, featuring some great insight on fly selection, spey casting, and an in-depth history of the evolution of the intruder-style fly patterns many of us use today. If you like swinging flies […]

First Alaska West King of 2017

Our 2017 opener at Alaska West is only a few days away, and we’re happy to report that our annual run of king salmon are trickling in as planned. In fact, earlier this week, after a long day of prepping camp for the upcoming season, Deneki team member, Chris Vague, hit the water for a […]

Rigging Backing Solo

When rigging fly reels for hard fighting species like king salmon, bonefish, or any other fish capable of long blistering runs, we’re sticklers for winding on backing tight.. Really tight. Backing wound on too loosely (like you might reel up your fly line), is bound to cut into itself, particularly on hard pulling fish, locking […]

Timeless Tips: 6 Ways to Catch More Steelhead

Fishing for steelhead is fun.  Catching steelhead is even more fun. Here are 6 ways you can can more steelhead on flies.  Let us know how you catch more! 6 Ways to Catch More Steelhead Fish the near water first.  Steelhead can hold in really shallow water, really close to the bank.  Always fish the […]

The Crabs are Walkin’

Our season may have just come to a close at Andros South, but with the end of every bonefishing season marks the beginning of land crab season! Many of our guests ask us how the people of South Andros spend their time during the off-season. Its a great question. Some commercial fish, some travel, some take […]

Morrish Mouse – Tying Instructions

We’re fast approaching one of our favorite times of year, mouse season! Chucking rodent patterns for voracious rainbow trout is one of our favorite past times, and we’re lucky to do a fair amount of it at our lodges. In preparation of the upcoming season, today we present you with a great step by step, courtesy […]

Spey TV Episode 9: Single Spey with Simon Gawesworth

Our pal George Cook is back with another edition of Spey TV, this time accompanied by Simon Gawesworth to talk about the finer points of one of the most traditional, yet arguably most difficult spey casts to master, the single spey. For those looking to dial in their single spey, we think you’d be hard […]

What Vise Do You Tie On?

We love tying flies, and we know many of you do too. However, as much as we love telling you about our favorite fly patterns, tools, and materials in the world of fly tying, sometimes we like to hear from you! Today is one of those days. That’s right, it’s poll time again on the […]

Timeless Tip: Rainbow Trout Fishing – Mend Less

There are trout streams out there where highly educated trout demand perfect presentation. Long, light tippets are key. Pure, drag-free drift is essential, and if your fourth mend falls 3 inches left of where it should have, that fish is not going to eat. The Kanektok is not one of those rivers. Before we cover […]

What a View

Today we present you with nothing more than what we think is a pretty cool perspective of the view out the front door of our ‘Conch Shell House‘ – One of our guest accommodations at Andros South. If you think that looks good, you should see it in the morning! More from Andros South The […]

“Signs of Life” – Photo Essay and Video from the Flyfish Journal

In case you haven’t seen it, our friends from the Flyfish Journal just released a stunning online essay highlighting the steelheading culture surrounding the infamous Skagit River – Regarded by many as the birthplace of modern steelheading as we know it today. The essay digs deep into the past, present, and future of the Skagit with some […]

Kast Velocity Jacket

Alaska can take a toll on outerwear, and as far as we’re concerned, if it survives multiple seasons in our neck of the woods, that’s a testament to quality. Over the last few seasons, we’ve noticed Alaska West guide, Jason Whiting, sporting the same mid-layer jacket day in and day out (don’t worry, he washes it, we […]

Nice Fish, JC!

We’ve been looking back on some photos from this past bonefishing season and recently came across this gem – Our pal JC Weeks of Fishwest hoisting a beauty during his most recent stay at Andros South. We think a fish like that deserves some love, so what more can we say, except – Good work JC! Nice […]

Timeless Tip Tuesday: Steelhead Hang-Down Eats

It’s one of the toughest situations in steelheading, but it happens quite a lot. Most often it’s early or late in the day, and light is relatively low.  Feeling safe, a steelhead tucks himself in right against the bank.  You make a long cast (because even though the fish are in tight, that’s what we […]

Whitney Gould’s World Record Spey Cast – Video

Last month we told you that Deneki family member, Whitney Gould, took top honors once again in the women’s division at this years Spey-O-Rama World Spey Casting Championship. However, as you might recall, not only did she take first place, she also set the women’s world record with her longest cast of 150 feet, a snake-roll […]

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