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Posted by stevesch on Nov 17 2005
for salmon and steelhead they use standard alaskan salmon flies usually around size #2 or #4 hooks, stuff like flash flies, egg-sucking leeches, hare-ball leeches, and some local patterns like the kilowatt and duddles steelhead candy, as shown on this website:
which is the flyshop in downtown ketchikan. Maybe you can get him a gift certificate for that shop?
for trout and dolly varden charr, I hear they use naturals in the spring and early summer - caddis and stonefly dries and bitch creek nymphs and things like that, and glo-bugs work well in the late summer and early fall; I had good luck there with orangish iliamna pinkies generally around size #10. Other orange-pinkish egg patterns also worked.
There are a variety of red salmon flies - though I'm not convinced after trying that red salmon even take flies at all.
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