Fly Fishing

Fly fisher Theronn King holds an early season trout hooked on the Kenai in May. Photo by Michael Forbes.
Fly fisher Theronn King holds an early season trout hooked on the Kenai in May. Photo by Michael Forbes.

Fly fishing is not the easiest way to catch a fish, by a long shot, and most fly fishermen let the fish go after they catch it, anyway. Does that make sense? On the next Outdoor Explorer, we’ll find out.

Talking to fly fishermen, I’ve learned that it’s about learning the intricacies, making your own gear, and accomplishing the most challenging feats on the river. Fly fishing is about not taking the easy route.

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HOST: Charles Wohlforth



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  • The Alaska Fly Fishers meet at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. Meetings include a featured presentation.
  • Alaska Fly Fishers Fly Tying Group gathering, July 18, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the William Jack Hernandez Fish Hatchery. The group meets the third Saturday of each month at the fish hatchery to tie flies and teach newcomers about tying flies. All fly tiers are welcome beginner to advanced. Equipment and materials are available. Open to the public.
  • 2nd Annual Alaska Fly Fishing Fair and Spey ClaveSaturday, Aug. 22, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mirror Lake Park. This is the largest gathering of fly fishers anywhere in Alaska. Fly tying demonstrations, fly casting demonstrations, fly casting with the pros, casting contest, demo rods and reels, BBQ at 6:00 p.m., live music. Free and open to the public.
  • 23rd Annual Kenai River Clean Up, Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Russian River Ferry Launch in Cooper Landing. Alaska Fly Fishers clean the Kenai River of the summer’s accumulation of trash from Kenai Lake outlet to Jim’s Landing. BBQ at 6:00 p.m. and live music.

BROADCAST: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. AKDT

REPEAT BROADCAST:  Thursday, July 9, 2015, 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. AKDT

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