Outdoor Notebook: Bright clouser minnows for silvers

Chartreuse and white clouser minnow patterns are a good choice for anglers targeting coho salmon in Gastineau Channel this time of year.

This week, it’s time to get out for chance to stalk silver salmon as they move into local streams. The crew at Alaska Fly Fishing Goods has answered the question many local fishermen are asking: Are the silvers in yet? In a recent fishing report, Alaska Fly Fishing Goods reported that “the coho are not in thick yet, but a decent number of them are showing up at the DIPAC hatchery, which means that they are elsewhere in the Gastineau Channel.”


It pays to show up streamside with the right tools, so this week’s feature is a sub-surface fly fishing fly that Mike Cole and the crew recommend.

Featured: Clouser minnow.

Details: This high-vis fly is a good choice for anglers targeting coho salmon in Gastineau Channel, said Cole. It’s a pattern meant to mimic minnows and the chartreuse and white colors help it stand out in the cloudy water of the channel. The weighted bead eyes help the fly stay sub-surface and it is meant to be stripped. The stripping pattern varies, Cole said; sometimes fish prefer a slow and long retrieval, other times they will hit a faster retrieve. Choose a size 2 fly and fish it off a floating line, with a 9-foot, 12-pound leader.

How to fish it: Strip this fly at varying speeds. Use a floating line with a 9-foot, 12-pound leader. Choose a size 2 fly.

Where to buy: Alaska Fly Fishing Goods, 175 S. Franklin Street, Suite 207

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