In this episode of Ask a Pro, we catch up with Adam Cuthriell from FishHound Expeditions, a company specializing in wilderness heli and float trips in Alaska to talk about Alaska rainbow trout fishing. Adam takes us through the ins and outs of mousing for rainbows, one of the most exciting ways to fish for these amazing creatures. We dig into the techniques involved in presenting your mouse fly to make it appear like a real mouse and some invaluable tips on the importance of positioning yourself upstream of the fish and the benefits of using articulated mouse patterns to help with fish mortality.
We also explore other fun ways to fish for rainbows including swinging streamers, as well as the rivers that the FishHound crew typically fishes in. Adam tells us the best fly lines for mousing, and we take note of some of the mouse patterns that they commonly use, such as the Rio Pip Squeak and Mr. Hankey. Join us as we dive deep into the world of mousing for rainbows with Adam from FishHound Expeditions.
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Show Notes with Adam Cuthriell
01:20 – Adam tells us what FishHound is all about – heli and float trips throughout Alaska for rainbows, arctic grayling, dolly varden, salmon, and more!
02:40 – We talk about the rivers that they usually fish like the Kwethluk and Kuskokwim Rivers – beautiful rivers!
04:55 – We talk about how mousing for rainbows works and the best times to do them.
09:25 – Adam describes how to present your mouse fly to make it appear like a real mouse panicking and making its way out of the water.
10:55 – We talk about how to cast a big mouse fly.
12:30 – Tip: Position yourself upstream of where the fish is. Adam explains this technique.
13:45 – Adam describes what mousing looks like when you’re fishing from a boat.
15:40 – Adam recommends the Outbound Short fly line by Rio.
17:05 – Swinging streamers with a 2-handed rod is also a fun way to fish for rainbows.
18:00 – We noted some mouse patterns that they commonly use like the Rio Pip Squeak and Mr. Hankey. Anything that’s articulated is great because it helps with fish mortality.
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Conclusion with Adam Cuthriell
In conclusion, the conversation with Adam provided valuable insights into FishHound’s offerings, specializing in heli and float trips throughout Alaska for various species such as rainbows, arctic grayling, dolly varden, and salmon. The discussion focused on the intricacies of mousing for rainbows, including the best rivers to fish, presentation techniques to mimic a panicking mouse, and casting tips for larger mouse flies.
Adam emphasized the importance of positioning oneself upstream of the fish and highlighted the effectiveness of articulated mouse patterns in reducing fish mortality. Additionally, the conversation touched on the enjoyable method of swinging streamers with a 2-handed rod and the recommendation of the Outbound Short fly line by Rio. These insights provide anglers with valuable knowledge for pursuing memorable fishing experiences in the beautiful rivers of Alaska.