The Alagnak River in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
area is a superb wild rainbow trout fishery, the only
“designated trophy fishing area” in Alaska, located at
the edge of the famous Katmai National Park wilderness.
life is amazing and the trout are big, 18"-30"+, feisty and
can be taken on a fly from June to October.
They feed voraciously on the salmon eggs and get big and
fat on the salmon runs. The
river gets heavy runs of all the Pacific salmon species and when
the salmon drop their eggs, these become the main diet of the
rainbows throughout the summer and fall.
I fish the Alagnak for big rainbows but I
prefer to catch them on dry flies!
In order to do this, you must fish a “narrow 3 week
window” from June 7 to June 25±, before the first salmon run,
which usually starts at the end of June.
During this period the trout feed on caddis and mayfly
hatches in the mid to upper stretches and you can take these big
“leopard” rainbows on caddis and mayfly dry fly patterns, as
well as mouse patterns. It
is really a “hoot” to hook 25” bows on a #12 and #10 mayfly
and caddis pattern, and sometimes they will key in on #16’s, or
make a wake following a mouse pattern, which then gets blasted by
a big rainbow from beneath or on top.
Goes without saying, it’s a lot of fun, keeps the
adrenaline pumping! You
will also catch large Artic grayling, char and Dolly Varden. If
streamers or swinging leaches is your preference – you will also
do very well. During
my past trips, most of my clients have landed 15 to 30 per day of
these big wild bows, called leopards, due to their striking,
unusual spots. You can
land even more of these fish on a good day. (see photos).
There are flyouts to other rivers available
for the adventuresome from the lodges own air strip and air
planes, but the Alagnak is a big, long river and I could fish it
for weeks without the need for a change. Excellent guides fish
you, and get this, “one-on-one” guiding in fast Jet boat sleds
that can range 30-40 miles up river to get to the best spots! Spot
moose and grizzly bear on the fly! Lots of TLC and special care!
The lodge and the food are excellent
especially considering that you are in a total wilderness area
with no roads. Very comfortable, homey, clean and spacious with
plenty of quality food, fresh fish, steaks, chops, fresh veggies,
fruit and a wonderful staff! Also, all the drinks including wines
and beer are included in the price.
Two persons per guide.
Fly-outs are not necessary as we use jet sleds that can range great distances
during a day's fishing. Your guide is assigned a large beat that is used
for you and your partner exclusively and the beats change every day.
We plan to run a tip there next spring.
The price for the 8 day, 7 night, 7 day fishing trip is $5,500.
Everything is included except air fare to King Salmon,
the overnight at Coast International Hotel in Anchorage ($150),
your fishing license and park fees ($125) and tips for guides and staff.
you are interested in a “hosted” trip to the
in June, 2011, please call 570-635-5897 or email me at email@example.com for more details and
pricing about the lodge and the fishing.
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