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Fly Fishing in Alaska

When you think of the best fishing spots for Salmon and Trout, a few places come to mind. Add fly fishing to your requirements, and your list is suddenly much smaller. And at the top of that list? Alaska, of course! Whatever your experience level, an Alaska fly fishing trip is exactly what you need this summer. The out of this world fly fishing opportunities on offer here will spoil you when it comes to fishing anywhere else.

Experience true escapism in Alaska by opting to stay in one of the many fishing lodges located along the water. Most of these can’t even be accessed by boat or car, and will see you flying in directly to beautiful, remote locations. Most lodges will fly you to different rivers each day, too. Now that’s the way to do a fishing-vacation!

Where to Fish

Alaska is huge, with legendary fishing on offer. When deciding where to fish, there’s no right or wrong answer here. There are countless rivers to wet a line in, all of varying prominence and popularity. Generally, if there’s road access to the river, it’s going to be busy and full of other anglers. If you’re looking for solitude when fishing, you’ll need to head to more remote spots.

Some of the most renowned places include the Kenai River, Bristol Bay, Copper River, and so many more. Fly fishing is at the front of all anglers’ minds here, and you’ll discover that some rivers are fly fishing only.

What to Expect

Each species has its own season, as well as recommended techniques and fishing gear that’ll give you the highest chance of reeling them in.

June is the beginning of Salmon season, with King and Sockeye starting to show up. July continues with Chum Salmon, and August is all about Pink Salmon. Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden, and Lake Trout can all be caught from June to October. 

How to Prepare

Make sure you  match your flies to their hatch seasons. An experienced captain can help you with this. 

Most fishing charters will have fishing gear, flies, waders, and food for you on their trips. If you’re bringing your own equipment, keep an eye on the total weight, especially if you’re flying in. 

The rod size varies depending on which species you’re targeting, and when. A 6 wt rod is great for Rainbow Trout, but King Salmon will need a 10 wt rod.

Non-residents over 18 will need to buy a freshwater fishing license before they cast off. If you’re targeting King Salmon, remember to get the additional stamp needed to keep them. Keep an eye on local changing regulations for each body of water, as these can differ annually

You’ll need to bring sunscreen, polarized amber sunglasses, mosquito repellant, and wading shoes (no felt soles). If you have space, pack your windproof fingerless fishing gloves, too.

Alaska is the place to get off the beaten track and enjoy the ultimate wilderness adventure, with a comfy bed to fall into at the end of a long day of fishing.

Whether you have years of fishing experience or want to try fly fishing for the first time, everyone is welcome and will appreciate the natural beauty here. Head out this summer for an Alaska fly fishing adventure you’ll never forget!

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Top Targeted Fly Fishing Species in Alaska

Salmon (Chinook)

Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Coho)

Salmon (Sockeye)

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