How many reasons does one need to go on a trip to Alaska? For us, we only needed one: salmon! Of course, there are all kinds of fish you can go after in Alaska, but we surely had a taste for salmon and we were not disappointed. You may hear others disappointed of their salmon fishing experience in Alaska, but maybe they didn’t know where to look.
A group of our club members decided they wanted to get their story straight about what fly fishing for salmon in Alaska is all about. First, let us tell you where we went for such an adventure. After comparing various spots and accommodations, we decided for the EPIC Angling and Adventure. Well, the name should say it all … because we really did some epic fishing while we were there. The fishing resort actually has two locations and you can move from one to another in search of fish.
Everything about the place screams fly fishing enthusiasts, so, basically, we felt right at home. Don’t imagine some fancy place with paintings on the wall and thick carpets on the floor. Nothing of the kind can be found there. But we surely did find the perfect home base for salmon fly fishing and that was all we cared about.
We were gone for an entire week in July, the best season for pink salmon, and we were not disappointed. Throughout that week, we caught all kinds of salmon, from pink salmon to chum salmon and sockeye salmon. Summer is the best season for Alaskan salmon, overall, but it is good to know what kind of fish you can get from your fishing trip.
In case you want to catch some king salmon, I recommend going there at the beginning of summer, because by the end of June, you’ll not be able to catch any. We used small herrings for bait, as pink salmon really loves it! We had an entire week to fish and have fun and we caught a lot of fish.
We didn’t use only small fish to lure it the big ones. We discovered after a few tries and fails that sockeye salmon prefers cretaceous treats, so we switched to shrimp and krill, and we managed to catch a few nice ones right away.
I suggest packing some Mustad hooks because salt water does nothing on them. These ones are stainless steel and you can successfully use them for catching salmon.
I hope this little story will motivate you enough to plan a salmon fly fishing trip to Alaska this summer!