Chum Salmon Fly Patterns of the Alagnak River
The Alagnak River is famous in Alaska. It is one of the top 5 salmon rivers in the world! It’s two distinct runs of chum salmon are one of the most overlooked salmon runs. The chums enter the Alagnak River chrome bright and full of fight. The aggressive behavior from the ocean is still evident in the lower tidewater where Angler’s Alibi lodge is. We fish these magnificent salmon while wading the tidewater sand bars. The chum salmon stage and run the edges of the bars while heading upstream. It is important to try and catch the “marching” or traveling chums. These fish are the freshest and most acrobatic. Anything pink really does the trick, but the key is to get down in front of their faces. An intermediate sink tip line is our choice for the chums. It works well either swinging flies, drifting flies, or even stripping flies.
The floating line is used as well. YES, the chums hit top water wogs just like silvers do. We also fish them with floating lines and weighted lines on sunny days with a dead drift presentation. The chum salmon are awesome game fish, and are appreciated by all our guests at Angler’s Alibi.
Despite their bad reputation for table fare from the natives, we continually serve our guests catch of fresh caught chum salmon almost every week we are open. This meat is light salmon colored, and light salmon taste. We use it for our beer battered fish tacos and appetizers. It truly is one of our guests favorite meal items at Angler’s Alibi.
This selection of flies will catch not only chum salmon, but also silvers, pinks, and kings as well.
The pink spectrum is by far the #1 producer for chums on the Alagnak. All these flies can be viewed and purchased at Alaska Fly Fishing Goods. Please note that Angler’s Alibi supplies all flies and tackle at no extra charge.