Silver Salmon, or Coho Salmon
The silvers are no doubt the most popular species to target on the fly. The typical silver salmon will jump several times immediately after being hooked, changing directions and often creating havoc with the angler that is trying to get the fish under control. After this initial blast of energy, the typical silver will retire rather easily if you can manage to keep it on the hook, since it expends its energy during the first several seconds of the fight! Silvers average 8 to 10lbs and are a delightful species to target on the Alagnak. The silvers run the last few days in July through late August.
The typical methods for targeting silvers on the Alagnak is by wading and also fishing from the boat. We switch up the fishing techniques depending on where the silvers are congregating. Our best day on the Alagnak last season was from a wading spot. We were able to land several silvers on the fly before retiring back to the lodge for some much needed rest for our arms. The total for one fly angler exceeded 50 silvers on the fly that day! Most anglers had averages of 20 – 30 silvers per day on the fly in mid to late August. The Alagnak River is truly one of the top silver salmon rivers in Alaska, and should not be overlooked for an incredible Alaska silver salmon experience.
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