Spey fishing on the Alagnak River in Alaska is probably one of the best places on earth to learn how to not only cast a spey rod, but also how to set the hook and land salmon on a spey rod. The Alagnak River is wide and has plenty of room for casting and swinging a fly for salmon. The many sand bars of the Alagnak River create the perfect classroom for casting a spey rod. The millions of salmon that come up the river every year create opportunities for not only a great casting lesson, but also a superb chance to hook, fight, and land several salmon daily while learning how to cast the spey rod.
Common weights for chum and silver salmon fishing are 8 and 9 weight spey rods. If king salmon are the desired target, then a 10 weight rod will handle the job nicely. As far as lines go, an intermediate sink tip head matched to the rod will handle all the chum and silver salmon fishing, while a 300 grain tip will handle the kings that hold in much deeper water.
If learning how to cast a spey rod is in your sights, then consider learning how to cast one on the Alagnak River with Angler’s Alibi in 2013, your forearms will ache, but your smile will last a season!