Like all of Bristol Bay, we were more than ready for some normal Alaska weather with wind, rain, and the need to wear more than a t-shirt. The month of August came, and with it the rain….and the silvers! Our first day of August was a nice rainy day which seemed to draw in the first big push of silver salmon of the season. Sure, we had caught a few up to this point, but August 1 was definitely the start of the best silver salmon run the Alagnak River has ever had in my 20 years on the river.
The Alagnak River in July of 2013 lived up to it’s glory, despite the heat that raised the river temperature to almost 70 degrees. The season started off with a bang. In the pre-fishing time of June, before the guests arrived on July 1, we had a friendly competition amongst the guides to see who could catch dinner in an hours time. This was June 25, and the weather had been very hot all of June. Hopes of catching a jack king salmon or maybe a big jack king near 2o pounds was all that we could expect. In an hour, our boat landed 2 king salmon, 1 at 37 pounds, and 1 at 32 pounds. This was incredible, and a sign of how our first week of the season was going to start.
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