Fly Fishing for Silver Salmon
Why you need to fish for slivers on your next Alaska fishing trip!
Calendar wise - silver salmon are the last species of salmon to migrate into their spawning rivers in Alaska and begin to arrive in late summer and keep right on pushing into the rivers well into early fall. They are no doubt the most sought-after species by anglers seeking a superior fight by an aggressive acrobatic fish that will crush both top-water flies, lures and other sub-surface patterns with reckless abandonment! There is no doubt that silver salmon will strike a rapidly retrieved fly or lure faster than any other species in the Alaskan fisheries!
Silver salmon return to their rivers to spawn after 3 years in the ocean and average 6 –15 pounds in our river system (and eat great!). There are some rivers in Alaska where silver salmon return to their rivers up to the 20-pound range, and while these silver salmon are pretty rare in Alaska - some anglers stay on the hunt for these “silver of a lifetime” every year!
The fishing show season is officially underway for the 2020 season. These shows are a great way to not only meet new customers but to also spend time with past and present customers from years past. This is also a great way for anglers to participate in several different courses on casting, fly selection, and trip planning for that dream fishing tip of a lifetime.
The Denver fly show has come and gone already with a flash. The Denver show was a huge success and is now the largest one of its kind in the Fly Fishing Show circuit! We were able to stay engaged with current or past guests the whole show while answering a lot of questions for possible new guests. My voice is finally recovering from all the talking I did over the course of the 3-day show.
2019 Trout Opener on the Alagnak River
The Alaska trout opener has become an amazing way to kick-start the Alaskan fishing season on the Alagnak. Just imagine hungry, eager, trout that have not seen an angler of fly in over 8 months! These trout are more than willing to strike both top water and sub surface patterns on June 8th - and four fortunate guests of Anglers Alibi were ready and willing to present a fly as the clock struck midnight. We had set up a small camp for just the night and enjoyed a nice dinner at an extremely remote area of the Bristol Bay Watershed. With a nice campfire and some spirits, the guests were more than amped up for a trout opener that they would never forget.
Trout, lake trout and Arctic Grayling were slurping dry flies as we all waited on baited breath, constantly checking our watches to see just how many minutes were left on the day until it was legal time to make that first cast. Bets were placed on who would have the first trout on the fly and, sure enough, the first trout was stripping line off a reel that all could hear in seconds from the opening yell of “go time”. Yes, one of the guests had hooked up on a trout on their first midnight cast!
Alaska Fly Fishing
This is the season of mass preparation for Angler’s Alibi, one of the best values in the Alaska fishing lodge industry. It is spring, and fly orders are being finalized, food orders set, employee airfare scheduled, and my favorite part is shopping for the new gear and amenities that Angler’s Alibi will offer to our guests this season. Fly fishing in Alaska for salmon and trout is just about one of the best angling adventures one could do in the world, but it is also a very gear specific undertaking.
Silver Salmon Fly Fishing
Silver salmon fly fishing on the Alagnak River with Angler’s Alibi should be a bucket list item for any serious fly angler. While fishing for silvers on the Alagnak, there are so many salmon that your likelihood of catching a fish on nearly every cast is high. You will catch a mix bag for sure, as chum salmon and pink salmon are always a possibility. If you target more silver specific water, such as the slower, deeper water accessed from a boat, you will no doubt up the ratio of silvers caught in the daily bag.
There are many fishing lodges in the Bristol Bay Watershed that offer fly fishing for all 5 salmon species, and the Alaska trophy rainbow trout. With so many lodge choices, the decision on where to go can be overwhelming. Based on my earlier post regarding 3 questions when planning an Alaskan fishing trip, I would highlight a few key points to consider when choosing a lodge.
Angler’s Alibi Salmon Fly Fishing
Angler’s Alibi is in a location to intercept fresh sea run Pacific Salmon the minute they enter fresh water on the very tide they ride in on. We are an Alaska salmon fly fishing lodge on the Alagnak River, right in the middle of the tidewater. What this means it that on every tide during the salmon fishing season, the current of the river slows down, and the level of the river rises as much as 4 feet. On the larger tides, the current actually reverses in front of camp. What does this mean to the fly angler looking to target Alaska salmon on the fly? Fresh chrome bright Alaska salmon right out your door for 7 straight weeks! We fish from camp no longer than a maximum boat ride of 10 minutes throughout the season to keep our guests on fresh salmon every day (note: we do offer fly-out fishing trips as an option)
Bristol Bay Salmon Fly Fishing Lodge
Angler’s Alibi is located in the Bristol Bay Watershed on the Alagnak River. This is one of the top spots in Alaskan for fishing for all species of salmon – and we take full advantage of the world’s largest salmon runs Bristol Bay has to offer. We specialize in catching king salmon, silver salmon, sockeye salmon, chum salmon, and pink salmon daily on the tides as we are located only 6 miles from the salt. The tides affect the current at camp, even reversing the flow on larger tides.
What does this mean to Angler’s Alibi guests?
Chrome bright salmon, full of fight every day of the season within a 10 minute boat ride from camp!
We contributed an article to My Alaskan Fishing Trip about fly fishing the Bristol Bay Watershed
Also, check out our intro to fly fishing for all salmon species
Have questions or interested in planning your Alaskan fishing trip? Contact Anglers Alibi and our team will help with all your questions. It’s important to know that all our guides are experienced fly casting instructors and licensed Coast Guard Captains. We are only open for 7 weeks a season when the lower tidewater section of the Alagnak River is teeming with fresh salmon – we look forward to helping you find them!
When looking for prime Alaska trophy trout and salmon fishing, the Alagnak River should be at the top of your list. The river yields an abundant number of beautiful fish every summer. Giant Alaskan King Salmon are routinely caught weighing between 30-50 lbs. Of course it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a top of the line professional guide taking you right to the fish, and this is what you get when you fish with Angler’s Alibi On the Alagnak River.
The primary contributor, John Perry, is the owner and manager of the lodge. He'll offer fishing summaries and tips too...check back or sign up for the email news to get updates when posted.