It is no secret that spey casting and switch rod fishing is, and has been, the new rage for steelhead fisherman and salmon fisherman in the United States for the past several seasons. Spey fishing on the Alagnak River is the perfect classroom as there is great, stable wading on firm sand bars for silvers, chums, pinks, as well as King Salmon.
Our guide TR Rafferty will be taking a spey casting certification class this winter to further help our guests in the new era of spey casting. The presentation for salmon on the Alagnak River is the swing, and there is no better way to make long casts and present a fly on the swing than the use of the spey rod. The spey cast, done correctly, uses very little effort and can be fished all day long without fatigue. It sure helps out that while learning how to cast, anglers can expect to catch an average of 30 salmon a day on the fly. This is not an inflated number, and as many of our guests can attest, this is a “catching” river, and much higher numbers of salmon can be caught if one fishes hard for the day.
I hope that if there are any anglers interested in coming up to enjoy the spey casting on the Alagnak River, that they make up their minds soon as the spaces that are left are booking up quickly at Angler’s Alibi!
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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.