The king run this July was definitely above average. We had strong king salmon fishing through the entire month with some kings still being caught while targeting chums on the fly from the sand bars! The only slow periods occurred during warm spells that brought the river temperature up into the mid 60 degree range. This is normal, but with the river being so low, it did not take long for a few warm days to really spike the river up to high levels. Chum salmon fishing and braids fishing were great while this was happening and we were able to keep going day in and day out with bent rods a common sight. The mighty chums kept us going with plenty of rod breaking action and amazing runs.
The silvers normally start like clock work for us on the first of August. They were here but in very small numbers in Late July and early August, but by our 6th week, they really started to show up. Our last few days here saw numbers on the fly in the 50 plus per boat category and at times were almost every cast! We lost track of the double headers and just had a blast while chrome silvers were streaking out from the banks to demolish a hard stripped fly! The weather has been perfect with cooler days and on and off rain. South West winds have really helped with some big pushes of silvers on the tides.
Fishing in the Alagnak River Braids for rainbows has been amazing with salmon in the full spawn mode. The largest of the season so far was taped out at 29″s, and several have been landed in the 24″ – 27″ range. The numbers are in the rainbows that are more in the high teens, but that is just fine when you are catching rainbows all day long up there! This is really shaping out to be a banner season on the Alagnak River, and as long as the weather holds out, we may just have one of our best for 2017. Fingers are crossed that we will continue to have normal weather patterns and keep the river temperature in the 50’s for the rest of the season.