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 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.
We prefer a 9wt. rod with either a intermediate sink tip or a floating line with a long leader and weighted flies. The silvers will take on the strip or swing, and also on the dead drift. These presentations are usually mixed up during the day to keep the bite consistent.
Good Alagnak River silver salmon fly patterns are the Popsicle, pink and white Dali Llama, Flash fly, and various marabou and bunny flies with a fair amount of flash and pink as the primary color.
Last season the Alagnak River saw a very strong run of silvers. While standing on the camp bluff after the last guests left, it was hard not to go across from camp to the opposite bank and fish for fresh silver salmon that were jumping all over the place along the tree line. We were shutting down camp with the river full of silvers….. This is why we will run for 7 weeks again in 2013, as for the past several seasons, we leave with silvers still in the tidewater……THICK!