Sockeye salmon run from approximately the 29th of June through the 15th of July in the tidewater. The best week for sockeye fishing at Angler’s Alibi is the first week we are open, the first week of July. This has not changed in the 20 years we have been in business, and remains the best week to take home daily limits of sockeye without an issue.We can target them the first two weeks of the season, as nearly one million sockeye swim up the Alagnak to spawn in tributaries above the Nonvianuk and Kukaklek lakes.
It is these tributaries that provide amazing fishing in August for trophy size Leopard Rainbows as the sockeye spawn. The sockeye is prized for its high oil content and rich flavor, fetching the highest market value per pound above any other salmon species. These fish fight like wild steelhead, average 5 to 8 lbs, and jump like crazy. No wonder they are a favorite species to catch amongst many fly rod anglers!
Sockeye Salmon Fly Patterns for the Alagnak River
These Sockeye Salmon Fly Patterns work all over Alaska for sockeye salmon. We fish these salmon while they are traveling fresh from the salt, dime bright, and prime for the table. Since sockeyes will not readily eat flies while traveling, they are lined in the mouth. This is the method in Alaska, for this species only, as they will not hit flies that often. Sockeyes will, however, hit flies while trying to spawn. During this time when they are fully colored up and decomposing from the outside in, we do not fish for them. These flies can be found at Alaska Fly Fishing Goods, as we have found they carry the best selection of Alaska fly patterns. Please note that Angler’s Alibi supplies all flies and tackle at no extra charge.