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- World class king, silver, sockeye, chum, and pink salmon Alaska fly fishing lodge
- Fly-out trophy trout fishing in famous Bristol Bay Watershed
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- Return rate of guests at 80 to 90 percent
- 2 to 1 guest to guide ratio, 12 guests max
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Alaska King Salmon fishing season runs from July 1st – 31st. We target kings with both fly rods and conventional gear. At least a 10 wt. rod for the kings is recommended. All rods and lines are supplied, but guests are more than welcome to bring their own.
We recommend both a 300 and 400 grain sink tip. Teeny lines have worked very well for our methods of swinging flies for kings. These line weights are a good indicator for other brands of lines and should be used as an indicator if you are intending on bringing up your own personal equipment to tackle the mighty Alaska king salmon on fly. We do this every week of the summer and have a ball catching kings on fly. The Alaska king salmon seem to jump quite a bit more when hooked on a fly compared to being hooked on a lure or drift rig.
Angler’s Alibi guides drift or pitch with conventional gear and do very little trolling for kings. We not only find our methods to produce the highest catch rates on the river but also the most peaceful way to enjoy the river while rowing, instead of running the motor all day. Alaska Kings average between 25 and 30 lbs on the Alagnak, and there are days that our per boat average is over 30 kings landed.
Alaska King Salmon Fishing
Silver Salmon, or Coho Salmon
The silvers are no doubt the most popular species to target on the fly. The typical silver salmon will jump several times immediately after being hooked, changing directions and often creating havoc with the angler that is trying to get the fish under control. After this initial blast of energy, the typical silver will retire rather easily if you can manage to keep it on the hook, since it expends its energy during the first several seconds of the fight! Silvers average 8 to 10lbs and are a delightful species to target on the Alagnak. The silvers run the last few days in July through late August.
The typical methods for targeting silvers on the Alagnak is by wading and also fishing from the boat. We switch up the fishing techniques depending on where the silvers are congregating. Our best day on the Alagnak last season was from a wading spot. We were able to land several silvers on the fly before retiring back to the lodge for some much needed rest for our arms. The total for one fly angler exceeded 50 silvers on the fly that day! Most anglers had averages of 20 – 30 silvers per day on the fly in mid to late August. The Alagnak River is truly one of the top silver salmon rivers in Alaska, and should not be overlooked for an incredible Alaska silver salmon experience.
Silver Salmon or Coho Salmon
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!
Alaska Chum salmon are numerous on the Alagnak River and can be considered one of the most underrated fish species in Alaska. Unlike most Alaskan rivers, the chum salmon of the Alagnak enter the tidewater chrome bright and full of fight.
The Alagnak chum are often mistaken for silver salmon, as they have not begun to color up as they do in other rivers they enter. It is quite common for Alagnak IRver chum salmon to jump once hooked just like a silver salmon. There are two distinct runs of chum salmon on the Alagnak River: one begins the second week of July, and one begins the last week of July.
The runs overlap, making the chum a targeted species starting the second week of July, through the end of our season in mid-August. Chum hit flies on the strip, on the swing, and most importantly on top! They average 8 to 10 lbs and are per pound the hardest and longest fighting salmon in the Pacific, breaking more rods every year than any other species of salmon.
Chum Salmon Fishing
Pink salmon run only in even years on the Alagnak River. This is the smallest of the salmon species but also the most numerous. They typically start running by the fourth week of July and end the third week of August. Pinks eagerly attack a stripped fly with reckless abandon. They also hit dry flies (as do chums and silvers) and are a great fighting fish for their size; often looking like big trout, often jumping several times after being hooked. At an average of 3 to 5 lbs, pinks are probably the most aggressive salmon in the river
The Alagnak River is a great place to go Alaska spey fishing with a spey rod. The river is wide and forgiving to the spey angler. With the preferred presentation being the swing, the spey rod is an ideal tool to use to catch the chum, silvers, and pink salmon that come over the shallow sand bars on their way up from the salt water on the tides. The wading is very safe and sure footed with a hard sand bottom and mild current.
A floating or intermediate sink tip is the head of choice on a 9 wt. spey rod. This combination with a pink marabou or tube fly is deadly on the chums, silvers, and pinks. The king salmon can also be fished for with a spey rod, as we intercept them on their way up river or in their holding lies. A deeper presentation is used for kings, as they prefer to rest in the deeper runs.
A 300 to 400 grain tip is best, but we use a 300 grain almost exclusively for the kings. We provide the spey rods for those anglers interested in trying a change of pace from the traditional single hand fly rod. Our guides are fly casting instructors as well and would be happy to give lessons on the river. There is no better way to try it than when you can catch a salmon on just about every cast!
Alaska Spey Fishing
Angler’s Alibi Alaska Fly Outs
We offer Alaska fly-outs to fish for trophy-size Alaska leopard rainbow trout, arctic char, and grayling. The fly-outs are optional and not at all necessary to have a great fishing experience at Angler’s Alibi. They only add to the overall mix of what there is to see and fish for in the famous Bristol Bay Watershed.
We have been flying out to remote waters for two decades and know when and where to go to capitalize on peak salmon spawning times and the huge egg drop that the rainbows, char, and grayling gorge on for the long Alaskan winters. Below are a list of the main rivers to which we fly. There are also some rivers I would rather leave off the site to keep them as untouched as possible. These fly-outs can either be built into the cost of the trip or split amongst the total number of guests that are going. Prices range from $375 to $450 per angler on the fly-out.
Moraine Creek and Funnel Creek
Moraine Creek and its tributary, Funnel Creek, are without a doubt the most sought after fly-out we offer. These 2 rivers produce the largest average size, and highest numbers of rainbow trout, than any location we fish. Sure, Moraine Creek can humble the best of anglers some days, but most of the days we fish here are filled with great numbers of trophy rainbows. This is definitely a must-fish river for the serious trout angler.
Angler's Alibi Alaska fly fishing lodge fly-out fishing Alaska Bristol BayAlaska rainbow trout with Angler's Alibi Alaska fly-out fishing Katmai Nat. ParkAlaska fly-out fishing with Angler's Alibi Alaska Moraine Creek and Funnel Creek
Located in Katmai National Park is the fabled Brooks River. It is probably the most photographed sport fish river in the world. The falls at Brooks River are the best place in the world to capture the great Alaskan Brown Bears as they position themselves at the crest of the falls waiting for fresh sockeye salmon to jump into their waiting jaws.
This river is also a great place for targeting rainbow trout any week of the summer. It offers trout fishing more like rivers back in the lower 48 with good dry fly and nymph fishing. This river is a great fly-out for both bear viewing and fly-fishing. Brooks is a ‘must’ river to fish the first 2 weeks of July, as at this time it’s like fishing in the cage at the zoo with all the numerous brown bears fishing up and down the river.
Brooks River trophy rainbow trout fishing with Angler's Alibi Alaska Katmai Nat. ParkBrooks River Alaska fly-out Alaska fishing for trophy rainbow troutBrooks River Alaska fly-out fishing with Angler's Alibi trophy rianbow trout fishing
American Creek has been voted one of the best fly fishing rivers in the world. This is in part to the huge numbers of char and rainbows that call it home in an amazing scenic setting. American Creek originates from Hammersley Lake in Katmai National Park. From its headwaters to its termination into Lake Colville, this river may have one of the largest average fish per mile counts in all of Alaska. The rainbows are aggressive and big, and the char average 18” plus! This is a fantastic river and should be on the bucket list of any angler.
American Creek Katmai National Park Alaska fly fishing lodge Bristol Bay LodgeAmerican Creek Alaska fly fishing lodge fly out fishing Alaska Angler's Alibi AlaskaAlaskas fishing guide on American Creek Alaska fly fishing lodge fly out
Contact Creek sits just inside the Katmai National Park boundary. This fly-out requires a mile hike to get to the creek, therefore staying pretty pressure-free from the fly-out lodges. This fly-out has the highest average percentage of fish landed we offer. Contact Creek is primarily a char fishery, but it does have some nice rainbows and a healthy population of grayling. The char are beautiful and average 16” to 18”. This is like catching brook trout all day long in the 18” range. Sight fishing for rainbows on this Creek is fun and challenging and is your best way to catch these strong fighting Alaskan leopard bows! Dry-fly fishing for rainbows, char and grayling is also a bonus here, as there can be some magnificent green drake (Ephemera danica) hatches that have a whole lot of noses looking up. This ranks as one of our guests all time favorite fly-outs.
Alaska Fly Outs
The famous Alagnak River Braids
The Alagnak River Braids are a world famous fishery. The Braids are an area of the Alagnak River where the kings, silvers, chums, and pinks spawn. We access the Braids via our jet boat, as the water is very shallow in this part of the river system. The whole area is almost entirely prime spawning gravel, with many different channels–making it a challenge to navigate, but a pleasure to fish.
We fish these channels weekly and target rainbow trout, grayling, and char. This section of the river fishes all summer long but is better before the salmon initially arrive and great when they start to spawn. We target rainbows with mouse patterns, dry flies, and streamers, but once the spawn starts up, we target them with egg patterns.
This starts the first week of August and lasts well into September. We do not fish for salmon in the Braids because they are in their spawning mode, and we feel they should be able to reproduce to keep the runs strong.
The only exception to this camp rule is the sockeye salmon which are not spawning while in the Braids but only traveling through. Sockeyes march straight up the river without taking long rest periods and are still chrome bright and full of fight. This is a great change of pace from the salmon fishing back at camp, and many of our returning guests will not miss their weekly trip to the Braids of the Alagnak.
Alagnak River Braids
Trophy Alaska Rainbow Trout
Alaska Rainbow trout are by far the number one targeted species of fish in this part of Alaska. The Bristol Bay Watershed is the only designated trophy trout area in the state. We fly our guests out to fish for these leopard bows at prime times to take full advantage of the salmon spawn.
We also fish the Braids of the Alagnak targeting rainbow trout on dry flies, mice, and streamers. These Alaskan rainbow trout, also referred to as “leopard bows”, fight harder per pound than any other trout in the lower 48. The lodge industry was founded on rivers like the fabled Brooks River, and we keep this and many more in our quiver of rivers to fish throughout the season.
Some rivers will see rainbows at an average of 22”, while others will see an average of 16”. With the smaller average size rivers, there is usually a higher catch rate. We recommend using a 7 wt. rod for Alaska rainbows as they are harder fighting trout compared to the norm in the lower 48.
Shark like Rainbow Trout ferociously attack roe under the fillet table of Angler’s Alibi Lodge, Alagnak River, Bristol Bay Watershed Alaska. 35″+, 14lb+.
Trophy Alaska Rainbow Trout
Alaskan Arctic Char
Alaskan Arctic Char are a beautiful fish that most resemble a brook trout. We target these fish in 4 rivers, fishing them at only the prime time for an unforgettable experience. Char average 16″ to 18”, and some have measured over 27”. It is very common on some of the rivers we target to land over 50 char in a day! These beautiful fish are a great targeted species for novice to experienced anglers. Most of our guests still enjoy taking a day to fly out and fish for char over rainbow trout. This is because the rivers are pristine and the fish are very healthy. If you enjoy fishing for brook trout, this is a fly out experience you may want to consider.
The ideal time for our char streams are from the third week in July through the end of our summer. Please give these hand painted gems a try on your next Alaska fly out experience.
Alaskan Arctic Char
Alaskan Grayling Fishing
Alaskan Grayling are a delight to catch as they readily hit dry flies and are a darn good fight for their size. The dorsal fin of grayling makes them look more like a sailfish minus the bill. They have beautiful colors and are a welcome treat on our trips to the braids of the Alagnak or various fly-outs. Some anglers want to spend a day targeting nothing but grayling, to give their arms a rest from the salmon fishing and still have a great time catching fish. The grayling average about 14” on the Alagnak with several in the 18” range. This is a big average for even Alaskan standards.
It is debated that the Alaska grayling is one of the best eating freshwater fish in the world. Their flesh is white, and flaky when cooked over an open fire for a tasty shore lunch. At Angler’s Alibi, if the grayling population strong, we will keep a few smaller grayling for a classic Alaskan shore lunch. We simply keep a few choice grayling in the 10″ range, as larger ones tend to not taste as good. We scale the fish and remove the innards. With some butter, and some salt, pepper, and a little lemon, you can be eating one of Alaska’s best eating fish on the river! Like I said, we do this only if the population is very strong, and the guests are willing to eat the grayling in addition to the lunch we provide at Angler’s Alibi.
Alaskan Grayling Fishing