Alaska Fishing Trip Was Well Worth It


If you areoing to make anlaskan trip as one of your future adventures, then make sure the salmon are running. This happens in the summer from mid-June through thend of August. The time frame will vary slightly according to the rivers and their geographic location.

The King Salmon are the first to arrive in the rivers. When they start their run, the sport fishermen will line the shores in hopes of catching this tremendousighter on spinning gear or a heavy weight fly rod. The Kenai River may be the most famous waters to catch these fish, where combat fishing elbow to elbow for anglers is the norm. The one fish daily limit is well worth the competition.


Dennis Pirch hauls a sockeye salmon out of an Alaskan river.

By mid July until the end of August, the sockeye, chums, pinks and silvers take center stage as a variety of techniques are used to catch the more generous three-fish daily limit. Most fishermen will use spincasting outfits with a large silverpoon or number 3 size spinner with 10- to 15-pound test line.

Last year on my first trip North, I was introduced to flyfishing for salmon, thanks to Rim Country residents,eff Pettet and Tim Daugherty. After having a salmon take a fly and lead me up and down the river,his novice wasooked onhe thrill of trying to land these fish on a flyrod.

My clearance special, Scientific Angler 8 weight rod, did the trickith a four-foot leader of 10-pound monofilament. The sockeyes, fresh from saltwater fell for a purple and pink egg-sucking leach fly with a small weighted head. This was a perfect combination to keep this greenhorn busy on each trip to the river.

I was having so muchun that our host and owner of Sea Escapes Studio, Dave Christy, started looking through his fishing gear for an old fly rod that hadn't seen any actionn over a decade. Between the two of us, we were all over that part of the river with hookups on that pretty little pink and purple fly. It didn't take too many trips to the river for the dozen plus flies to dwindle to a coveted single feathered hook.

Besides theishingn the river, we did manage one trip outn the bay for the tasty Halibut. After a very scenic 30-mile journey we quickly limited out on fish in the 25- to 35-pound class. Dave would tell us to lower our lines at the same time and we would all immediately have a fish on. There is no doubt he knew exactly where those fish were located which made it a quick and productiverip.

As an added bonus we also boated a 30-pound ling cod that looked very formidable with its large mouth filled with sharp teeth. That same evening Caryl prepared that fish for the entire group and it was excellent tablefare which was very contrary to its appearance.

If you have any questions about an Alaskan getaway of fishing and sightseeing give Dave or Caryl Christy of Sea Escapes Studio a call at (907) 299-5444. They are great hosts and certainly know how to catch halibut and salmon.

I now understand when Dean Pedersen says, "There are three places an outdoorsman needs toisit, Roosevelt Lake for the spring bass bite, in Alaska when the salmon are running, and in the woods of the Rim Country when elk are bugling." This weekend enjoy the outdoors, God's creation.

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