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Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing Trips

Alaska silver salmon fishing is the most popular salmon fishing venue during the second half of the summer season in Alaska. An awesome territorial fish, they are incredible to see as they congregate by the dozens in slackwater areas. The ultimate sight-fishing experience!
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Alaska Silver Salmon Fishing Guide & Trip Planner

Alaska Silver Salmon or "Coho's" appear in abundance in Lake Creek during mid-July. The run remains strong until the end of August. An extreme sport fish, many silver salmon are taken on the fly as well as variable spin-fishing techniques. Alaska Silver salmon fishing is a game of pursuit and tactful casting to pockets and pools of schooling fish. Silvers are very popular with fly fishing guests, both expert and novice alike. Being able to sight-cast in clear, backwater sloughs and pocket water make fly fishing topwater or subsurface flies a favorite. Silver salmon in Alaska average 6 - 14 pounds in Lake Creek. In addition, we do have the option to fish neighboring tributaries of the Yentna River within a 20 minute - 1 hour boat ride from the lodge. Adventure "road trips" upriver with shore lunch offers great variety during your stay.

  • Silver Spin Fishing
    Silver salmon fishing Alaska

    Spin Fishing Alaska Silvers

    Silver salmon can be targeted successfully by integrating a number of spin fishing techniques. We most often fish Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, jigs and Pixee spoons with a moderate to fast retrieve just sub-surface. As silvers congregate in slackwater areas, we are typically sight-casting to pods of holding fish or casting to tailing fish in shallow water areas. Special attention is needed to casting beyond holding fish so as not to spook the school. A variable retrieve of slow/fast/slow often triggers aggressive strikes. Varying color, size and retrieve is important to spike the interest of less active silvers.

    Equipment Needed for Spinning/Bait Casting for Alaska silver salmon

    Rods: Typically 3/8oz - 1/2oz spinning rod geared to 8-14 lb. line.
    Reels: Bait casting - we suggest Abu Garcia's Ambassador C3 5500 series. Spinning - size = 195yds/10 lb test, ie. Pflueger President 6740
    Lines: Stren or Berkeley Trilene XL - for castability 10 - 14# test
    Lures: Blue Fox Vibrax Spinners 3/8 oz, Blue Fox Pixee spoons 1/2 oz, 1/8 - 1/4 oz marabou or bucktail jigs
  • Fly Fishing Silvers
    Alaska Silver Salmon Fly Fishing

    Fly Fishing Alaska Silver Salmon

    Fly fishing silver salmon is a world-class fly fishing experience. We spot cast to large schools of holding fish cruising slackwater sloughs, eddies, oxbows, etc. Fly fishing for silvers is cast and retrieve. We fish weighted sub-surface streamers, un-weighted streamers and top-water flies. The diversity of fly patterns and effective fishing techniques that silvers respond to make fishing for them a very versitile experience.

    Equipment Needed for Fly-Fishing Alaska Silver Salmon

    Fly Rods: We use 7-8 weight medium to medium-fast action, strong back-bone fly rods
    Reels: Lamson Konic 3.5 is a good economical, high performance fly reel. The Ross Evolution LT #4 is an awesome, more expensive reel, but will be a top-rate and versatile reel for life

  • Silver Fly Patterns
    Alaska silver salmon flies

    Alaska Fly Patterns for Silver Salmon

    • Foam Gurgler
      4 - 1/0, pink or chartreuse
    • Hareball Crystal Leech
      4 - 1/0 pink, green, orange
    • Fireball Leech
      4 - 1/0 pink, green, black
    • Clouser
      4 - 1/0 pink, green, black

    For more suggested silver salmon flies, view our lodge's signature Alaska fly patterns page. Silver salmon flies are often weighted, either by wrapped lead wire mid-way on the shank of the hook, or by coneheads, beadeyes or dumbell eyes. The amount of weight is determined by the type of water you will be fishing silvers and what type of action you prefer. It's always good to have a variety of weights and sizes to change up the action & presentation depth. Silvers will come up for flies, so always have some non-weighted streamers that can be fished just under the surface. Have surface flies at the ready, such as the Gurgler. Topwater flies effectively trigger the most aggressive fish each time you fish a new pool. Stripping flies with a short popping actions is often the most effective retrieve method.

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