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Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fishing Trips

Alaska sockeye salmon fishing is a true adventure of sight-casting and knuckle-busting fights. Sockeye enter Lake Creek by the tens of thousands during mid-July and provide an ideal quarry for fly fishing and spin fishing enthusiasts of all abilities.
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Alaska Sockeye Salmon Fishing Guide & Trip Planner

Sockeye, "Red" salmon begin to appear in Lake Creek near the end of King season in mid-July. Small preliminary schools precede the major run of fish typically around the 15th of July. Fishing is phenomenal for sockeye salmon when they first enter the creek in large numbers. A beautiful metallic green fish, sockeye salmon are acrobatic fighters and a superior game fish to pursue with fly fishing gear. Sockeye begin to turn to a pink shade after about a week in the river system, but remain in great condition throughout the fishing period. Sockeye run continuously and rapidly up Lake Creek and abandon the lower river typically by the 1st week of August. Sockeye Salmon average 4-8 lbs. in our Alaska river system, and some may reach near 10 lbs.

  • Sockeye Spin Fishing
    Sockeye fishing Alaska

    Spin Fishing Alaska Sockeye

    Sockeye salmon can be targeted successfully by integrating a number of spin fishing techniques. We most often fish Blue Fox Vibrax spinners, and small jigs that are successfully fished with a cross-current retrieve while drifting downstream. Some of our guests have been successful with lighter action spin rods with flies tied to a 18" leader spliced to the mainline with a barrel swivel and light egg singer. This rig works much like a jig does, but offers a long-line swimming motion to the fly and is easy to adjust to compensate with various depths and river currents.

    Equipment Needed for Spinning/Bait Casting for Alaska sockeye

    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 Sockeye
    Sockeye Salmon Fly Fishing

    Fly Fishing Alaska Sockeye Salmon

    Fly fishing sockeye salmon is truly a fast-paced, exciting sport of pursuit, sight-casting, acrobatic fights and drag-pulling fun. Sockeye salmon, due to their shear numbers allow for a high success rate for fly fishermen and women of all abilities. Wade fishing from gravel bars and drifting flies to long lines of chrome bright sockeye running upstream is an exhilarating experience. Sockeye, pound-for-pound may be the best fighting salmon in Alaska.

    Equipment Needed for Fly-Fishing Alaska Sockeye 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.

  • Sockeye Fly Patterns
    Alaska sockeye salmon flies

    Alaska Fly Patterns for Sockeye Salmon

    • Hotshot
      2 - 1/0, pink or chartreuse
    • Comet
      2 - 1/0 pink, green, orange
    • Jumbo Critter
      1.5 - 3" trailing 1/0 octopus hook

    Sockeye salmon fly patterns are normally weighted, either by wrapped lead wire mid-way on the shank of the hook, or by cone heads, bead eyes or dumbbell eyes. Sockeye flies do not need to be excessively heavy, but enough to drift approximately 8 - 24" subsurface. It's good to have a variety of weights and sizes. Sockeye flies are swung through the inside edge of fast water current in fairly shallow areas where large schools of sockeye congregate. We typically fish floating fly lines with 4-5 foot leaders. Orange, Chartreuse and Pink flies work best for sockeye salmon.

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