Best Rod (weight) for Your Alaska Fly Fishing Trip
We receive a fair number of questions about the “best” weight fly rod to bring on your Alaska Peninsula fishing adventure. Below is Rus’s simplified recommendation for single-handed rods at our two operations.
- June: 5, 7
- July: 5, 7; 9 after July 4 or so
- August: 6 or 5 and 7, 8 or 9
- September: 6 or 5 and 8 or 9
- Arctic Grayling: 5 or 6
- Rainbow Trout: 7 or 6
- Dolly Varden: 7 or 6
- Pink Salmon: 7 or 6
- Chum Salmon: 8 or 9
- Silver Salmon: 8 or 9
- King Salmon: 9 or 10
- Halibut: we provide tackle
- All reels should be rigged with a floating line. In some occasional situations, a short (5′ to 10′) sink-tip line or sinking leader can be helpful. But a floating line only will work just fine.
- Rods with fighting butts are mandatory on 7 thru 10 weights. If you have a choice, one on your 6 weight will be very helpful.
- 4 piece rods are better for traveling on major airlines and for the charter flight to camp. They may actually fit inside your duffel bag. 3 piece rods are OK. We don’t recommend 2 piece rods for travel ease.
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