Alaska’s pink salmon are best known to run strongest in even years in the Bristol Bay region, but on the Pacific side of the Alaska Peninsula odd years offer the best pink salmon fishing. Even years can offer light to strong pink runs. Fish range from 2 – 8 pounds, average 3 – 4 pounds, and are best caught in the salt at the mouths of streams and rivers.
Mid-July through late August (some years even through early September) pink salmon appear in absolute staggering numbers schooled up in the saltwater staging for their entrance into freshwater. In this saltwater playground, anglers can expect to catch mind-boggling numbers of fish, and will come to appreciate these little feisty powerhouses when fought on 6 or 7 weight rods.
If you have a child, teenager or new fly fishermen that you really want to “hook for life”, no question, bring them during our pink salmon run – late July through mid August.
Believe it or not, you can even successfully fly fish for pink salmon with top water “poly wog” flies. And it’s pretty common for our guides to hear, “I’ve never caught a pink salmon that bright before!” Again, the reason they are so bright is our close proximity to the ocean…
Rod6 to 7 weight rods with medium-fast to fast action
ReelDurable reels with medium to strong disc drag (you will likely catch silver or chum salmon too) and 150 yards of 20 pound backing
LineA floating line works well in most conditions
Leader12 to 15 pound