During the summer season, I work in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska in Katmai National Park on the Alagnak River, commonly known as the Branch River. From early June through early September, I watch the season change literally every 2 to 3 weeks. An entire 12 month cycle of fishing happens within 4 months time. All 5 species of Pacific Salmon migrate up the river system followed by huge Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Grayling, and Arctic Char.
Fishing begins in Mid-June for Rainbow Trout and Arctic Grayling. At the end of June, Sockeye madness begins and will last through July. In addition, July is also the peak month to swing flies for King and Chum Salmon. As August approaches, so do the Silver Salmon. Rainbow trout fishing picks up again, gorging themselves on the salmon eggs and flesh coming down the river.
My favorite fishing on the Branch River is the July swing for Kings. All the pics below are from years past when we could lift Kings out of the water for pics. Now days we keep them all wet for pics. I even use my Stout Bamboo Spey rods to swing for the giants.
If you are interested in booking an Alagnak River fishing vacation, please contact me.