But in all that excitement about catching kings, it’s easy to forget that the trout fishing this time of year can be spectacular.
During the early season, our trout are hungry! It’s been a long, hard winter for them, so as soon as the runoff subsides they start looking hard for food. The river’s been quiet since October and if they’ve ever seen a fly in their lives, they certainly haven’t seen one all winter.
Trout fishing in June is not particularly technical. No need to fish scientifically painted beads or flesh flies colored to match the perfect state of salmon decomposition. Big meaty flies like sculpins and smolt patterns tend to produce, and covering lots of ground quickly is key.
Speaking of big meals, trout love the mouse in June. You probably know by now that we think mouse fishing is one of the best games in town. It’s fast-paced, it’s visual and it selects for bigger fish, and those are all good things in our book.
So if you find yourself at Alaska West during our early season, make it a point to pull yourself away from the king fishing (at least for a day maybe?) to target our rainbow trout. You won’t be sorry – trust us on this one.