The first week in August is also the first of our prime weeks of Silver Salmon Season. While the Silvers have been entering the river for the last three weeks, it is the four weeks of August that see the largest pushes of fish. Week 8 fell on this first week of August for the 2012 season and the Silver Salmon were here and taking angler’s flies with reckless abandon.
Wogging is possibly the most exciting way to take any Pacific salmon and Silvers are especially fond of a bright pink wog. For those who aren’t familiar with the wog, just think hot pink bass popper tied on a heavy duty salmon hook. Wogging is popper fishing. Flies that “glug” or “chug” as they are stripped through the water tend to work best, making the pre-fab foam popper heads an ideal choice for creating good wogs. Week 8 anglers caught plenty of Silvers on these popping wogs and when the fish turned off the surface flies, sub surface patterns such as the Sleech and the MOAL Leech kept rods bent.
Rainbow and Dolly fishing got even better in Week 8 and the sight fishing crowd enjoyed some spectacular fishing in the tight side channels that our rivers are famous for. To make that sight fishing all the better, the sun shined for the back half of the week revealing fish in places that surprised both guide and angler.
The lower reaches of both the Kanektok and the Arolik also came alive in the sun and the big rainbows were hungry. Yet again, large flies dredged through soft buckets and around snags proved to be sure bets for finding bigger fish.