We have been experiencing some near recording break temperatures so far this year in Alaska. While this may good for our sunglass tans and Vitamin D intake, it does make for some tough King fishing. For those of you who have chased the mighty King Salmon before know, hot and sunny conditions are not ideal. We however having a saying around here and that is, “Winners Adjust!” If we only fished during the days where conditions were perfect, we would only be on the water a fraction of the days that we could. Alaska West Head Guide, Ben West, gave us some pointers for targeting Kings in hot sunny weather.
- Downsize your flies. Ben prefers flies in the 2-3 inch size range.
- Fish darker flies. These will stand out better in the bright conditions. Ben’s favorites are a black or blue fly with a contrasting cone head.
- Fish deep pinch points and drop offs. These areas will have more holding water in the low flows allowing the fish to feel more comfortable on their journey upstream.
- Don’t ignore fishing downsteam in the tidewater.
- Keep your faith. When targeting any anadromous fish, we can get a little superstitious. There will be times when you have to do a million things right, and still get a little lucky. Keep thinking that your next cast will the rewarded with a grab and good things will happen.
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