This page gives a short overview of Alaska West and our coho salmon and rainbow fishing in August. There’s much more information about all these topics available on our web site – but this page and the links at the bottom are a great place to start.
Alaska West Introduction
Alaska West is located on the Kanektok River in Western Alaska. We fish for all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as rainbow trout, dolly varden and grayling. Our guests stay with us at the lodge each night and go fishing each day with two anglers per guide fishing out of 16 foot jet boats.
Getting to Alaska West means flying to Anchorage and then taking a charter flight that we run direct from Anchorage to the lodge.
Our season runs from the second week of June through the end of August each summer. Our fishery is incredibly productive and is often referred to as a ‘fish factory’! Most of our guests are interested in catching a variety of fish species – all season long there are trout, dolly varden and grayling available, and various salmon species as well. King salmon are available from the second week of June through end middle of July, and silver salmon are the main target from late July through the end of August.
Cohos and Rainbows in August
The month of August combines incredibly productive coho (silver) salmon fishing with the hunt for the biggest rainbow trout of the season.
Our fishing for silvers is extremely fast-paced and lots of fun for anglers of all backgrounds. Since we’re targeting them between 1 and 8 miles from the saltwater, they’re bright, very aggressive and fight hard – they’re known particularly for going airborne during a fight. We use floating lines and brightly-colored flies – streamers as well as surface patterns like poppers and pollywogs. Catching bright silvers using topwater flies is about as fun as fishing gets.
Our trout fishing is extremely consistent during the month of August, with flesh, egg, sculpin and leech patterns all producing. Our rivers are excellent places to fish giant dry flies that imitate mice and voles – ‘mousing’ is about as fun as it gets. Our trout get fatter and fatter as our season goes on, so August is the time for guests looking to target trophy rainbows at their heaviest.
We call our accommodations ‘comfortable but casual’. We pride ourselves on a very high level of service and on delivering a great experience during your stay, but we are not trying to be a ‘luxury lodge’. The atmosphere is relaxing and we’re not too worried about formalities.
Fishing at Alaska West costs between $5550 and $6150 per person for a 7 night / 6 day trip, depending on the week.
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