One thing we love about our native Alaskan rainbows (aside from their size, beauty, and aggressive nature, of course) is that we get to target them using a bunch of wild techniques that you might not otherwise get to try in other parts of the world.
From skating rodent imitations, to stripping ridiculously large streamers, to swinging flies on spey/switch rods, to sight-casting on foot in tiny side channels, to dead drift drifting salmon flesh/egg imitations, to tossing poppers into bait busts to smolt corralling predators, we find chasing Alaskan trout is far from most angler’s perception of ‘traditional’ trout fishing.. In a good way, that is.
With a fixed base ‘tent-lodge’ on the banks of the Kanektok River in Western Alaska and a full-service fly out lodge on the Naknek River with access to the famous trout streams of Bristol Bay, we’re lucky to be smack dab in the middle of some of the finest rainbow trout waters throughout Alaska. That means we’re often able to catch trout using more than one method, which begs the question; what’s the best way to target Alaskan rainbows?
To answer, we reached out to our team of professional fly fishing guides to ask their favorite ways to target trout in our waters, and here’s what they said.