For the majority of our guests at Alaska West, the first few weeks of our season is all about two things -swinging flies for big bright king salmon and/or chucking big mouse and sculpin imitations for hungry rainbow trout.
However, during the first part of our season, an often overlooked species on our river are Arctic grayling – arguably one of the most picturesque fish of all time.
In June and early July, before the salmon egg and flesh drop, grayling can often be found is smaller side channels off of the main river, feeding primarily on insects. That’s right, the same insects found on your local trout stream!
Small stoneflies, caddisflies, and midges anywhere in the size 12-18 range work well in our neck of the woods and can be a fun change of pace during your week on the Kanektok. Think small water, light tippet, sight fishing, and stunning fish.
So, if you’re heading our way in the next few weeks, consider bringing a few traditional dry flies along!