Alaska Rainbow Adventures
South West Alaska
The Arolik River, is a fly-anglers paradise, this pristine Southwestern Alaska waterway is prolific in how it fishes, intimate in size and manages to maintain that quality along it's entirety all while offering the traveling angler an above exceptional float fishing and wading experience.
The fishing season on the Arolik
Kicks off in early June as anglers target the regions heavily spotted leopard rainbow trout but soon sizable numbers of king salmon enter the river and is the largest of the Pacific salmon an angler tying into one of these behemoth's within the confines of the diminutive Arolik is in for quite the battle and reason enough to plan a visit to southwest Alaska! Up next it's chum and sockeye salmon along with innumerable dolly Varden char and if you are lucky enough to be here as July fades into August you may find yourself attempting to hook into all five Pacific Salmon species, grayling rainbows and char all in one trip for this is when dime bright silver salmon first enter the Arolik, and make themselves available to anglers well into the month of September which of course is also a prime time for rainbow trout, that are now fat and sassy after a summer of plenty!
One should note that as with most strains of rainbow trout in Alaska a mid to upper twenty inch fish is likely to be ten or more years of age and the Arolik's beautifully spotted rainbow trout are no exception, they also share a love of eating mouse like rodents or voles, so be sure to include a few durable mouse patterns in your fly boxes such as the Moorish mouse. Action for these rodent eating aerialists can be fast at times but they are anything but predictable, much like on any watershed in Alaska, these rainbows move around allot and can be found where there is food and finding where that is, can vary week to week so don't expect easy pickings, that my friend is what the dolly varden are for!