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Chum or dog salmon – the name just doesn’t do any justice to the shear muscle and fight these fish have on the end of your line. Good solid runs, jumps, and many death rolls will leave you saying – wow is this a chum or silver? Chums on the Kanektok are power packed fighters and since we are fishing for them only a mile from tide water, it’s like no other chum you’ve seen before. These chrome bright fighting machines have left many speechless when their rods are fully bent and drag is peeling out. Chums can be taken on a variety of different techniques including using mouse patterns for some awesome top water action! Point blank – chums are fun, aggressive to the fly, and are a great sport fish to catch. The end of June and the entire month of July are a great time to fish for chums along with, king salmon, leopard rainbows, dolly varden, and arctic char.

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Kanektok River rainbow trout and dolly varden / arctic char are some of the most gorgeous fish in Alaska. The rainbows are called leopards and are among the most stunning rainbows in Alaska – bright red lateral stripes and large, prominent spots across their entire body, even their eyes! These rainbows average 18-24”, with some 28″ fish caught every season. Excellent trout fishing can be from early July through August. You can sight cast for the rainbows and they can be caught using a variety of flies and techniques including mouse patterns, leach patterns, egg flies, flesh flies, dry flies and nymphs.

The dollies enter the river as a bright silver army and gradually change color as they get closer to spawning. They have neon bright orange / red bellies that almost seem to glow and sport a fantastic green and blue, sometimes almost turquoise upper body. This coloration is made even more vivid by the many vibrant orange spots that dapple their body. In a nutshell, dollies are the ‘tropical fish’ of Alaska. It is not uncommon for people who catch these magnificent fish to say that they are the most beautiful fish they have ever seen or caught. Averaging 18-24,” larger fish range up to 28.” They can be caught on leaches, dry flies, mice and egg patterns.

Enjoy some of the pictures below taken in the summer of 2012!

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