Coho (Silver) Salmon


Fly Fishing for Coho Salmon (Silvers) is at its best in August and September. Coho Salmon are very likely the most fun of all the Alaska salmon. Silvers are fished very close to tidewater where the dime bright silvers are most prevalent. As they remain in fresh water, they to morph into a bizarre red and black, hook jaw monster. Most silver Salmon weigh between 8 and 15 pounds and are very aggressive towards flies and spinners.

One of the places we fly for Coho is to the Kamishak River flowing from the coastal mountains of the Katmai National Park and Preserve, the Kamishak flows northeast through a series of deep valleys and picks up water from a number of clear water tributaries like the Little Kamishak and Strike Creek, becoming a fair-sized river before spilling onto the mudflats of Akumwarvik Bay. Access to much of the water, including the braided middle portions, is gained by jetboats we have stationed in the lower reaches of the river.