Fish The NAKNEK RIVER
WILD TROPHY RAINBOWS
8 - October 31
June can be excellent for Trophy
Rainbows at Lake Camp (the mouth of the Naknek River) and in the "Rapids"
area just up river from our river front cabins. The Rainbows winter in
the enormous Naknek Lake which holds the state's largest Rainbow on average.
In 1991, a 23 lb. Rainbow was caught. During this time period are migrating
out of the river and salmon smolt are an important source of feed. Smolt
and Fry patterns work well in June fishing is frantic. The first part
of July, especially during the warm sunny days, dry fly fishing is excellent
as insect life forms appear. Elk-Hair caddis and Stone Flies are
some of our favorites.
Around mid August these Rainbows
move into the salmon spawning areas. A prime location is the "Rapids"
area - just up river from the cabins. As the salmon spawn, these hungry
Rainbows hang right behind them to feed on the eggs. Glo-Bugs and Egg
patterns work great during this time period. As the year moves on into
mid September to freeze-up, the best fishing for large Rainbows (10-15
lb. range) starts and continues to get better. Leeches, Flesh Flies, Glo-Bugs,
Olive Wooly Bugger, and Sculpins are all favorites. Deep drifting from
boats can be exceptional for these late fall bows. We ask that you please
practice a strict catch and release policy with these magnificent fish.
Our Fly Fishing Photo Gallery
CHAR AND GRAYLING: June
8 - October 1
Char and Grayling are in significant populations on the Naknek River.
Arctic Char range from 2-4 lb. and Graying from 14-16 inches with an occasional
18 incher. Arctic Char bag limits are 10 per day, Grayling are 5 per day.
Elk hair caddis and egg patterns are some favorites.