Catching a bright King salmon fresh from the ocean is one of Alaska's greatest fishing conquests. Hooking one of these trophies on a fly requires some persistence and determination, but most importantly is the presentation of a good fly. The river conditions will determine your presentation and selection of flies to use. I will share my eight favorite patterns and necessary techniques to catch king salmon. The first King salmon you hook will be etched into your mind for a lifetime. I can clearly remember my first one, and the mistakes I made trying to land it. I lost the fish because I didn't plan ahead and didn't have the knowledge essential to land it. There are many situations that can go bad fighting these monsters. You probably won't be very close to the spot you hooked-up, simply because these fish are heavy and powerful and will take you far into your backing. Fighting a King salmon on a fly from the riverbank requires mobility and some conditioning. The fish will blow out when hooked and you're required to follow if you have any hope or intention of landing it. Drifting or anchored up in a boat can give you a big advantage where possible.
I've guided anglers who have hooked as many as thirty Kings in a single day. Those are extraordinary days, but the possibility exists when you have the knowledge and experience, proper equipment, and the conditions are cooperating. Although most days bring more modest results, maximize your fishing time with these proven flies and techniques, and helpful hints on tide schedules to pursue the chrome bright fish.
The heart pounding results are worth the investment ($19.95 for the tying instructions and fishing techniques of eight killer king patterns. Or you can purchase the eight personally tied flies and fishing instructions for $34.95). Both packages come with clear, vivid pictures of the flies (via e-mail), tying instructions, knowledge and techniques from ten seasons of guiding in Alaska, and a list of recommended equipment needed for your trip of a life time. Each additional set of eight flies is $21.95. Click here to order