Beginning in late April, Trout and Char move into the rivers to feed on salmon fry that are leaving the lakes and rivers for the ocean. Good fishing for Cutthroat Trout and Dolly Varden begins in mid May and is exceptional through mid-July. The trout and char are relatively small by Alaska standards, ranging from approximately 10 to 20 inches. However, there is a great abundance of fish and it's not uncommon for a fly fisher to catch over 50 fish a day.
In July, the salmon begin to enter the rivers providing an excellent opportunity for fly fishers to catch Pink, Chum, Coho and Sockeye salmon on the fly. The Sockeye start off the salmon run in early July followed by the Pink and Chum salmon in mid July.
The Pink salmon run lasts through early September when the Coho (Silver) Salmon begin to enter the rivers. Fishing the rivers in early September through mid-October provides some of the best river fishing for large bright Coho Salmon in the world. Whether you would like to add a day of freshwater fishing to your saltwater trip or spend all of your time fishing the freshwater of the Tongass, we offer both fly-out and boat-access trips for single or multi-day packages.