Seasonal Fishing Techniques
The Royal Wolf guide staff uses a wide array of fly fishing techniques including nymphing, dry flies, streamers, egg fishing and mousing.
Royal Wolf starts its season with the trout opener on June 8th. After a long winter, the rainbows are voraciously hungry and actively feeding. This is an excellent time of year for swinging articulated leech patterns – the use of a spey or switch rod is quite popular and is a great tool. Royal Wolf guides LOVE using and teaching spey rod techniques. This is also the time of year when millions of baby sockeye salmon (fry) start running downstream to the lakes. Imagine the surface of the water lit up with rainbows chasing and exploding on fry. Often a single rainbow will be spotted feeding on fry which makes sight casting possible. Mousing is also a great option this time of year – you can cast a mouse fly out and let it swing and twitch in the surface current. It is an amazing site to watch your mouse fly track the surface and get destroyed by a big hungry rainbow trout. Dry fly fishing is also very effective and exciting this month.
This month we do a little bit of everything and is a great time for a variety of techniques. The sockeye salmon start moving into the streams and the trout are right on their tails! This is a great time for dry flies and sight casting to rising trout can be phenomenal – imagine a 20-28” rainbow rising to eat your dry fly! Meanwhile, there is still good fry fishing and some good leech fishing. Toward the end of the month the first salmon eggs get released and egg nymphing starts.
This is the time of plenty! This is the month that most of the sockeye salmon finally release their eggs. The streams and rivers are filled with trout and more keep coming up the creeks from the lakes, drawn by the powerful smell of eggs. As such, this month we are primarily using egg nymphing techniques. The trout will continue to gorge on eggs right into September.
With the days getting shorter, the air crisper and the leaves and tundra turning beautiful colors, this is a very special time of year in Alaska. After eating well all summer, the rainbows are fat and heavy but more than happy to keep feeding. On those streams that still have spawning salmon, we will continue to use egg flies, but we will also use big articulated leeches and flesh flies. Because some streams still have salmon and other streams have salmon that are starting to decay (hence the flesh flies), this is considered a transitional time, but is none-the-less excellent fishing. Dry fly opportunities are also available.