Alaska leopard Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
The wild Rainbow Trout is one of the most respected and sought after of the Alagnak Rivers native game fish. Serious anglers from the world over are drawn to the Alagnak River and Katmai Park each year to fly fish for these true wild leopard Rainbows and experience the thrill.
Alaska Rainbow trout are voracious feeders and strong swimmers willing to hit a wide variety of flies. The Alagnak River holds one of the largest resident populations of Trophy Leopard Rainbows, Arctic Char and Grayling found throughout Katmai Park this is the foundation of our World Class fishing program from Opening day June 8th for Rainbow Trout through Mid September when we close.
Our trophy Rainbow trout fly fishing program is one of the best in remote Alaska Due to our unique location as our main lodge sits 6 miles below the confluence of two of the top rainbow trout producing rivers in the state the Nonvianuk river flowing out of Nonvianuk lake, and Kukaklek river they join to form the World famous Alagnak River. We have unlimited daily Jet boat access to all 3 rivers and lake systems from our main lodge without flying out. This is how we can offer world class Trout fishing at such a reasonable price compared to other fly-out lodges, they have to fly-out we don’t.
June is our prime month for traditional dry fly fishing for Alaska Rainbows and Grayling. Awesome Mousing for Rainbows with fish upto 28″ being taken each spring with numerous 24″-27″inch landed is available during June. This fishing is done with 5-6wt fly rods and floating lines with 6-8lb tippets and giant Deer hair mice, fishing the riffles and seams in medium sized pocket will produce the most action.
Our guest fly fishing can expect to catch Rainbow trout between 16″-24″inches all week with a couple of giants landed 26″-30″ We fish allot of Flesh flies, Articulated Leaches, Smolt patterns and Sculpins in the spring, while mainly egg patterns and trout beads through out August and September. During August the trout fishing peaks in sheer numbers of fish landed daily, during the annual salmon spawning season. Guest’s commonly catch 30-40 fish each day while drifting the river with egg flies and trout beads on 6-7wt rods with floating lines imitating the Salmon egg floating down the river.
Alaska Rainbow trout possess the well-known streamlined body shape and coloration vary widely.. The back may shade from blue-green to olive. There is a reddish-pink band along each side about the midline that may range from faint to radiant. The lower sides are usually silver, fading to pure white beneath. Small black spots are present over the back above the lateral line, as well as on the upper fins and tail. In some locations, the black spots of adults may extend well below the lateral line and even cover the entire lower side.
During late winter or early spring, when water temperatures are on the rise, the maturing adult rainbows usually seek out the shallow gravel riffles of the braids on the upper Alagnak. Spawning takes place from late March through early July, depending upon the specific location and the severity of the winter. The female uses her tail to prepare a redd, or nest, 4 to 12 inches deep and 10 to 15 inches in diameter. From 200 to 8,000 eggs are deposited in the redd, fertilized by a male, and covered with gravel.