Alaska has over 3,000 streams, creeks or rivers so it would be impossible to select the best 5, 10 or even 50 best places to fly fish for salmon. There are great salmon runs in the rivers near cities such as Anchorage, Homer and Juneau that give anglers a great opportunity to land a 50 pound fish.

There are many Alaskan fishing guides or fishing charters available because of the many opportunities for fly-fishing for salmon, it really comes down to budget. Fishing is one of the largest industries in the state, and these guides do this for a full time living.

Do you want to fly in to a fishing lodge to fly fish? Do you want to raft the river and tent camp to fly fish? Do you want to drift boat or wade to fly fish? Once you answer that question you can then begin the process of figuring out where to go.

If you don’t want to wade to fly fish then you really should look into one of the lodges and guided packages. If you go during the right time of year you are going to find some huge fish. The state is most well known for the Salmon fly-fishing, Steelhead and Trout. There are certain times of the year that each type of salmon run, so be sure to find this out before booking a trip.

Since the challenge of choosing the five best places to fly fish is next to impossible, I will instead identify a few places along southern area that are know to be great spots.


Alagnak River
Anchor River
Deep Creek
Deshka River
Kasilof River
Kenai River
Kukaklek River
Lake Creek
Little Susitna River
Talkeetna River
Togiak River


You will need to fly in or take a ferry to this area, but once you are here there are plenty of streams to fish.

Chilkat River
Situk River
Yakutat Bay


Aniak River
Bristol Bay
Kvichak River
Nakalilok Bay
Nonvianuk River
Nushagak River


These rivers have typical seasonal runs for the region. The King Salmon start rolling in around mid-May and the run is done a month later. Many of the streams have gravel bottoms that provide great spawning grounds for the salmon and great feeding grounds for the Rainbow trout. The Rainbow trout in the region are world famous for their size and fight. Photo Courtesy of

Many of the rivers have all of the salmon varieties and the runs are legendary. Millions of salmon return to these streams and rivers every year. There are trophy Rainbow’s in most streams. You will also find Arctic Grayling and Dolly Varden. The variety is great but it is surpassed by the size of the fish.

The fishing season for most areas is pretty short and there is a lot of demand. Much of the best fishing will require a local guide since you will need to raft to get to the great fishing. In many cases the guides will fly you in to their lodge as part of the guided fishing package. It truly does come down to budget.

Don’t forget the bears. There are bears throughout this beautiful country so do not be surprised to see one. Remember they like fish also. Fish is a main part of their diet. There is safety in numbers so it is best not to fish alone.

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