Originally Posted by jabster
Thanks for the info guys!
Is there any other salmons running in august? Chums? Are the kings all done by august or is there some later runs available.
If you could narrow down what area of the state you are thinking you might visit that would help a bunch. From your earlier posts it sounds like you want to do a road system trip probably flying in and out of Anchorage.
A few things I will mention before I go any further that I always say to folks planning a trip to Alaska. Firstly bring rain gear and long underwear. Dont skimp on these. It is not worth it. If you do, you will be miserable and why go through all the effort to be cold and wet the whole time. Not to mention dangerous.
Then when you arrive in Alaska buy a can of bear spray and a bottle of what we call "bug dope" or insect repellant, for each person. You will use the bug dope. I hope you wont need to use the bear spray.
As for Kings, in August its not really practical. Most areas are closed to Kings by then to ensure the escapement can spawn with less fishing pressure. Not to mention those in river by then are darkly blushed and the quality of the meat is severly diminished and the quality of the fight they have is also severly diminished.
The great news is that in August the Silvers run thick in many easily accessible places. Silvers aka Coho are good sized fish that taste great and pound for pound put up the best fights. The most acrobatic of the family and fish over 10lbs are routine with some hitting 20lbs or if you look at hardyreels photos can be over 25lbs.
Also, the pink(humpback) salmon are running in massive numbers then. Most Alaskans turn thier nose at the meat, but on a 4-5 weight rod these are a blast to catch. The other thing is that silvers and pinks are much more aggressive towards flies than kings in my opinion. This of course has left the question of chums or "dogs" as they are often known here. There are some in August. But also are the Sockeye or Reds and while I might start an argument here they are the best. That is another post for another time.