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The mighty king salmon may just be the baddest freshwater fish one can tangle with. Combine the short season, specialized tackle, their overall size, tenacity and the nearly unpredictable nature of these beasts and it becomes clear that you will earn every Chinook salmon you touch. With big challenges come big rewards. This is a special species and one that should be cherished and protected whenever possible, and is deserving of much respect. When you do tame the beast, take a moment, look in its eyes. You will gain an understanding why these fish are king and it will likely change you and your angling forever. The destinations below stand out in the realm of swinging Spey rods for kings in AK. They are simply rivers that offer wade-able, gravel bar/run scenarios where Spey anglers can consistently show their fly to the fish. These destinations have also proven to have consistent runs of king salmon in recent seasons.

Please give David a call at 800.552.2729 to inquire about these prime openings.


Togiak Wilderness Spey
July 4 – 9: 6 spots
July 14 – 19: 6 spots
Fly Water Travel and Epic Waters Angling are proud to introduce a new exclusive tent camp on Alaska’s prolific Togiak River. The Togiak is a big brawling southwest Alaskan river renowned for its abundant returns of king salmon. From the comfort of a simple six-person tent camp guests will now be able to target the west’s most underutilized king system.

Hoodoo Sandy River Lodge
July 1- 8: 6 spots
Rod Schuh’s facility on the lower Sandy River enables lucky anglers easy access to this incredibly special system. Located on the lower reach of the river, this camp offers strategic access to some of the most productive king water. With new upgraded lodging, this facility is primed for many years of quality king angling.

Hoodoo Sportfishing Lodge
June 10 – 18: 2 spots (Fly Water Travel Hosted Trip)
Widely recognized as the most comfortable and organized operation on the Alaska Peninsula, owner Rod Schuh’s Hoodoo Lodge is a testament to what vision and hard work can accomplish in an extremely remote location. This river has had one of the most consistent runs of king salmon in all of Alaska in recent seasons.

Alaska West
June 14 – 21: 8 spots
Long considered the gold standard of tent camps, Alaska West offers anglers legendary main-stem fishing for sea-bright kings combined with great mousing for rainbow trout. The easily waded river is perfectly sized for Spey anglers and the crew of guides are passionate about swinging flies.

Aleutian Rivers Angling Camp
June 26 – July 3: 2 spots (pending)
July 3 – 10: 1 spot (pending)
This six-person tent camp on the Sapsuk River is an ideal no-frills base for small groups in search of the peninsula’s best salmon fishing. Anglers fish three per guide and are strategically located to pursue sea-bright kings.