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  • Is it possible to catch the even year pink salmon frenzy and get into excellent silver salmon fishing in one 10 day trip and where?

    - Thanks Ed

  • Hi Ed,

    You should be able to get into both pink salmon and silver salmon in a 10 day trip. Bird Creek just south of Anchorage will provide both Pinks and Silvers mid to late July. Resurrection Creek in Hope will provide great pink action but you would need to fish another stream, like 20mile or Bird for Silvers. The Parks highway streams can provide both, but to get good Silvers, you will not be getting fresh pinks.

    The Anchor river will provide both as well as the Kenai, but pinks will be pretty well spent by the time silvers start to arrive.

    August would be the month that I would target to find both species.

    Anything we can do or other questions, please let me know.

    Thanks - Mike

    Mike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
  • Ed,

    Run timings and runs overlapping from one species to another can vary pending on which specific river system you are looking to visit. However, generally the Pinks arrive earlier in the summer than the Silvers. It would be possible to show up at the beginning of the Silver runs and catch some remaining spawned out Pinks. Both runs are still prolific throughout the state. Seeing the huge bio-mass that is the Pink run is pretty incredible even on odd years. Though the pure power of Silvers and their willingness to take a fly or lure is something that is very special in all of angling. The end of July would be a possible time frame to experience both in a single 10 day experience. If you had a specific area you were thinking about visiting I could try to get you in the right direction. Please feel free to reach out to me through My Alaskan Fishing trip or directly through my company, FishHound Expeditions. Good luck and tight lines!

    Cheers - Adam

    Adam Cuthriell - Part owner of FishHound Expeditions. His wife Kathryn Cuthriell and business partner Dave "Reps" Repta make up the rest of the company as well as their dogs Hatch, Rado, and Pike. They fish, live, and guide in Alaska year-round. When not guiding on the rivers they guide ice fishing on Alaska's numerous lakes. Originally from Colorado, he began guiding at the age of 19 while receiving a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. Adam is also a current state of Alaska EMT.
  • Hey Ed!

    It sure is possible to both catch the even year pink frenzy and also get into excellent silver salmon fishing on a 10 day trip. The Kenai River both has excellent action during the pink spawn and also sees a good number of silver salmon at the same time. Usually during the middle of September into late-September would provide some of the best opportunities to accomplish your goals.

    Hopefully this helps and best of luck on your Alaskan fishing adventure!

    Dave

    Dave Lisi - Owner/Guide for Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC located in the small mountain town of Cooper Landing, Alaska where he is a year-round resident, guide, carpenter and trout bum. On any given day, you will most likely find Dave on the banks of the Kenai swinging for trout with his best friend and future wife, Jackie. Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC was built in early 2017 with the goal of sharing the love and passion Dave and Jackie have for the Kenai Peninsula and the fish that live there.
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