|Summer - July|
July is the prime month for king salmon in much of the state and with each passing day the run builds until its peak. The sockeye run continues to build as well. The run that started in June as ones and twos, now builds to hundreds, followed by thousands of fish streaming upriver.
And where the sockeye run, the rainbows are never far behind. As the reds get closer to their spawning grounds the rainbow trout begin to intermingle with them, eagerly awaiting the egg-drop that usually happens in July through early August. These early trout can be had with a wide variety of flies, so be sure to have some traditional trout nymphs and dries like the Stimulator and Flashback Pheasant Tail, as well as a good selection of beads in early colors. For more information on bead fishing check out our Bead 101 article . Streamers and Leeches can also work well during this time, so be sure to have some Exasperator Sculpins, JR's Streamers, and AFG Articulated String Leeches. Don't be surprised if you happen to run across grayling or char when fishing for rainbows, as they follow the sockeye as well.
In Southeast Alaska and Kodiak, July marks the beginning of the pink salmon and chum salmon runs. Building from a trickle early in the month, by late July the streams are full of salmon. The Dolly Varden are also in the streams vacuuming up any stray eggs. Pinks and Chums are some of the most
opportunistic spawners of all the salmon. This is a nice way of saying
they will spawn in just about any freshwater they can find. They are
generally found in rivers throughout Southeast Alaska.