Spey fishing is always a productive technique on the Kanektok River, so productive that 90% or more of our kings are landed with this technique alone. Then when you add in all the other species you can target throughout the summer it becomes clear how good the Kanektok River really is for Spey fishing. Every species that inhabits that river is catchable on a Spey rod, all the way down to the diminutive, but aggressive grayling!
At the center of our season in July, the river becomes a flow of biomass marching up the river by the thousands! All five Pacific salmon found in the Kanektok River can be caught on Spey by mid-July along with sea-run dollies, and resident rainbows and grayling. Alaska West is possibly the only lodge in Alaska that you can target and catch a Grand Slam of salmon (The five pacific salmon in the Kanektok River) along with the resident fish, all on Spey rods. Our guides are the best in the industry and they love to Spey fish so you will be in the best of hands while joining us at Alaska West.
If you join us for Spey fishing in July you should expect to use a wide range of Spey rods and tactics every day. You could be throwing an 8-10 wt king spey set up in the morning, midday could find you plying a side channel with a 4-6 wt trout spey, and by the end of the day, you could be chasing chrome chum with waking poppers on a 6-8 wt spey rod! Lines used will be everything from Skagit heads and large sink tips to dry lines and floating flies.
Every angler that joins us will go home with a plethora of knowledge, much of it being from hands-on training during your epic week of chasing 8 fish species on one river. You will gain this knowledge at a very advanced pace due to the number of opportunities you have each day to hook, land, and release fish on the Kanektok River. You will be absolutely immersed in all things “Spey” while you are with us, and we would have it no other way!
If you would like to take a Spey fishing trip of a lifetime at Alaska West, or just receive further info please feel free to contact us via email at, firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-800-344-3628.
Don’t miss out on this incredible time of the summer to be in Alaska and on the Kanektok River!
Thomas Coleman says
I have 2 swing rods. A 7 wt. and a 5 wt. would you have other Spey rods for me to use while fishing with your guides? I don’t think my 7 wt swing would handle those kings.
Jim Kim says
Hi Thomas. You’re right. Your 7 weight will be underpowered for Kings. We recommend using an 8 or 9 weight Spey rod for Kings. This past season, we used a GLoomis NRX+ 8133 and managed well.