The biggest myth about salmon fishing in Alaska is Sockeye (Red) Salmon won’t take a fly. Sockeye will take a fly, and when they do, it is one heck of a rodeo. Everyone knows about Coho (Silver) Salmon in Alaska. They are aggressive, you can get them from stripping flies, or creating wakes with a popper. There is a big debate on whether Sockeye (Red) or Coho (Silvers) are pound-for-pound the best fighting fish in Alaska. Sockeye get a bad rap, because they are not as easy to get to take a fly. We’re here to say, that Sockeye will take a fly, and it’s a hoot when they do.
What fly do you use to get Sockeye to take do you ask? The Mini Krystal Shrimp. Yes, Sockeye are plankton eaters. Guess what, Mini Krystal Shrimp live among the plankton Sockeye seek. Sockeye, like a lot of other fish, see then eat.
The nice thing about fishing for Sockeye with a Mini Krystal Shrimp is, you only get the ones that just came out of the ocean. That being said, If you’re looking for the freshest sockeye, fish during the beginning of the runs. You won’t regret it. Sockeye Salmon are awesome fish to catch. When you get them on the take, it’s even better.
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