King Salmon

We had our best King Salmon day yet on our favorite local stream.



What a gift today was!



Getting up at 2 in the morning sounded horrible, but our guests were
rewarded when they came to the river, and saw the beautiful scenery there. As
we hiked through the woods towards the river, we were welcomed by the birds chirping and the pleasing sound of the wind blowing
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It didn’t take long for one of our guests to hook a nice King Salmon.
His father proudly took many photos, and shared the excitement of fighting the
strong salmon that took them down to the next bend, where it was finally landed.

After our guests had finished their trip, the Silverfin boys went
back to the water to enjoy fishing on their own.



When it looked like fishing was very slow, Keisuke managed to land his biggest king ever – a 33 pounder that measured 42 inches long! It was worth sacrificing
nap time, especially when you knew that the king salmon were there.

What a beautiful fish, Keisuke!


Kings started to show up at Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. The Silverfin boys had a great time catching bright and feisty King Salmon on 8 weight fly rods, which are the same setups used for salmon fishing on the rivers.

Gary lands a King at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon.

Gary lands a King at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon.


The Silverfin boys, Fukutaro and Keisuke

The Silverfin boys, Fukutaro and Keisuke



“It has been a week since I came to Alaska. I love fishing and ended up being an assistant guide for Silverfin Guide Service. Fishing has been a part of my life since I was kid, and June 1, 2009 was probably my best fishing day of my life. I caught 3 King Salmon at different rivers and kept 1 that day. When I hooked a King Salmon, I got an incredible adrenalin rush! No words can explain fighting a King Salmon, as it’s somewhat like fighting a combination of a Bat Ray and Striped Bass, I guess. It was a very exciting, precious and unforgettable day for me. I had a great, fun time with Gary, Kei, and Mark. Thanks to Gary for teaching me how to catch a King Salmon, and I appreciate Lynne for her wonderful food and hospitality. ” ~Fukutaro Hiraki


Sunday was a much warmer morning, with overcast skies. The significant lack of other people on the river made for a very enjoyable morning for the two folks we took fishing.

Even though fishing was slower, we still managed to find fish for each person, by exploring several different holes.


We also had a special treat of seeing a moose crossing the river, not far from us.


100_4611100_4591We had another great day of King Salmon fishing, on one of our favorite local rivers. Everyone fishing caught at least one King Salmon, and even though it was a very cold, clear morning, we all felt satisfied with our day’s adventure.




100_4527Currently, we are fishing for King Salmon, in the area rivers and on the Homer Spit. King fishing really started to pick up on Wednesday, May 27th. We had a wonderful family from Hawaii out for an early morning adventure, on one of our local rivers.  Some nice Kings were caught, with the biggest one at 22 lbs.. Later, my newest assistant, Fukutaro Hiraki, (who this week arrived from California, driving up the Alcan Highway), landed his very first King Salmon! He was so happy, that he did a little celebration dance right next to the river. It was a good day of fishing.

crossing the river to get to a hot spot

crossing the river to get to a hot spot

Fukutaro Hiraki catches his first King Salmon!

Fukutaro Hiraki catches his first King Salmon!