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King Salmon on the Kanektok River

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We travelled to the eastern edge of Alaska, to the Kanektok River to do battle with the fabled King Salmon, a fish which regularly tops 40lbs, though weight aside, in comparison to the Atlantic Salmon the King Salmon was something of a unknown quantity. Intel reports suggested a battle of unimaginable power whilst others referred to it as not much more than a dead weight. Reports said that in certain circumstances a king would take a typically swung fly whilst others referred to heavy dredging techniques to catch this large slug of a fish.

In the course of that first morning we connected to five of these monsters - only one was landed. Some of these fish were unseen, some tore around in loops making figure of eights in the fly lines, some thundered out of the surface akin to the most memorable scene from 'The Hunt for Red October' when a ballistic missile submarine thunders out of the ocean. They all tore off blistering amounts of line from reels which had drags designed to remove the 'un' from 'unstoppable'.

A day like that described above could give the impression that fishing for King Salmon is easy. It is not. The fishing throughout the week required dedication and perseverance. The takes were not always fast and furious and the Kings seemed to have an ability to throw the hook with repeated regularity whether they had been on the line for 5 seconds or 30 minutes. However the rewards were spectacular. Almost everybody in the group caught fish substantially larger than anything landed before and several fish were in the 35lbs + bracket. No one returned with anything other than stories of epic battles won or lost.

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Written by  Justin Maxwell Stuart.

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Wild Fish On The Kanektok River. Alaska West is the world-class fishing lodge in Western Alaska – home of legendary fly fishing for rainbow trout, silver salmon, king salmon and more. ... Alaska West is located on the Kanektok River in Western Alaska.

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