Best Alaska Fly Fishing Rivers

Alaska has 18 fly fish spots.

  September 15, 2018

Located in the US, the fly fishing in Alaska offers over fifteen scenic trout rivers spots. The best Alaska fly fishing based on popularity are considered to be Goodnews River, Talarik Creek, Talachulitna River, Copper River, and Russian River. For a detailed fly fishing river description and printable river access map, just select a Alaska fly fishing river or stream below.

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Alaska Fly Fishing Resources

FEATURED:  Goodnews River


  August 12, 2016

Near Togiak Wilderness Reserve on the west coast of Alaska, the Goodnews River is an excellent fly fishing river that runs into the Bering Sea. It is known as a premier salmon and trout fishery. You can expect to find an outstanding run of all five species of Pacific salmon, along with sea run Dolly Varden and Leopard Rainbow trout and grayling.

FEATURED:  Copper River


  August 9, 2016

Southwest of Anchorage at the southwest end of the Cook Inlet, the lesser well-known Copper River provides drainage from three lakes in the narrow isthmus separating Iliamna Lake from Iliamna Bay. While lesser known, this Copper River is much more famous in the fly fishing community due to its world class rainbow trout.

FEATURED:  Russian River


  August 11, 2016

South of Anchorage and west of Cooper Landing, the Russian River is arguably the most popular fly fishing river in Alaska for sockeye salmon and rainbow trout. The lower section where the Russian River meets the Kenai River is the most crowded section, but there is a fishermans trail heading south from the confluence to Lower Russian Lake.

FEATURED:  Talachulitna River


  July 19, 2016

Northwest of Anchorage in the Susitna Drainage, the Talachulitna River has excellent fly fishing opportunities. It is known for rainbow trout, dolly varden, grayling and five species of salmon.

FEATURED:  Kenai River


  July 25, 2016

The 82 mile Kenai River is known for huge runs of King Salmon (aka Chinook). The lower Kenai is from Skilak Lake down to Cook Inlet. Fly fishermen crowd the lower Kenai River during the runs. The upper Kenai is from Kenai Lake down to Skilak Lake. The upper Kenai River is well-known for its large rainbow trout and Dolly Varden.

FEATURED:  Kasilof River


  July 5, 2016

On the southwest side of the Kenai Peninsula, the Kasilof River starts from Tustumena Lake and flows down into the confluence with Cook Inlet. The Kasilof River is well known for its run of Chinook Salmon (King Salmon) in May and early June.

FEATURED:  Lake Creek


  August 8, 2016

In south-central Alaska, the Lake Creek is well known for fly fishing its huge salmon runs. The Lake Creek is perfect for a 55 mile float trip to spend days fly fishing.

FEATURED:  Holitna River


  July 12, 2016

In southwest Alaska, the Holitna River is popular for fly fishing all of the five native salmon species. The Holitna Creek is perfect for a 55 mile float trip to spend days fly fishing.

FEATURED:  Aniak River


  August 19, 2016

In southwest Alaska, the Aniak River is popular for fly fishing all of the five native salmon species. The Aniak Creek is perfect for a 100 mile float trip to spend days fly fishing.

FEATURED:  Naknek River


  August 10, 2016

Southwest of Anchorage near King Salmon, the Naknek River is popular with fly fishermen for huge Naknek rainbow trout, king salmon and sockeye salmon. The Naknek River runs 35 miles from Naknek Lake down to the Bering Sea. The main section is the upper 15 miles.