Alaska Fly Out Fishing: Chuitna River Rainbow Trout and Silver Salmon

  • Destination: Chuitna River
  • Location: West Side Cook Inlet
  • Flight Time: 30 minutes
  • Trip Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Target Species: Silver Salmon, Rainbow Trout
  • Limit: Silvers: Three fish. Trout: Catch and Release.
  • Run Timing: Silvers: July 15 – Aug 25, Trout: June-Sept.
  • Description: The Chuit River is a small, clear flowing stream that can be waded in
    Chuit Fishing.

    The Chuit River at the ideal fishing level.

    most locations. It is located roughly 50 miles southwest of Anchorage on the West Side of Cook Inlet. This Alaska Fly Out trip involves a 30 minute floatplane journey from North Kenai to a wilderness lake on the West Side of Cook Inlet. From the lake, an awaiting Native transport takes you directly to the Chuit River. This river sees a brief but robust run of large king salmon that average 30-50lbs. When timed correctly, this is small stream Alaska Fishing for king salmon at its finest. These king salmon attract a healthy native population of

    Chuit river rainbow trout.

    A very colorful Chuit river rainbow.

    spectacular rainbow trout. These feisty residents lurk behind the salmon as they are spawning and well presented single egg patterns including beads and glo bugs are very effective with light tackle.Currently this river remains closed for all sportfishing for king salmon to protect escapement in recent seasons of low abundance. Until reopened, we are only taking rainbow trout and silver salmon trips to the Chuit.

    Chuit silver.

    A silver salmon ready for release on the Chuit.

    The river is ideal Alaska fly fishing water for big silvers that are fresh from the ocean and very aggressive. Tackle includes various streamer flies, leeches, wooly buggers, single egg patterns as well as conventional tackle such as spinners or cured salmon eggs. The limit is three fish per person, per day but the clear, creek-like conditions do allow for sight fishing and multiple catch and release opportunities. Silvers arrive in the Chuit in mid to late July and run well into August.

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