Silver & Sockeye Salmon


Coho “Silver” Salmon enter our waters in the beginning of August and are one of Talaheim’s most popular fish to catch because, although they’re not feeding, they bite often and are very aggressive. A pink pollywog popped through a resting school of silvers will no doubt draw a vicious strike. As for other silver flies, there’s a famous guide saying: “Start with pink. When that no longer works, switch to pink.”

Sockeye “Red” Salmon enter our waters toward the end of July but since they’re plankton feeders its difficult to trigger a predator-prey response. And unlike the King Salmon run, which can be more variable, this species shows up all at once and stays for several weeks.

Another way the Coho and Sockeye species differ is their lifecycle. The Coho salmon are born in our rivers and as juveniles they swim down and out to sea where they spend approximately two to three years.

Then, all at once, they travel back toward Cook Inlet and up the Susitna, Yetna, and Skwentna Rivers until they’re back on the Talachulitna, or our surrounding tributaries. They’re approximately 8-10 pounds when they arrive back in our area to spawn.

The Sockeye salmon need a lake for their lifecycle. So in the case of sockeyes born on the upper Tal, or surrounding tributaries, they swim to Judd Lake as fry where they spend up to two years before traveling back down river and eventually into the ocean.

Similar to Cohos, Sockeyes arrive all at once and range from 6-8 pounds. But unlike Cohos, they’re hard to catch as they’re on the move and just passing through our tributaries. But if you get lucky they’re great eating. In fact, Sockeye Salmon have the most commercial value of the salmon species.





Silvers like surface poppers and streamers. Pink, pink and pink. Then you can try purple or chartreuse or blue.
Lining is where the fly is swung into the mouth of a traveling sockeye. Flies are generally bright so the angler can see the fly in relationship to the fish. Color is meaningless to this fish species.
The fish we typically serve are fresh sockeyes brought in from Bristol Bay, which are caught by a local commercial fisherman. But often we’ll also grill up a guest caught silver salmon so everyone can taste the difference between the two fillets.


What a great trip. Nearly 2 years in the planning to make sure we make the right choice. This we certainly did with great food, perfect hosts, superb guides, and the best fishing anyone of us has ever enjoyed. Powerful silvers and rainbows that tore at the backing day after day. Our every need was catered for. The pilots skill and the choices made each day were second to none. Thanks from all of us.
John Milne
We came here for a father and son trip to look for Alaska wilderness. We found a great family lodge in the middle of the wilderness. Food and guides were perfect. The fishing was spectacular. We will definitely be coming back and will recommend it to many friends in Germany.
Julien & Bernard