Fly fishing is a mostly silent activity. Except on Kodiak Island, where the peace of tree-lined river canyons is frequently punctuated with whoops of joy and cries of, “Fish on!”
Many people think of fly fishing as specific to catching trout, but it also works very well with salmon and is widely popular on Kodiak. Either way, two things are certain: people who love fly fishing consider it the only way to fish – and Kodiak offers a jaw-dropping abundance of world-class fly-fishing rivers.
You can fish many waterways right from the road system near the City of Kodiak – which means you can keep rod and waders in your car and stop to fish whenever you run out for a gallon of milk – or you can hop on a float plane to access remote rivers where you’ll be the only human being in sight, including the island’s largest river, the Karluk. But there are a lot of ways to get to where the fish are. You can bomb down trails on an ATV, take a boat to a river’s mouth and walk in, or even go by horseback.
Kodiak is hands-down, without dispute one of the world’s great fishing destinations. If you know how to cast a fly, your kitchen at Cliff Point will never be short of wild Alaska salmon, trout and stories. Lots of stories.