The Kvichak is one of North Ameica’s legendary trout rivers. The rainbow trout become huge here gorging on the eggs and flesh of the millions of sockeye that return to the river every year to spawn.
This is the destination to fish for the “salmon of your life”. The Kenai River produces the largest king salmon in the world, with fish that have been registered at over 100 lb in weight. It also offers excellent fishing for large rainbow trout and one of the biggest runs of sockeye salmon you will ever see.
The Naknek is an extremely versatile river which offers excelent fishing for sockeye and silver salmon as well as huge rainbow trout. In fact, it is one of Alaska’s best rivers for trophy size rainbow trout. Other species available include pink and chum salmon and a few kings as well as dolly varden and grayling.
The Unalakleet River is a remote destination on the western coast of Alaska, just south of the Bering strait. It is a great river for those looking for great fishing away from the crowds. The silver salmon fishing is tops.
The Ybbs River in Austria is a beautiful crystalline river which holds large populations of rainbow and brown trout as well as grayling in average sizes of 10 to 16 inches, but there are always good chances for fish in the 20+ inch range. It is a fly fisherman’s dream with fish that rise eagerly to a well presented dry fly.
The San River holds both brown trout and huge huchen, but grayling is the star here. There is an abundance of this species in sizes that are more than notable. Average fish run around 12 inches, but it is easy to come across pods of 16 to 20 inch fish rising freely in different spots throughout the river.
One of Norway’s big salmon rivers, the Malselv is wide free stone river with miles of fantastic fly water which also provides great sport for spin fishermen. In addition to receiving an excellent run of Atlantic salmon, the river is home to a large population of grayling which go virtually untouched given the focus of local fishermen on the salmon.