If you like fishing to aggressive surface feeding fish, then mid-June and July are the month’s to visit Alaska’s wilderness rivers. After coming off a long cold winter, the resident fish like the Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Lake trout, Northern Pike, and Grayling are eager to put on as much weight as fast as they can. Every spring, much of their diet consists of salmon fry and migrating smolt.
Alaska’s resident fish feed on these juvenile salmon very high in the water column. Because these fish are always looking up for schools of these salmon smolt, they will fall victim to a skating mouse pattern on the surface! It’s no doubt an addictive way to lure your fish into eating your fly. There are more productive ways of catching these same fish. But, the surface strike on your mouse pattern will never be forgotten!