Alaska's Talachulitna river
while it may be just a short fifty minute or so plane ride from Anchorage's Lake Hood the "Talachulitna River" is truly "Wild Alaska" it is also world class rainbow trout water. The "Tal" as the river is affectionately called is well traveled but not usually crowded, this alone is an excellent reason to visit the river, combine that with the location, the beauty of the river itself, exceptional scenery, wildlife viewing opportunities and after you toss in some exceptional fishing and you have the main reasons anglers from all over the world make their annual pilgrimage to the Tal with Alaska Rainbow Adventures.
Fishing the Talachulitna River
Can give any angler visions of heavily spotted rainbows or dolly varden dancing on the end of your line, or perhaps a powerful king salmon, whatever your desire, If you have found yourself waiting to fish the Tal, It is time to wait no more as we can take you to Alaska's Blue Ribbon trout water!
This is a river of legend in Alaska fishing circles, it has been written about for decades, and fortunately it also was the first river in Alaska deemed catch and release for rainbow trout and the many years that have passed since this policy was bestowed upon the Tal it's rainbow population has become stable, larger then pre- C&R and more numerous, of course the bows of the Tal have always been colorful, heavily spotted and a delight to catch! Wildlife along the river includes brown bear, moose, wolves, wolverine, black bear, and beaver. Birds that may be observed are: Bald eagles, swans, ducks & geese, ptarmigan, spruce grouse and osprey. There is excellent fishing the entire length of the Talachulitna river with it's numerous sandbars and shallow riffles that offer easy wading access to the many deeper pools teeming with Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling & Char or any of the pacific salmon in season. September marks the height of rainbow fishing that is legendary all season long on the river and when you consider the variety and quantity of fish available the Tal is a true Alaskan treasure.
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Talachulitna River Highlights
Spring rainbows and Chinook salmon are the fare to target starting with the rainbows after ice out and then the hard charging kings in mid to late June.
The king salmon season ends abruptly in mid July but what a time can be had by the angler choosing to join us catching these the largest of the pacific salmon on the clear diminutive waters of the Talachulitna as it flows between banks heavy in thick ferns, quite a contrast to the rivers of Alaska's Bristol bay region where many of our Alaska float trips occur.
- August - September
Silver salmon can be expected to show up near the beginning of August and run strongly into the Talachulitna river, hanging around through the first part of September. The peak of the coho run can be expected to occur about mid month in August. As we head into fall rainbow trout fishing picks up and the Tal's rainbows of fall begin to attract anglers "in the know" from around the world. As with other famous trout streams flesh patterns can be extremely effective on the Talachulitna, but do not forget to try some other flies such as dries or even consider trying morrish's mouse.
Talachulitna River Run Timing: From ADF&G
King Salmon Lower Talachulitna River: June. Upper River: mid-June through season close in mid-July.
Silver Salmon Lower Talachulitna River: August. Upper River: mid-August through mid-September.