|There's excellent stream fishing on the island. Over 200 streams contain annual salmon runs.
The Karluk and the Ayakulik Rivers, both on the southwest of the island, are large enough to support substantial
Chinook runs. The runs are June and early July, with phenomenal fly fishing opportunities for these famed thoroughbreds.
Fly fishing for sockeye, or red salmon, is as good as it gets. There are 40 rivers with runs of these scrappy fighters.
The 'blueback' grows to 10 pounds and are virulent scrappers - all over the surface with endurance that defies
Silver or coho salmon are the favorite. They are numerous - in some 150 streams on the island. They are aggressive,
up to 20 pounds, and can be taken on lures or flies. Abundant in the ocean from mid-July, they don't enter streams
until August with the best fishing in September.
The limited Kodiak road system - about forty miles, much of which is gravel - offers access to quite a number of
good coho streams.
Pink, or humpback salmon, and chum salmon clog almost every artery in the summer, and are easily caught.
Dolly Varden char are the West Coast equivalent to the eastern brook trout. The sea-run fish are up to four pounds
and follow salmon into streams to predate the eggs and fry. They are tough combatants on light spinning or fly
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