The Fishing

Nothing Short of Extraordinary

Nowhere else in the world are there more runs of Salmon than in Bristol Bay, Alaska. The Togiak River is the westernmost tributary to Bristol Bay and over the course of four months literally hundreds of thousands of Pacific Salmon of five species will return to spawn here. This amazing phenomenon is the food base for seven species of fresh water fish: Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, and Northern Pike are found throughout the river system, Arctic Grayling are found in the upper reaches of the tributaries, while Lake Trout--well, they're in the lake.

The Togiak River is short by Alaska standards, approximately 70 miles from the outlet of Togiak Lake to Bristol Bay. Our camp is 20 miles upriver from Bristol Bay and in a week's time at TRFA, you may find yourself fishing for Salmon on the incoming tide in the lower part of the river one day and fishing one of the many gin clear smaller tributaries for Dollies and Rainbows the next. Though we are a fixed base operation, our location offers a variety of fishing opportunities, and your angling pursuits are determined by your preferences.

Strong runs of King Salmon averaging 25-40 pounds in June and July offer an abundance and quality to delight even seasoned anglers.
BIG kings
The acrobatic Silver Salmon consistently average 12-14 pounds and can go to 20 pounds, providing a very exciting fishery from August through September.

Long silvers
Chum, Sockeye, and Pink Salmon, are extremely fun to catch on a variety of tackle, even the dry fly! These salmon arrive from mid-June through August.

Big sockeyes
Dolly Varden are abundant in the Togiak--and plentiful for after-dinner fishing in the back-channel of our island only 30 seconds from your tent--and combined with the more elusive, but large, Rainbow Trout, provide variety all season long for our anglers.

Big dollies
Whether you prefer fly fishing or spin fishing, back trolling, drift fishing, or wading from the banks and gravel bars, our guides understand that your satisfaction is the goal and will go out of their way to fulfill your expectations.

Big rainbows
The Togiak is large enough to support substantial runs of salmon and small enough to be easy to read and pick apart the fishing holes and runs. Over the course of the season we utilize all the freshwater light tackle fishing techniques. Back Trolling plugs such as Luhr Jensen Kwikfish (K-15's in a variety of colors, with sardine or anchovy wraps), as well as back bouncing bait are productive methods for Kings. Bobber and jig is popular for all Salmon species, as well as boondoggling and casting spoons. Finally, the Togiak River and its tributaries lend themselves well to extraordinary fly fishing. On confirmation of your booking with Togiak River Fishing Adventures, we will send you complete information about what to pack, both for clothes and gear.

And even grayling