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Sockeye Salmon Fly Fishing Holidays

Sockeye Salmon, when fresh from the ocean, have a stunning silvery colour, however, once they have been in freshwater for a few days, they start to turn red in colour, eventually becoming bright red with dark green heads. When still fresh, these Sockeye Salmon are a big favourite for fly fishing anglers. They tend to run in the thousands and as such provide non-stop action for fly fishing anglers. On most of our destinations these fish tend to average around 8 to 10lbs, but for their size these fish fight very hard.

Goodnews River Lodge | Salmon Fly Fishing | Alaska

If you are looking for a Fishing Lodge that puts you and the fishing first, then look no further. Goodnews River Lodge is the ONLY full-service lodge on the entire river system. Experience the solitude and peaceful beauty of Alaska; it’s just you and the fish. No crowds, no flying to the “best” river. It’s all here on the Goodnews River... Read more

  Category: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Hosted Freshwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Guided Fly Fishing Trips
   Season: June to September

Kalum River Lodge | Hosted Salmon & Steelhead Adventures | Canada

Designed for complete beginners and experienced fly fishermen alike, this hosted Kalum River Lodge trip with our Sportquest Holidays host is perfect for either single anglers or small groups of friends. Enjoy the benefit of having a fully qualified host with you at all times as well as enjoying privacy and comfort with private single rooms... Read more

  Category: Freshwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Fishing, Hosted Freshwater Fly Fishing, Hosted Guided Fly Fishing Trips
   Season: April to October
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Additional Information

Sockeye Salmon are a species of Salmon that any discerning fly angler will be familiar with. These tough fighting members of the Salmon family can prove to be amazing sport when they run in the rivers at spawning time. With their red colouration they take on at spawning time these beautiful fish are one that just has to be targeted at least once in the fly anglers lifetime.

Name: Sockeye Salmon
Also known as: Red Salmon, Blueback Salmon
Scientific Name: Oncorhynchus nerka


The sockeye salmon is sometimes called red or blueback salmon, due to its amazing colour. Sockeye have a blue tinge to their silver colouration while living in the ocean. When they return to spawning grounds, their bodies become red and their heads turn green. One of their main distinguishing features are their long, serrated gill rakers.

Average size

Sockeye salmon can weigh up to 15lb in weight but they average around the 8lb marker.

Where to catch

Sockeye Salmon are found in the Pacific and run the rivers of North America and Canada. Some of best lodges to fish to target the Sockeye Salmon include the Goodnews River Lodge, No see um Lodge and the Bristol Bay lodge all in Canada.

Fishing methods

By far the most popular method to catch the Sockeye Salmon is by Fly fishing. Depending on the water conditions you can decide what flys to use that will entice these hard hitting fish to bite. You can also target these stunning fish by using artificial lures including spoons and spinners.


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