Talachulitna River is a stream perfectly created for angling success. Its crystal clear water meanders through unspoiled Alaskan wilderness 65 miles from the nearest road. Numerous sandbars and shallow riffles offer many helicopter landing opportunities to your desired fishing pools and no combat. Learn more fishing experience at Tal at our latest blog posts
There are five species of Pacific salmon, and all of them migrate annually to the Talachulitna River. The first to arrive in mid-June is the mighty Chinook (or King) Salmon. This big fish is generally taken on a large spinning tackle. However, many fly fishers have experienced the ultimate in angling adventure when a King has taken their weighted streamer fly. The Sockeye (or Red) Salmon begins arriving the last week of July. By the first two weeks of August, you can stand knee-deep in the river surrounded by these swift, brilliant fighters! The last week of July throughout August, the Tal is home again to the Chum and Pink Salmon. The Chum is a large, powerful fish and provides a thrilling contest. You will marvel at the sheer number of Pink Salmon which inhabit the Tal. The entire month of August finds the Coho (or Silver) Salmon entering the Tal. They are fresh, strong, and of perfect eating quality.
As King Salmon begins spawning in the last three weeks of July, anglers will find excellent Rainbow Trout fishing here on the Tal. During August and September, the Tal is teeming with large numbers of Arctic Grayling (averaging 14 to 18 inches) content to strike just about any fly or lure. September finds the larger (22 to 26 inches) Rainbow Trout, fat and strong from their summer feeding, aggressively "storing up" for the long winter ahead. The Rainbow Trout of the Talachulitna River are wild, native trout famed for their brilliant crimson markings and distinctive black spots.