Surrounded by majestic, awe inspiring volcanoes including the Chiginagak and the Aniakchak volcanoes out on the Alaskan peninsula, the Cinder River and Lava Creek provided the setting for my latest fishing trip.
The Chiginagak last erupted in May 2005 and severely impacted the fishing closing Painter Creek Lodge and killing many fish on the King Salmon river with its catastrophic release of acidic water and visibly shows daily apparently continuous fumarolic activity. Since then the area has recovered.
The Cinder River flows into the Bering Sea about ½ way out on the Alaskan peninsula in full view of those volcanoes and is home to an excellent silver salmon run as well as reportedly a few growing numbers of kings in the early season. Lava Creek is located in the same water shed and contains incredible numbers of hungry char, most of which have never seen an artificial fly.
This trip focused on the Cinder River with silver fishing five of the six days and one of the six days spent on Lava Creek.
The silvers were just beginning their annual run and were difficult to catch on the fly but readily took conventional big spinners. The char were crazy stupid and hit the flies with reckless abandon...catch as many as you want.
The silvers ran average of about 13 pounds with several 15 and 16 pounds. The char averaged 3 to 8 pounds which is large in my experience. Pictured are typical silver and char.
I used a 10 wt TFO TiCrx with sink tip on the silvers along with conventional gear and used a 7 wt floating line on the crazy char.
No place like Alaska.