There are several claims of other rivers in Alaska being home to the legendary Leopard Rainbow Trout. And though it may be true to a degree, the Kanektok is the place where they were perfected. Thick blood red side stripes pour out of crimson gill plates accenting their broad shouldered heavy bellied deep green bodies that are covered with black spots that ooze into one another. Flesh flies, egg imitations, sculpin patterns and leeches all work well at certain times on the Kanektok. And mousing for our resident rainbows is one of our favorite sports of all.
Rods: We recommend 6 to 7 weight high quality, fast action rods capable of casting mouse patterns and split shot, and dealing with the occasional rogue salmon that will strike your trout fly. Drift fishing can be snag intensive so be prepared to use a little heavier leader for trout than most people are accustomed to. Rainbows on the Kanektok can range from 12 to 30 plus inches!
Reels: To match rod with medium to strong drag.
Lines: Floating lines with 120 yards of backing are most common. We occasionally use very short sink-tips.
Leaders: 8 to 12 pound monofilament