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The Zachar River - This majestic river is best accessed through the Zachar Bay Lodge packages. In another scenario, a boat can be used to access it from the connected fjord . Once arrived at the fjord, a small trail winds upstream through a dense forest. This trail is not frequently used and is marked by intermittent orange markers, these tied to trees. These markers will eventually lead the venturing angler to the first fishable location on the river.
Because this river contains large runs of Pink and Sockeye Salmon, bears can often be encountered patrolling the river banks. This means precautions must be taken in order to fish safely. When hiking through the dense forests that lead up to the river, be sure to make your presence heard so as not to surprise the bears. Be extremely careful!
The main fish species of the river are Pink and Sockeye Salmon. The Pink Salmon run in mid July whereas the Sockeye run in early-mid July. Reasonable populations of Dolly Varden and Grayling can also be found here.
Best fishing flies include a selection of
Dalai/Dolly Lama, #2
Pink Starlite Leeches, #3
Egg Hareball Leeches, #3
Neon Shrimp, #2
The Fraser Lake/River - This majestic river is best accessed through the Zachar Bay Lodge packages. Alternatively, a float plane can be chartered to access it from the nearest town (Kodiak).
Once arrived at the Lake via the plane, a trail winds through the countryside towards a stretch of river further downstream. Here you will witness a 'fish ladder'. Due to the immense runs of Sockeye that pass this 'ladder', bears are found in abundance and necessary precautions should be taken. Anywhere downstream from this ladder can be fished.
The only notable salmon run here is the Sockeye Run in early-mid July. Sizeable populations of Dolly Varden and Grayling can be found and Chinook/ King Salmon occupy the river in limited numbers. The Lake where you will have landed, if a float plane was used, is actually a very nice fishing location. Near the river mouth, the lake contains quite a large population of Dolly Varden. Unfortunately, these can only be caught in the lake system, as they tend not to venture into the Fraser River.