Drifting for Kings is highly favored by guides and widely used on both the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. In drifting, cured roe (salmon eggs) are attached to a spin n’ glow or even flat fish with weight used to sink your setup to the rivers bottom where it drifts slightly slower than the current which makes for the ultimate presentation to the spawning Kings. This is also the preferred way to present your bait to the most fish in the shortest amount of time. Back Trolling on the other hand, is the accepted method to fishing diving baits and plugs.
This entails the same principle of the guide holding the boat slightly slower in the rivers current while presenting the perfect bite to the King Salmon. Each drift is unique and its distance is predicated by the geography of the river.