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  • #16
    No guide....

    So I couldn't talk my dad into getting a guide so we are at the mercy of our own knowledge of where to fish and what to use.

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    • #17
      Sorry about the late reply, I've been taking water sampling on the Kenai for the past six days.

      Olddawg:

      I know that in Anchorage we've had a cool wet summer with a lot of run off coming in late but I'm not sure about South-west Alaska. The runs have been late this year and not as good as in years past but it's all pretty relative. Most of the runs "up North" like the Deshka and the Little Su have been horrible but the Kasilof and Kenai are finally starting to go.

      Your best site for information is: http://www.alaskaflyfish.net/

      There are fishing reports and the folks on the site are pretty knowledgeable. Remember to look out for emergency closures, this shouldn't be an issue where you are going but if you fish in or around the highways up here it's a pretty big deal.

      SuwanneDawg, basically you use anything to **** them off to get them to bite. They aren't actively seeking out any food so if you are fly fishing all you do is load up with a lot of lead and use an egg sucking leech or some type of large streamer and essentially floss it into the mouths of the fish. It's pretty much the same thing using a spin rod. As for tippet or line 10lb test will work if you are going for bows as well but if you are only going to fish for reds 15+lb test is the way to go as the fish can go nuts.

      You also want to talk to the shops in Anchorage, Soldotna, and Coopers Landing. Just buy some flies, lures, or whatever from them to get them to talk.

      I just went dipnetting, aka meat fishing, and should be set on salmon for a while. Good luck to you both.
      moo beams

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      • #18
        Nuggetlegs,

        Thanks for the site info. I had read about the low number on reds in the Anchorage paper. I will be spin fishing so do I need some sort of steel leader or would that be too visible? Also are there any special regulations in the Kenai River area that I should be aware of? As far as lures go, I was planning on using some Panther Martins and maybe some Blue Foxes around 1/4 oz.

        Thanks again and good luck fishing.

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        • #19
          Your best bet would be to buy the lures up here. I would not use a steel leader and just go with a lot of split shot. The fishing up here is almost completely different than in Georgia so it is worthwhile talking to the experts at the local shops.
          moo beams

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          • #20
            Dawg,

            Reference rainbow fishing on the Russian. Do not buy beads until you get to Coopers Landing or somewhere close to where you will be fishing. The guides ( Troutfitters or others) will be able to advise you on what color and size beads to buy.

            The silver salmon we caught were on red and white yarn streamers we tied ourselves( after lessons from other fishermen) or white articulated rabbit fur streamers. They were a blast to catch. Any reds we caught had to be released as the season was closed the last week of August when we were there.

            See the attached pictures (if I got them attached!)

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            • #21
              huntfish, your coming to ak during a good time to find some epic fishing, i am currently a driftboat guide on the kenai and the kasilof and guide wade fishermen on most streams around the kenai peninsula, feel free to pm me and i will be more than happy to fill you in on the best options for incredible fishing on the peninsula during early august

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              • #22
                Originally posted by jamfreeze View Post
                huntfish, your coming to ak during a good time to find some epic fishing, i am currently a driftboat guide on the kenai and the kasilof and guide wade fishermen on most streams around the kenai peninsula, feel free to pm me and i will be more than happy to fill you in on the best options for incredible fishing on the peninsula during early august
                TTT for the original poster.

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                • #23
                  Jamfreeze

                  Jamfreeze,

                  Can you change your account to allow for pm's? Thanks!

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                  • #24
                    how do u do that?

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                    • #25
                      in your account...

                      Select edit options and check the box to receive emails from other members.

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                      • #26
                        To Enable PMs

                        Click on "User CP" at top of messages.

                        At the left is "Your Control Panel". Go to the third group down named "Settings & Options". Click on "Edit Options". This will pull up a list of options. The second group down is "Messaging & Notification". The third group in there is "Private Messaging". Click on the first box labeled "Enable Private Messaging". Make sure you hit "Save Changes" at the bottom.

                        Nothing to it.

                        BTW: That new feature "Visitor Messages" is not private. Everybody can read it. I don't quite grasp the point of that. Might as well post to the message board.
                        If this were rocket science most of us wouldn't be doing it. - Terry Creech

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                        • #27
                          Fifth Article Down

                          http://www.ajc.com/search/content/ne...25/nation.html

                          Can't go to Alaska without the requisite bear attack articles being sent to you before you go.

                          Love da bears. Just stay in groups and make noise.

                          Actually, if you have a chance drive up to that Princess Cruise Lines Lodge because it has a great view of the Kenai River. That little dot down on the river to the right is a drift boat.


                          The reason I looked all alone on the the Russian was because it was a weekday, we hiked up to the falls and fished down (most folks stay down near the mouth with the Kenai River) AND we didn't start fishing until about 6:30 PM. It doesn't get dark until about 11:00PM. Do what most NGTOers do, which is don't do what everybody else does. We fished early and late and did sightseeing during the day. Of course, don't let your fishing buddies hike out of sight around the bend like I did when fishmeister and Dave Finnigan disappeared up ahead of me. A real creepy feeling (can you say anxiety attack) stumbling up on the half eaten fish laying on the bank every few hundred yards.

                          Gwin's Lodge at Cooper's Landing is open 24/7 during the summer. Save dinner time until midnight with a halibut sandwich and an Alaskan Summer Ale.
                          http://www.alaskanbeer.com/main.html

                          It doesn't get any better.
                          Last edited by THE EG; 07-29-08, 04:02 AM.
                          If this were rocket science most of us wouldn't be doing it. - Terry Creech

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                          • #28
                            bear attacks...

                            I read about the bear attack in the Anchorage paper. I hope we see some while on the river but not to close to me. Hopefully their bellies will be full and they won't want me or my fish.

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                            • #29
                              I have stayed at the Princess Lodge. The restaurant and deck have a good view of the Kenai River valley. Is the teepee still across the river from the Lodge?

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                              • #30
                                back from AK

                                I just got back yesterday from Alaska and will post some pics of my fishing exploits in Seward and Cooper Landing. Thanks to all for their guidance!

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