Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Salmon River Idaho
I fished the mouth of the Gulkana for kings back in the '70's. I used a 9wt single hander, it was prior to the days that anyone made a sinking line that sank fast enough to work, so we used 25' of lead core (or whatever the thing weighed to equal a 9wt) for a shooting head!
We had two problems in there, the first was the regs. The fly fishing only regs defined it as using a fly (and that was it)... but mandated nothing bigger than a #6. The size wasn't a challenge, sixes hook big fish fine, but finding a hook with heavy enough wire that was a challenge, the only thing we could find back in those days that wouldn't straighten out was the Eagle Claw 1198B if I recall.
The second problem was that you couldn't chase a fish cause it wasn't wadable along the lower right bank and vegetation precluded chasing them from the bank (we'd hike in from the highway). If the fish headed for the Copper, we'd dump line and form a large belly to get the line pull below the fish. A lot of the time it worked, sometimes it didn't and that was that.
Flies? It didn't seem to matter that much. My favorite was the my Circus Peanut fly that looked a lot like today's Fat Freddie and nothing like today's Circus Peanut fly.
You floating or walking in? I'd plan on throwing as much T14 as you and your rod can lift and throw.
Good luck, tight lines!
Last edited by Lazer; 01-27-2012 at 03:20 PM.