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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-31-2013, 07:09 AM Thread Starter
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Unexpected Kenai Mid July WoooHOOO

Well as luck would have it have a work trip to Kenai in Mid July with a few days at the end tto wet a line.. Pease advise of Perfered Rod Choice and Flies and what to expect uring this period. Expect to be fishing from the 19th to 22nd(Happy Birthday to me)

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For the upper river, you'll be there between the two sockeye runs, bring trout rods, 6 wt. is a good stating point. Get a guide or rent a raft to cover alot of water. Don't float below Jim's landing or be prepared to row for hours across Skilak lake to the nearest takeout.
For the middle river, the 2nd run of sockeye may just be getting in the river. 2hand 7 or 8 wt. rods or single 8wt and above will work.
You'll have a shot at a king in the middle and lower river then. I got lucky last Sunday and my fly got hammered by a 35 lb. fish. There's an early and late run of kings The late run has more fish.
I had a 15' 10/11 and I was not thinking it was too much rod. It was about perfect.
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I second the notion of bear spray. If you were to find the Kenai a little busier than what you expect for Alaskan fishing drop a PM to my box and I'll send my phone number. Were you to want to fish further inland I will be able to give you up to the minute suggestions on where to go. The Kenai River is unarguably full of fish but can be a very busy place. Depending on what a fellow wants from an Alaskan experience it may or may not fill the bill.

I might be able to meet you down there if we are in touch ahead of time. We have several rafts including a 9' one man size I would bring along for you to use. I drift the upper river at least once each season myself. I'm no longer able to fish from my river boat on the lower river because we replaced the motor last year and are now above the HP regulations for use there. That is why I load the rafts and float the upper section.

Anyway, it's an offer / option if you would choose to take it. I will be out for the next 5 days so don't worry if there is no quick reply.

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Should be interesting.
If you are limited to the Kenai, then when you land call Troutfitters. They maintain the fly shop in cooper landing, so should give you good information as to the river's status.

I'd take Hardy up on his offer either to go North or borrow a raft. I love the Kenai and will be up there in a few weeks for the 1st run on the Russian and hopefully some trout swinging, but where there is access there are people. A raft gives you access and if you are "fishy" then access equals places to find fish. Mid July shouldn't be insanely crazy unless the reds are in early.
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Thanks For the Intel

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Thanks for the info, I will be limited to the guys at work haunts as they have made the offer.

Hardy if things go dodgie I will give you a shout for sure, thank you very much.... I will compose an email over the next couple of days ..

As I am a tyer can you please advise of suitable patterns for this run??

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Should be interesting.
If you are limited to the Kenai, then when you land call Troutfitters. They maintain the fly shop in cooper landing, so should give you good information as to the river's status.

I'd take Hardy up on his offer either to go North or borrow a raft. I love the Kenai and will be up there in a few weeks for the 1st run on the Russian and hopefully some trout swinging, but where there is access there are people. A raft gives you access and if you are "fishy" then access equals places to find fish. Mid July shouldn't be insanely crazy unless the reds are in early.

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also something you should try for swinging for kings would be to see if you can make it to the Kasilof. It has better swing water for kings as it is a smaller river. I landed a handful with a 9 wt spey this last year and it was great fun. Check it out, might be good to rent a raft here too.
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