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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-13-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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I just had a great time fishing at the Hoodoo River Lodge on July 2-8. I had been there back in 2011 later in the season for silvers and had a great time, so I wanted to return for the Kings. Last year, they had a terrible King run (ADF&G even shut down King fishing on the river), but this year the run was quite healthy. While I caught somewhat fewer adult Kings (not jacks) than I had hoped for, the average size was much, much larger, which is a trade-off I will always take. I landed at least five Kings that were 30 lbs or better, including the two in these photos. The first was a big buck that was showing some blush but still fought really hard (took nearly 30 minutes to land) and was pushing 40 lbs. and the second was a dime bright hen.

I also thought Rod and his crew did a great job and worked really hard for us.
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great looking fish .did you had t get on a boat and chase them .what weight rod and tippet did you use .
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I used my T&T DH 1409-5 with the Airflo 630 gr Skagit Intermediate head, various Zink tips from SGS and 30 lbs Maxima butt tied to 15 lbs. Maxima green leader. The AF Intermediate head works really great for this type of fishing because it slows the drift down, reduces the number of mends and allows for shorter/lighter sink tips.

We did not have to chase any of the fish from the boat because the Nelson (aka Sapsuk, aka Hoodoo) River is generally a small river (one of the reasons that it's good for fly fishing for kings).

Next time I go back, I would bring a shorter and heavier rod (like a 13' 10 W) because the casts do not need to be that long but the additional lifting power would be appreciated.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2013, 03:15 PM
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Way to go "tpak"!! Those are some impressive kings. Looks and sounds like you had a great time.

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Nice fish!
Do you always fish with a stoogie or just light one when you catch as a celebration?
All the best.
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Nice fish!
Do you always fish with a stoogie or just light one when you catch as a celebration?
All the best.
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Now that I'm married, it's the only time I get to smoke my cigars!
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