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A few questions:

1.Have any of you had any luck targeting steelhead late in October on the Kasiloff R.? I want to do a day trip from Anchorage primarily to play with the two hander, and avoid the longer trip and crowds of the Anchor R.

2.Mouse patterns work great in many Alaskan rivers, but I've had no luck with them on the Kenai river (water too glacial?). Has anyone out there gotten a rainbow or silver to chase one there?

3. Lastly, has anyone fished the roadside on Kodiak island as late as Thanksgiving? Worth a desperate trip to satisfy a fishing addiction?

Thanks--John
 

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Hey John,
I have fished all over Alaska chasing chromers with my plane and have found a few places that I have had some good success in late fall early winter. Situk River can be exceptional right now if the conditions are right. The upper Taku and Stikine offer amazing possibilities, but again weather and local knowledge are critical. I have had good success with dries on those as well. Best of luck and if you need a fix you are welcome to come stay with me on the Methow River where there are a few.
 

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Desperate times...

Thanks for your reply and offer muknuk. I too have fished the Situk in November. It was fun, and a little scary with lots more bear sign then than in the spring, feathers everywhere suggesting eagles or other birds of prey nailing other birds, and no one on the river. Except me.

I've enjoyed fishing it w/ my single hand rod, but didn't find a lot of swing water except for the mouth at high tide.

The Stikine sounds fascinating, but except for one lodge, I could find little info available about it. I pass it every fall, on my way driving to or back from fishing the Skeena system. I am usually hustling to maximize my time on the Skeena system, but in a few years when I have more time, I plan on relaxing more and exploring that river.

I've kind of given up on my Thanksgiving blitz to utilize that 4 day holiday to fish out of town. Each potential trip doesn't balance the books too well for flight expense , travel time and logistics and actual fishing time.

But each weekend I check the weather, and if its not too crazy I drive down to the Kenai. And although a mouse pattern is not the go to fly on that river, I am going to see if I can't tempt one to rise to it.
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