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Kenai Kidz

Kenai Kidz

Pink shades and pink stripes.  They named the fish sparkles.

Mrs Telleen 30" Rainbow

Mrs Telleen 30" Rainbow

Got to take Momma and the kids fishing and Momma got a good one!

Kenai Upper Kenai Sockeye

Keno Upper Kenai Sockeye

JoelZ, Keno, and Phil (aka the Bear) joined me for the annual July sockeye fest with a few hours spared for rainbows and some tasty riverside treats.

Phil Middle Kenai Sockeye

Phil Middle Kenai Sockeye

Rainbows, Sockeye and a Brown Bear back

Rainbows, Sockeye and a Brown Bear back

The bears have been fun to watch this season.   Saw thirteen in one day of fishing in early July.  Who needs to fly to Brooks?

Note:  I had wireless problems and cell phone problems for several weeks, but now my wireless is working again and I have a new Blackberry for backup.  Fish On!

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The water is still on the rise, but the fishing remains great. 
Marty is Back

Marty is Back

Marty filled us with a killer sushi feast last night and joined in the fishing fun today.  Jerry’s big fish flopped before this picture so he joined in with Marty.

Chrome Silvers!

Chrome Silvers!

Jerry, Russ and Mike all tangled with Chrome Silvers.

Another big bow for Mike King

Another big bow for Mike King

 

Mike "Rainbow" King

Mike

Perfect Trout

Perfect Trout

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Mike King, King of the Kenai June and September

Mike King, King of the Kenai June and September

Mike King is back again with the Western Anglers group from Grand Junction, Colorado and put this great fish into Stacy’s net today.  As I was talking fish with Mike and the boys this evening, I got a phone call from JoelZ.  He was up in July with Phil and Keno and is coming back in two weeks with his son Jacob.  It will be Jacob’s first trip and he is so excited after hearing the stories that he just had to call and get the word.  Can’t wait to meet you Jacob and fish with you and your Dad. Tight Lines, … and we will save you a few.

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Kings still spawning with sockeye kicking into gear.  Fishing on the drift is great as is fishing from the right gravel bars.  Silvers are showing in good numbers and starting to chomp.  Chris from Michigan and Tom from L.A. both saw backing from some crazy jumping silvers.  Sorry, but no pictures to load.  Lost my camera and no one ever brings their USB cable to Alaska.  Please email those photos!  Got the call last night from John Pregartner asking if Stacy could bring a spinning rod for his nephew Bob.  I said “No, Stacy will teach him to flyfish and he will catch fish.”  Bob’s fifth fish of the morning was a 30″ rainbow.  That fish was a slob!  Congratulations Bob.  Hope you forgive me for the spinning rod thing.

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Yesterday, Mike King’s crew got up early and loaded up on sockeye.  By 7am, we were off to chase rainbows, but we kept catching Sockeye.  Six chrome sockeye were hooked while fishing for rainbows.  So many sockeye were moving, that trout fishing started slow.  Then, in two hours, the crew landed 30 fish including some 24-27″ rainbows and a 24″ dolly.  Today, we focused on rainbows and landed a mix of fish up to 27″.  Denny Robinson of Bountiful Utah was fishing with Stacy and after a limit of Sockeye, he landed a 30″ rainbow that held out for 20 minutes before submitting to the net.  Alaskan Mike Carlisle also did some damage on the sockeye and hit plenty of great rainbows.  Today the weather turned to summer with morning temps of 40 rising into the upper 60s.

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Keeli working the dead drift.

Took the family out for an evening adventure on the MO. What a difference a week makes. The snow was nearly gone from the Big Belts and the grass was green and climbing the mountain sides. Bugs were thick. It seems like the BWO’s just got started, but March Browns, Callibaetis, Caddis and even a few Stones were flying everywhere. The temp was also 80.

Keeli started nymphing and hooking up immediately.

Kyle took off with his bucket and aquarium net to find little creatures.

Kyle on the hunt.

The highlight of the evening came just before sunset. We had already been entertained by an Osprey, a pack of marauding cute little beaver kits and Kyle’s bucket of swarming creatures when Erin let out a shriek. I thought a river monster must be rising off the bow. Close. The kids started yelling, catch him daddy, catch him as Erin moaned in terror. It was two on one, so I went with the kids and Erin sucked it up and took this picture. She even touched the startled Gopher Snake before we let him free to find greener grass on the other side of the river.

Snake On

I hoped for a great rise after the sun went down and Keeli made a valiant attempt to row for me, but alas, the fish must have loaded up on nymphs and emergers all day. Very few rises despite bugs galore. Maybe tonight!

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Brian Neilsen of Fin Fetchers holds a representative of evening activity below Craig, MT. Brian provided the boat and the beer. All I did was talk too much, drink half the beer and miss some of the fish. When guides get together, the stories fly better than the fly line. I did do a little rowing of the RO, but as is typical, the boat owner did the most. If we were on the Kenai in my boat, I would have done the same.

Nymphing is still king for numbers, but plenty of BWO’s are hatching and the action on top is heating up. The water is now 44 degrees and is comfortable for wading again. Fish are moving from the deeper runs to the edges of the riffles and tailouts and working the bugs.

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