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Wow,  tomorrow is November.  I spent every day on the Kenai River from July 15 to October 18, so please excuse the fact that the blog has been silent.  I have lots of material to share, so I am planning to run a number of  posts about the season past.  I have recently arrived back in Great Falls Montana and just put a line in the Missouri yesterday.  Some days you go fishing and sometimes you go catching.  Yesterday I went catching for about 2 hours.  Hot rainbows and Browns from 15 -20″ .  It was a great welcome back to Montana.

Oct 18 Kenai River Rainbow

Scotts' Oct 18 Kenai River Rainbow

My good friend Troy Miller pulled together a work/corporate fishing trip for some business associates and we hit the river for a mild and productive late season day. Scott’s fish was the second of 4 hooked up while wading a special spot.  When I saw it jump, I yelled for everyone to get in the boat, but since everyone was hooked up, no one moved.”Really guys, Scott has a big fish and we are going to need to chase it.”  I ended up getting Scott in the boat and we chased the fish around and down to the point of no return more than once.  I flung a couple nets to shore like frisbees and told the guys to help each other.  We managed to get Scott’s fish back to the boat and the boat back to shore right where we hooked it. There were several runs deep into backing and several trips back and forth in the drift boat in what I consider to have been an epic battle.  All the fish were landed and all were over 20″ including Scotts’ with a 21″ girth and a length of 32″  Congratulations Scott.  Thanks for capping off another great season.

Crossing Skilak Lake October 18

Last trip across Skilak October 18

Late Season Morning Light on the Middle Kenai River, Alaska

Late Season Morning Light on the Middle Kenai River

Kenai River Silver Salmon Alaska

John Pregartner with a hot chrome Silver Salmon

 We experienced a great late run of big silvers.  Stacy and I got out a few times and for some great catch and release and a little catch and consume silver action.  We also enjoyed our yearly kegs of Glacier Brewhouse IPA.

Silver Salmon and Glacier Brewhouse IPA

Silver Salmon and Glacier Brewhouse IPA = Guide Fun Time

 Martin showed up and kept our bellies happy with many culinary treats.  Alaska Seafood and catch of the day dominated our October evenings.

Sushi

Martin's in the House

 

 

 

 

 

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Kissing SalmonNicole and Jenny have Alaska roots that brought them back to the Kenai for a day of fishing.   The sockeye run is still strong, so we set them up on the fish and let them go at it.

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

So fun you'll want to kiss them!

So fun you'll want to kiss them!

After Stacy and I got done with the party with Nicole and Jenny, we decided to go for an evening bonsai float.  We have not fished together since last November.  It was overdue and a ton of fun.  We loaded the cooler with a growler of Glacier IPA from Anchorage (otherwise known as Guide Slayer IPA or the Green Giant) and the new Williwaw IPA from the St. Elias Brewery in Soldotna.  Both beers rocked and so did the fishing.  Stacy started off hooking a cleaning table troll at the confluence.  We grabbed some fresh sockeye for the smoker and found some rainbow and dollie frenzy action on some spawning kings, landing 23 fish in one small area.  The entire drift to Jim’s was good.  Wish we could do it more often.  Maybe some day when I am not a career guide.

The water is dropping, exceptionally clear and the fish are turning on. The Sockeye are still rolling in chrome and a few bright silvers have been taken.  The fishing is so good, you won’t want to stop till you drop.

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We are covered in Sockeye. The limit has been increased to 6 as the Russian River has already received escapement. Today, we saw a moose on the way to the river, had a black bear in a tree at the landing, filled the boat with sockeye and watched a brown bear on the float out.

The first 3 days of the season, our guests landed 5 rainbows 30 inches or better with a 32 incher taken the first day.  Bill Coulson caught a 27″ rainbow on the first cast of the 2009 season at 6am on June 11.

Hope to have a wireless connection at my cabin soon, so I can post more frequently.

Tight Lines!

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Allison Big Bow

Allison Big Bow

Allison...

Allison...

 

Allison....

Allison....

Brother Nate

Brother Nate

Dad Craig

Dad Craig

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Craig's Bow

Craig

Nate

Nate

Allsion Dolly

Allsion Dolly

See you next year Brandenberg"s

See you next year Brandenberg

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Busy day at the office.

Busy day at the office.

Fishing is so good, I can’t even tell you about it.  Got to paint beads.  Seriously, we are having a fantastic fall.  Rains are bringing the water up and keeping the fish on the move and thus constantly on the bite.  Send more picutures.  Just got done fishing with Denny Crum and his buddies from Louisville.  Denny Caught the biggest fish and don’t you guys forget it!

Hey Chris, the Helios was nice, but it is a good thing Stacy had a ZAxis for you to land this fish.

Hey Chris, the Helios was nice, but it is a good thing Stacy had a ZAxis for you to land this fish.

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The Kings are dropping eggs and the trout fishing has hit that magic level of ease and mayhem.  Doubles, triples and even the quad have been frequent the past few days.  Jim Harlow landed a fat 29″ rainbow today on Stacy’s boat among many others for his crew.

The water on the Upper Kenai is dropping and as clear as it typically gets.  The Middle Kenai is very clear and the Lower Kenai is almost like the Upper.  Silvers have been moving through the system and are starting to show up in the Upper River.  Frank Scheitler of Denver loves silvers and caught the first of the season on the Upper Kenai yesterday.  His son Joe was already several ahead from two days spent on the Lower.  Pinks are filling up many of the holding waters below Skilak and in the early stages can be fun on the fly.  Before long, we will be cursing them as they get in the way of a good drift or strip.

Sockeye will be joining the spawn in the next week and the trout and dollies will spread out.  Fishing from the riffles and gavel bars will be fantastic.  All I need are more hours in the day.  Note:  We have several days open from cancellations in September.  This should be a fantastic fall for trout fishing with good water and moderate sockeye numbers.  If you need to contact me, it is best to call 907-227-0549 between 5 and 9 pm Alaska Time.

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25,000 Sockeye hit the river on Tuesday.  We should be in fresh tasty salmon for the next several weeks.  That is, if we can take the time away from chasing rainbows.  One of Stacy’s anglers hooked chromer sockeye while trout fishing yesterday.  They went straight to the bank for sashimi. 
Lots of nice 24″ to 29″ rainbows this week.  Here are a few pictures I have received from earlier in July.
Patti July 11

Patti July 11

Jason Whitting July 3

Jason Whitting July 3

Jason went from the Kenai to the Kanektok where he landed his first King and many others on the fly.  Way to go Jason!  I know your Dad was loving it.

Bryan Whitting July 3

Bryan Whitting July 3

Allen July 3

Alen July 3

Alen from Anchorage took some time away from the Anchor to join his friend Bryan on the Kenai.  We had some fun sight fishing to big rainbows.

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I guess you could say we have had fishing weather.  Lots of clouds and cool temps.  I think we have only hit 70 briefly on two afternoons (yesterday being one).  We have also had frost two mornings ( June 30 and July 1).  At least the water temps are finally warming.  Sockeye bound for the upriver tributaries are moving through the Lower Kenai and a few have reached the Upper.  Bryan and Jason Whiting from Glenwood Springs, CO fished with me on July 2 and 3.  As always, it was great to have them in the boat.  Brian hooked a big sockeye while trout fishing and a 10 minute battle ensued.  We finally forced the ending by drifting with the fish and using my King net.  We spent the second day sight fishing in unusally clear water on the middle Kenai.  Brian, Jason and Alen (from Anchorage) all landed some great fish.  I am awaiting the pictures, but Bryan and Jason are off to Alaska West and the Kanektok to chase Kings on the fly.  I look forward to that report and wish them great success.  Jason will probably fish until he either drops or lands his first King. 

Yesterday I fished with Mike Richards and crew.  They stayed in the Mystic Lodge  and fished with Stacy and I for three fun days on the Kenai.  Three of the four landed their largest rainbows to date.  They are now off to Kamchatka Russia on a Fly Shop trip.  Good luck boys and let me know how it goes.

We have enjoyed watching lots of eagles lately.  The mergansers have not.  Now that the early run carcasses are declining, little mergansers have been in peril and many have ended up in talons and likely been fed to the next eagle generation.

Trout fishing remains good, with all sizes (10″ – 10lbs) and colors (chrome, post spawn and leopard) of rainbows along with a few dollies making up the catch.  Some smaller fish have been rising to caddis and can be fun to play with on a lighter rod.  I love this time between sockeye runs, but will also be happy to see a big late run return.  We are also in a Pink Salmon cycle, so it will be interesting to see how the trout respond to lots and lots of food.

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Mica Fesler took time off from flying his F22 and gave lots of Kenai Rainbows a workout including a fish estimated at 29″.  Neil Cooper caught four sockeye (his first salmon) and several Dollies (his first Dollies) in addition to a bunch of nice rainbows.

Sockeye fishing has slowed as many of the fish have moved through the Kenai and into the Russian.  The Sanctuary at the confluence opened today, signalling that escapement goals will be met.  Trout fishing is strong, as the river is full of carcasses from angler caught salmon.  The eagles, bears, gulls and rainbows are all getting well fed.  We have been seeing both brown and black bears daily.

Here are some images from Mike and Ryan King’s trip June 16-20.

Mike and Ryan King

June Kenai Rainbow

1st Sockeye

Mike is coming back in September and can’t wait.  He even bought a hat and shirt from the new Mysticfishing Store.  Thank’s Mike!

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The Upper Kenai and Lower Kenai Outlet have been open for three days.  The weather has been cool and runoff minimal.  The water is still low and cold, but fishing is excellent.  Today, Stacy’s boat hit a limit of Sockeye in 35 minutes and after releasing a bunch more, went on to catch lots of rainbows and even a few large dollies.  I have been on the rainbow quest.  Bill Coulson from Fort Collins has become a regular in my boat and holds the early season lead with a 31″ rainbow that crushed his fly and put up a 30 minute battle.  We have spent the last three days sight fishing in unusually clear water.  Several cow moose and calfs have been around.  A sow grizzly with two cubs is a regular below the Russian and we watched an eagle snatch a chrome sockeye below Skilak.

Looking forward to Mike Kings group from Grand Junction Colorado next week.  Prospects are looking good!

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