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Kenai Lake tributary sockeye running strong. Kings so far so good. Dollies showing in the upper Kenai. Opportunistic rainbows. Streamer grabs from all species.

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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.


Martin's in the House






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This is a damn scary time. I don’t like to focus on this stuff, but everyone needs to be aware of these continual threats and support the good guys fighting for our fish and the health of our world. If the Pebble Mine is not enough to scare you, here is another horror.

Protect BC’s Sacred Headwaters from Shell Coalbed Methane

The Sacred Headwaters is a vast alpine basin and the birthplace of three of the Northwest’s most important salmon/steelhead rivers: the Nass, the Skeena and the Stikine. It is home to caribou, grizzly bears, mountain goats, and myriad other wildlife species. Royal Dutch Shell wants to exploit the Sacred Headwaters for coalbed methane gas. Such a development would see the wild landscape of the Sacred Headwaters turned into an industrial maze of wellheads, roads, pipelines and a conduit for toxic soup that can never be cleaned up.

Got to this website and sign the petition.

Sacred Headwaters Online Action Centre

These Shells are toxic to fish

From:  <Questions@shell.com>To:  <info@mysticfishing.com>Subject: Out of Office AutoReply: Keep Shell out of BC’s Sacred Headwaters We are currently experiencing a high volume of e-mail, and our responses may take longer than normal.

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