Friday, September 14, 2012

Russian River/Kenai River confluence 091312

So I decided I had to take the day off and hit the Russian River.  The great news today is Michele came along to try flyfishing for the first time ever.

Parked at Grayling parking lot and decided to walk downstream.  There was so little water in the Russian River that we couldn't find more than a foot deep hole until we walked down to the sanctuary area at the confluence to the Kenai River.

Set up with 6mm and 8mm beads in assorted colors.  We stayed in one spot since Michele had never held a fly rod in her hand.  She did great.  We hooked maybe a dozen trout and land half of them in a three hour span which isn't bad given we worked a 20 yard stretch of water the entire time.  No real pattern as to what they were hitting.  6mm, 8mm, orange, pink, transulcent, mottled, eyed...didn't seem to matter.  We obviously were not doing something right most of the time as I said we worked the same hole and every 15 to 20 minutes we would hook one.  I'm sure an expert who can dead drift beads would have much better luck.  LOTS of bright red tomatoe sockeyes in the water.  Michele hooked a silver but lost it right away since we were using trout sized hooks.

Amazingly enough she landed two dollies.  I have yet to catch a dollie on the upper Kenai in a half dozen trips,  Always rainbows.  I guess that's more of an observation than a complaiint as I would rather catch the rainbows.

Lots of bear signs so keep your head up looking around if you go!!!


Anonymous said...

Very nice! Looks like a great day to me. I still vow to fish the Kenai before I'm gone.

Rudy T said...

The Kenai is an amazing and diverse river. Having lived near the river most of my life on the lower end, I am just now learning the upper Kenai and the trout it holds. Definitely worthy of a "bucket list" destination status!!!!

Anonymous said...

Nice color choice on the blog. It is really easy on my eyes and I have bad eyes too so that's a really big compliment lol

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