Kenai Report 08-06-11

The trout fishing is heating up along the Kenai and its tributaries.  The abundance of reds that have shown up in the last few weeks has changed the dynamics in the middle and upper sections of the river. The water is still running fairly low and clear, but the flesh is starting to roll.  With all of the filleted red carcasses in the river, frenzies of flesh eating trout are being seen.   Try small flesh flies and micro flesh in the main river.  Beads are working fairly well, but the big bead bite has yet to turn on in the main river.  Expect this to happen soon.

Tributaries like the Russian are fishing really well.  The sockeye spawn has started in several of the tributaries and beads are knocking the socks off of fish.  Try fresher orange and red colors in 6mm to mimic the recently laid sockeye eggs.  Please note that in fly fishing only waters (such as the Russian), a bead must be attached to the hook in order to be a legal rig.  Pegged or free-sliding beads are not allowed.

Second run sockeye continue to stream up the main river.  Bright fish are becoming harder and harder to find, but there’s still some good sockeye fishing to be had. Expect the sockeye fishing to taper off this week.

Good Luck and Tight Lines,

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