Fly Fishing on the Upper Kenai this week is Pro
Status. Big Water conditions and super selective trout are taking amateurs to
school, and trout veterans are pulling out all the stops. Chrome Second Run
Sockeye are in a holding formation in Skilak Lake and continue to send early
run, big burner red scouts into the Upper battlefield . Until this swarm of
chrome infiltrates the Upper Kenai, Fly Fisherman should
read Lafontaine’s Legacy: The Last Flies from an American Master by AL
Beatty and take some serious notes.
The Middle Kenai this week is a War Zone. Chrome Sockeye by the tens of
thousands are making their exodus into the UpperRiver and waters are running blood
red like the River Styx. These rod-snapping ultras are not playing games, and
anglers should be prepared for lacerations. Trout fishing is traditionally slow
during these mega-runs, however anglers drifting carcass and 12mm beads along
the banks are going to the bank with pounds of chrome.
I would like to give a shout to my friend Johnny Witlatch of Reel Adventures
on the KenaiRiver
for living up to his word as a true Catch and Release King Salmon Guide.
Earlier this week, Johnny and his friend Joel Atchison released the sixth biggest
King Salmon ever caught in the World. A fish estimated at 90+ pounds. It
is these Legendary Giants that produce the Biggest King Salmon and native
Rainbow Trout in the world. Legendary!