First off, I want to quickly introduce myself and say thank you. My name is Brian, I live in Arizona but have been to Alaska a few times. This forum seems excellent, and I am glad to now be part of it.
Just over two years ago, my brother was brutally murdered in Anchorage by two thug scumbags. The details are disgustingly horrific. One scumbag has still not even gone to trial! This happened in July 2009 over some pocket change. They jumped my brother at night and took turns slowly beating my brother to death, leaving him to die and bragging about it to friends. I would never wish this death on anyone else except those two scumbags themselves. It has been a painful experience for our entire family, with scars that run deep and have not begun to heal.
My brother lived on and off in Alaska for 20 years, and loved every single minute of it. He brought me to Alaska twice to fish on the Kenai and Ship Creek, gold prospect and work in the canneries. In all those years, I kept telling him that I would come do a hunt with him, but alas, that never came to be. His murder has been hard as I think about his every single day. Last summer, some friends of his from around the country met my wife and I up in Alaska to honor his memory by hitting the opening of Reds on the Russian and leaving a memorial for him. They had all lived in Alaska at one time or another with my brother.
This year, I wanted to come up and honor my brother by spending a little time with his memorial on the Kenai and fish some in the spots he showed me (not really private spots, Russian River and the ferry!). It will be exceptionally tough without him or his friends there, and all I will be able to think about is how he will never meet his two nieces and nephew that are mine. I will be fishing alone (well, not literally with the combat zones around me!) but his memory, and hopefully good luck, will be with me.
On July 26-29, I will be down on the Kenai for Reds and wanted to try something a little new, Silvers in Willow Creek or Little Susitna on July 29-31. Does this sound like a good time to be in those places to fish for these species? It seems the silvers won't enter the Kenai until mid-August, and the reds should still be running in the Russian/Kenai rivers. I want to use this opportunity to rmember what my brother taught me so many years ago about salmon fishing and add to the memories with something new.
Here is my other question: I have fished for kings and reds, using a heavy action Ugly Stick, 30 pound spiderwire and Russian River flies (reds) or vibrax (kings). I have to buy a new rod when I get to Alaska and would like to know what kind of rod to buy. Is a medium or medium/heavy action approrpiate for both reds and silvers since they are larger than first-run reds? Same line? Same flies? What about for silvers?
Sorry, I know this is a lot, especially for a first post, but I could use your help. I will be there in 10 days and have not decided yet on what to buy for rods, reels, line, flies, lures, etc nor firmed up where or how to fish. My DREAM would be a float plane somewhere remote, a float trip down the Kenai or a 1/2 day halibut trip, but I am a state employee in Arizona and let's just say the pay ain't that great! Any ideas for last minute deals with charters? Not looking for free, just something affordable that I can catch fish on. My wife and youngest, 5 month old boy, will be with me but spending most of the time relaxing in the hotel room.
Again, thank you. Brian