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Thread: Best setup for Reds on the Kenai around Soldotna

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    Default Best setup for Reds on the Kenai around Soldotna

    Bringing some family down to Soldotna for Red fishing... what's the best rig?

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    You'll need a stick & string... size, type, etc doesn't really matter as long as it can handle a fish in the in the 10-15 pound class. Most use a medium action spinning get-up.

    Then you'll need a hook. You can go with the 50-cent "Coho Fly" available at every store in town, or you can just use a bare hook, or some just tie a bit of floss to a bare hook. An inch of pink floss on a red hook is often sworn to actually entice an occasional bite, but you know how fishing stories go. Be aware that there are some areas deemed "fly-fishing only" where you must use a fly (not a bare hook) and often with size restrictions, so check the regs for your spot.

    Then you'll need some snag-resistant sinkers. Some just use split-shot, some use the rubber grip style inline sinkers. Just don't use dangling stuff as it tends to hang up as it's drifting. Put your sinker about 3 feet up the line from the hook.

    Wear safety glasses while flossing reds! Sinkers and hooks fly everywhere. Be especially wary of combat fishing zones with lots of people in close proximity.

    Find an open spot on the bank (stand in the water, not on the bank) and toss this outfit upstream. Allow it to flow downstream with the current, sinker bouncing the bottom. As it gets downstream about 45, pull it back in smoothly. Most do the "flip" and basically do a fly-fishing style roll cast to bring it back upstream to repeat the drift while leaving just as much line out as they can manage (maybe 10-12 feet). Each drift only lasts a few seconds due to the quick current of the Kenai, so it's a pretty fast-paced activity.

    All you're doing is hoping that the line between the sinker and hook "flosses" into the open mouth of a passing sockeye. Then the line is pulled through by a combo of the sinker pulling downstream and the fish swimming upstream until the hook reaches the mouth. With any luck, you'll get a fair hooking in the mouth. There's a high rate of snags when the hook sets prior to entering the mouth and you'll have to release those fish.

    Good luck!
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    A fly pole is the easiest way but you can do it with a spinning setup as well. Prepare to have a tired arm if you are using spinning gear though.
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