Okay, you may have heard of a world class fishery we have for wild rainbows and char. It's got it's share of salmon as well. It's called the Upper Kenai River. lol...Many of you know that I grew up in Alaska, moving to Kenai in 1971. I have fished HARD every chance I get since then.
YET for the first time EVER I fished it today!!!!!!! Being clueless, I didn't touch a fish though I saw plenty right in front of me. Until recently, I have been a meat fisherman and I did ALL my Kenai River fishing from Pillars down to Cunningham Park. I know every twist and turn of the lower river. If I am going to eat a fish, it's going to be a salmon as close to the ocean as possible. Trout? Isn't that just a teeny salmon? (Ok, so I was wrong...I admit it.)
If you don't count the Russian River, the Moose River and the late winter fishery by the bridge at Cooper Landing, I had NEVER fished above Swiftwater Park in Soldotna nor had I been on a boat of any kind above the bridge in Soldotna. Today, I fished a stretch of River that I had never fished yet driven past a thousand times...literally!!!!
I used my mini-x and what a sweet platform for drifting down the river. At first the current freaked me out a bit. trying to hit a spot on shore was fruitless as i ended 25 yards downstream all the time. Pretty much stayed in the middle away from any danger until I spied a gravel bar I wanted to fish.
I saw fish rolling in front of me. both silvers and nice rainbows but I couldn't get them to hit anything...beads, flesh flies, leeches, nymphs... I have no idea what i was doing wrong. I did hear a few folks say it was slow. I saw a few folks with fish on though so someone was catching fish! Well I am sure it's going to take time to figure it out but you can bet I am going to hit this section hard until I figure it out!
The trip was much shorter than expected. Instead of being done at 5pm. I was done at 3pm. But good thing. On the drive back I ran into my first snow of the year...and my first blizzard.
Video is terrible because I didn't clean my lens but I needed something to commemorate my first trip ever on the Upper Kenai and the season's first snow fall.
Slightly North of the Seward/Kenai Junction.