So I have tried the Kenai River a few times and what an interesting fishery.
I have a few questions for people who have more time on the Upper Kenai.
1) What is the typical ratio of Rainbows to Dollies? I ask because I have only caught rainbows (and a whitefish) in three attempts. Of course that's 5 fish landed and maybe 10 more that I think I saw after hooked. Super small sample size.
2) None of the rainbows I have caught were the typical aerial battle I seem to have with rainbows in other places I catch. No complaints about the fight, they sure do pull hard. Is this just the fish I have caught? time of year? Any observations?
3) Can you adjust the quantity vs quality factor as you fish. What I mean is ( I know there are always exceptions) that when I was using 6mm beads, in the time I tried, I caught some nice fish but also the small ones. But when I switched to big flesh flies, in one hole in under an hour, I managed two of the largest rainbows I have ever caught and no smaller fish. I love the story about huge rainbows sipping size 24 midges but is it your experience that big bait baits improve quality but at maybe the cost of quantity?
4) Finally, I love to use whitefish for bait ice fishing. The one I caught had the hook inside the mouth and the bead 2 inches ahead of it. I don't think it hit the bead. I think it hit the hook thinking it was something. Any chance I can specifically target whitefish in any decent numbers (would love to get a few per trip to stock up for the season) using small nymph or other patterns? Not to upset the strict C&R folks especially on this River but is taking whitefish out of the system detrimental to the wild rainbows and char? I can buy them so it's not a big deal. I heard one guy say he had caught a lot more than normal this year.
Just curious. I am sure I will get more info as I try to learn this fishery. But I know there are a ton of folks here that know the river like the back of their hand. So thought I'd ask. Thanks in advance for any info.