I have certainly enjoyed the posts here so I put to you learned fish mongers the following:
You know how we have so much to do in the summer we sometimes put things off until "later". Well one of those things was getting out of Fairbanks to trek down to the Kenai to do some fishing. While I was putting it off I got an invitation for an all expense paid trip to Afghanistan....just me and 328 of my closest friends. As luck (bad) would have it certain Afghans don't have a real sense of hospitality and they showed me by blowing my right lower leg off and shattering most of the bone structure everywhere else between my knees and pelvis. Consequently I now ride a wheelchair except for limited mobility with a prosthetic leg and half-arm crutches.
So before anybody says it...thank you for thanking me for my service. It's not about that...it's about fishing advice.
My wife is taking distance summer classes through the Kenai Peninsula Campus in Soldotna, but she needs to go down for a lab session on Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th. While we are there I want to spend at least one day fishing on the Kenai. We most probably can't afford a guided trip for me so we are planning to camp in one of the handicap accessible sites at Cenntinial Park so I can roll to the river during the day. What bait should I use and should I use a salmon rod (standard open face) or my dad's old salt rig?
This IS going to be my one and only hurrah on the Kenai, so despite my limitations, I want to make the best of it. I'm not sure how many winters I've got left in me especially since our heating oil in Fairbanks is delivered by a masked bandit who usually carries a gun.