Hello everybody, great forum!
A few years back a friend of mine was fortunate enough to be able to buy a house on the middle Kenai river. Since then he and I have made an annual pilgrimage up for two weeks of silver/trout fishing, always during the second half of August. The vast majority of our fishing has been done (by personal power boat) from Naptowne rapids up to Skilak.
While the trout fishing is generally steady, over the years we have found that this early run of silvers can be fickle. During about 12 days of fishing we generally have 4-5 days of good action, 4-5 days of hard work for the fish and 2-3 days of 'almost impossible'.
So this year for a change of pace we are going to come up for the second run of silvers. Research has led me to think that late September early October should be prime time for silvers in this stretch of river. It is my understanding that this second run is believed to larger (in both quantity and size) and that these second-run fish are primarily mainstem spawners and tend to hang around much longer than the early run.
I am interested to hear about personal experience from you guys comparing the silver fishing in late August to this Late September/October time frame. Fish numbers, catchability, behavior changes between runs, ect?