Well, we waited for it, and it looks like it's here. That big group of reds in the Kenai. It all started just after high tide and was still going like crazy when I left at 11:30pm. I got all I needed in about an hour or so. Everyone was catching fish and it was insane. I don't think I've ever seen the Kenai like that before. Tons of fish, with jumpers still visible far out to sea. I even put a gopro video camera on the pole in hopes of getting some shots of fish getting into the net. Haven't had a chance to view salmon going into the net. Should resolve my curiosity about whether reds swim with the current on an outgoing tide or the other direction. Should be interesting.
Fyi, the comfish boats were out in force and the river was plugged with fish anyway. Perhaps they don't haul in all the reds as some have suggested? All I know is that the weather was great and the dipnetting was amazing.
At one point a guy asked me what time it was and i shouted over my shoulder as I ran back in to position my net, "it's summertime! What a place we live in.