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    I read the forums a fair amount but haven't posted much. I was just curious how everyone's summer of chasing Bows turned out with everything being as late as it was and the high water. I have seen some great pictures on here, hope everyone's summer was successful! Now winter and the tying season are upon us.

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    I had a good year given the conditions. In fact, my biggest rainbow of the year was when the Kenai was above flood level. I was also able to get a few this summer in my "secret" spots as well.

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    Phenomenal, incredible, epic! Both in the number and the size of fish caught (Rainbows and Dolly's). But I guess it was more in the fall than in the summer.
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    Rainbow fishing was OK, I guess...


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    That thing is a hog monster pig daddy!
    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post
    Rainbow fishing was OK, I guess...

    "The North wind is cold no matter what direction it's blowing"

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    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post
    Rainbow fishing was OK, I guess...

    Yeah, looks as though it wasn't at all. Is that a peninsula rainbow? Gotta be more than thirty years old, that guy !

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    that is south east steel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice fish Mark!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenaibow fan View Post
    that is south east steel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Nice fish Mark!
    Bristol Bay rainbow, 33"x19", on the swing.

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    Using the weight calculator for salmon at this site, that beauty pops in at 15+ pounds. I bet that weight estimate is close enough for government work. Congrats!

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    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post
    Bristol Bay rainbow, 33"x19", on the swing.
    Holy sheet! Piggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrownBear View Post
    Using the weight calculator for salmon at this site, that beauty pops in at 15+ pounds. I bet that weight estimate is close enough for government work. Congrats!
    Thanks BB.

    You should check out the "length x girth squared / {appropriate divisor}" research and synthesis done by Bob Pauli. it is a pretty neat read for the fishnerds among us. I mention this because the divisor for the calculator you used is 775, and Pauli argues for a smaller divisor based on conical volumetric modeling weighed against field-derived measurements.

    Geek spoken here.

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    I was gonna say.......looking at the background, and the fact that it actually still has it's lips, it must be a southwest AK fish. That's a beauty, even for out there.

    Kvichak....Naknek? With the color I'm guessin it was June.....but he's fat like fall.

    Living out there for 8 years I saw a lot of big bows, but that one is a show stopper, well done.

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ID:	66117Early June rainbow from the Kenai this year.....What a dink compared to G smolt's beast...Dang man! What a fish!

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    Incredible fish, G. Good God!
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    That looks like a bend I fished back in the day not to far out of King Salmon Oh how I miss that area. Now I have to go back and fish it again and again and again and again. Nice work Mark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post
    Bristol Bay rainbow, 33"x19", on the swing.
    Mark,
    So do the bows there normally not have dots below the lateral line? Guess I shouldn't make assumptions, the color threw me off along with the lack of spots. But it does have a pretty big snout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenaibow fan View Post
    Mark,
    So do the bows there normally not have dots below the lateral line? Guess I shouldn't make assumptions, the color threw me off along with the lack of spots. But it does have a pretty big snout.
    Joe-

    I have caught some spotty dotties in that flow, and some with almost no spotting at all.

    Here is my Avatar fish from fall 2010 with the "clear sides" and in chrome condition...

    30"x19.5" fatness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G_Smolt View Post
    Joe-

    I have caught some spotty dotties in that flow, and some with almost no spotting at all.

    Here is my Avatar fish from fall 2010 with the "clear sides" and in chrome condition...

    30"x19.5" fatness.
    Dude, nice fish man.

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    Nice Job G smolt! so jealous!!

    I really didn't do any serious rainbow fishing last year and am gonna try and make up for it with a few kenai trips!

    Really need to fish the nak again though!!!

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    Mark,

    gotcha, well either way those are some nice fish! Interesting to see the difference in fish throughout the different water sheds in AK. For example the rainbows in Big Lake have a gold tint to them!

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