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    Providing the weather holds, I plan on heading over to Cooper Landing on the 23rd to fish. Only recently moved up from the lower 48 and am dying to get on the water. On the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho, this time of year is big heavy bead head stonefly nymphs with a small hares ear or pheasant-tail dropper under a strike indicator.

    What is the recommended approach on the upper Kenai this time of year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smousefam5 View Post
    Providing the weather holds, I plan on heading over to Cooper Landing on the 23rd to fish. Only recently moved up from the lower 48 and am dying to get on the water. On the South Fork of the Snake in Idaho, this time of year is big heavy bead head stonefly nymphs with a small hares ear or pheasant-tail dropper under a strike indicator.

    What is the recommended approach on the upper Kenai this time of year?

    NO dropper flies allowed. Only a single hook per line. You may want to read over the regs for that section of river before taking the trip.
    Any of the flies mentioned may work. So would a bead or flesh fly. I'd start with beads (probably something with a dull color) then give flesh a try. Strike indicators are a given.

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    Ya, I did know about the droppers.

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    Swinging ESL's and Dollylama's can be very productive late in the year too.

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    Is there another place you would recommend more than Upper Kenai like maybe Anchor River or Deep Creek? Sorry, just new to the area and really want to catch some fish.

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    Are you using a boat or is this a wader trip?
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    Check the regs. Some of the lower peninsula rivers are closed. Wish I had further advice than that but i haven't done much winter time exploring.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AlaskaHippie View Post
    Are you using a boat or is this a wader trip?
    I will be wading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quest32a View Post
    Check the regs. Some of the lower peninsula rivers are closed. Wish I had further advice than that but i haven't done much winter time exploring.


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    It does appear that Anchor, Deep, and Ninilchik are closed.

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    and they are frozen too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BN2FSH View Post
    and they are frozen too!
    I wish.....!!
    Your sarcasm is way, waaaayyyyyyyy more sarcastic than mine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smousefam5 View Post
    Is there another place you would recommend more than Upper Kenai like maybe Anchor River or Deep Creek? Sorry, just new to the area and really want to catch some fish.
    If you want to get on fish focus on the bigger rivers since they don't freeze as easily. But the Kenai is hard to beat right about now, unless you want to do some ice fishing...........

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    Swing big dark things. Beads will work too but go out swinging!

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