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    I am taking a vacation this summer (mid-July) and will be staying in Girdwood. My plan is to do sum spinner fishing in the near by streams. Any idea what types of lures will work best for trout and possible salmon? Also, what size line would you recommend? I usually use 4lb test line to trout fish.

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    There are basically no fishable streams in Girdwood. Some pink salmon return to Glacier Creek in late July through August, but that's about it. North of Girdwood about 10 miles you will find Bird Creek, which should be starting to see pink and silver salmon by then. Silver salmon require 15lb test line (or more), and vibrax spinners in a size 4 or 5 are ideal. Pinks will strike these as well.

    Moving south from Girdwood a little over an hour will take you to the Cooper Landing area. This is where you'll want to head to target rainbow trout. The rainbows of the Russian River and Kenai River can be very large, so 10lb test would be a minimum. Much of the upper Kenai and all of the Russian River is fly-fishing only water, though. You can use your spinning rod, but you'll have to toss flies instead of spinners. For specific flies, your best bet will be to visit a shop when you're here and ask what they're feeding on currently. Popular selections include egg-sucking leech patterns and beads, but that all depends on if the salmon are spawning yet or not. To fish spinners for trout, you'll have to head farther downstream on the Kenai. Hiring a guide will almost certainly put you into fish, both plentiful and large. Going it alone will be a challenge.

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    Default Hey Brian

    Is Ingram creek worth a try for pinks and dollys that time of year. It is just a short hop from girdwood too
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskachuck View Post
    Is Ingram creek worth a try for pinks and dollys that time of year. It is just a short hope from girdwood too
    Good call, Chuck. Ingram is only 10 miles south of Girdwood, and can be a fun stop for pinks in late July. I've never caught a dolly there, but I assume they're in there somewhere.

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    You will likely find dollies and few trout. Get the book Highway Angler by Gunnar Peterson. It will tell you which sterams to hit and give suggestions as to what lures to use too. That time of year you stand a chance of catching pink salmon, chum salmon, and silver salmon. Your targets will be: Ingram creek, Bird Creek, Indian Creek, Portage Creek, and maybe virgin creek, glacier creek, and 20 mile river. There are some small creeks that I have not listed, but all of them will get a run of pinks and may have some searun dollies. 4lb might be a little light, but with the execption of bird creek you could do it if you don't mind loosing fish and lures. Most of the creeks besides Bird will only have light presure. There are some stocked lakes at portage, 10 miles south of girdwood, that can have good fishing at that time too.

    Oh I forgot to tell you to go to Hope for Dollies and pinks.

    And becareful fishing the tidewater in any of the streams. We get big tides and have mud that can turn from semingly solid to liquid cement in no time. You might want to check out the dates to see the biggest boar tide. A wave anywhere from 6" to 6' will come washing into the turnagin arm at high tide. It is prety amazing to see.
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    The only thing you'll catch in Girdweed is a good buzz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by garnede View Post
    And becareful fishing the tidewater in any of the streams. We get big tides and have mud that can turn from semingly solid to liquid cement in no time. You might want to check out the dates to see the biggest boar tide. A wave anywhere from 6" to 6' will come washing into the turnagin arm at high tide. It is prety amazing to see.
    Yep, be careful on the mud. You don't want to be out there when this comes in:



    Note the kayaker in the middle to give you an idea of size....

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    Yeah, the infamous Bore Tide. Great Pic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coho slayer View Post
    yep, be careful on the mud. You don't want to be out there when this comes in:



    note the kayaker in the middle to give you an idea of size....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcox View Post
    Yeah, the infamous Bore Tide. Great Pic!
    Thanks...it was total luck. Just happened to be driving back from fishing and saw that monster coming...had to pull over. There was also a guy surfing it, but he bit it before they got to me.

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