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    Default Wild rainbow trout

    HI I'm looking for a few hints tips .Ill be fishing the Keni pen the last half of july and would love to catch a proper wild bow on the fly ,size doesn't matter even a 1 pounder on the wt 3 would be good ,Here in Scotland there are no wild bows all are stocked pellet fed slobs that swim round a lake or pond .It would be fantastic to catch a proper one from a nice stream on the fly . Graham.

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    If you are fishing the rivers on the Kenai Pen then you will be fishing for wild rainbows. You will probably want a larger flyrod 5-8 wt. Even the stocked rainbows are "wild". They are fed until they are released, then they feed them selves. No feed pellets here. The last half of july will probably be good on egg flies and some bright flesh flies. If you do not know what they are, use the search function on this site and you will find numerous post about them. Good luck. If you go with the 8wt fly rod you can spend some time chasing Red Salmon too.
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    you'll be pleasantly surprised by the lack of pellet fed rainbows in the streams/rivers of the kenai pen. spend some time browsing/searching this forum and you'll find plenty of hints and ideas where to go. bring a good 5 or 6 wt, maybe even a 7.

    look at the most recent posts under the "urban fishing" thread.
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    Good info before me here.

    I suggest you contact the good folks at Troutfitters and have them take you out for a day or two. Raft or driftboat on the Upper Kenai. Hike in guided fishing. Several options of course. Shoot them an email via their website. Very reputable.

    http://aktroutfitters.com/





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    Default Other good sources for info...

    Here are links to other threads with info which might help:

    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=32625
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ad.php?t=20631
    http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com/...ead.php?t=6758

    Consider calling or shooting an email to these local fly shops. This is a big trip for you. I've had good experiences with them all:

    Worldwide Angler:
    http://www.akflyshop.com/

    McAfee's:
    http://www.mcafeesflyshop.com/

    Mountain View Sports:
    http://www.mtviewsports.com/

    And in Wasilla, 3 Rivers:
    http://www.3riversflyandtackle.com/index.html

    Good luck.

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    Default Swanson canoe trails

    try renting a canoe & do some fishing on any of the Swanson River area lakes. most of the lakes have trout & I believe they are all wild (natural born) fish. Slowly paddle a lake, trolling a bead head hares ear nymph & have fun.
    there is a place to rent canoes on the Sterling Hwy (in or near Sterling) and they will drop you (& canoe) off & pick you up. if you have camping gear do an overnighter. most of the lakes are small, but there are good portage trails and the farther from the road, the better the fishing.
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    Just take a short three or four hour hike/fish along the reaches of the Russian River. Go to the day parking lot of the campground and you will catch rainbows until you get tired.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    try renting a canoe & do some fishing on any of the Swanson River area lakes. most of the lakes have trout & I believe they are all wild (natural born) fish. Slowly paddle a lake, trolling a bead head hares ear nymph & have fun.
    there is a place to rent canoes on the Sterling Hwy (in or near Sterling) and they will drop you (& canoe) off & pick you up. if you have camping gear do an overnighter. most of the lakes are small, but there are good portage trails and the farther from the road, the better the fishing.
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    Great advice man! You are very right about the kenai canoe trails.....they are all wild trout. If you fish some sinking line in low light with small streamers mimicking slulpin or sticklebacks....you might even catch a few arctic char too. The moderator of the canoe forum has a great deal of knowledge regarding the canoe trails and catching wild rainbows. He is the guy that rents the canoes and his name is Max. The deeper you go into the canoe trail system.....the better the fishing. Affordability, solitude, good fishing with a "lil bit of a challenge" (they are wild fish), and many different routes to choose from is how I could describe the kenai canoe trails. 5-6 weight rod will be acceptable for this style of fishing. pack light, and plan to camp on the trail system for a few nights.........BRING BEAR SPRAY AND/OR GUN!

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    Did several of the lakes in the Swan Lakes system last weekend, tons of rainbows allover, especially if its the right time of day. Some of the portages can get long while hauling a canoe though so pack light! and bring lots of bug dope.

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    Default An overnighter sounds good

    Thanks for all your advice guys ,this Info will help us greatly during our trip .Most of my gang sound keen for a canoe trip but it is difficult to talk to everyone as we are all at sea at different times hence the long delays between posts. So we will wait and play it by ear when we get their and see what is catching and where.Thanks again Graham.

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    Default Access?

    How are you accessing the river?

    If hiking in, get the skinny early (this forum should be a good source - many experienced guys) for parking, trail tips, etc. PM to guys who post about the Kenai likely productive.

    If hiring a guide service, reservations now might be best. Guys on this forum will also have suggestions on that too.

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