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    Smile 4 days on the Russian River

    Here is my take and report.

    Day 1 Friday. Fished the Russian at the chute below the cottenwood hole. Limited out but it was a wait and catch day. Took about 3 hours. If you knew what you were doing you could catch fish. Inbetween reds I was enjoying some very fine bow fishing.

    Day 2 Saturday. Walked down to the same chute. In 2 hours I saw 1 fish. Time to put the raft in. Floated down the powerline and parked on the left side just before the bend. 20 to 30 fish pushing up about every 15 minutes. Bluebird day and limit caught. Overall probably 30 fish caught in 5 hours that day. Many others hooked and not landed.


    Day 3 sunday. Walked down to the chute again. DEAD. Hmmmm lets go up river. Waled way up. Lots of fish laying in all the back eddy's. 57 fish caught and limited out of course. It was a good day. There were a few people up there but it was still very very pleasent. 3 Blackies running around the upper river. 1 very nice one, 1 mid range and 1 newbie little guy. They all stayed on the other side of the bank and were just grabbing snacks out of the water and posed no threat at all.

    Day 4 monday. Walked down to the physco zone for the opener. Wow the fish were stacked. 8am and all hell broke loose. 30 minutes later it was deader than a doornail. None of those fish shot up river they all turned and burned back into the Kenai green water. Lots of fish hooked in a short time but on my lightgear just nowhere to take them but no worries. i had enough. More fun watching the insanity.
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    man sounds like you had fun! how big were the bows?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK Twin Turbo View Post
    man sounds like you had fun! how big were the bows?

    Nothing huge. All in the 12 to 20" range but some amazing colors. Here is one of them
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    The picture of all the people....that gives a new meaning to "hip pocket fishing buddy"

    Are there only fish in one hole or something?

    Cool looking bows, and it sounds like some great fishing.

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    57 fish day? Nice day! Sweet pics too, thanks for sharing.

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    Stopped by your campsite Sunday afternoon, not a soul in sight. Glad you had a good time, most people I talked to were having a blast, except for a group of Germans that got popped for overlimit. The Russian is still a beautiful place no matter how many people are there.

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    Sorry JTM i was on the river.

    Here is the video link

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr3hBUJAI8g
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    Default Cool video

    Nice fish. Looks like you had a great time!

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    Nice rock technique
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskachuck View Post
    None of those fish shot up river they all turned and burned back into the Kenai green water.
    That explains it. I was there on Thursday and Friday and did really well, so I took my nephew back down yesterday afternoon. I expected it to be smoking hot, as I figured the fish stacked in the sanctuary would push up into the Russian and load up right beneath the falls. I was really surprised at the lack of fish once we got there. At the end of the day my nephew ended up with two, but we really had to work for these fish. He still had a great time (can you tell? ), but it wasn't the catching bonanza that I expected.


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    What a zoo.

    Dang.

    Wish I was there! Looks like fun!

    ;D

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    Nice video, grew up in the Bladell area.
    Going up to the Russian River in the end of July, this will be my 3 trip.
    Fishing and cold beer, nothing is better than that.

    Keep the lines tight
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLFisherman View Post
    Nice video, grew up in the Bladell area.
    Going up to the Russian River in the end of July, this will be my 3 trip.
    Fishing and cold beer, nothing is better than that.

    Keep the lines tight
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    Thumbs up Nice work!

    Sounds like a sweet trip Chuck! Pretty 'bow as well. Glad you got into them. 57 fish! That's a tough act to follow.

    Thanks for the report and the pictures. I sure hope a bunch of those fish that turned back to the Kenai are making there way up right now in preparation for my trip down tomorrow.
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    Thanks to all. Very nice weekend. Im looking forward to this weekend and doing the float from the lake down to jims with my wife. Put her on some nice bows, maybe catch a few myself. I love the russian but if it were me and I was heading down there to fish (and I will be thursday at 5 am) Id go upstream.
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    Thanks for another great trip, Chuck! I had an awesome time and all I have to say is that some day I'll graduate one notch above my kindergarten grade skills with these amazing fish! Man those Reds can fight!

    I'm looking forward to next month with better gear (on my end) and having a blast in Seward as well as another great camping trip on the Russian for the next Red run!

    Hope you and June have a blast this weekend.

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    I thought you had a job!!!
    Do they just let you take off when ever you want?
    See you at the main event in September bud!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    I thought you had a job!!!
    Do they just let you take off when ever you want?
    See you at the main event in September bud!!!

    I do dave but I hit a severe family illness with my mom yesterday. It does not look like I will be heading down thrusday.. It all depends on what the Neurosurgon says. She was found to have a golfball sized brain tumor and they believe it is cancerous. Ill know more late today or tomorrow. I do look forward to seeing you at the main event. Your lightiing the lantern
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskachuck View Post
    I do dave but I hit a severe family illness with my mom yesterday. It does not look like I will be heading down thrusday.. It all depends on what the Neurosurgon says. She was found to have a golfball sized brain tumor and they believe it is cancerous. Ill know more late today or tomorrow. I do look forward to seeing you at the main event. Your lightiing the lantern
    Chuck-

    So sorry to hear. Thoughts and prayers for you and yours.
    You know how to reach me if I can offer any help, guidance, 'translation' or simply an ear.

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    Chuck,

    Sorry to hear the news. My thoughts and prayers are with and your family. I've been through something similar and hope everything turns out for the best.

    Rich
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