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    How do the parks hwy streams look this time of year? I got some time off and I want to wet a line, but I don't want to go all the way to the flippin' kenai. Mainly want to work the rust off before my big trip to the SE in a week and a half. Are the streams open? Do I stand a chance of catching anything?

    The slough is still frozen, so I can't combat grayling fish with the rest of the North Pole locals.

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    one could get their line wet, but with recent cold temps at night I think the su valley is looking at another 10 days or 2 weeks before i would consider it worth my time to head to parks streams, and I am an hour away. I wouldn't find it worth the drive down from fairbanks but fishing beats not fishing every time so if you have some to spare go for it.

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    I am going that way this weekend to go ice fishing on the lakes......I believe the soonest I have ever fished in the Valley streams was Memorial Day Weekend, I had a friend catch/release a huge rainbow near the downstream side of the Willow bridge one year. I would not plan a trip sany sooner than last week of April from the Interior.
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    pick a nice sunny day, because some rays is all your likely to catch this time of year...
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    I've fished it in April two years in a row now. First year was middle of April, lots of ice flows, couldn't really fish. Last year I fished the end of April, no ice flows, but no fish either. It will get hot in May though
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    Well dang. I may go anyway because I guess you never know until you try. If it stinks I can always just keep heading south I guess.

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    I heard of a guy fishing willow on Sunday from a guy at work. No fish, but he tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_rn View Post
    I heard of a guy fishing willow on Sunday from a guy at work. No fish, but he tried.
    That's kind of funny as I just asked the boys @the fly shop in Wasilla today what the mouth of Willow looked like and they said it was still solid. We are getting there but still 10 days to 2 weeks away I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by power drifter View Post
    That's kind of funny as I just asked the boys @the fly shop in Wasilla today what the mouth of Willow looked like and they said it was still solid. We are getting there but still 10 days to 2 weeks away I think.
    But I want to go now! Is the upper kenai floatable by canoe this time of year? I floated it in a drift boat last september. I remember it being fairly tame.

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    As other posts have cover the kenai it is flowing and If you are comfortable with a canoe in moving water than I'd say that is your best bet. Here is a link to look at flows and info of some rivers. As you look and click on willow its flat lined at the bottom. Be safe and have fun! http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ak/nwis/current/?type=flow

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    Quote Originally Posted by power drifter View Post
    That's kind of funny as I just asked the boys @the fly shop in Wasilla today what the mouth of Willow looked like and they said it was still solid. We are getting there but still 10 days to 2 weeks away I think.
    I wonder if I got bad info, there weren't any details. Sorry.

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    I think I might go just to get eyes on the conditions and report back. It beats sitting around North Pole watching the trash flowers bloom.

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    Before I had a raft we used to float the Kenai every Spring in a canoe.

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    I drive over the Willow every night and there's a little open water, but my guess is that the mouth is closed pretty tight...and any open holes will be in places you will not be willing to walk...

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    yesterday at the mouth there was a strip of open water about 15' long x 4' wide. the road is open to the campground.
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    Quote Originally Posted by power drifter View Post
    That's kind of funny as I just asked the boys @the fly shop in Wasilla today what the mouth of Willow looked like and they said it was still solid. We are getting there but still 10 days to 2 weeks away I think.
    Turns out we were both right. This guy has been fishing upstream from the mouth.

    I went up that way today to cut firewood and checked out the mouth. I tried to fish a little hole and had a 6 incher chase my esl, then my puppy fell off the edge of the ice and I tip toed out there to save him
    Might be a few days until it really breaks loose.

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    Alright, Thanks for the photo up date.It's getting closer!

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    Went down today...real windy but the water is open and blue. We had a couple hits but nothing landed. Maybe ill go back when i can cast..ahh spring in ak

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    2 rainbows and a grayling w/ a red white and pink crocodile at the mouth of the Willow. I would cast it on the ice and drag it off as it would sink in the current they would smack it

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    is there still alot of snow up that way fullbush? winder what the mouth of sheep is lookin like? wanting to get out this weekend and fish/camp



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