Spent a great weekend in Soldotna flipping for reds, my husband and I limiting out both days we were there. The only sour experience we had was from a group of people doing the "rip" thing just upstream of us. They were in a prime hole loaded with fish and kept snagging these beautiful fish on every few casts, I guess hoping to get at least one of them in the mouth. It took my husband and I a few hours to get our 12 fish total doing the flip and drift method with only two fouls. The rip group walked out of there with only a few fish to show for all the work. I was getting exhausted and angry just watching them. They were hooking them in the eyes, fins, tail, belly, sides, throat, and who knows where else. Some were bleeding profusely when released.
Why in the world is this rip technique even legal on the Kenai? Do that most anywhere else and you get cited for snagging. What is so difficult in just making that short cast, drifting the fly downstream with the current, gently pulling the line back in, and flip the fly back out?
I realize that reds probably do not bite as other salmon do so lining them is the key yet the "rip" method leaves so many fish permanently scarred. So sad.