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    Default What kind of fishing August 21-24 in kenai/Russian river area?

    Just curious what kind of fishing to expect in this area in that time period (it'll determine how fast we come down from the mat-su area). We will not be doing any charters in this area (except seward halibut/cod)...all bank fishing. Should i expect any reds still at the confluence? Upper kenai? Russian? Any edible reds (silver ones?) at this time? I understand that the silvers are manly caught from boats here and we'll hopefully get our share of them in the mat-su area.

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    reds are closed on the 20th, rainbows are too full to move, its too early for silvers, I'd stay up north
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Powder Monkey thanks for the heads up....so we'll just go down for enough time for a halibut trip out of seward and a bit of hiking/canoeing.

    Guys, do u think that it would be completely insaine to drive in one day from Healy to somewhere in the Kenai peninsula within proximity of hiking/canoeing? About how long would it take to get to cooper landing area? I can't get an address that works on mapquest in the Healy area.

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    yup thats pretty insane especially because the halibut fishing slows down a ton that time of year. I'd take up north over the russian most days, just not august 10-15
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    now thats funny!!

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    Around when does the halibut/cod fishing usually start slowing down in the seward area?

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    BTW, we'll be arriving in Alaska Aug 13.

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    You will do fine. The basic rule is the later the season, the further you'll need to go out. But the QUALITY halibut charters know this and weather permitting, they'll take you out as far as they need to, to get you into fish.

    Best of luck. A freezer full of halibut is a wonderful thing.

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    It seems funny but everybody and their uncle hits the russian as soon as it closes to reds and thus unless you get up REALLY early you don't catch many fish, and once the reds start spawning its almost impossible to catch rainbows by that I mean you catch 2 or 3 instead of 20 in a morning fishing. I'd rather be in the north country where there is a chill in the air as well as lots of hungry grayling.

    You can sure still catch halibut in august they are just a bit harder to come by, and usually much smaller. Hire a reputable charter and you'll get a couple chickens 4 out of 5 times or better.
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    U've convinced me to scrap the Kenai part...and just have a much more relaxing time in the north (not as much crazy hours driving).

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    Since you coming on the 13th you could try the russian then, theres a good chance of finding some decent reds I usually do that time of year and the rainbow fishing can't be beat
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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