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    Default Yakutat

    Looking for some info on the Situk river King run. Is it a fairly stron run? Worth a trip in June to fish? Is it an elbow to elbow fishery for Kings. I am aware of the fishing for Steelhead but am curiuos about Kings in June or Silvers in September. Any info will be appreciated. Thanks

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    I have a friend that goes every year the third week of May and does awesome on saltwater kings. They shell out some money, but catch a ton of kings and awesome halibut fishing. It is on my list, but too much money for this year for me. If you want I can find out more information from this person.
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    Mid to late June fishing can be AWSom. Reds mixed in with the kings, very little pressure there then. Don't waste your time floating the river from 9 mile down. 85% of the fish will below the weir, and all in a walkable distance. great fly fishing!

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    I spent two summers in Yakutat, one of those had me on the river every day. despite the size of the king run, I will say that those fish are very difficult to catch. especially on a fly rod. there is alot of pressure then; there's always alot of pressure on the Situk. they are pushed right up tight to the bank all day, and for the most part completely uninterested. In fact I have never seen a king landed that was fair hooked/took a fly on a fly rod. We would occasionally line one sockeye fishing. I have however caught them at the mouth on hardware before they got to the gauntlet, and of course before they close the 'old mans hole'. You got a better shot at night when the pressure leaks, the fish relax and start to move.

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    Default Thank you

    Thank you all for the information. You are a great resource.
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    I have beet fishing the Yakutat area for the last ten years. My advice
    for camping on the river is to rent a boat (jon boats work well in this river, a drift boat isnít necessary). Boats can be rented from Glacier Bear Lodge and Yakutat lodge. Fishing down from Nine Mile Bridge to the take out is 16 miles so itís a fair walk and might take 3-4 days due to the terrain. There are two public use cabins at mid river (Raven & Eagle Cabin) reservations can be made through reservations.com, they sleep 4 and have oil stove/heater. There is also an airstrip between the cabins. Bears can be an issue and I recommend at least pepper spray (available at the Ace Hardware store in Yak) or a 12 gauge. If your going for Steelhead early to mid May is best, if salmon is your target mid June is always great (easy 100 fish days for Sockeye). I also advise at the very least one guided day on the river, float down from the bridge to the take out to get to know the river. Contact Ron DeNardi @ 1-907-784-3301 he is one of the best guides in the business and will also show you the methods that work in this river.

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