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  • #16
    Originally posted by SmokeRoss View Post
    My brother used to catch Kings on the Kasilof on his fly rod. We fished right at the mouth of Crooked Creek. Had many days of us each hooking and releasing 20 plus Kings each. Those were the days. I know he caught some on the Kenai on his fly rod also, but I don't know the weights of those. Plenty over 40 on the Kasilof.
    Those WERE the days. I used to catch 15-30 lbs kings at the "Peoples' Hole" on an old Eagle Claw fly rod with mono. Haven't done it in several years though. I sure miss that fishing.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by sayak View Post
      Those WERE the days.
      Indeed they were! That's where I used to spend most of my time fishing. Back then, where the parking area is now, was nothing but a big mud hole that you'd drive down to for the short hike down to the river. Mostly only locals fishing there then. Taught my son how to fish salmon down there when he was only a few years old. Unfortunately, quite a number of years ago now, when he and I used to walk down to the corner to fish, it'd take a half hour before anybody would let you in to fish. Tried that a couple times before I decided enough was enough. Haven't been back since. Sure am glad I had that quality time with my son down there though, as now he's a diehard fisherman!

      Oh and btw.... I find it interesting that nobody that's posted has caught a 60+ pound king on a fly rod. I guess the days when those big late run kings were all over the place are long gone now....
      Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by 4merguide View Post
        Oh and btw.... I find it interesting that nobody that's posted has caught a 60+ pound king on a fly rod. I guess the days when those big late run kings were all over the place are long gone now....
        Both the 63.2# and the 67.9# I described above were on fly rods.
        "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
        Merle Haggard

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        • #19
          Originally posted by BrownBear View Post
          Both the 63.2# and the 67.9# I described above were on fly rods.
          Oh, I'm sorry BB. I thought I had kept up with all the posts but I guess I missed that one. Congrats, that's good to hear!
          Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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          • #20
            I have caught many kings with flyrod but nothing more than 30 lbs. I have hooked more than I have landed for sure. Lightest rod was a 7 wt, usually a 9 wt and my wife got me a wonderful Sage 12 wt to target kings with a nice Ross reel. I have fought some smaller kings that were a real bugger in very fast water, and bigger o
            nes that weren't as game.
            The funniest was one that I lost and then re-caught. I got the reel spooled at a local sporting goods store with backing and fly line and never had more than maybe 40-50 yards of backing out previously. I hooked into a really nice king that decided to run with the current and just shot like a torpedo, ripping line as it went. I was palming slightly (along with snugging the drag some but not all the way) but the backing kept on going and then all of a sudden the rod went limp- my backing wasn't secured to the reel so all my line was in the river. I was not happy, but my buddy/guide told me to just follow him as we walked downstream a bit, and sure enough we could see the backing in the river. He waded out and got ahold of it and we re-tied my line and the fish was still on. I fought it for about 20 minutes and it came off about 10 yards from me. No idea how big but the most memorable flyfishing event for me.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by 4merguide View Post
              Oh, I'm sorry BB. I thought I had kept up with all the posts but I guess I missed that one. Congrats, that's good to hear!
              Biggest one I've caught on a fly rod or any rod was 63# in 1996 on the Kenai from a boat. Last was last year about 25# on a parks stream with a 6wt trout fishing. I know I should have cut the line or something, but that bead was lights out that day and I only had 3 in the size and color.

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              • #22
                Wow! That's a great recovery! Not just your flyline, but the backing and the fish. Well done. I've seen a lot of lost fly lines over the years and a few recovered. But that's a first for backing. Great reason for bright colored backing. Can you imagine looking for white backing in a glacial river?
                "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
                Merle Haggard

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by kenaibow fan View Post
                  Biggest one I've caught on a fly rod or any rod was 63# in 1996 on the Kenai from a boat. Last was last year about 25# on a parks stream with a 6wt trout fishing. I know I should have cut the line or something, but that bead was lights out that day and I only had 3 in the size and color.
                  Bout' time you chimed in! :topjob:....lol
                  Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by AKBEE View Post
                    I fought it for about 20 minutes and it came off about 10 yards from me. No idea how big but the most memorable flyfishing event for me.
                    What? You gotta second chance and you still lost it...???!!!.lol. Well at least you got all your gear back. Great story!

                    I remember fishing for reds with my son on the Kenai. He hooked into a king and it started rippin' line, I quickly told him to grab the line but he didn't really know what I meant and kinda just stood there like a deer in the headlights. I was standing pretty close to his rod tip and could see the backing coming up fast. Told him again...grab the line! Just about then I saw the fly line leave the reel as I reached for the tip of his rod, but I was about a nano second too late as the backing came through. And that was that.....all his NEW fly line heading down the Kenai! My fault really as I guess I never really went over how that backing has no stretch. Luckily there was another spin rod there so he could keep on fishin'......he still was pretty bummed.
                    Sheep hunting...... the pain goes away, but the stupidity remains...!!!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by 4merguide View Post
                      What? You gotta second chance and you still lost it...???!!!.lol. Well at least you got all your gear back. Great story!

                      I remember fishing for reds with my son on the Kenai. He hooked into a king and it started rippin' line, I quickly told him to grab the line but he didn't really know what I meant and kinda just stood there like a deer in the headlights. I was standing pretty close to his rod tip and could see the backing coming up fast. Told him again...grab the line! Just about then I saw the fly line leave the reel as I reached for the tip of his rod, but I was about a nano second too late as the backing came through. And that was that.....all his NEW fly line heading down the Kenai! My fault really as I guess I never really went over how that backing has no stretch. Luckily there was another spin rod there so he could keep on fishin'......he still was pretty bummed.
                      I had that same thing happen to me about 4 years ago below the moose. To this day I have no idea what I hooked but whatever it was it made short work of me and my 3m sharkskin line. Since I was trout fishing I just tell people it was the biggest bow I've ever hooked. But if I was being honest I would have to say it was a king. I have never been spooled like that by anything other then a king. Not to mention as soon as I hooked it it went to the middle of the river and down stream, more typical king behavior in my book.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by 4merguide View Post
                        Bout' time you chimed in! :topjob:....lol
                        Well I figured there would be plenty saying the same thing I would have said, so I didn't see a reason to beat a dead horse. As typical rule of thumb I pull line from the tip of the rod after drag is set to see how tight it actually is. And then I adjust from there but I typically run a loose drag from a boat and when bank fishing a little bit more drag, to the point if a fish runs I won't get spooled and the line will stay taught and just a touch of pressure to make the fish work. In terms of lbs....... have no idea but i would be shocked if it was ever over 5 lbs on any reel I use.

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