Went yesterday and fished from 6am to about 3pm... total of about 20 fish two of which were kings; between the three of us. Mark Hem stopped by in the middle of us not catching fish and updated us that it was slow everywhere but we were slower than others. He also made it clear in no uncertain terms that heavy duty dip nets are frowned upon by him and his crew. I got the "KENAI dipnet" reply when I handed him our gear... this was my first (and last) time going to the copper and suffice to say that a valuable lesson was learned. I had a good time with my Dad and SummitX; he shared the gas and was a great fishing companion... he caught as much as Dad and I combined. Maybe he's got a rep with the fish and they found out he was there...
The fellas that we took the spot from overnighted there and had about 60+ fish between the two of them... and they earned it. The night was gusty winds and they had a small fire in a secluded rock cove to enjoy a little reprive from the weather. They were pretty helpful and after learning their technique we promptly set to fishing. SummitX popped a nice king within the first two minutes of fishing and shortly after, one of the guys that stayed the night mentioned that he "got tired of catching kings" through the night. Never thought I'd hear that in a million years.
There is road construction so be prepared for delay's; two five mile stretches of highway were getting paved and I guess that there'll be more and the wait is about 20 minutes from start to finish. Gas in Glenallen was $3.48 a gallon so make sure a donated organ is on your list of things to do and refinancing your house probably wouldn't hurt if your going to fish this year. Some crazy's were actually driving over the slides downriver from O'Brian creek so if you qualify for that program you might give that a turn too.
Gonna wait for the Kenai from now on... just seems more economically viable and less hassle to do that. No new dipnets and deadly currents or hurricane force winds to deal with there. Sure you get some wind and a couple of big waves here and there but it sure seems a lot more safe and financially friendly than Chitina. Good luck and keep your nets in the water.