So this past Tuesday I had North Carolinians, Marty and Erica in my boat. Erica started the day off with the first fish and the first adventure. It went something like this: a fish bites her lure, she takes the rod out of the rod holder, she sets the hook, and then the fish heads downstream. Less than five seconds later the release lever on the baitcasting reel is inadvertently tripped. Oh, oh. Rats nest, birds nest, whatever you want to call a backlashed reel, when the line is buried deep, the reel is inoperable (see photo above).
Thanks Marty and Erica for starting out my week this way. Great fishing, and even better conversations truly made this a Super Tuesday. I look forward to your next visit to Alaska.
The next morning told a different tale. Based on the action of the previous day, and with an incoming morning tide, I thought the results would be much different. It was a struggle to find fish. The only two fish that were caught were in Jeff and Kyle's boat. I guess I shouldn't be surprised because the early run of Kenai kings can be inconsistent day to day. Thanks, Kid, for bringing such a great group to our cabins. And thanks again guides (if you're reading this) for your professionalism. Guiding is much more than putting fish in the box, and you all represent what is best about our industry, and this river.
Next week I'm scheduled to fish nearly every day. My fingers are crossed that the run will continue to build, and the water conditions remain the same or improve. Good, bad, indifferent, you'll get the fishing report right here.
BTW, the red salmon below was caught by Dan Meyer on the lower Kenai. Soon, the Russian River experience will be happening.....
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