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Bears Gone and So Am I on Alaska's Goodnews RIver

Capt. John Kumiski
September 11, 2011
Goodnews River - Freshwater Fishing Report

The Report from Spotted Tail 9/11/11

First, for obvious reasons let's take a moment of silence.

Upcoming Events- I will be available for charter in my usual stomping grounds in central Florida around the 15th of September. Word is the water is very high and very dirty, hardly ideal conditions. But the mullet will be running, so fishing along the beach could be outstanding if Lee didn't mess things up too much. Stay tuned…

Also, I'll be running Show and Tell seminars on October 29 and 30. The 30th will be an on the water seminar. I will post more details when I get better internet access; i.e., after I get home.

Now, back to the Goodnews!

The geese and ducks are crying and flying all day and night, heading south. They're leaving the north country and so are we.

On September 1 moose hunting season opened. The natives have been patrolling the river searching. Apparently the bears realize this is also bad news for them. They've disappeared almost completely.

Silvers are still in the river. Our last fishermen left on Wednesday. So no one is catching them since there's no one left to fish. The last of us flew out of Goodnews on Friday.

On Sunday Chris Hauk, Debbie Parsons, and I went to the middle fork to fish for silvers. Chris and Debbie are both school teachers in the village of Goodnews, locals, as it were. Fishing was good and we caught a lot of fish, and also got what turned out to be the last good bear sighting of the season. The weather was awesome, the company sublime. We had a wonderful day.

On Monday Chris, Alex, and I went much farther up the middle for to angle for trout with a fly. Chris was on fire, and got several beautiful fish on a large black streamer. Alex and I each got a couple, as well as some nice dollies. On the way back to camp we got some silvers for supper. Again the weather was fantastic. Spending the day with my son made an awesome day even more special.

I spent some time one evening photographing six year old Faith, the camp rockstar. I also managed to get her dad (one Michael) into a photo. Photos included (on my blog) for your enjoyment.

Alex and I went hiking up Flattop Mountain on Saturday. It was a wonderful walk, with a view of all Anchorage and much of Cook Inlet. The weather was great.

I don't know if there will be a report next week. I get home on Monday, and don't see getting out onto the water until Thursday or Friday. So I may just take a week off.

Embrace simplicity.

Life is great and I love my work!

Life is short- go fishing!

John Kumiski
www.spottedtail.com/

All content in this blog, including writing and photos, copyright John Kumiski 2011. All rights are reserved.

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