King Salmon Still Pouring in; Egg Drop Starting
Capt. John Kumiski
July 12, 2010
Goodnews River - Freshwater Fishing Report
Goodnews River Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 7/12/10
There are some photos on the website this week, www.spottedtail.com/ThisWeeksFishingReport.htm . Perhaps it's worth taking a look!
The Russians are here! The Russians are here!
We have five Russians in camp this week, Alexei, Matvei, Ivan, Igor, and Victor. Victor's English is excellent. Alexei speaks a few more English words than I speak Russian. We don't talk a lot. Ivan is a very serious 13 year old who speaks "textbook" English. With him doing some translating for Matvei, his father, we can hold limited conversations. Still, fishing them has been a very interesting experience. I like them. If my observations of Matvei and Ivan are any indication, the Russians do indeed love their children too.
Salmon are pouring into the river. King salmon fishing has been excellent, both on plug and fly. In my boat we've taken at least a dozen fish over 25 pounds this week passed. Kumiski, ever the rebel, has taken quite a few on a 1/2 ounce chartreuse jig, too.
The numbers of chum, sockeye, and pink salmon in the river are apparently growing exponentially. The guides have been concentrating on the kings for the most part, but anyone wanting to just catch fish could wear themselves stooped on the chums and pinks. Give me a six-weight and some flies and let me have some fun!
Gabe Nyblad got a spawned out chum yesterday. The egg drop is starting. Fishing behind spawning salmon for trout and dolly varden will start heating up in the next week.
Trout fishing has also been excellent, although mousing hasn't been very productive. The water has been too cold for that. But black streamers like sculpins and egg-sucking leeches (a.k.a. lawyer flies) have been working well.
Faith Gorton's birthday was yesterday. The young lady turned five. It was quite the social event, the event of the season here at Goodnews. The cake was over the top, an absolute museum piece. Of course it was hacked up and devoured. Burp.
We have had some spectacularly wonderful and spectacularly crappy weather, sometimes on the same day. Typical Alaska weather, in other words. Praise the Lord and pass the Gore-Tex.
Life is great! I still love my work, lucky me!
Life is short- go fishing!
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