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Salmon Runs Progressing on the Goodnews River

Capt. John Kumiski
July 19, 2010
Goodnews River - Freshwater Fishing Report

Goodnews River Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 7/18/10

There are some photos on the website this week, www.spottedtail.com/ThisWeeksFishingReport.htm . Perhaps it's worth taking a look!

Camp is lightly booked this week, with only four guests. The king salmon season is winding down, with fewer and fewer chrome fish, but there are plenty of fish in the river. They're just getting colored up is all. Lucas got a 25 pound fish from my boat yesterday on a green pirate Wiggle Wort. We've been getting lots of jacks on flies, as well as some adult fish.

Chums are in the river in full swing, tens of thousands of fish, and they are still pouring in. They are also getting colored up and are fanning gravel. There are some moldy ones of course, and chances of joining the lodge's Dead Chum Society will be increasing in the coming weeks. Wayne and Anita flyfished with me for chums earlier this week and caught fish after fish all afternoon on pink blossom flies.

It's a pink year. There are loads of them coming into the river. Pink flies work well. They're fun but I wish they got larger.

We've yet to see our first silver but will this week if past performance is any indication.

With all the salmon thinking about dropping eggs, dollies are flooding in for the egg banquet. The lodge had a guest last year who wanted to get 100 dollies on fly in one day, an odd goal, but whatever. He came up one short. The dolly fishing gets just stupid. Beads are most effective, with the Polar Shrimp and egg sucking smolt also good. I prefer the gurglers. You catch fewer fish, (how many do you need?) but it's much more fun.

Mousing for trout has been effective. As the fish key on eggs it will be somewhat less so.

Michaela and I went to climb Tsuktulik the other day. We got above the tree line and into he clouds and had to wait for it to clear enough to see the valley. You have to get down again! Because of the weather we could not summit. It was still a wonderful day, no rain in spite of the clouds. It finally cleared and we had glorious views of the Goodnews River Valley.

Embrace simplicity.

Life is great! I still love my work, lucky me!

Life is short- go fishing!

John Kumiski

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