Silver Salmon Showing in Goodnews River
Capt. John Kumiski
July 27, 2009
Goodnews River - Freshwater Fishing Report
Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 7/26/09
Greetings from Goodnews River Lodge (www.epicfishing.com).
Some interesting things have been happening here, including incredible fishing.
A father and son team, Jim and Jesse, were out in my boat. They wanted to mouse for rainbow trout. After tying the mouse flies on their leaders we found a likely spot. Jim hooked a fine trout. Jesse was obviously dying to cast, so I put him on shore. He spotted a trailer behind his dad's hooked fish and dropped his mouse out next to the hooked fish. WHAM! The trailer was on it in a flash and we had a double rainbow hookup, very cool.
Rodney Smith and son Alex got here last Wednesday. We've done some fishing together, catching Dolly varden, rainbow trout, chum, silver, and pink salmon. Rodney and I climbed Lookout Mountain yesterday, picking and eating blueberries both going up and back down again. It's great having friends and family here.
Otis and Rachel King and Ken Grindley joined me two days ago. We started the day when Ken got a bright, still-sea-liced 20 pound king salmon on a sexyfly Clouser minnow. Nice way to start!
After getting dozens of chum and pink salmon on fly, both from the boat and while wading, we went Dolly fishing. They used plastic beads cast with four weight rods. Dollies are the easiest fish to catch. They have no power of discrimination when it comes to beads. Otis got one about 26 inches along. Shortly after Rachel got one almost as big. We ended the day by going salmon fishing again. The chums were going off, and Otis nailed a beautiful buck silver salmon that look a cerise bunny leech. Good way to end the day!
Today I had Clint and Garrett McCoy in the boat. Fishing wasn't as good as two days ago. They only got a couple dozen chums, the same number of Dollies, and one silver salmon. The high point of the day (maybe the season) was watching a mama bear with two cubs dive off a cut bank into the river and come out with a big, flapping chum salmon clenched between her jaws. Way cool stuff!
The king and sockeye runs are slowing down. The chums are still pouring into the river, but they're already starting to spawn, too. The pinks are also here, and the silvers are just starting to show up. Rainbow trout and Dolly varden fishing has been, and should remain, outstanding.
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