Silver Salmon Invading Goodnews River
Capt. John Kumiski
August 9, 2010
Goodnews River - Freshwater Fishing Report
Goodnews River Fishing Report from Spotted Tail 8/8/10
The silvers are here. Gracias a Deus!
A couple of weeks ago I fished the Double Pats, Patrick and Patricia. We were out wading when Patrick hooked a chum salmon on a fly. He stripped the fish in, which would have been fine, but the fish ran through his fly line, tangling it with the leader. The fish then executed a series of barrel rolls, completely tangling itself, the line, and the leader.
When I leadered the fish the leader broke. I thought the fly lost but the fish had lassoed itself. I was able to pull it in with the fly line and recover both the fly and the busted off leader section.
The same day, at the same place, we walked up onto a gravel bar. There I found the de-hooker that I had lost near there last year. How weird is that?
The big push of silvers hasn't come in yet. I fished a single angler today, who got about 20 silvers on jigs and spinners. There were also pinks and chums mixed in, but the numbers of those fish coming in seems to be going down some lately. The pinks were just stupid for a couple of weeks there.
There's a Yupik native down in Goodnews named Noah. He's building this really big boat. Yes, it has been raining almost non-stop for days. The sun came out for the first time in weeks (literally) about 20 minutes ago. It hurts my eyes. All my clothes stink from being wet and fishy. I am so happy to be doing laundry tonight.
There is something about the way a fly line sizzles through the water after the strike of a silver salmon. They don't get as big as the kings, but you can wade for them, and use a floating line, and catch them of surface flies. While the novelty wears off after a while and it becomes simply catching more than fishing, the start of the silver run is always an exciting time for me. Even if it has been raining for weeks.
For the next three weeks most anglers coming in will want to fish for silvers. Then, I go home! I am certainly looking forward to that. As much as I love tramping around up here there's nothing like home and family.
Once I get home the mullet run will be kicking off. Last year the tarpon fishing was epic. I know it's never the same from year to year or even day to day, but I am looking forward to doing some tarpon fishing between early September and mid-October. I have lots of open dates if any readers would like to go out!
Life is great! I still love my work, lucky me!
Life is short- go fishing!
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