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Old 05-19-2010, 10:52 PM
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Default Kings are starting to arrive;

I know this will be a heart breaker but I will be gone until next week. Some salmon are beginning to show in the rivers and I am going to take a trip. Maybe I'll stumble into some..................

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All cleaned up and ready to go, I'll check in with some photos and a report on what I find.

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Oh sure just rub it some more, have fun and hope ya get a few..
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Ard: Have a safe trip and catch lots of kings!
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Default Re: Kings are starting to arive;

Hi Ard,

Have a great time and be safe. Are you fishing local or heading to the Kenai?

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Have a good time Ard!...hope you'll successfully try my flies
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Lucky Sonobagun......wish I was there with you.
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Default Re: Kings are starting to arive;

On the way to the lake I had outstanding weather and although there were no salmon waiting at the mouth of Hewitt Creek I got an overdose of sight seeing on the 77 mile boat ride.

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This is the outlet of the lake into Hewitt Creek. The creek is 4.4 miles long from the lake to its confluence with the Yentna River. This is how it looks as you are about to enter the lake when arriving.

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As I was making trips back and forth from boat to cabin I was under close surveillance by a pair of eagles sitting in one of the spruce trees in the yard. If you look to the right and down you can see the rear of the second bird.

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My activity was too much to bear for them and so they took off.

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I came up short on the Kings but did manage to see some while on my way home. About 25 miles up the Yentna I saw the wake of a few that were hanging around the mouth of a freshwater slough. I did fish but only caught about a dozen Herring which are coming up to spawn also, by the millions I might add. The salmon travel with the herring or I should say, follow them. Yes, an eight inch herring will take a fly and I got a few that were pushing 10" also. The picture below is of the herring or Hooligan as they are known locally, making their way along the shore of the Yentna River. There is an endless ribbon of them from the mouth all the way to the Skwentna River some 50 miles of river and they travel both shore lines. I can only guess at their numbers but don't feel that millions is an exaggeration. The snapshot below is a glimpse of what this migration is like. As I watched them I could only dream of how this place was before commercial fishing decimated the salmon stocks here. Just imagine a time when King, Sockeye, Chum, Pink, and Coho filled the shorelines like this........................

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Default Re: Kings are starting to arive;

Hi Ard,

I didn't know you were going all the way to the cabin. Thanks for sharing the photos.

I know about the Hooligan run in Turnigain Arm but I didn't know there went up the Yentna too. People use to go to a specific river in Turnagain and load up with Hooligan. I never did it my self because it was not fishing. They used nets and even washtubs to grab them.

Glad to have you back Ard.

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Ard: Great trip report and some awesome photos! I had heard of the Hooligan run, but never actually seen it, that is pretty impressive!

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