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Hardyreels 06-13-2012 01:38 PM

Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Over the past 36 - 48 hours there has been anywhere from 2 - 4 inches of rain in central Alaska. I made a trip to my favorite haunt yesterday but found the water a bit high to harbor matching hopes for fly fishing a King. Today the precipitation has ceased and with continued clearing I should be out by tomorrow night. Often I have warned traveling fishermen of the chance of bad conditions here, had I had guests yesterday we would have fished anyway but the raised flows make it both tough fishing and dangerous.

I stood in the rain for half an hour watching the area above the boat launch for any signs of a fish but nothing showed so I made the decision to come home and wait it out for a day or two. It is not unusual to find some right at the launch area that survive in relative peace because everyone has designs on a distant spot Things are just getting started and hopefully the rain has played itself out for a while now.

Here's a snapshot of a hen caught & released a few days ago;

http://i542.photobucket.com/albums/g...h/0295e024.jpg

Don't worry, she was only at the shore line for a few seconds because I had the camera ready before I ever led her in like that. I slipped out the 'AK. Assassin' and she swam off hopefully to lay the eggs that had her so fat.

Ard

jpbfly 06-13-2012 01:46 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Hope you can find great weather and fishing conditions soon Ard;)June has been unusually rainy here too;)

Hardyreels 06-13-2012 01:53 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Thanks JP,

I need a break, Nancy wants me to put her right on these fish so she can get a shiny one. Last year the only king she caught came during the sockeye fishing and was an old red male.

jaydawg 06-13-2012 04:10 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Beautiful fish!!!

Hardyreels 06-13-2012 04:38 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Thanks Jason,

I'm glad to have been able to get you on the forum.

Ard

fyshstykr 06-13-2012 05:19 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Ard,
Which rod were you using, the Hardy or the Winston?

Hardyreels 06-13-2012 06:12 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Hardy,

Be glad you aren't here right now; we would be fishing the lakes for trout not the rivers.

fyshstykr 06-13-2012 06:49 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
I thought it would be the Hardy.:worthy:

I know the rivers rising this time was due to rain.....how was the run off going before this storm? and what are your thoughts on when runoff will be over?

Hardyreels 06-13-2012 07:18 PM

Re: Plenty of Rain Soaks South Central & the Rivers Respond;
 
Run off is an all summer thing. Once the snow pack has melted on the low lying land then the upper slope snow & ice is melting. Once the upper slope snow & etc is done the glaciers at the heads of the rivers keep things watered. The flows were great prior to this storm. I would be out right now but I have a problem with the 'no shore' concept. I like to park and wade and I know the places where I fish. When the water is up 1 - 2 foot there is no real way for me to know where there should be a fish. Combine that with the increase in velocity of current and reduced underwater visibility and it's a game changer.


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