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“Goodbye Kenai” - August 21, 2006

Location: Soldotna, Alaska

In the last week, I’ve done two trips; a fly-in trip for Rainbow trout and the obligatory trip to the world famous Russian River. The fly-in started in perfect weather, but that deteriorated over the course of the day. By the time the plane arrived to gather, the temperature was near 40 degrees, it was raining and the wind was howling. Despite the chilly weather, I caught a lot of fish, a couple over 20-21 inches.

The Russian River hike started in rather pleasant weather as well. Mark Conway of Alaska Fly Fishing Adventures & Outfitting (, led the way to “THE hole.” Although we could see plenty of trophy trout, we didn’t have much luck enticing them to take our offerings. Mark cycled through 5-6 flies before hooking a nice Rainbow. I tried about as many before landing a beautiful 21 inch Rainbow on an olive, gold-ribbed Hare’s Ear. After that, the rain picked up and we decided to hike back to the cars before it became worse. Sure enough, as we were driving out of the parking area the rain began to pour down in sheets. It has rained every day for the last 2 weeks, so I’ve had about enough of being wet.

Today, I am heading to Denver to attend the World Fly Fishing expo. After returning to Anchorage, I begin the drive back, fishing the Yukon Territory, British Columbia and Alberta on the way. After storing the dory and truck, it’s off to Sydney on September 30!

Dan with a nice Rainbow.

Dan with a Russian River Rainbow




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