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Tackle
Posted by Boss Gobbler on May 17 2005
Charlie,

You will be fishing in the heart of the red Salmon and late King run on the Kenai River.  AkHunter45 has some good advise on fishing.  I fish with the other 100,000 people on the river banks of the Kenai and use spinning and casting reels with "Russian River" Flies mostly, but have used the Gamgatsu/yarn rig when I run out.  The red or sockeye salmon run upstream close to shore so there is not much need for "casting".  Flipping 15-20 feet of line so that it bounces along the bottom and into a fishes mouth is basically what you are trying to do.  The setup used can be elaborate with swivels and such, but I keep it simple and just use large #1-2 split shot accordingly to keep me on the bottom but moving so as not to snag up about 18-20 inches above the hook.  If you are fishing faster current 30lb test may keep the fish on and out the swift current.  A fish on 20lb test may take off and you won't be able to stop it with 20 other fisherman nearby.
     The fishing hole at Homer will probably have some King Salmon swimming around in it, early for silvers.  Never been down there to fish em though.  I think Hope has a good run of Pinks, but never fished it.  Spinners and flies work well on Pinks too.

Good luck

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