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hmmm...
Posted by B_M on Apr 11 2006
Good question.  There's not really such a thing as early enough to avoid the crowds on the Russian.  Sometimes the first few days of the season will be sparsely attended, but if fish are there, so are the people.  The way you can get away from the combat fishing is to walk.  If you park in the campground parking lot, there is 3+ miles of river upstream that is great fishing.  The farther upstream you go, the fewer people you need to compete with.  I prefer the upper stream just for the fishing alone, but I also almost never have to share a hole.  People know the Russian as a crowded hassle...I know it as a peaceful stream that I share with a handful of others.  But I'm willing to walk 30-45 minutes for the privillage.

That being said, landing a Kenai King is quite a thrill.  There is the cost of the guide, however, as well as only moderate success rates.

Personally, I would go with the Russian.  You can't be guaranteed that the fish will be there is big numbers yet, but at the very least it is a beautiful river, there's lots of rainbows if the salmon aren't in yet, and there's always a chance of seeing a bear.  Not a bad day, even without the fish.

Good luck!

-Brian

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