When the river starts to rise with melt off and the Kenai river Rainbow trout season opens (june 11th) don’t hesitate to add a sink tip line into your arsenal. I prefer to fly fish a 250 grain sink tip line and a six weight rod for getting down to those big fish. Leeches, clousers, woolly boogers, and muddler minnows should get you into fish. Swing them down and across, keeping them as deep as you can. Also, don’t overlook the slower water in early morning and late afternoon. Fish slow and thorough!
If you find that the fish are just not responding switch up to the old flesh fly and keep it in the thick cover. Flesh gets caught up in overhangs, and washed back into the river with rising water throughout the spring. This Rainbow trout was fooled by an articulated flesh fly pattern just after I took this picture
There are some beautiful days in the spring and they are long days. This allows us to get a lot of fishing in here in Alaskas short season. If you would like to get in on a guided kenai river rainbow trout trip contact us today!
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