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ThaiMarch 17th, 2012, 11:21 am

Posts: 1
Hi Everyone,

We are heading for the Kenai and Russian River for 2012 salmon runs. We will stay on the Russian campground for a couple of days and may have time to try out trout fishing on the Russian. I have the gear for trout, but wonder what type of Flies and hook Size to bring in mid-end of July. My research came up with Bugger, egg sucking leach, Muddler, bunny leach and of course any egg pattern.

The information I read do not include hook Size and what is legal and illegal regarding what can be use and hook size to use.

If you have experience or knowledge of such information to share, I am greatly approciated.

Thanks so much..Thai

GldstrmSamMarch 17th, 2012, 6:41 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Welcome Thai,

This is a good site for the fly patterns and hook sizes.

Here is a link to the Kenai river regulations.

I hope this helps,

There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
TroutnutMarch 18th, 2012, 4:59 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
The most popular way to fish for trout and dollies there at the time of year is with beads that simulated eggs, usually fished "chuck-n-duck" style to get them down to the bottom fast in heavy current. Not just any random beads will do, but I think some fly shops near the Kenai sell ones that work. People often create various shades and complex colors using nail polish, to "match the hatch" of the current crop of salmon eggs.

I never really got into this bead fishing thing, but it certainly works, and there's a surprising amount of skill to it (as I learned when I tried it once and got severely outfished by some guys who knew the technique well).
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist

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