June 6&7, 2006
We fished out of RIVERSONG LODGE on the Yetna River for the beginning of the
King Salmon Run in Early June.
The owners of Riversong Lodge, Randy and Robin Dewar, gave us
their "Top Guide" - ZACH. He managed to get us hooked up in about 10
minutes with Kings in the 20 lb range, with the winner weighing exactly 40 lbs.
These Kings start their trek in the Susitna River coming out of the Cook Inlet,
make a left into the Yetna, and move way inland to their spawning grounds at
the "Gin Clear" waters of legendary Lake Creek. This is a 70-mile
swim. We were delighted to see that all the Kings landed were bright, silver
fish … real "Chromers". We also spent a few hours on upper Lake Creek and
landed many Rainbows and Grayling.
Riversong Lodge was named one of the “25 Best Lodges in America” by Travel
& Leisure magazine. The food was truly gourmet, with two full time Chefs.
Accommodations were immaculate and service fabulous. The fishing grounds were
also about 3 minutes away from the Lodge itself.
June 14, 2006
We fished the early King Salmon run on the famous Kenai River with 40-year
veteran guide Danny Paulk and his "sidekick/mate" Arch Richardson of the Kenai
River King Guide Service.
Within three hours we landed 4 Kings, the biggest weighing 60 lbs. This fish
fought for 10 minutes – going up river, down river, and side to side.
We landed it, and released for it was TOO BIG for the June slot limit
requirements. We were happy just to see one of these giants!
We also fished the most popular tributary to the upper Kenai, the Russian River.
Thousands of sockeye poured into this gin clear, fast moving waterway.
There were also hundreds of fisherman from around the world trying to
“mouth snag” these 8-10 chrome fish. What a sight. Many Rainbows in the water and a few
Grizzlys stalked the shores also.
All in all, what a great trip to a great destination!
That's all for now.
Capt. Bill Hutchinson