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  1. Phil and I are off on another Alaskan float fishing adventure. We are leaving August 11. You can follow the preparation and the journey on the Alaska forum. Going to be fun. Hope you all enjoy following us
  2. It has been 9 years since our last big Alaskan adventure , "Kelly River Float Trip" other than either Kodiak or the Naknek River, so Phil and I determined before I get to old that we need to do something that neither of us had done. I had a plan. For years I have heard and read about a great white fish that prowls the circumpolar regions of North America, Asia and Russia. This fish is the Sheefish or Inconnu Though somewhat widely spread it inhabits regions that for the most part, you just can't get there from here. Alaska's Kobuk River and Selawik River house the largest breeding populations (about 60,000 fish) and that was to be our first destination. Trouble was we can't get there from here this year. The flights are out of Bettles Ak. and there is none available in 2019 as they are already booked for the season. It was going to be a huge undertaking transporting rafts and gear for the trip but we have done it before. Several years ago Phil had a guest come and speak on a river off the Kuskokwim called the Holitna. This is a large class 1 and 2 grade river that starts in the Kuskokwim mountains and flows 110 miles to the main river at the small settlement of Sleetmute, It has a very good population of Sheefish, along with pike, char, grayling and all 5 pacific salmon species. When we first found out about the river the owner of a small lodge, the only one on the entire 110 mile river was the gentleman that spoke at Phil's. The lodge was the Holitna River Lodge and the owner was Rocky McElwain, I believe. It has since sold to Dan Paull and he has renamed his business Alaskan Adventures, still with the Lodge on the Holitna River. Phil and I will get this blog going to show you what we are up to with preparation, gear, flight information and you will be able to join us on the journey down the Holitna in search of char, salmon and the mighty, Tarpon of the North, the Sheefish.
  3. Ethan with a Super nice Taney Brown Trout male with Kype in full spawning colors. Click on the pic for a totally beautiful male brown in full color. On Taney everyday this past week with results that were beyond good, especially for the Summer heat. If you can fish, Great. If you can't fish much it does not matter, your still going to get bit. Have not fished above Dave's flat or below Lilley's, all in between, mostly averaging about 50 fish per day with most in the 14 plus inch class, with lots and lots bigger, and very few smaller. By playing the flow you can continue to have success throughout the morning. I'm starting at either 5:30 or 6 am. Till 8 am you cannot make a mistake. Stickbaits, Power Bait, Crawlers, jigs, PW, all are working. When the sun hits the ball game changes, as does the flow but the bite can continue if you adapt. Seems like at about 8 the flow really slow down, and at this time if you go to live bait your not in trouble. The Power worm, power bait or sitckbaits will almost go dead. You can go to a TJ full micro in pink or any small pink jig under 100 oz and you will still be fine, with that or a crawler. I have not been out there as much latter in the morning past 10 am but the guides that are taking multiple trips are telling me at 11 am or so when the flow increases the bites are totally insane on a crawler or down around monkey on PB. If you watch it and only keep the quality fish you can clean 4 fish that easily weight close to 5 pounds after they are gilled and gutted. Over a pound and a quarter average and that is fantastic, at any time of the year, let alone dead of Summer. Lots of brown trout currently on the move above Lilley's. They seem to be hanging in any of the bends or deeper pockets and by that I mean just depth changes, as really there is not a lot of deep water right now. Big fish are also coming in as just about every trip we are catching both rainbows and browns in the 20" to 22" class. If you get a chance even though its hot outside right now so is the bite. Come on down. Good Luck
  4. Ethan with a Super nice Taney Brown Trout male with Kype in full spawning colors. Click on the pic for a totally beautiful male brown in full color. On Taney everyday this past week with results that were beyond good, especially for the Summer heat. If you can fish, Great. If you can't fish much it does not matter, your still going to get bit. Have not fished above Dave's flat or below Lilley's, all in between, mostly averaging about 50 fish per day with most in the 14 plus inch class, with lots and lots bigger, and very few smaller. By playing the flow you can continue to have success throughout the morning. I'm starting at either 5:30 or 6 am. Till 8 am you cannot make a mistake. Stickbaits, Power Bait, Crawlers, jigs, PW, all are working. When the sun hits the ball game changes, as does the flow but the bite can continue if you adapt. Seems like at about 8 the flow really slow down, and at this time if you go to live bait your not in trouble. The Power worm, power bait or sitckbaits will almost go dead. You can go to a TJ full micro in pink or any small pink jig under 100 oz and you will still be fine, with that or a crawler. I have not been out there as much latter in the morning past 10 am but the guides that are taking multiple trips are telling me at 11 am or so when the flow increases the bites are totally insane on a crawler or down around monkey on PB. If you watch it and only keep the quality fish you can clean 4 fish that easily weight close to 5 pounds after they are gilled and gutted. Over a pound and a quarter average and that is fantastic, at any time of the year, let alone dead of Summer. Lots of brown trout currently on the move above Lilley's. They seem to be hanging in any of the bends or deeper pockets and by that I mean just depth changes, as really there is not a lot of deep water right now. Big fish are also coming in as just about every trip we are catching both rainbows and browns in the 20" to 22" class. If you get a chance even though its hot outside right now so is the bite. Come on down. Good Luck This post has been promoted to an article
  5. Guys I need to get this out of my garage. If someone would make me a decent offer I will take it. It is ashame for this new motor to just sit here.
  6. I saw that also Jeff. YEP, if you come in September or October you will be into a nice leaf color change with a chance for some isolated snow fall๐Ÿ˜ƒ Not really Murdok, just joking. September here is hot and I mean temperature. Leaves are usually early to mid November for the best colors. Last year our prettiest day here at the Lodge and Becky keeps track for the leaf peepers was November 16. Last week of October those Jaws will start munching, but not where you might think They are still in that 20 Foot plus range inhaling 3/4 oz football jigs. Come back and give it a try.
  7. I'd trade you my two best Redfins for that Little Brunette.๐Ÿ˜ƒ You are one lucky man right now. Wouldn't want to be in your shoes in 10 years. You'll have to keep the shotgun loaded.
  8. Good client and friend Howard Ebmenier has a 1998 Lund Pro Sport with a Shorelander Trailer he would like to sell. This boat is a one owner and located in the Little Indian at Baxter It has a Motor Guide 12V trolling motor and the boat is in beautiful shape for a 1998. It has always been covered and is on a lift in his dock. It has a 90 Evinrude and the engine is blown, so it would need to be repaired or replaced but this boat is just beautiful. You would have to make a decision on the engine,. I would just slap a new Yamahammer or Merc on it. Kurt at Baxter Marina has all the info. and can show the boat. That is pretty much what I know. He wants $4,500 for the package. You can reach Kurt at 417-779-4244
  9. If your after a small jaw try the following pts. The trick will be for you to keep your boat deep enough and you will have trouble with this. Emerald Pt. The is on the N. Side of Clevenger Island going East right in front of High Dive. There are two islands, drag a jig 1/2 oz. or a C-rig out that ridge. Start at 20' and drag out to 50' Emerald Pt. itself, with the condo's. Fish in front of the condos out and keep the boat in 35'. Jake's point, immediately to the North same deal. Old 86 camp ground point, across the lake . Drag the point out East and then it bears North. If our boat is under 30' you will not get bit. Lots of places on that ridge also. Flat point just South of the Branson Belle, drag it out toward the Island, again keeping the boat in 20 plus. Try this for your Small Jaw and if you are not successful we will try and get you on a deep K bite. On another note this lake has a huge population of Gizzard Shad and they are simply lake wide right now. They are surfacing in the morning and hanging deep after first light. They surface jump and swim with nothing bothering them, so it may be these you are seeing on the surface and on your electronics. They will get as big, and I mean 1.5 pound class so if you are not used to seeing them they will fool you. Good Luck
  10. Looks like the small jaws kept you all pretty busy. Nice report and good to see the gals swinging the big stick.
  11. No its been lower several years ago, you could pretty much walk across below Cooper Creek to College of the Ozarks . I forget the date or year. I checked this morning "Sunday at 9 am" and it was 706.2 That's for sure a prop eater.
  12. In the Eagle Rock area without driving anywhere try the following: Go out to the 86 bridge and drop crawlers to the bottom along the piers. If its over 35 feet raise it up in 5' increments till you get bit. You can also fish the hump that is right at the buoy just South of the bridge Go to the bottom and come up one crank usually lots of spotted bass there and I have caught dozens of walleye off of it. You can also go to the buoy directly across from the mouth of Roaring river. Fish along the edge of the flat for bluegill under 10' and fish out in the deeper water where it drops to 20 plus feet or so for spotted bass. Easy Peazy and you should get him some bites. Both locations have gills, walleye, catfish, and spotted bass. You can always catch a few on those locations and at times EARLY you can get rich. If you want till mid-day this time of year no matter where you go its tough. I try to start on the Rock in July and August no later than 6am and be done by no later than 9 am. Good Luck
  13. Thanks Fish, great report.
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