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Phil Lilley

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I'm leaving out of KCI early Friday morning, flying through Seattle, Anchorage and then King Salmon by mid afternoon.  Pick up my "stash" that's been in stockage and head to the cabin at Naknek River Camp.  

Brian Ellis @ozarkflyfisher and Curt Evenson @curtisce will join in on Saturday afternoon at camp.

The weather is pretty nice... around 60 daytime and 45 nighttime.  I'm leaving just when our weather is changing to cooler temps... but that's ok.

Salmon forecast:  Kings arrived in force yesterday, as reported by @watermen2 who owns a commercial boat and fishes Bristol Bay for salmon each year.  Sockeyes - they're late in almost all regions, but we should see some come into the river next week, even in small numbers.  They won't let the netters fish until the run begins so any reds moving into the river should be undisturbed.  We should get a good shot at them.

Rainbows - they're catching a tons of them but they are on the small side (23-28 inches).  But as the smolt action increases, we should see some 30+ inchers move into the target areas.

I will be up there till July 14th.  Will try to post reports and pics but the internet is real bad up there.  We will see!

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           I know a glorified bugger ,

  Getting close to the time when some the OAF tribe head to the land of the midnight sun to fish. Even though the BilletHead's may not ever get the chance to make that trip there is no reason some of my flies shouldn't go. So I did a little looking and found this and it is  recommended for the area. Three sizes 2, 4 and 6. Tied on a 4X long, 3X heavy streamer hook leaded pretty heavy too. Some Holographic blue accent in the tail and down the side. There is a dozen here and they will be sent with member Curtise. There will be instructions told to him that he is to share if they catch. Posting this so you all keep him honest :) ,

thumbnail_0617181549a.jpgBH  nas us well suppied with ab awesome pattern

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1 hour ago, Phil Lilley said:

Rainbows - they're catching a tons of them but they are on the small side (23-28 inches).

HAHAHAHAHAHA!  That makes me laugh and also a bit sad I am not along for the ride...  I'd be ruined when I got back from a trip like that. :) 

Safe travels guys!  Can't wait to hear all about it.

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Really sucks to catch a little 28" rainbow on a fly rod in God's country.  I am crying in my beers for ya.

Sneak back a few Grizz to add to the gene pool of Black bears infesting us.  We need a little variety and a predator for the Mountain Lions as they pass thru.

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Made it. This cool weather is going to take some getting used to. 43 last night and my heater was hooked up yet. 

River is up from last year a bit. Sockeyes are trickling in... late again this year. Kings are in in decent numbers. Rainbows are good. 

Running to town picking up and dropping off clients at the airport today. Will fish later this evening. 

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