The final week of king fishing on the Kanektok and the guests are still bringing nice fish to hand.
Photo: Cameron Miller
We welcomed an international group of fisherman this week. Guests came from all over Europe, Canada and the US which made for a very interesting week. Everyone was here for the same reason and all understood the international language of fishing. We could not have asked for a better bunch of guys to spend the week even though us gringos were outnumbered during our Independence Day celebration.
Hayden Fish brought another great group from the UK. WhereWiseMenFish also sent us a few guys from the UK to join the crowd. Brian Niska brought a strong contingent of Canadian blood to join him for his one on one spey casting clinics that went on every day. We only had a few guys from around the US this week, but most of them were return guests like Wright and James Palmer and Jim Jervis and Rob Hess.
The weather this week did not make the king fishing any easier but it did help on the tans (if you???re into that). It was hot and sunny most of the week with temps as high as 75 and very little wind. The lack of wind made the bugs prevalent so along with the sunscreen you had to use a lot of bug dope! Yes kings do not like the sun, but with an open mind the trout fishing can be spectacular along with chum and sockeye fishing as well.
Overall the king fishing was quite good, especially in the mornings. Even though many afternoons slowed down for kings, guys that stuck to it were able to bring kings to hand each day. For anyone not into the hard core afternoon king fishing, the trout fishing really turned on this week.
Quite a few nice rainbows were landed along with a bunch of chrome dollies. We also started to see large pushes of chrome sockeye and chum (and a couple pinks) for anyone looking to fill the fish box with multiple species. They go nice in the smoker too!!
The Arolik report this week is short and super sweet!! The guests primarily enjoyed the upper clear water sections of this little gem. Two quotes from the lucky few to fish the Arolik this week – “A religious experience” and “The best rainbow experience of my life”. Not bad!