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A couple of days late...but here goes. Went up Friday when the road started to clear up following the snowfall. I was the only one there, but tracks showed that somebody else had the same plan earlier in the day. I was mainly interested on checking for movement on the large bows from 11-mile. Its's still early but what there you go.

Started down by 11-mile, only to find ice for quite a ways upstream. Had basically a long walk in really, really cold weather. Then fished the gauging station for a mile then decided to walk upstream. Fish were pretty scattered but more plentiful closer to the barns. Caught a couple of really nice fish - one fat cut bow that fought exceptionally hard given the cold temps. Brown SJ Worms did the trick.

Then I ran back to the comfort of my car heater. Guides froze every 3-4 cast, and my reel was locked in too. Happy o get a couple given the conditions. Did I say it was really cold?
 

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The wind was moving but not at the typical hurricane level. I'll be hitting that section hard over the next few weeks as the bigger guys from Eleven Mile move in. Hopefully it will be a bit less harsh in the temps department! It was the coldest I'd fished in since living in Alaska and fishing for winter rainbows on the Kenai River.
 

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I saw nothing moving in the lowest section of the river. The river surface was frozen for quite a ways up from Eleven Mile. I had thought that with the warm weather perhaps fish would be moving early. That's really why I went up there - I have some friends coming from AK next weekend and was checking for pre-spawn movement. Nothing like those mid-winter Dream Stream Rainbows!

The cutbow I caught was in my opinion a resident fish - regular coloration and hanging with a few others.

I read above that it was -22 on Saturday - Yikes!
 
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