Now is the time to chase that fish of a lifetime on our home river, the Naknek. One of the best spots on the planet to target a 30” wild rainbow trout is in the fall on the Rapids stretch of the Naknek River. Our lodge, Rapids Camp, is appropriately named as it offers us prime access to the Rapids and the angry, behemoth sized rainbow trout that inhabit it. Our favorite way to target these fish is with a two handed rod. This allows us to efficiently cover water on this large, difficult to wade river. Anyone who has fished the Naknek has their own, “go to” set up that they swear by. A confidence rig if you will. Liz Fincher, who is a guide and operations manager with her partner Max at RCL, was kind enough to share with us hers. If she has a miraculous day (or even hour off) to fish the Nak in the month of September, here is what she picks for her weapon.
- Rod: ECHO DH II 12’9″ 6.5 wt.
- Line: RIO Skagit Max 450 Gr. 10′ of T-14 (depending on water levels)
- Leader: 4’ Maxima UltraGreen
- Fly: A little good juju fly…guess you got to fish with her to get all her secrets 🙂
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