Photos: Two Huge Rainbows from Alaska’s Naknek River

This 28-inch rainbow nearly spooled Jim, so they hopped into the boat to chase her for a quarter mile.
Photos courtesy Jim Johnston

Jim Johnston—who operates Sierra Streamside Cabins and does the Orvis Fly Fishing Report for his home water, the North Yuba in California—sent in these photos from a recent trip to the Naknek River on the Alaska Peninsula. He hooked these beauties while drifting eggs with a 10-foot 4-weight Helios 2, and says that both fought incredibly hard in the big water.

Fall on the Naknek produces lots of fat, egg-eating trout such as this 25-incher.

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