Great Sockeye Salmon caught by Bret Curry on a fly rod.
I love to fish… It’s a passion, hobby, habit and if I’m rigorously honest…an addiction! Each trip to the water brings the wonderment and uncertainty of catch. Each angling moment provides a rewarding spiritual connectivity to something larger than life. Could be a “hunter & gatherer” component in my DNA. May be because fishing is my primary safe harbor from the daily grind and rat race. Whatever the case, I’m so blessed to have opportunities to fish dozens of days per year…and mainly with a fly rod.
I recently added a new geographical location to my fly-fishing experiences. This time in Alaska! If you are an individual with fly-fishing in your blood you have got to experience a grappling sockeye salmon who’s mission is to spawn…not to be caught. If the thought of angling a pit-bull on the end of your fly-line gets your juices flowing, then give Jen a call at Kenai River Fly Fishing.
After hours of pre-trip online research and local referrals my choice was KRFF. And boy did I make the right decision. Jen paired me up with T.J., Master and Professional Guide. Simply put, T.J. is the man! And a consummate host! Clearly an accomplished fisherman himself, he put me onto the fish in no time. His refinement tips were courteously delivered and produced results. He’s a master with the drift-boat and very safety-conscience. Not only did we net several sockeyes, we landed Rainbow and Dolly Varden as well.
Sockeyes on a stringer
An often-used word in Cajun country is “lagniappe” which means a little something extra. And how Alaska provides those bonuses. We saw bear, moose and eagles galore. T.J.’s keen eye and sharing the experience was icing on the cake.
So if you are bug-eyed from perusing the Internet for the right guide service, simply give KRFF a call. Oh yea, be sure to include the “canyon” float into your schedule, you won’t be sorry.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Being out on the water the last few days we have continued to have luck with fishing Trout and Dollies as well as catching some of the early second run of Sockeye that is trickling in. We have seen 49,8979 Sockeye come into the drainage so far which as of now is 7,000 more then this time last year. Traditionally we tend to see a distinct shut off of Sockeye Salmon between the first and the second run, but not this year. Anglers have had the luck of being out there “between runs” with decent success! Last year we saw a little over 1,500,000 Sockeye come into the Kenai River during the second run and with luck we will hopefully see those numbers again. So now is the time to give us a call and we’ll get you out there swinging for some Sockeye!
Happy Independence Day! Please take a moment to reflect on all the men and women with whom have sacrificed their lives for us to be where we are today. These are brave souls who deserve great respect as do their loved ones who make the ultimate choice to be there through the hard times as supporting loving friends and family. Our love and respect go out to you. We show our appreciation in what small way we can by offering today and everyday a 10% military discount as a way to simply say thank you!
Fishing has been productive for us for this time of year. We are continuing to see a small steady pulse of Sockeye trickling in which it is a welcome addition to fishing in the first 2 weeks of July. Fish and Game is tracking them as the start of the second run and as of now they have seen 11,862 fish pass by the weir. The weather has been overcast with isolated rain showers and the river continues to drop and we are currently seeing a level of 11 1/2″. Fishing for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden continues to produce for us and with a combination trip of swinging for a few Sockeye and doing some Trout and Dolly fishing we’ve been having nice days out on the water.
With the access that the Kenai provides it is a great river to take your friends and family out on. Please be aware that the river has changed since the flood last fall and being the powerful river that it is it deserves your respect. We have seen more boats flipped and pinned on sweepers then we have seen in years past. If you are a do it yourself-er out there please just take the necessary safety precautions to make this an enjoyable safe trip for yourself and your party. You may have plenty of experience on this river, but she has rearranged on us and is a different creature then she was this time last year. Ask around, use the local knowledge base and please be safe. And above and beyond, everyone please wear a lifejacket!!!