Starting the New Year with remembrance

We can’t move on into the New Year until we take a moment and reflect back on this last year and give credit where credit is due.

November 21st we lost a legend, Darwin Peterson, the original founder of Kenai River Fly Fishing. He and his wife of almost 52 years traveled up from Montana in 1987 and found their home in our little town of Cooper Landing where they continued to live and raise their two sons.  They bought property near the Russian River and built the first tackle shop in town which they faithfully ran for 16 years before “retiring” up to their house overlooking Kenai Lake.  Anyone who has ever crossed paths with Darwin and Geneese will know that they have made this town a richer place with their presence. Through many a poker game, a warm meal or a visit over coffee they have welcomed many people into their lives and provided a family for many of the guides who wandered into Cooper and decided to call it home.  Being fortunate enough to be part of that family, we would just like to say a big thank you on behalf of all of us.  Darwin will truly be missed.  His unique sense of humor and legendary stories will forever live on amongst all of his friends and family.

We felt honored when given the opportunity to continue managing the business, the roots run deep and are very powerful.  We will continue giving the respect and hard work that was always given by Darwin and Geneese making it the successful family business it is today. Thank you.

Darwin Peterson Founder of Kenai River Fly Fishing Legend

Darwin Peterson
Founder of Kenai River Fly Fishing

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