Category Archives: River Report

Let the games begin!

We are all happy to be back on the water and enjoying the beautiful Alaskan summer. The joke is the minute the river opens summer ends and it starts raining, but not this year!

Skilak crossing

Skilak Lake crossing.

The Sockeye Salmon are starting to come in, not in high numbers quite yet, but there are out there and we’ve been catching.  It also means that there are just that many more that will be showing up here in the next few weeks.

Father and son spending the day together.  Bring home the Sockeye Salmon!

Father and son spending the day together. Bringing home the Sockeye Salmon!

The Rainbow Trout fishing has been producing as well with plenty of action for everyone.

Mike Evans with Karen and her beautiful Rainbow Trout!

Between the Sockeye Salmon coming in and the Trout fishing, it’s a great time to be out on the water.  Come on down, enjoy the sun and let’s get after it!

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We’ve had a great start to the season this week between thoroughly enjoyable clients to fishing that has been producing well.  The weather, though not like it was this spring, has been holding and it’s been fairly mild out there for us.  The Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden has been enjoyable and much like we’d expect this time of year.  And of course what most people are interesting in is the sockeye and they have been appearing in steady numbers.  The count as of now according to the Russian RIver Weir is 4,967.  We have had very happy clients going home with some fresh sockeye and they’ve had a great time getting the opportunity to dance with some of these powerful fish on the ends of their rods.  There have been some big beautiful salmon caught, looking more like the second run sockeye then the typical little silver bullet the first run traditionally yields.

Here's a returning client we had to opportunity to get out on the water again this year.  He brought his dad and boys down for a great day of fishing (and catching!).

Here’s a returning client we had to opportunity to get out on the water again this year. Brian brought his dad and boys down for a great day of fishing (and catching!). Thanks for joining us again!


Happy opener!!

It’s finally here! We have all worked long and hard to get everything ready on our end so that we can get out there and do what we love to do! And today, we are on the water doing just that.

Our first run sockeye have already started coming in and are into the Russian River already. We are having some luck out there catching then on the Kenai today though you have be willing to put in your time. They are the beautiful little silver bullets we love to see though.

Trout fishing is open of course today though I don’t have a report back on that yet I’m sure after the break the river has seen that too should be great. More on that later when the boats come off the river.

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This is what we love to see!

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

Happy Holidays

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Birch after the storm

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Sun at it’s peak in December

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Winter wonderland

It’s well into winter up here now, the boats are flipped and life revolves around stoking the fire. The fishing is on hold for us at the moment, that is until the lakes freeze and then you might catch us out there enjoying the company of a few friends over a few holes drilled in the ice.  But for now it’s a time to settle in and enjoy the slow relaxing days of winter around the great state of Alaska, and specifically our beautiful home of Cooper Landing.  Also a time to catch up and share some great times had over the last summer out on the Kenai River.  Families are gathering and we just want to take a moment to wish everyone a great holiday season!!! Thank you to everyone who came up this summer and enjoyed the river/fishing with us!  It was a wonderful season and we all had a great time with returning clients as well as new that we had the pleasure of meet!

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Dolly

Dolly Varden

Silver Salmon

Silver Salmon

It’s never too early to start planning a trip to our neck of the woods so please enjoy the pictures and if your travels are going to bring you to Alaska this summer we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our great state!

Sockeye (red) salmon well into it's spawn

Sockeye (red) salmon well into it’s spawn

Doubles Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden

Doubles
Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden

And last but certainly not least, this fall brought a keeper.  The newest guide of Kenai River Fly Fishing; Bayne Harpe.

And last but certainly not least, this fall brought a keeper. The newest guide of Kenai River Fly Fishing; Bayne Harpe.

Fall wonders

What can we say, it’s fall, the colors are quickly changing, it’s beautiful out and the fish, they are treating us well!  Even though we saw quite a bit of rain come in the last week and we were approaching flood levels again, the fishing has continued to be productive all the way through. We saw the upper/upper turn off a little for a day or two but the Refuge and Canyon have been holding tough for us.  There is still a considerable amount of water in the Middle and the Lower but with temps in the low 40’s at night and the termination of the rain we have already seen the peak and we are seeing the water levels dropping quickly.

As per what we hope to see, the Rainbow Trout and Dollie Varden fishing has been amazing.  It’s certainly the time to be out there and we can only hope that it continues if not improves!

Okay, that was just greedy.

Long time client Earl finally earns his big fish!!  Guess patience is a virtue.  Nice work buddy!

Long time client Earl finally earns his big fish!! Guess patience is a virtue. Nice work buddy!

The usual bag o’ tricks is working, we are seeing the sockeye and the Kings in their spawn so cater to that. That being said, you find some time on your hands in the quickly lengthening Alaskan evening, might want to put some time into tying up a few extra leaders because you are bound to loose your share out there.

Please feel free to give us a call if you need a water level report.  She’s a powerful river that Kenai and we’ve seen a lot of people in some risky situations this year.  We are happy to give you an update and talk to you about what is happening down here.  Stay safe out there and have a great time!

Glory days!

What can we say, it’s that time!  Trout fishing is game on, the weather is finally giving us a break and we are seeing Silvers in the Upper as well.  This is what we have all been waiting for, the glory days of fall.  We are all busy out on the river and loving every minute of it!

Great day at the office.

Guide Mike Harpe with a happy client and his Silver caught on the fly.

Guide Mike Harpe with a happy client and his Silver caught on the fly.