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
We both had a great time fishing with you last Monday, on the opening day of season. We both felt like we learned a ton, caught some beautiful fish, and really enjoyed the experience. Of all the guides on our trip, I definitely feel that we learned, and benefited the most from our time fishing with you.
Mike & Roger
Just wanted to pass along our “thanks” for our 2 trips with TJ and the one with Mike! We had a ball, and are already thinking about booking another trip for next year. You’ll remember Tony’s “SOB” outbursts!
Don & Jim Ericson, Tom and Tony (the Colorado boys)
On July 25th my brother, son and I took a 1/2 day float trip down the Kenai river, our Guide was Mike Adams.
I wanted to commend him on his professionalism and knowledge on the river. My brother and I have done several float trips around the US, and my brother has even fished the Amazon. My son is 15 and never has done a float trip and had no idea of what/when to do anything – Mike took the extra time and showed Wyatt exactly what to do and when. To say he was patient would be an understatement. Mike found us the fish. Wyatt hooked into a 23 inch Chum?? and landed it hopefully the picture came out, due to the weather we left our good cameras at home and I took this with my phone.
Mike also told us about several places to have our catch processed and sent home; it should be here tomorrow, we cant wait… I can say if we are ever in the area again we will use your guide service again and will pass your info on to friends traveling. Again my complements to your service and especially Mike.
I just wanted to write you and thank you again for the fishing experience of a life-time that you gave my son and me just a few weeks ago this July. We took two trips with Brandon down the Kenai and it was just simply fantastic. I was looking at your pics and thought I’d offer a few to you for your consideration to put on your site. We’re so proud of them we just had to show you how they turned out. Again, thanks for the memories and with a little luck we will be back soon to do it all over again! We’re saving our pennies!
I wanted to drop a line and tell you our two guided trips with Mike last week were awesome. He is a great fisherman and steward of your fabulous fishery and land. He put us on fish and was very helpful to Tricia and myself in both mentoring and rooting us on to make our experience a great one.
Mike is a super representative of your company and your environment. We are already making plans for a return next year.
I have been fortunate to fish in Mexico, Hawaii, Texas and Canada. But this experience was the best. Of all the fish I chase, I still love to trout fish and nothing hold a candle to those crazy Rainbows in Alaska.
This is an email to congratulate you on a great guide you have in Ben. He took us out on the middle Kenai river. Ben set up my buddy Tim and I with a fly he recommended and on one of my first drifts I hooked up with a beautiful rainbow around 18 inches. Then two more fish on the following drift. It was a great start to the day to warm up in frigid weather. All this lead up to the trout of my life (thus far), a 30 inch beauty. Ask to see the picture he took, heck post it on the website! I’ll never forget it.
Ben knew what he was doing. I’d recommend him any time.