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. Brian brought his dad and boys down for a great day of fishing (and catching!). Thanks for joining us again!
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.
Founder of Kenai River Fly Fishing