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Happy Holidays

winter birch

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.

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.

Welcoming August

As it turns out it’s August! We’ve all made it through another big July push and the weather makes it feel like fall is breathing down our necks. With that being said, bring on the Trout fishing!!!

We are still seeing a surprising strong run of Sockeye coming up the river and though you may need to be patient and pick and choose which ones you are keeping, it’s still been worth the time and effort to be out there.  There are still quite a few chromers in the Upper Kenai River.  We are currently up to 1,339,876 second run Sockeye in the drainage and are seeing a pretty consistent ~ 8-9,000 nosing up daily.

The Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing has been picking up nicely as they set up waiting for the Sockeye spawn to turn on.  We’ve had some amazing days out on the water lately fishing a “mixed bag” of both Sockeye and Rainbow Trout/Dolly Varden.  It’s a nice time to be out on the water with the number of people slowing down, you can feel the ease of fall setting in.

A Million Strong

Fresh Sockeye

The second run of Sockeye Salmon are now in numbers of over a million strong in the Kenai River.  If fresh Alaskan Salmon is something that you’ve been craving, now is the time to get out there after it.  The run is already making a huge push up into the drainage and pushing towards those spawning ground, word is the large majority has already moved up past the lower Kenai.

Sockeye Salmon

We are seeing the masses coming into the Middle and the Upper Kenai.  Cooper Landing is the place to be right now between the beautiful scenery surrounding you, the gorgeous weather Alaska has been kind enough to offer this summer and the plentiful supply of Sockeye that we are seeing up here.  It’s a great time to come out and play!

Sockeye Salmon lined up ready for cleaning

Sockeye Salmon lined up ready for cleaning

Oh what a hard day of work!

Days work!

Trout fishing continues to be productive for us out there.  Both beads and flesh are producing well, things are pretty fresh in the water so think about that when choosing your colors. We are still seeing overcast skies with little rain so the water is now down to 12 1/2″ and running nice and clean for the Kenai.  There are still a few Sockeye trickling past the weir and in the system so if you take some time you still may be able to catch one.  Crowds are down right now and it’s just a nice time to get out on the river and enjoy Cooper Landing’s backyard!