Though you may be able to go out and swing for a few remaining Sockeye Salmon, we have primarily seen the first run come through and now come to an end. This places us back onto the river turning our focus back once again to fly fishing for Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. We have been out there the last few days fishing for these species and though not like it can be in the fall, we’ve still had some beautiful days on the water catching and releasing some beauties!
With the Sockeye run having been in the waters and many down here catching and filleting ron the river recently we are having success picking up those Rainbows and Dollies on some nice juicy flesh flies. It’s a time fun time to get back out there and start feeling out where these fish are again after the Kenai River had it’s 50 year flood last fall and our focus being mainly on Sockeye for the past few weeks.
Current water levels on the Kenai are sitting at 13″
And the season has begun!!! After the longest winter on record all of us in Alaska are very grateful to see what has been an absolutely amazing summer so far. We have been averaging days in the high 70’s into the 80’s which hasn’t happened in many (many) years and you don’t hear any complaints here! As far as the fly fishing season on the Kenai River has been going, we too are being graciously granted a great first run of Sockeye Salmon as well as some nice Rainbow Trout fishing. Current counts of Sockeye past the weir on the Lower Kenai are 9,167 which is over 7,500 more then we were seeing this time last year. We are seeing them come into the Upper Kenai were we are targeting them and are having great success. The water is running quite high at 19 1/2″ so the Sockeye are charging up. With the great weather and fishing being what it is, it’s a great time to get out on the water.