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!
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!
The crowds have wained, it was hard to believe it was Saturday at Sportsman’s Boat Launch today. The Salmon madness has come to an abrupt stop, the weather has been kind, and it’s an all around nice time to be on the water.
Gene Bern on his first day out catches a nice Dolly Varden
We’ve been seeing some great dry fly hatches going on as well as the usual flesh and beads have been working their magic for fly fishing for both Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. The small creeks are a great alternative for some wade fishing as well. Out on the big river it is quickly becoming everyones favorite time of year to be out fishing for the Trout and Dollies and right now on the Upper Kenai there are also a sprinkle of Silver Salmon starting to show in the eddies. If this is your main target it sounds like below Skilak as well as going out on the salt out of Seward is the way to go.
It’s fall, it’s time to sit back and relax and take your time out there. Happy fishing!
Tony and his son enjoyed a day together out on the water.
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.
We are sitting at just a few hundred shy of a million Sockeye Salmon in the Kenai River as of yesterday. Add what will have been counted by the end of today and we are looking at not only over a million Sockeye in the drainage but also at some good odds out there! The middle has been productive and with the bag limit at 6 per person/day and the upper, though not teeming with the numbers that are soon to come the Upper Kenai has also been very productive. From Skilak into the upper Kenai we are still looking at limits of 3 per person/day so please be aware of the differences in regulation while out there. If getting out on the river and catching yourself some fresh Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is what you desire, now is the time to do it!
Glen from Texas enjoying his day on the Kenai River with a days catch of Sockeye Salmon caught on a fly rod.
It’s still just a fine time to be out there fishing on the river for a mixed bag of species. What better way to spend a day then playing on the water spending a little time here and there fishing for multiple species of fish enjoying what has been one of the nicest summers we have seen in Alaska in years?!
Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing has continued to be productive with plenty of carcass floating around in the water from folks properly filleting their Salmon and disposing of the remains in the water. Using flesh has continued to be the mainstay, what a tasty treat to these fish.
Sockeye Salmon are still coming into the river, though the number have slowed a bit in the last few days we still expect to see a great run this year. On the 11th we saw a push of 33,702 hit the river and as of yesterday another 20,000 have come in as well. This have brought the grand total up to 127,765 which is about 30,000 more then we had seen this time last year. And remember, this is just the beginning!! When you are talking a total of around 1.5 million, we have a ways to go. It has been a nice treat to be out there this year with the constant trickle of Sockeye Salmon coming though though giving us the ability to fish a little of everything.
Weather is predicted to be nice and sunny for us for the rest of the week, it’s time to get out and enjoy it while it’s here. Come join us on the river and marvel in the beauty of our backyard.
(Yes, we know we’re spoiled)
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
Patience and perseverance pays off for this group as they hold up the days catch
TJ safely guiding them across Skilak Lake, beautiful way to end a great trip.
Being out on the water the last few days we have continued to have luck with fishing Trout and Dollies as well as catching some of the early second run of Sockeye that is trickling in. We have seen 49,8979 Sockeye come into the drainage so far which as of now is 7,000 more then this time last year. Traditionally we tend to see a distinct shut off of Sockeye Salmon between the first and the second run, but not this year. Anglers have had the luck of being out there “between runs” with decent success! Last year we saw a little over 1,500,000 Sockeye come into the Kenai River during the second run and with luck we will hopefully see those numbers again. So now is the time to give us a call and we’ll get you out there swinging for some Sockeye!