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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.  He brought his dad and boys down for a great day of fishing (and catching!).

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!

Starting the New Year with remembrance

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.

Darwin Peterson Founder of Kenai River Fly Fishing Legend

Darwin Peterson
Founder of Kenai River Fly Fishing

photo courtesy of Maiya Hill

Sockeye Slowing Up Some

We are starting to see the first run Russian River Sockeye slowing up a bit on us.  With enough dedication we are still coming off the river with some fresh Sockeye just not in the numbers we were able to catch previously.  There have still been a few thousand passing by the weir in the last few days, but it appears the run is coming to an end.  We are seeing the water levels dropping with it now reading 14″.  With our current weather cooling off a bit and the sun moving behind the clouds we should see this trend continue.

Thought the Sockeye fishing may be slowing up we have still had some great days on the water.   The Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden fishing has been picking up nicely so we are seeing the ability to have a nice day out in our scenic surroundings fishing for a mixed bag of fish. From harvesting a few Salmon to catching and releasing some beautiful Rainbow Trout, it’s a great way to spend the day!

Limits Increase

Good news out there for everyone looking to get some fresh Sockeye Salmon in their freezer, Alaska Fish and Game has increased the bag and possession limits for anglers.  A full description of the order is below, please take a moment to read, but in layman’s terms they increased the bag limit from 3 per person to 6 per person.

We have seen more sockeye coming past the weir bringing the count to almost 26,000 salmon and the water levels have been dropping as well and are now at 17″.

With the water levels starting to drop, the sockeye numbers still climbing, the weather cooling off a bit and the limit increasing it’s been a great time to get out on the river and chase some Sockeye.  We’ve had good success out there the last few days and of course we can’t predict it, but we anticipate the fishing is going to continue looking good for us out there!!

Nice Russian River Sockeye , that got stung and filleted on the Kenai River. Great work Gary.

Nice Russian River Sockeye , caught and filleted on the Kenai River. Great work Gary.


Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, June 22, the daily bag limit will increase to six (6) sockeye salmon and the possession limit will increase to twelve (12) sockeye salmon in the Upper Kenai River, upstream from Skilak Lake to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls.

The early-run sockeye salmon escapement past the weir at Lower Russian Lake has exceeded 23,700 fish. The Department projects the end-of-run escapement will exceed the escapement goal of 22,000 – 42,000 early-run sockeye salmon. It is therefore appropriate to increase limits to permit anglers the additional opportunity to harvest Russian River sockeye salmon.

Anglers are reminded that they may possess only the limit allowed for the waters they are actively fishing. If a Russian River angler has more than three sockeye salmon in possession, then that angler may not fish in waters with a possession limit of three.

Anglers are also reminded to remove fish carcasses whole, or gutted/gilled from the Russian River clear water, or take fish to the mainstem Kenai River cleaning tables located at the confluence and ferry crossing to fillet and chop-up filleted sockeye salmon carcasses into small pieces and throw the pieces into deep, flowing waters. Please keep all personal belongings, including stringers of fish closely attended. Please respect the riverbank restoration projects and stay on the established pathways in the Sanctuary Area, campground areas, and Russian River Ferry area.