Great Alaska Fly Fishing
Alaska is world renowned for it's fly fishing opportunities, and the Kenai Peninsula is truly some of the best of Alaska fly fishing. Whether your quarry is the world's largest King Salmon, Trophy Rainbow Trout and Char, dime-bright Steelhead or Sockeye, Silver and Pink salmon, you will find it here. High alpine lakes full of Arctic Grayling and hundreds of lowland lakes with Rainbow Trout and Char. The guests at our Alaska fly fishing lodge have been traveling from the world over to target our amazing salmon and trout fisheries for over 30 years.
This is the time for the big kings...trout season has yet to open, so the variety is limited but the fishing can be great. Our fly fishing guests will be targeting the mighty kings of the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, as well as some custom fly-out's across Cook Inlet in early and mid June. This is all about trophy fishing rather than numbers, and it takes a commitment on an anglers part to meeting these mighty fish on a "one to one" basis, but for those persistent anglers, the catches are truly life changing. Some of the most famous anglers in the world have targeted our kings on the fly with us...Jim Teeny, John Simms, Steve Rajeff,Tony Weaver, , Steve Bartkowski, Larry Czonka, Dick Butkus , Bill Dance and many, many more.
July offers many fly fishing opportunities, with Sockeye Salmon in the river in growing numbers, (peaking the last two weeks of the month) and of course the big Kings peaking at about the same time... so the opportunity to catch a "grand Slam" of species is great. In addition, the Rainbow Trout are on the move, aggressive and hungry as they look for salmon eggs, flesh and insects to hold them over until "the big show" begins next month! This is also the prime season for Arctic Grayling on our flyout experiences, as the warm water has awakened the fish and they are feeding on surface and subsurface insects with abandon!
FALL SEASON - AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER
For most of fly fishing guests who return year after year, this is it. "The drop" as it is called, when the sockeye salmon and Kings begin releasing their eggs into the reds that they have dug over the last few weeks. Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden begin voraciously eating as many as they can as fast as they can, and the fish will put on nearly 50% of their own body weight in the next 5 or 6 weeks. The very same trout that was 26" and 6 pounds in June may well reach 10 or 11 pounds by the end of the season. In addition to the incredible trout fishing, the silvers are taking flies in the wildlife refuge, the Steelhead and Silvers are entering the tidal streams and your daily choices may very well outnumber number of days you have to do it in.
The mighty Kings enter our rivers beginning as early as the first week of May, with the first run peaking around the 1st or 2nd week of June. Fly rod lovers cherish this time frame, as the lower water levels of spring allow for easy wading, as well as increased structure for the big fish on their way up river. Most Kenai river King salmon during this time frame are targeting the Killey river for spawning, which departs the Kenai about 10 miles upstream from the lodge- that means that nearly every single early run fish that enters the river passes our lodge on their way to their Natal spawning grounds. Our guests have caught more than twenty King salmon over 60 pounds during this time frame as well as countless numbers of fish in the 25 - 50 pound range. To target these great gamefish, plan on extensive wading with high quality 9, 10 or 11 weight rods. Great casting skill is not required, as the fish lay close to the bank, however the fights are incredible and many of us have been drug up to a mile downstream during these epic battles! We encourage catch and release for these beautiful and important gamefish.
Second run July 1-30
Silver salmon enter our rivers in late July and throughout August (and all the way through december on the Kenai!). Among the most aggressive of the salmon species (along with pinks) Silvers take flies with abandon. In the saltwater estuaries at our Bearcamp, hyped up silvers even take surface flies like East Coast Atlantic Salmon! On the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, downstream swinging with quick strips produce bone jarring strikes. This fishing has been likened to bonefishing in the flats of Mexico or Belize. We also catch silvers on the fly when wade fishing in some of our favorite Steelhead streams in September.
Second run is September 1-30
The Kenai's Rainbow Trout fishery is a thing to behold. Great Alaska Adventure Lodge has been practicing strict catch and release on all Trout, Char and Steelhead for over a decade, and the fishing has simply gotten better and better each year. I have fished the river for nearly thirty years, and can say with confidence that your chances of catching a truly phenomenal Trout (double digits easily) are better here than perhaps anywhere in the world. In addition to the spectacular Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden (Char family) are also an amazing sport fish and readily available alongside the popular Rainbow, as well as available in August in some of the smaller streams that we frequent.
In addition to the trophy Rainbow of the Kenai, we target the 'Bows in high alpine lakes on flyouts, small hike-in tributaries of unnamed streams and even via float tubing on the world famous Kenai National Wildlife Canoe Trail.
The Kenai Peninsula's Steelhead fishery is healthy and growing, and with the strict catch and release policy in effect, that should not be changing any time soon. Many of our guests combine the incredible Rainbow Trout fishery with a trip targeting these incredible gamefish. Wade fishing only, you'll need to be on the top of your game as you fish with small rods nymph-style in these tiny tidewater streams. Simply amazing.
In addition to sharing the amazing Kenai with our guests, protection of our environment and all of it's unique and amazing wildlife is at the core of all adventure travel and wilderness fishing experiences, and since 2010, Great Alaska Adventures is proud to be certified as a sustainable Travel Destination from Adventure Green Alaska - Alaska's recognized tourism certification program.