Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes south of Anchorage on the Sterling Highway, you will look to your left and be stunned to find the most amazingly brilliant blue-green lake you've ever seen in your life. This is how you know you have arrived in Cooper Landing, a small mountain town of about 300 permanent residents on the Kenai Peninsula.

An extremely popular vacation, fishing and recreation destination, the Kenai Peninsula offers something for everyone. Visitors can enjoy ocean fishing, sightseeing expeditions, glacier tours and whale-watching within the Peninsula's many historic towns such as Hope, Seward, Kenai, Kasilof, Homer, Sterling, Soldotna, Anchor Point, Whittier and Girdwood. Cooper Landing is central to all of these, which makes it the perfect "home base" for your Alaskan adventure.

They come kicking and screaming to this "fly fishing thing." (well, sort of)...

  • "I've never tried fly fishing."
  • "I'm no good at it"
  • "I'm a beginner, will I spend all day struggling?"
Fishing the World Famous Kenai River
Fishing the World Famous Kenai River

Fishing Guide - Part Guide, Part Therapist & Part Educator

Generally, this is what we try to work people through as guides on the Kenai River. We're part fishing guide, part therapist, part knot-detangler but mostly, we are educators.

When should I hire a guide, what should I expect to pay, and how much should I tip them?

Many people are hesitant to spend the money to hire a guide because

  • They don't know what to expect
  • They're not sure what they should be paying
  • They believe they should be able to take care of themselves on the water

For these and other reasons they can miss out on some great opportunities.

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