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.

Recent Articles


Phil is going to be in Anchorage for business in late September and looking to see what his best options for fly-fishing within 2 hours drive of Anchorage are. He gets some excellent recommendations from our Pros on a variety of options that fit his requirement of day trips within a couple hours of Anchorage.
The Nushagak River in Southwest Alaska has one of the most prolific King Salmon runs in the state. Learn about the Nushagak River, when the best time to fish the Nushagak, the authors favorite King Salmon flies and more.
Megan is heading to Alaska in October and wants to spend a day or two fishing the Denali area. She gets advice from our pros on what her options are in the Denali area as well as the Parks Highway which she'll travel on her way to Seward.