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  • We'll be on the Kenai the 3rd week of July, fishing sockeye on the Kenai from Soldotna to Russian River. We're looking for a bit of exploration outside the Kenai River, on the Kenai Peninsula and wanted to see if there was any additional fishing, wading or from shore, at such places like Seward, Homer, etc. Any recommendations...where? what? how?

    Thanks! Rich

  • Rich,

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip to AK.! There are lots of options for fishing on the Kenai Peninsula other than just the Kenai River. There is great fly fishing and spin fishing opportunities on some smaller creeks such as Quartz Creek and Crescent Creek. These are located near Cooper Landing. Further south there is the Kasilof river which has good runs of reds as well. Then further south there is the Anchor River and Deep Creek. Both of these rivers are smaller and have good access and good Dolly Varden fishing. As with all fishing in Alaska make sure you consult the regulations on methods and closures. For tactics, drifting beads under a float or indicator works great. The bead imitates a salmon egg and they come in a variety of sizes and colors. For lures single hooked Vibrax and pixies also work good and you can't beat a small silver spoon to imitate fry and other bait fish. Good Luck!

    Cheers - Adam

    Adam Cuthriell - Part owner of FishHound Expeditions. His wife Kathryn Cuthriell and business partner Dave "Reps" Repta make up the rest of the company as well as their dogs Hatch, Rado, and Pike. They fish, live, and guide in Alaska year-round. When not guiding on the rivers they guide ice fishing on Alaska's numerous lakes. Originally from Colorado, he began guiding at the age of 19 while receiving a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. Adam is also a current state of Alaska EMT.
  • Hi Rich,

    You could do a hike up to the Russian Lakes and fish between the lake and the falls, you will want to very bear aware as there a lot of bears up there. If you want to do some Grayling fishing, you could hike up to Crescent Lake (Cooper Landing/Quartz Creek area). On the Seward side you could fish and hike up Ptarmigan Creek, it may be a bit early for the fishing to be good but it’s beautiful hike.

    Anything we can do to help, please let us know.

    Thanks - Mike

    Mike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
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