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  • I'm from out of town (Canada) and reserved the Spencer Bench Cabin located in the Chugach National Forest on the Kenai Peninsula in mid to late August. We'll be arriving by train at the Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop and hiking up to the lake and then to the cabin . I have an avid angler among us and was wondering what kind of fishing is in the lake? Should we haul up packrafts for some lake fishing? Is it just bows and dolly, or anything else? What kind of flies, he likes to tie them himself beforehand? Is there fishing in the stream/river that feeds the lake? These are a lot of questions but there isn't much info and we can't call around. Thank you!!!!!

    - Jen S,

  • Jen,

    Congrats on your upcoming trip to Alaska. I am familiar with that area as we do a lot of backcountry snow machining and skiing in that area. The lake and river that are below the cabin are glacial and don't have much in the way of fishing. There is a small Silver Salmon run that runs into a lake that is further down river of the Spencer whistle stop named Lubner Lake, it would be a bit of a hike. Silvers like big bright streamers. My apologies I didn't have better news about the fishing, but it is a very beautiful area. Bringing pack rafts for the lake would be fun as there are a lot of glacial chunks to paddle around. 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 Jen

    I did some looking but I don't find anything about fishing Spencer, everything is only about hiking and floating. It's pretty glacial and may not have much of a fish population. That being said, maybe there are some Dollies in the river itself, but I can not find anything that says for sure.

    Thanks - Mike

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