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  • My wife and are will be in Anchorage from 9/15 to 9/22. We would like to find a guided day float fishing trip on one of the rivers in the area. Most we have looked at to date are fly fishing trips only. Unfortunately, my wife cannot use a fly rod due to serious problems with carpal/tunnel syndrome in her wrist. She is experienced with spinning tackle. Are there any options available for a guided river float fishing trip in the Anchorage area where spinning tackle is available?

    - Jim

  • Jim

    Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Alaska! We do specialize in fly fishing but have some limited spinning tackle and occasionally work with folks in similar situations. We're located in the town of Willow, Alaska and focus on fishing the Susitna River Tributaries…our rivers are smaller and like all of Alaska right now are dealing with low water right now but we would be happy to help try and get you out fishing and enjoying the river so please feel free to contact my company Fishhound Expeditions. Thanks for your time and hope to talk with you soon!


    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.
  • You're in luck! Most guide operations offer both fly fishing and conventional fishing options. Often times, we can accommodate both styles of fishing on the same trip among different anglers in the same boat. Both Trout/Dolly Varden and Salmon can be targeted using conventional tackle.

    I hope this helps and have a great time in Alaska!


    Dave Lisi - Owner/Guide for Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC located in the small mountain town of Cooper Landing, Alaska where he is a year-round resident, guide, carpenter and trout bum. On any given day, you will most likely find Dave on the banks of the Kenai swinging for trout with his best friend and future wife, Jackie. Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC was built in early 2017 with the goal of sharing the love and passion Dave and Jackie have for the Kenai Peninsula and the fish that live there.
  • Hi Robert,

    There are not really any guided fishing opportunities in Anchorage, the closest fishing near Anchorage is going to be an hour or two north or south.

    I think your best option will be fishing the Kenai River, specifically the Middle Kenai River. The Upper Kenai River is back to partially opened after the fire but a lot of the guide services closed down for the season due to Cooper Landing being on evacuation notice. There are plenty of Kenai River fishing guides to choose from…but here are a few options for both the Upper and Middle Kenai.

    Upper Kenai - Options I would recommend are Alaska Troutfitters, Jason's Guide Service & Drifters Lodge.

    Middle Kenai - Options I would recommend are D Ray's Guide Service, Kenai River Cowboys & Alaska Drift Away Fishing.

    Thanks - Mike

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