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RAINBOW TROUT

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KENAI RIVER RAINBOW TROUT FISHING

As Kenai River fly fishing guides, we live for the Rainbow Trout. The Kenai is one of the top, if not “the top”trophy Rainbow Trout river in Alaska. We guide anglers each year to trophy Rainbow Trout that push three feet in length.

FLY FISHING FOR KENAI RIVER TROUT

Alaska’s Angling Addiction provides the very best fly fishing and casting instruction

that you can find anywhere on the Kenai Peninsula. Both Lee and Paul are certified casting instructors through the FFF and will not only put you on fish, but will have you leaving as a better fly caster. Throughout the year we use different techniques to guide you to these trophy trout. Swinging streamers, dry fly fishing, nymphing, and drifting are all great ways to put big trout into the net.

DAILY KENAI RIVER GUIDED TROUT FISHING TRIPS

For the anglers that do not want to fly fish, we have a full set of spinning and casting rods that are also effective for trout. We do love introducing anglers to the fun of fly fishing but if it just not for you, we still have you covered.

Trout fishing on the Kenai is literally available year round. The best times to come out on a guided Kenai River fishing trip for trophy trout are mid June, and then August through October. Book your trip today though. Prime dates fill up fast!

STEELHEAD

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GUIDED STEELHEAD FISHING ON THE WORLD FAMOUS KENAI PENINSULA

The world famous Kenai Peninsula not only has some of the best trout and salmon fishing found anywhere but it also boasts some good steelhead fishing as well. The Kenai River, Kasliof River as well as a few rivers south on the Peninsula hold good numbers of Steelhead in the fall.

ALASKA STEELHEAD FISHING ON THE KENAI PENNINSULA

Starting in September, steelhead start to show up in the waters of the Kenai Peninsula. The most popular rivers to target these fish are located about and hour south of the Kenai. These smaller waters offer a great opportunity to catch some good sized steelhead in some intimate waters. These are generally “walk and wade” style utilizing both nymphing and swinging techniques. Prime time for Steelhead are during the September and October.

The Kenai and Kasilof Rivers also hold good numbers of fresh Steelhead. Generally, fishing for steelhead on the Kenai is done using typical trout fishing methods for that time of year, and steelhead are usually caught along side wild Rainbows. Fishing on the Kasilof River is usually done while floating the river in our 20ft drift boat targeting Steelhead specifically.

KING SALMON

KENAI RIVER KING SALMON FISHING GUIDES

Alaska’s Angling Addiction offers daily guided King Salmon fishing trips on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. Starting their first run in Mid-May, the King Salmon begin their migrations into the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. King Salmon are the largest of all the salmon species reaching sizes pushing 90 lbs. These huge fish though are not common and most average around 20-40 lbs.

The King Salmon fishing we offer is done in a few different ways. Fishing either can be done with the use of conventional tackle and a boat, or done during the early part of the season with the use of spey rods.

Backtrolling lures and bait from a drift boat is a great way of landing a King Salmon. The Kasilof River is a great body of water to do this on. The river is a drift-only fishery during the King season and makes for a great peaceful day on the water. The Kasilof River also has a hatchery return of Kings that are great for the table as well.

TROPHY KING SALMON ON THE FLY ROD

From Late-May until Mid-June we offer a trip that we consider the Super Bowl of fly fishing adventures, trophy sized King Salmon on the fly. This part of the season presents a special situation that allows us to fish for Kings this way. First the water levels are low enough to fish from the bank, and there is no bait allowed until June 15th so boat traffic is at a minimum and the pressure is low. Expect to work for your fish and fish all day. For you hardcore spey anglers out there, this one is for you.

CATCH AND RELEASE WILD KING SALMON FISHING

Alaska’s Angling Addiction is a proud supporter of catch and release on all wild King Salmon. These fish are truly a marvel in both size and numbers. We believe to maintain a healthy population of these monsters, the fishing community must remain open to catch and release fishing as a way to keep the numbers of fish and average sizes up to their normal ranges. We do allow the harvest of hatchery Kings.

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SOCKEYE SALMON

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KENAI RIVER GUIDED SOCKEYE SALMON FISHING

Starting in Mid-June the world famous return of Sockeye, or Red Salmon, return to the Kenai. This first run of fish is on a mission, and is headed up to the Russian River. This first run is smaller in numbers than their counterparts that come later in July but are equally as fun. Most trips for this early run of fish are done on the Russian River.

The second run of Sockeye start their major push around July 16th, and surge into the Kenai by the thousands each day. This second run of fish is larger in numbers and usually in average size as well. The second run fish can push up to 15lbs. and average around 8-9lbs. The Sockeye is regarded by most as the best tasting salmon there is. Bag limits are generally 3 per person/ per day, and sometimes get up to 6 per person/ per day.

Your Kenai River Guided Sockeye Salmon trip generally is done from the shore. We will find a good beach with the proper bottom structure and let you swing away. Sometimes the fishing can almost seem nonstop and double digit fish days are not uncommon.

KENAI RIVER SOCKEYE SALMON FISHING GEAR

The tackle used to fish for Sockeye salmon is fairly simple. Generally a 8-9 weight fly rod is used in conjunction with a weight and a small fly about 5 feet from the weight. The cast is a simple flip out and swing and fish can be caught nearly next to your feet at times.

For the angler that would like a more traditional fly fishing style trip, we have been perfecting over the years a method and formula for using sink tips and traditional fly fishing styles that make the fishing a bit more challenging. Single hand rods as well as spey rods can be used and make this time of the year one of the most fun.

SILVER SALMON

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KENAI RIVER GUIDED FLY FISHING FOR SILVER SALMON

Starting their migration up the Kenai in Late August, the Silver Salmon, or Coho, is one of our favorite species. They can be very aggressive, normally are acrobatic and pull like a pickup truck. We start our silver salmon guided fishing trips in September and Continue through October. During late august the silvers are just starting their migration up the Kenai and the numbers generally start low and the water levels are high. This causes the fish to be more spread out and difficult to find. But come Mid-Late September the weather starts to get colder and the water levels drop causing the fish to become more concentrated and usually more aggressive. Some of the best Silver Salmon fishing can be found in Late September and all of October. This season just so happens to coincide with the best time of the year to land trophy Rainbow Trout as well. There have been many spectacular days had in September and October with combo Silver Salmon and Rainbow Trout trips.

KENAI RIVER SILVER SALMON TACKLE

During the beginning of the Silver Salmon season, fishing is usually done while fishing out of a boat, at least until the temperatures get colder, and the glacier stops melting. Fishing during the early season can be done with both fly and spin casting gear. Generally a 7-8 weight fly rod or a medium power 9 ft. spinning or casting rods are the rods of choice.