IMG_6647 The Russian River is a major tributary of the Upper Kenai. It originates out of two crystal clear mountain lakes and rapidly runs its short course through the Chugach National Forest eventually merging into the aqua blue waters of the Kenai River. The Russian is a textbook pocket water trout fishery with plenty of boulders, riffles, and crystal clear pools. This river fishes well from its opening on June 15th through September and can provide some of the best dry-fly fishing in Alaska for Rainbow Trout in July and early August. The Russian River receives two distinct runs of Sockeye Salmon providing insane amounts of flesh and eggs for the trout to gorge on in the fall creating a fly fishing Mecca.

IMG_6279This crystal clear, slow moving creek originates out of the Kenai range and gradually winds through Spruce forest before entering the massive glacial Kenai Lake. In August, this quiet stream becomes a Sockeye Salmon spawning war zone that attracts thousands of Arctic Char/Dolly Varden into the fray. Sight and indicator fishing egg patterns for these worthy game fish among hundreds of spawning Sockeye Salmon is the name of the game. Be ready for that sleeper rainbow hiding in the log jam. We begin fishing this creek July 25th and offer trips through August. This is a wonderful hike-in trip for beginners and mellow hikers.

Kenai Oct 2010 071 These ancient, tea colored streams of the lower Kenai Peninsula are home to one of God’s most magnificent creations, the Steelhead Trout. These wild, fall run chromers begin entering streams in good numbers around September 15th and fishing continues through October. Fish average 8-10 pounds with 15 pound plus fish being tailed yearly. We fish a variety of flies and techniques for these bad boys depending on water conditions and time of year. Steelhead fishing is some of the most rewarding forms of fly-fishing there is. Imagine swinging your fly through the meat of the pool. This is going to be the one, you know it, you feel it. The morning sun begins to warm your cold, numb fingers, but you don’t even notice. You’re focused. You mend your line through the yellow and red leaves floating downstream and begin to swing your fly out of the depths when you feel it. That micro-second when your line pauses for that sixth sense strike and there he is, the crime immediately blows downstream out of the pool, headed back to the ocean. The fish bucks down but eventually succumbs to your fly rod. Sitting in the water at your feet is 12 pounds of chrome bright steelhead. The fish is staring you down right in the eye as you remove the hook from its corner jaw. You grasp his tail and release him back into the cold, October water. You pick the sea lice off of your wool glove and begin shaking, but not from the cold. You feel it? We feel it too. Alaska Troutfitters maintains a strict catch-and-release policy for all of our wild and native Rainbow Trout and Char. This ensures future generations the opportunity to experience this incredible fishery for years to come.