For your next
guided fly fishing trip, our lodge provides access to some of the
best salmon fly fishing in the world. Our area offers great
flyfishing for: red salmon, silver salmon, and even pink salmon.
The best way to
catch red Salmon is with fly and up to one million go directly past
the lodge. In June July and August, we arrange guided red salmon
charters on the middle Kenai River in the upper Kenai River. Both
of these stretches flow through different parts of the Kenai
national wildlife refuge. Flyfishing for trout and Dolly Varden is
also great in these areas. For red salmon fishing, the kind of fly
is not critical, the only important thing is that the fly flow with
the current near the bottom. Red salmon do not strike a fly, it is
up to the angler to get the fly into the mouth of the fish swimming
upstream, it does take great technique which must be learned. Once
again, you can use either fly fishing gear or spinning gear.
Red Salmon are as
acrobatic as can get. These fish which go up to a maximum of about
fourteen pounds, routinely break 30 pound test. Last July at the
lodge, I hooked 100 of these amazing fishing in one evening in about
two hours of fishing. I only landed around 10 (I released most of
them) and many times these fish just snapped my 30 pound test. That
is Reds fishing! The next evening I hooked about 70. I use a 10
wt. fly rod and a reel with heavy drag. Even then, palming is
absolutely necessary. An 8 wt. rod is a good minimum.
In fall, flyfishing
for silver salmon on the upper Kenai River can be very good. This
section of the Kenai River, the water is a little clearer which
allows the silvers to see flies. The most common flies to use are
egg-sucking leeches or other egg patterns. This is basically
sight-casting in areas of slow water flow.
Every even year in
August and September, there is a huge run of several million pink
Salmon. Pink Salmon are not as discerning as other species and
readily strike flies. Even the most jaded fly fishermen would have
no difficulty catching pink Salmon.