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2020 Photo-Review

Tourism and Coronavirus don’t necessarily mix well. As a result, 2020 was a “different” kind of year here in the Last Frontier. Thanks to our local following along with many determined guests from the lower 48 - while the world was in a state of chaos, we had a great season and had lots of fun along the way! I want to extend a personal THANK YOU to all the wonderful guests that chose to brave the travel process to get to us. I think most or all of them would tell you they're extremely glad they did, as the outdoors & fishing have a way of clearing your head and making you feel better about the world...

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Guides Should be Clients too!

I’ll never forget my first time being guided. It felt pretty weird if I’m being honest, mostly because I’m so accustom to being the guy that does everything. I bring the gear, I drive the boat, I tie the knots, and I am the so-called expert. Having someone else rig my rod and unhook my fish was a new and strange experience for me, but I’ll mostly remember my first guided trip because it provided a brand new perspective that I hadn’t even realized I needed until that day.   . Here are some things I learned: . Hi’s One of the first lessons I learned was just how important the morning greeting is. I’ve had guides that barely say hello, and I’ve had guides that were very enthusiastic about the day ahead. Your greeting...

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May 2020 Update Fishology & Orca Lodge

As you might expect, we've been getting plenty of questions from our scheduled and potential guests in recent weeks, asking about how COVID-19 might effect their ability to travel to Alaska and/or stay & fish with us this season. The honest answer to that question right now is that we don't know anything for sure right now, and that's a difficult for everyone. However, recent signs point to relaxing of restrictions and with that an increasing likelihood that we'll be able to operate safely and effectively with guests from all around the world in the very near future. In order to alleviate the stress that comes with the current uncertainty, we have relaxed our cancellation policy so that folks with reservations can "wait and see" without risking the loss of...

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Social Distancing and Fishing

. The profound effect COVID-19 is having on our world cannot and should not be minimized, but amidst all the doom and gloom there's certainly something to be said for being able to find a bright spot. . I found a bright spot this week. . Fishing is most definitely my favorite social activity. Fishing also happens to be my very favorite anti-social activity. The fulfillment I gain from sharing a fishing experience with others is a very different type of fulfillment than that which I get from fishing alone, but both are fulfilling to me nonetheless. . It had been quite a while since I went fishing by myself, and as it turns out, I really missed it. There’s something about that clear-headed feeling that comes from hiking along the riverbank...

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Kenai River Combo Fishing

Great river guides have a few principles that set them apart from their competitors. One of those principles is that they are willing & ready to turn just about any river-fishing trip into a “combo” trip. Many times a guest comes to the Kenai River with a very clear vision of what they want to fish for, but many times that vision becomes slightly clouded as they enter into the reality of a dynamic and unpredictable fishery with a multitude of factors. No matter how hard we try to predict those factors, such as the strength and timing of the runs, often the fish throw us for a loop. It’s times like these that it pays massive benefits to be prepared, versatile and flexible. . Being prepared for anything has saved many a day on the river. One of the most...

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Give me the Kasilof

Much like Eli Manning living in the shadow of his legendary older brother, the Kasilof River hides in the shadow of the mighty Kenai River. Eli will never be Peyton, and the Kasilof will never be the Kenai. But Eli won 2 Super Bowls and just might make the hall of fame! Enough with the analogies. But seriously, if the Kasilof played Eli Manning it would have 4 sacks and 3 interceptions…. Sorry I couldn’t resist. By now I think you get the point I’m trying to make here. The Kasilof may not be the Kenai, but it’s still a very, very special watershed in its own right. . I’ve been known to go as far as to say that if I had to pick one river (the Kenai or the...

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A New Year Message from Fishology

Happy New Year from the Kenai! As 2019 winds down and we find ourselves facing a brand new decade,  we want to take this opportunity to thank all our past guests, friends, and business partners that we’ve been so lucky to have in our lives.  Perhaps the greatest benefit of this crazy business we’ve chosen is getting to know remarkable people, like you, from all over the world by sharing this special place. 2019 will be remembered as the year of unbelievable weather, the Swan Lake Fire and insanely great sockeye fishing, but somehow the people and moments we have shared always stand out above any trophy catch or banner day.  Thank you so much for being a part of our story, and we look forward to many more years of sharing water, developing relationships...

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Non-Fishing Activities on the Kenai Pen

Whether you have the whole family in tow, or just need a day or two on the Kenai Peninsula that doesn’t involve a piscatorial pursuit, a good number of our guests ask us the question, “what else is there to do around here other than fishing?” While die-hard anglers cannot imagine a day in Alaska without a fishing rod in hand, others enjoy a short break from the pressures of chasing scaly creatures around. If you happen to be one of these people, here are some cool activities for you to check out right here on the Kenai Peninsula, and all are within an easy drive of our home base in Soldotna: . . Horseback riding Check out Alaska Horseman Trail Adventures out of Cooper Landing. The setting is awesome, and they have...

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Dressing For Alaska

It’s no secret that Alaska’s weather can be…. Unpredictable. One minute you might be shivering in a hard downpour accompanied by a brisk wind, while the next minute you’re stripping off layers to bask in the warm sun. In addition, the weather can play tricks on you as you feel deceivingly comfortable standing around in a t-shirt as you prepare to load into your boat and embark on your guided adventure, but don’t fall for it! Sitting on a boat with a metal floor, in the middle of the river, fully exposed, sitting still for an extended period creates a completely different scenario than what you’re going through on shore. The only solution to the reality of Alaska’s unpredictable weather is to come ready for anything and everything you might...

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5 Reasons to Buy Chest Waders

In anticipation of a trip to Alaska, many people ask for a list of items they should bring bring along with.  I have gotten into the habit of always mentioning that breathable chest waders are nice to have, but not necessarily a mandatory item.  I say this because I know how expensive they can be, they're a bit of a pain to travel with, and I suppose it's true that you can make it through your Alaska fishing vacation without them.  But the reality is that they make your life so much easier, more comfortable, and I believe you'll find them to be one of the (if not the) most valuable item in your Alaska fishing arsenal.  Every season that goes by I grow closer and closer to putting chest...

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