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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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When Should I Go To Alaska?

What an impossible question to answer! First of all, if you stay between May and November, there's not a bad time to visit the Last Frontier. But if you have specific goals or expectations for your trip, then you’re going to want to tune in your travel time, so the question about what time to come to AK is best answered with another question...

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Our King Salmon Policy

King Salmon are the Kenai and Kasilof River's most treasured species. Not only are they the largest species in each of these watersheds, they're the largest of their kind in the entire world! Because these fish are genetically unique, relatively rare, so important to our community, and extremely special, we put their sustainability at the top of our priority list.  Fishology feels so strongly about these things that we have actually implemented a self-imposed policy in an attempt to lessen our impact, however small it may be, and put the fish first.  Before you praise our selflessness, realize that when we prioritize sustainability, what we are really doing is simply putting our long-term interests ahead of our short-term interests. It's not so much a selfless act as it is an...

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It’s not all about catching fish

According to https://usaoutdoors.org/When booking & planning a guided fishing trip, you probably envision yourself on the bow of a boat reeling in fish after fish, high-fiving your guide every time he happily nets another trophy.  Of course, everyone wants to catch fish, and it is important that your fishing guide is a skilled fisherman, has intimate knowledgeable about the area, and knows how to put people on fish...

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2017…. Yet ANOTHER Amazing Season!

 2017 was one for the books, no doubt.  I realize that it seems redundant to keep boasting about how great the season was at the end of every single year, but when we're blessed with such an amazing location, elite guides & staff, and a philosophy rooted in customer service and flexibility, our odds of producing awesome results are sky high...

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