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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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6 More Things to Bring to AK

There are literally hundreds of “What to Pack When Traveling to Alaska” articles out there, and basically all of them list the same items – a camera, sun screen, layered clothing, binoculars… the list goes on.  But there are several things that virtually always get left off the list, and these items are potential game changers that have the ability to transform your trip from a good one to a great one!   If you’re traveling to Alaska for a fishing vacation, you don’t want to leave these things behind:   Breathable Chest Waders – It’s not by mistake that this item comes first on the list. It’s exceptionally difficult to enjoy yourself when you’re wet & cold, and in Alaska you just never know what you’re going to get.  Breathable chest waders are...

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Spotlight: Lower Kenai River

It’s easy to fall in love with the lower Kenai.  Even though there are 3 separate stretches of this mighty waterway, there are visitors that have traveled here for years and still only seen the lower 10-15 miles of the river.  The reason for this is that it’s SO productive!  While I most definitely believe there is a huge advantage to staying versatile, if I had to pick just just one stretch of the Kenai it would be tough not to choose the lower section.     The early season on the Kenai begins in May and June with the first run of King Salmon.  This run is on the up-swing in a big way, and last season provided the best early run King fishing we have seen in a decade!  The river...

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Spotlight: The Middle Kenai River

Here at Fishology I must admit that we have a serious crush on the middle section of the Kenai River!  We probably spend more days in this beautiful 15 mile stretch of river than anywhere else throughout the season, and there are many reasons for that.  The “middle” Kenai begins at the outlet of Skilak Lake, and ends somewhere between the Naptown Rapids in Sterling and the Soldotna Bridge, depending upon who you ask.  “The middle” has gained a lot of attention and popularity over the last 20 years or so, and use has increased steadily, mostly due to the fact that the fishing here is some of the best on Earth. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge owns the upper section of the middle Kenai.  The first several miles below Skilak...

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