More Alaska Fresh Water Fishing
Alaska is known for its Salmon, but as each year goes by, fishermen from all over the world descend upon the Kenai Peninsula for its Rainbow Trout, Steelhead, Dolly Varden (Arctic Char) and Grayling
The Kenai River and its tributaries have large numbers of resident rainbow trout that are all catch and release. Feeding on salmon eggs and flesh and carcasses from decaying or “cleaned” salmon, the acrobatic rainbow can be caught with beads, flesh fly, bait and a few other secret flies. They gorge throughout the summer and grow to enormous size (over 20 lbs). The pride of the fly fisherman, they can be caught from boats or walk-in trips. Spin fishing for these giants is also an option.
Dolly Varden, Dollies, a close member of the Arctic Char family, are aggressive eaters. Feeding on the same food as the rainbow, they grow to 5+ lbs regularly and are very strong fighters. Their fall colors are spectacular and when eaten fresh, the naturally high oil content in their flesh makes the meat very tasty . . . great for a shore lunch. The Kenai River population of Dollies will make your fishing vacation unforgettable
Only a few of the Peninsula rivers, the Kasilof River, Anchor River and Deep Creek have a steelhead run which winds down in the spring and starts again late fall. These sea-run rainbows are known for their fighting ability especially in the smaller, skinnier water and on fly fishing gear or light spinning tackle. Few guides attempt to catch these wily creatures but Russell has included Steelhead fishing in many of its fishing packages.
Grayling are a very unique species inhabiting some of the rivers and high lakes of the Kenai Peninsula. Smaller in size than the trout or salmon, they are aggressive feeders that will inhale a dry fly . . . they are great sport on light tackle and can be a fun part of a hike-in adventure.
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