For many years the Kenai Peninsula was known for its barn-door size halibut and its monster King Salmon. Today, there is still a great opportunity to fish for and catch a Goliath, but another fishing venue is beginning to share center stage.
Fly fishing, spurred by international growth, is enjoyed by all ages and both sexes. Once a sport for the genteel, expensive, secretive in its art form, and snobbish, fly fishing in Alaska is now much more mainstream.
Russell Fishing Guides are experts at their craft. They will work with beginners through experts, in drift boat, power boat or from shore, and teach mechanics, techniques, correct terminal flies, and proper presentation for fishing the Kenai Peninsulas and its unique waters.
Multiple species are available on the fly rod. Silver Salmon in the soft water and sloughs of the Kenai and Kasilof; Steelhead in the breathtaking upper Kasilof , Anchor River and Deep Creek; Dolly Varden in the lower, middle and upper Kenai; Grayling in the high lakes; and of course the prize of them all, the elusive Rainbow Trout in all sections of the Kenai River and its tributaries.
Variety of custom flies is important for success.
Ask any guide and they will all tell you they have secret spots and secret flies or beads. Well, there aren’t too many secrets anymore. However, Russell’s guides do their best to find the fish and present the correct fly. Flesh flies in solid or multiple colors and shades, made to look like decaying chunks of salmon flesh (or freshly filleted salmon), are one of the primary lures. Other patterns of leeches, streamers, shrimp, sculpins and more will tempt all or any of the species above. Russell’s guides tie their own flies and paint their own beads.
Customizing flies and having a large variety is ultimately important as conditions can change rapidly. Leeches might be purple, black or green and may be egg- sucking. Streamers may be made to look like alevins or small salmon fry, or sculpins. They may even be weighted or have tiny propellers to add vibration. Shrimp may have beads added for extra attraction and noise. The list goes on and on. The important fact here is that Russell will have what is needed to help you fly fish and catch fish.
Russell supplies Sage and Redington fly rods and reels in the 5-6 weight class. They use Rio line, fluorocarbon leaders, Owner and Gamagatzu hooks. When fishing from a drift boat, they will only take a party of 2 so there is room to actually cast (many guides fill the boat with 4 people). They provide waders and rain gear so their clients can pack light.
See photos of a couple nice trout from last summer and some of the newly tied flies being made this winter.
If you are interested in catching huge trout or wild salmon on a fly, call Cap’n Gilz 702-530-4536.
Russell Fishing Company