October Guided Fly Fishing on the Kenai River

Fishing the Kenai River near Cooper Landing, Alaska in October

Taking a fishing trip on the world-famous Kenai River in Alaska during the month of October can provide some of the best experiences this river has to offer.

Whether you’re into catching big Rainbow Trout or searching for feisty, sea-run Silver Salmon (Coho Salmon), the Kenai River really shines during this month.

Andrew and his father with a beautiful, dime-bright    Coho Salmon    caught stripping flies on the    Kenai River    in October!

Andrew and his father with a beautiful, dime-bright Coho Salmon caught stripping flies on the Kenai River in October!

Though the weather can be unpredictable at times, the conditions on the river are ideal for those seeking more solitude and great wading conditions.

An increasingly-popular method for this time of year is using two-handed fly rods, or Spey rods to fish for both large Rainbow Trout and Silver Salmon with big flies.

Regan sending a long    Spey cast    as he searches for the elusive giant    Rainbow Trout    of the    Kenai River   !

Regan sending a long Spey cast as he searches for the elusive giant Rainbow Trout of the Kenai River!

As the air temperature begins to drop and the Kenai River recedes towards its winter flows, more and more banks are exposed, offering better wading opportunities. The ability to wade fish this time of year means anglers can more specifically target their species of choice.

Whether stripping flies for Silver Salmon or swinging flies on Spey rods for that personal-best Rainbow Trout, your ideal fishing experience awaits!

John spending the morning    Spey casting    for big    Rainbow Trout    in October!

John spending the morning Spey casting for big Rainbow Trout in October!

October is one of our favorite months at Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC. The pace slows down, the Kenai River can be yours for the day and that fish of a lifetime could possibly be the next fish to bite your fly!

September and October Fishing

September and October Fishing

After a tumultuous late August with wild fires, road closures, river closures and a temporary relocation of Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC, we are back on our regular guiding and fishing program and back in our home in Cooper Landing, AK.

SWAN LAKE FIRE UPDATE FOR COOPER LANDING AND THE KENAI RIVER 9/7/19

UPPER KENAI RIVER reopened ON SEPTEMBER 4TH

9-4-19 THE KENAI RIVER REOPENED ON SEPTEMBER 4TH WITH LIMITED ACCESS FROM THE COOPER LANDING VIEWPOINT AND BOAT LAUNCH (BRIDGE) TO SPORTSMAN’S LANDING FROM 6AM-6PM.

After the Upper Kenai River in Cooper Landing closed on August 18th due to the Swan Lake Fire, which spread nearly out of control after a wind storm, limited river access has been restored.

Beginning September 4th, the Upper Kenai River from the Cooper Landing Viewpoint and Boat Launch (Cooper Landing Bridge) to Sportsman’s Landing is now open for boating and fishing activities from 6am-6pm. The Kenai River remains closed from Sportsman’s down to Lower Skilak Campground and Boat Launch to boating and fishing activities.

The economic impacts of this fire have been widespread and have caused many inconveniences along the way.

Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC, as well as other guide operations had to temporarily relocate to Soldotna to avoid smoke, potential fires reaching Cooper Landing and to facilitate fishing trips the best we could. With the highway and Upper river closure, many trips were forced to cancel, but luckily, we’ve been able to make some trips happen and things have finally stabilized.

Cooper Landing Fishing Guide

We came back to Cooper Landing as the Upper Kenai re-opened on 9/4 and are settled back into home—we will be back up and running business as usual! Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC will be operating full time on both the Upper Kenai and the Middle Kenai through the months of September and October.

If you have future trips booked with us, we will be sending out weekly email updates with fishing conditions and logistics.

Fishing lately has been outstanding and we look forward to an incredible fall season!

Thank you to all of our guests and supporters, without you, we aren’t sure where we’d be!

Cooper Landing, Alaska Affected by Swan Lake Fire Activity

Since 8/18/19, the Cooper Landing community has been significantly affected by a major uptick in fire activity from the Swan Lake Fire located approximately 12 miles west of Cooper Landing, Alaska and about 5 miles East of Sterling, Alaska. (SEE UPDATES BELOW)

Portions of the Sterling Highway near Jim’s Landing where the Swan Lake Fire has jumped the road on 8/18/19.

Portions of the Sterling Highway near Jim’s Landing where the Swan Lake Fire has jumped the road on 8/18/19.

The Swan lake Fire as it approaches the road near Jean Lake on 8/18/19.

The Swan lake Fire as it approaches the road near Jean Lake on 8/18/19.

Dense smoke over portions of the Sterling Highway causing traffic to come to a halt on 8/18/19.

Dense smoke over portions of the Sterling Highway causing traffic to come to a halt on 8/18/19.

More fire as the Swan Lake Fire approaches Sterling Highway (headed East) on 8/18/19.

More fire as the Swan Lake Fire approaches Sterling Highway (headed East) on 8/18/19.

Currently, as of 6:20pm on 8/21/19, the Sterling Highway is open. Furthermore, all 3 boat launches in town: Cooper Landing Viewpoint and Boat Launch, Sportsman’s landing and Jim’s Landing have all been closed until further notice - additionally, the entire length of Skilak Lake Road, Lower Skilak Boat Launch and Campground is also closed. Boating activity on the Upper Kenai River is also prohibited to reduce road traffic on the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing.

The Russian River Campground/Ferry and Jim’s Landing have also been evacuated and are closed until further notice.

For our guests that have fishing trips planned over the next few days, we want you to know that we are working hard to come up with alternative fishing plans that are both safe and enjoyable. If no solutions can be reached, we will issue full refunds in a timely manner.

Thank you to everyone for your patience and support as we deal with this ever-changing situation.

For the latest updates please visit: https://akfireinfo.com/

UPDATES

8/19/19 11:30AM - Sterling Highway to re-open at noon - Expect delays and absolutely no stopping along the highway due to ongoing fire activity.

8/19/19 6:15PM - Sterling Highway Temporarily Closes due to fire activity, Cooper Landing Viewpoint and Boat Launch, Sportsman’s Landing and Jim’s Landing still closed, Upper Kenai River still closed to all boating activity.

8/19/19 9:30PM - Traffic is delayed indefinitely due to “Significant Fire Activity” that is expected to continue for quite some time.

8/19/19 10:15PM - Both lanes of the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing remain halted - the situation could last through the evening and into Tuesday. Free Camping is available at Centennial and Swiftwater in Soldotna for travelers headed East.

8/20/19 7:15AM - The Sterling Highway remains closed as fire activity has increased significantly. No word yet on when the road will re-open. The Kenai River remains closed until further notice.

8/20/19 9:50AM - The Sterling Highway will open at 10:00am to one lane of traffic starting with the Sterling side.

8/21/19 6:25AM - The Sterling Highway is closed due to high smoke levels. No word on when it will reopen.

8/21/19 6:00PM - Sterling Highway has re-opened.

JULY COMING TO AN END

SO MUCH ACTION THIS JULY!

Another month almost in the books! What a crazy summer it has been! The trout and sockeye fishing has been really awesome lately!

Once again, our guests have been incredible and the fish have been doing their part, wearing us out :)

Looks like our next open date isn’t until October… we’ll be grinding out until then - let’s hope our equipment holds up!

Thank you to everyone who has joined us this season and who has booked with us for future dates :0)

They don’t get much thicker or bigger than this Dolly Varden!  What a beast!

They don’t get much thicker or bigger than this Dolly Varden! What a beast!

Upper Kenai River Rainbow Trout!

Upper Kenai River Rainbow Trout!

Giant Dolly Varden on the Spey Rod!  - 3rd Cast to glory!

Giant Dolly Varden on the Spey Rod! - 3rd Cast to glory!

WHAT A GREAT SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER IT HAS BEEN!

A PHOTO ESSAY

Holding a    wild king salmon    is amazing!

Holding a wild king salmon is amazing!

Early season trout action on the    middle Kenai   !

Early season trout action on the middle Kenai!

Jackie getting it done on a    spey rod   !

Jackie getting it done on a spey rod!

A 28” beast of a    Rainbow Trou   t! John’s biggest ever and a fight we won’t soon forget!

A 28” beast of a Rainbow Trout! John’s biggest ever and a fight we won’t soon forget!

Dave    instructing at the 2019 Alaska Spey Clave!

Dave instructing at the 2019 Alaska Spey Clave!

Rich sending a big    spey cast    across the river! We lost count of how many    King Salmon    he hooked this day!

Rich sending a big spey cast across the river! We lost count of how many King Salmon he hooked this day!

George had a dream of landing a    king salmon    and we stayed out a bit later to get it done!

George had a dream of landing a king salmon and we stayed out a bit later to get it done!

Getting an opportunity for a little evening fun fishing is always appreciated! This    wild King    on a    spey rod    will be in our memories forever!

Getting an opportunity for a little evening fun fishing is always appreciated! This wild King on a spey rod will be in our memories forever!

A giant upper    Kenai River       Dolly Varden   !

A giant upper Kenai River Dolly Varden!

OUR FIRST SHORT FILM! - THIS IS TROUT SPEY

It has been so much fun to work on our YouTube Channel!

With nearly 40 videos already in 2019, we decided to work on a short film. Centering around the fly fishing technique of “trout spey,” we hope to show how much we love to chase trout using 2-handed fly rods, known as spey rods.

Watch as we talk about our passion for spey fishing and for taking our wonderful guests out on the river to tangle with some feisty rainbow trout on big rods!

Skagit Casting Basics - Learning How To Skagit Cast

Skagit Casting Basics - Learning How To Skagit Cast

Learning the addiction-filled fly fishing techniques of spey fishing and skagit casting opens up such great new opportunities for chasing our favorite fish.

Ever since we discovered spey fishing, it has become a relentless passion for us, not only in our personal fishing journeys, but in our guiding program here at Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC.

Trout Spey Tips - 4 Preparation Tips for a Great Day on the Water!

Trout Spey Tips - 4 Preparation Tips for a Great Day on the Water!

One of the most practical ways to have a great day on the water is to prepare ahead of time. Being a fishing guide, we are always prepared to fish from the time the boat launches until the time we reach our final destination for the day.