Alaska's Fly Fishing Rivers
South Central Alaska:
Although the Kenai River draws most of it's legendary status from it's runs of trophy king salmon in
the lower portion of the river, the upper portions of the river offer a great opportunity to hook
up with oversized rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, and strong runs of silver salmon.
The Kenai River is best fished from a drift boat. While there are some portions accessible from the road,
these same areas will generally draw a crowd. There are plenty of opportunities during a float trip along
the Upper Kenai to wade fish gravel bars and back channels.
Due to it's shallow nature, the Kasilof is a great river if you are looking to hook a king salmon on a fly.
Good numbers of sockeye and silver salmon are also present here. However, the Kasilof is easily accessed
by road and quite crowded during peak fishing times.
This is a good creek for rainbow trout during the early season, starting in May. Dolly Varden begin
appearing mid-July. Silver Salmon move in to Campbell Creek during late July. The best strategy for
catching Silvers on this creek are to hunt them down. Use the pathways alongside the creek to locate
Chester Creek is another good creek for rainbow trout during the early season, starting in May. Dolly Varden begin
showing up in mid-July.
One of the few road accessible streams in Alaska receiving a sizable steelhead run, the Anchor is
also a good river for matching up with a king salmon on the fly. Steelheads start showing up in
mid September and run until winter spoils the fun.
Red salmon, pink salmon, and silver salmon runs are good on this river during August and
dolly varden are present throughout the summer.
The lower portion of Anchor River is open only on weekends from Memorial Day Weekend through
August. This area is catch and release for rainbows and steelheads. Anglers must be sure
not to even lift the fish from the water during release. The Anchor receives heavy fishing
pressure when conditions are good, so be prepared.
Deep Creek crosses the Sterling Highway at Mile 137 on the Sterling Highway on the east
shore of Cook Inlet. The excellent road access provided by Deep Creek State Recreation
Area is a magnet for anglers with a touch of cabin fever when the Memorial day opener comes
around. The state park offers campsites and parking, but space is extremely limited and
should be arranged for in advance through Alaska State Parks - Kenai Area Office (907)262-5581
Deep creek is non-glacial, and generally runs clear to tea-colored. King salmon show up as early
as mid-may and hang around until late June. Large streamer flies like the Egg-sucking Leech, Fat
Freddie and Flash Flies are among the local favorites for king salmon on Deep Creek. Once the bulk
of the Kings move upstream, concentrate on Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout until the steelhead show
up in August.
Note that Deep Creek is open only on weekends from Memorial Day Weekend through August. This area
is catch and release for rainbows and steelheads. Anglers must be sure not to even lift the fish
from the water during release.
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