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Alaska's Fly Fishing Rivers

South Central Alaska:

Kenai River:

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.

Kasilof River:

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.

Campbell Creek:

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 fish.

Chester Creek:

Chester Creek is another good creek for rainbow trout during the early season, starting in May. Dolly Varden begin showing up in mid-July.

Anchor River:

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:

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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