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5 Epic Road-Accessible Fly Fishing Spots on The Kenai

Russian River

Cooper Landing, Alaska

Hard not to love delicately reeling in a rainbow, dolly, or wild Alaska salmon at the end of a fly line. The Russian River is prolific for multiple species of trout and salmon. The well-traveled trails nestled in a canopy of trees will make you feel fully submerged in nature, even when there are crowds. Late August and September are our favorite times to fly fish here, but it’s always FIRE!

Kenai River

Soldotna, Sterling, Kenai, Cooper Landing

Walking distance from the lodge to the banks of the world-famous Kenai River. What’s not to love? Pair fly-fishing the Kenai River from Soldotna, Sterling, Cooper Landing, or Kenai with a beautiful 70-degree day & you’ll be fishing under the midnight sun in no time at all.

Skilak Lake

Cooper Landing, Alaska

Great if you have a boat or kayak, but totally not necessary if you do. Soak in a nice day or take the boat down to the upper Kenai River for a perfect day of fly-fishing and the sounds of nature.

Crooked Creek & the Kasilof River

Kasilof, AK

Either location is great for wetting a fly fishing line, and just 15 minutes south on the Sterling Highway towards Homer. Kasilof Beach is another great gem worthy of spending time walking shoreside.

Russian River Falls 

Cooper Landing, Alaska

Hard not to love a day on the Russian River, but a hike up to the falls is a great way to get in a good workout, be right where the salmon are, and risk your luck at seeing some hungry Alaska bears up closer & personal. 45 minutes from A Cabin by the Pond will lead you to the Russian River Campground where you’ll park to hike the falls. About 4 miles round-trip.