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Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide


Double Haul Fly Fishing is a professional Kenai River fly fishing guide service located in Soldotna, Alaska. We guide anglers to Kenai River for trophy rainbow trout, steelhead, and salmon.


The Kenai River is a large, glacial fed river located on the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska. It is one of the most productive and angler friendly rivers in the world. Because of a healthy forage base, large rainbow trout, dolly varden, and multiple species of pacific salmon are found in good numbers. We tend to focus our Kenai River Fishing Guided Trips on the middle and lower sections of the Kenai river.


Double Haul Fly Fishing is located in Soldotna, Alaska and operate on all the river sections including those found in the Cooper Landing, Sterling, Soldotna, and Kenai areas.

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Kenai River

The blue waters of the Kenai River draw thousands of fly anglers from around the world each year.  Due to it’s size and location it is one of the most productive and angler friendly rivers anywhere. Among its residents, the large rainbow trout and hard fighting salmon are the most popular. We most of our focus our fly fishing guide activities on the middle and lower sections of the river.

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Kasilof River

The Kasilof River provides anglers with a different set of great fly fishing opportunities. The Kasilof is smaller than the Kenai in size, but has some great fly fishing. In addition to Spring King salmon, both sockeye and silver salmon start showing up in the early summer months. Steelhead and Silver Salmon show up in fall, where fly fishermen have great opportunities at them.

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Other Rivers

Besides Kenai and Kasilof Rivers, the Kenai Peninsula has a few other options for fly fishermen. Rivers such as Deep Creek, Ninilchik, and Anchor Rivers all have good runs of salmon and steelhead. These smaller rivers are very fun and are a great option when looking at multiple day Kenai River Fly Fishing guide adventures.


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Rainbow Trout

Kenai River rainbow trout are my favorite species to fish for. Fortunately, the Kenai happens to be one of the top trophy rainbow trout rivers in the world. Because we use a variety of fly fishing techniques, we often help our guests catch the largest trout of their lives.

Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide Lee Kuepper With King Walmon

King Salmon

Double Haul Fly Fishing is proud to offer our guided King salmon fishing trips of the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. King Salmon are the largest of all the salmon species that can reach sizes pushing 90 lbs. Starting  in Mid-May, the King Salmon begin their runs into the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. Even though most of the fishing is done out of a drift boat, the are a few shoreline fishing areas to be found.

Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Guided Trip

Sockeye Salmon

Starting in Mid-June the world famous return of Sockeye Salmon enters the Kenai. The first run begins in June, and the larger, second group of fish arrives in mid-July. Most trips for the early run of salmon are done on the Upper Kenai River. The second run of Sockeye start their major push around July 16th and can be caught throughout the entire Kenai River system.

Dolly Varden Caught With A Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide

Dolly Varden / Char

Dolly Varden, a member of the Char family, is a fun species you can catch during your Kenai River Fly Fishing trip. Dollies are hard fighting and eager to bite, ranging in sizer from 6 – 30+ inches. The colors on these fish are varied, but always vibrant. Typically, we catch them among the trout and salmon throughout the entire Kenai River system. Dollies can be caught year round but are prime during the fall.

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Silver Salmon

Starting their run up the Kenai in Late August, Silver Salmon are one of our most favorite species to fly fish for. They can be very aggressive, usually jump, and pull like a truck. During late august the silvers are just starting their migration up the Kenai. Come mid-September the cold weather typically causes the fish to become more concentrated. Some of the best Silver Salmon fishing can be found in late September and all of October.

Kenai River Steelhead Fly Fishing Guide


The world famous Kenai Peninsula also boasts some top shelf steelhead fishing as well. The Kenai River, Kasliof River, and a few other rivers in the area hold good numbers of Steelhead in the fall. Starting in September, steelhead start to show up in the waters of the Kenai Peninsula. Prime time for Steelhead is during September and October. We guide steelhead anglers using various techniques, including, spey fishing, indicator fishing, and float fishing.


Lee Kuepper has been a Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide for over 10 years. He has introduced anglers from around the world to the incredibly productive waters of the Kenai River with one mission – “Always strive to be different from the rest.” Lee always emphasizes angling education and improvement. This methodology allows for Lee and the angler to be on the same page, resulting in some extremely fun, productive days.

Aside from his guiding, Lee is also a certified casting instructor through the FFF, loves to take photos, and is a representative for Loop Tackle.

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