Fly fishing the kenai river is a great way to spend time on your vacation. I recently was asked the question ‘What rod would you recommend for Rainbow trout fishing on the Kenai River’? I thought about it and my answer: there is a rod for every situation. On the Upper kenai River I like to use a 9′ – 10′ 6 or 7 weight and then a 7-8 weight on the Middle Kenai river for rainbow trout and dolly varden. I think it comes down to preference when choosing a rod. One thing that I do consider is the amount of weight of the fly you are casting and the size of fish that you could latch on to. No matter the weight of the rod I believe that a 10′ rod or longer even is your best length for big mends and long leaders!
Whenever you approach a stream or river make sure you look before you wade. Fish will often be feeding close to the bank and this is a fish you can catch instead of spooking into deeper water.
I’d be happy to show you a guided trip down the kenai river. We have wade fishing, drift boat, and power boat opportunities available.
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