GUIDED FLOAT TRIPS:
Tightlines Alaska float trips are non-motorized. Drift boats are the traditional style of fishing and cut down on pollution and we can get closer to the fish without spooking them. Drift boats are the ultimate in floating and it is easier to connect with nature without noise.
Full or half day guided fishing trips are available on the Upper and Middle Kenai River. The Upper Kenai is limited to drift boats only and has strong runs of Rainbow, Dolly Varden, Silver Salmon and Sockeye Salmon.
The Upper Kenai runs 17 miles from Kenai Lake and the community of Cooper Landing through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to 15-mile long Skilak Lake. This section of the Kenai is renowned for its trout fishing whether fishing from a drift boat or wading. Trout season opens June 11, and remains strong well into October.
The first five miles of the Middle Kenai are still within Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, so are undeveloped and offer a wilderness setting. Although motors can be used below Skilak Lake, which at times can add to the fishing pressure on the river, this area is a prolific trout and salmon fishery. The Middle River is best known for holding monster Trout and Dolly Varden, and is your best shot at hooking a 30” + Rainbow.
Salmon are in the Upper and Middle Kenai from season opener through October so it is entirely possible to target large salmon, trophy Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden all in the same day. Steelhead fishing is best late-season in September and October and is a bonus to a day spent Trout fishing, as the techniques overlap. Your trip will be custom tailored to the type of fishing you desire in a comfortable 20’ Willie drift boat accommodating four guests and a guide.
TIGHTLINES ALASKA PROVIDES:
- A licensed, professional, experienced and fun Guide, fishing rods and reels.
- Tackle including hand-made flies for trout and salmon.
- Safety gear and emergency supplies.
- Shuttle service if necessary.
We will gladly pick up anyone staying in Cooper Landing, or clients may prefer the comfort of their own vehicle and meet the guide at the boat launch.
We begin at the launch site with a check for fishing licenses (no license, no fishing!), a brief trip overview and a safety talk.
Once on the river, we spend 4 or 8 hours fishing, laughing, having fun and taking pictures of the fish we catch! We will be wading while sockeye fishing, we can trout/silver fish from the boat all day, or if the clients want, we can wade-fish trout/silvers as well, which can be very fun. The trip is over when we arrive at the take-out ramp where the truck/trailer will be waiting to shuttle clients to their car or lodge.
Tightlines Alaska provides Coast Guard approved inflatable life vests for each adult guest. Children are also provided with an approved, appropriately-sized vest. The boat is equipped with bear spray, although it has never been necessary.
WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:
– Warm clothes – dress in layers
– Rain gear
– Hat, sunscreen
– Snacks or lunch, drinks
– Fishing license valid for day of fishing – check the links at the bottom of this page for information on purchasing fishing licenses
– Polarized sunglasses – Eye protection is a MUST! Polarized lenses will cut the glare on the water and it helps to spot the fish. Sunglasses are available for purchase at the boat launch
WHERE TO MEET:
If you are not being picked up by your guide …
Upper Kenai trips always start at the Kenai River Bridge in Cooper Landing, and end at Sportsman’s Landing (Russian River Ferry).
Directions to Cooper Landing Boat Launch/Day Use Area: from Anchorage, take AK-1 S/Seward Highway for approximately 90 miles (depending on location in Anchorage). Merge onto AK-1 S/Sterling Hwy/I-A1 toward Homer, continue 11 miles. Take the first access road to the right after the Kenai River Bridge into the parking area. Please note there is a $5 day-use fee for parking.
Directions to Lower Skilak Lake Campground: from Anchorage, take AK-1 S/Seward Highway for approximately 90 miles. Merge onto AK-1 S/Sterling Hwy/I-A1 toward Homer, continue 45 miles. Turn left at milepost 74.5 onto Skilak Lake Loop, continue 4 miles. Turn right onto Lower Skilak Campground access road, continue .5 miles. Parking is available straight ahead near the boat launch, but it is recommended that you park in over-flow Lot A or B just before the lake.
Sometimes Middle River trips run from Bing’s Landing to the “End of Road” launch or even all the way down to Swiftwater if the fishing has been better down there. It all depends on timing, which is somewhat predictable but different from year to year.
Directions to Bing’s Landing: from Anchorage, take AD-1 S/Seward Highway for approximately 90 miles. Merge onto AK-1 S/Sterling Hwy/I-A1 toward Homer, continue 50 miles. At milepost ____ turn left onto Bing’s Landing Rd, continue approximately 1 mile to the boat launch parking area. Please note there is a $5 fee for day-use parking.