Kenai River Alaska Fly Fishing Guides
October 29, 2018 @ 3:52 PM

Its a wrap.  The 2018 season at Mystic Waters Fly Fishing concluded on October 5th with the final day of the North 40 Fly Shop group from Great Falls Montana.  

The first day started in a fog, but soon broke into a beautiful golden fall day.

Beautiful October Weather

As usual, many fish were hooked and many of the biggest ones evaded capture.  Those fall Kenai Rainbows are not to be trifled with.

Marv Bow

The Middle Kenai was still producing lots of great trout.

Swinging on the scenic Upper Kenai River.

The Upper Kenai was low and clear.  Ideal for swinging flies for trout, colorful char and silver salmon.

Upper Kenai River Silver Salmon

Stacy and Simmons gave it their all for 117 days.  Then they needed to get their hands on a couple of those special Kenai River fish.

Stacy and Simmons with an October Kenai River Rainbow.

It's different now.

View toward Kenai Lake from the Mystic Lodge


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September 28, 2018 @ 3:47 PM

When I was a little kid, I was almost killed by a largemouth bass.  I was a camper at Camp Warren on Half Moon Lake near Virginia Minnesota.  I was 10 years old.  This is what I remember.

Before dinner, we generally had some free time.  I always used that time to go fishing.  I dashed down to the dock at the end of camp.  The dock extended out into a bed of reeds.  There were sometimes bass in those reeds.  I flung out a Hula Popper on my Zebco 202 and proceeded to chug.  The biggest bass I’d ever seen exploded on it.  It was a struggle.  There was lots of plastic drag screeching and fiberglass bending, but somehow the line held and it was time to land my trophy.

There was a row...

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September 25, 2018 @ 9:10 AM

Spring rolls into summer and summer rolls into fall rather quickly in the far north.  Before we know it, the end of our season on the Mystic Waters is just around the corner.  But the final days are always special.  The weather may be fickle.  Amazing one day and brutal the next.  But the fish...

Kenai River Rainbow Trout Fall 2018

Tony Melton has been fishing with Mystic Waters since 2001.  He came to us with the goal of catching a 30" Kenai River Rainbow.  He got a 31" bow his very first day.  Even though he achieved his dream within hours, we have been fortunate to host Tony for many Mystic Waters days over the years and we look forward to each and every visit.

Male Kenai River Rainbow Fall 2018

Just a couple more weeks of hosting guests on our ...

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September 9, 2018 @ 7:45 AM

Where does the time go.  One day the sockeye are chrome and going on the stringer. Then suddenly they are red, spawning and sparking the yearly trout feeding frenzy we love.

Kenai River Guide Commute

Stacy on the morning commute to the fly fishing grounds.

Rainbows fat on salmon eggs.

We love watching the rainbows get fat.

Denny Crum on his yearly trip to exercise Alaska Rainbows

Denny Crum on his yearly mission to exercise as many Kenai River Rainbows as possible.

Alaskan Beer and true Fish Stories

After another fantastic day on the water, its nice to relive the memories with some tasty Alaska Beer.

Tight Lines!

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July 31, 2018 @ 4:45 PM


We love fly fishing and we love sharing the Kenai River with our fly fishing guests.

Some of our guests had their best days ever.

Some of our guests returned to load up on Sockeye.


July always goes so fast. Now we look forward to the best trout fishing with a side of Silver Salmon.

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June 30, 2018 @ 6:31 AM

Mike and Courtney Yanovitch with a perfect sockeye lift.

Perfect Sockeye Salmon Lift

Andres managed to save this one from an aggressive bald eagle.  A previous fish was not so lucky.

Rainbow saved from an eagle

Anna Grace Shirley showing off a beautiful early summer bow.  Oh yeah, she's 12.  Way to go girl.

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June 27, 2018 @ 6:11 AM

The Carl and Maria Anderson crew got after it.  A three generation family trip to Alaska and the Kenai River produced this stringer full of chromer sockeye salmon.  It does not get much better. 

Kenai River Sockeye Salmon with Mystic Waters Fly Fishing

Thanks for visiting Mystic Waters!

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June 26, 2018 @ 6:27 AM

Salmon season is in full swing.  Russian River bound sockeye otherwise known as "Reds" have been running the Kenai on their upstream migration.  Some end up providing fantastic table fare for our guests.  #salmonaredelicious 

Kenai River Early Run Sockeye Salmon

Russian River bound sockeye salmon

We still make time most days for some trout fishing.  As we move into July, trout will become the focus for a couple weeks as we wait for the next round of Sockeye.

Kenai River June Rainbow Trout

Summertime in Alaska and around Cooper Landing in particular is pretty awesome.

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June 20, 2018 @ 4:21 PM

The solstice always creeps up and flies by.  We wait for the days to get longer and relish the added time as they do.  Then just as summer seems to be starting with so many great days to come, the days are getting shorter again.  Well, at least there are several great months ahead to enjoy.

So far, 2018 fly fishing on the Kenai River is off to a great start.

Limits of Russian River Bound SockeyeKenai rainbows are spectacular and this is a prime example

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