September 21, 2021 @ 3:43 PM

Fall on the Kenai River in Alaska is a bittersweet time.  Alaska summers are so busy, that it feels like they consume us. The season is frantic and it can wear you down but it goes by so fast.  It seemed like only yesterday, the Ruck’s rolled into Cooper Landing and had us out so early or late, that night and day were irrelevant. 


The Ruckus


Early Risers Get the Sockeye Salmon


Anna Grace was clearly worn out from early morning sockeye fishing. 


Skilak Lake Crossing after an early Salmon Fest


JoelZ returned with the family and they did their thing.



Salmon season is a frenzy, but Stacy manages to keep his cool and keep on keeping on.


Kenai River Guide


It helps when people are having fun!


Sockeye Salmon Run Kenai River



Case filled a stringer.


Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Season


Shon Kim and his crew are sockeye slayers.

Mystic Waters Fly Fishing Kenai River Sockeye Salmon
Sunny Day Kenai River Sockeye Salmon


It is a little know fact that Spiderman rods are incredibly effective Alaskan Fishing Tools.


Spiderman On the Kenai River


Getting kids connected to the water is very special.  Some kids are absolutely captivated.  I know Stacy was.  Now, he’s sharing his passion with new generations of anglers. 



If you spend enough time on the water, you witness some interesting stuff.  In case you were wondering, fish are slippery. This is why guides are often in photos, holding your fish.


Fish are slippery.


Bob loves to fish the Kenai in late August, and always seems to tempt some special Silver Salmon. 


  Kenai River Silver Salmon


Suddenly, summer is fading, and daylight is rapidly falling away.  No more 20-hour days.  It’s dark at 7:30 a.m., and the sun is rapidly on the drop before the fishing day is through. 


Kenai River Rainbow Trout


The risk of bad weather is constant, but with risk, comes the highest reward.  The rainbows are chomping while the salmon are spawning.  Catching these special fish is amazing. 


Mystic Waters Fly Fishing Kenai River Guides





Gary Vitale stayed buttoned up to this beautiful rainbow.


Gwin's Lodge Cooper Landing Alaska


Who has toasted a great Kenai River Fly Fishing Day at Gwin's Lodge?


Mystic Waters Kenai River Fly Fishing





It looks a lot different now than it did when the season opened in June.  The Sockeye and the leaves are falling.  The trout are fat and have been gorging, but soon they will shift into winter mode and many will move into Kenai or Skilak Lakes.  A few silver salmon, a few char and a few rainbows will remain and keep the fly fishing game alive until ice locks things away.  Fall is a bittersweet window.  The fishing builds to an amazing crescendo and then falls off as the long days turn into long nights.  Its hard not to feel melancholy about the changes, but bodies need rest and the cycle will repeat.  June 11 comes every year.


Stacy Corbin Mystic Waters Fly Fishing Kenai River Guide


Captain Corbin

Mystic Waters Fly Fishing