I usually fish alone. Up until this summer my fly fishing has been a solitary pursuit in Alaska. My days were spent kicking around in a float tube perfecting my Stillwater prowess. That all changed when I met up with Jake and Wade. They showed me that not all moving water in Alaska was crowded and pounded hard. We had a great summer using the Switch Rods on some big Valley Bows and I can't wait for the ice to melt! Thanks for the outstanding summer and the hat.
Being from up north where we fish on creeks that are not much wider than 40 to 50 feet and can be as narrow as 5 feet, going down to the Kenai is quite intimidating. I mean, fishing on any new river or creek is intimidating but the Kenai is a different monster. Its huge and you pretty much need a boat to get into the really good fishing. Walking and wading the Kenai River can be a very tough and daunting task, but if you know the river you can have success.
Well......I don't have a boat and I don't know the river so that makes the Kenai for me very frustrating. As vexing as it can be it never fails that around every February when we northern Alaskans start to get the itch, we head south to the Kenai (weather permitting) to wet a line and temporarily dust off the casting cob webs.
The thing I do like about the Kenai in winter is that there are no people, the water is low enough to walk a good portion of the river, and my favorite reason..........I get to use my spey rod. My technique for the Kenai is to just swing and cover as much water as I can and hope for the best. If all else fails at least I was able to practice casting which is always fun no matter what.
So if you were hoping to get some good advice on fishing the Kenai River in winter, well, Im sorry your not gonna get it here. But you should head over to Mossy's Fly Shop and talk to Mike Brown, the owner. He has the knowledge and the equipment to get you on the right path to having success down south.
I think that this might be the smallest Kenai Rainbow caught to date. But, in February it makes the 3 hour drive south well worth it.