Thank you for completing the booking request form with Kenai Fly Fish! We’re excited to have you join us for a memorable fishing experience!

We work hard during the prime fishing season on the Kenai River, but want to make sure you are set up for your fishing trip of a lifetime. During peak season (May – September), we will get contact you within 1 business day. During winter (October – April), our response time is typically 24-48 hours, yet availability may vary. For additional information, please check out our FAQ page or the links at the top of If you just can’t wait, feel free to email us at or text/call 907-301-6957 and we will answer depending on our availability. 



Next Steps:

  • You will receive a confirmation email with all the details of your reservation within 24 hours.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder or contact us directly at

Fishing Options:

  • Trout Fishing: If you have chosen to book a trout fishing charter, you can expect to catch Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. These species are catch and release only on the Kenai River and provide a great experience for all experience levels. We will launch from Bings Landing, in the town of Sterling and have access to 50 miles of fishable water. I will provide all the fishing gear but you’re more than welcome to bring your own. Fly fishing is the most effective technique for catching rainbow trout, but conventional gear can be provided if requested. Waders will not be necessary but can be provided.
  • Salmon Fishing: If you have chosen to book a salmon fishing charter, you can expect to catch King, Silver, and Red salmon. King salmon fishing is subject to regulations that are frequently changing, so please check with us for the latest rules and regulations. We will launch from a location that is convenient for the current salmon run. I will provide all the fishing gear, but you’re more than welcome to bring your own. Conventional gear is the most effective technique for salmon fishing.

Important Information:

  • Make sure to arrive at the boat ramp early, I will be waiting for you with the boat in the water. If you’re having trouble finding me, ask for Ian McDonald.
  • Be sure to bring lunch, snacks, and enough water for the day. I can make breakfast burritos and cold sandwiches if prearranged.
  • Hydrating is extremely important, make sure to bring enough water for the day. I usually have a full thermos of coffee, so make sure to bring a cup.
  • You will need a fishing license for fresh and salt water fishing. As a resident of Alaska, kids under the age of 18 do not need a license. As a non-resident, kids under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license.
  • When sport fishing for a species with an annual limit, all anglers are required to record their harvest on a Sport Fishing Harvest Record Card. Make sure to print a harvest card and fill it out before the trip.

Driving From Anchorage to Soldotna

If you’re planning to visit the Kenai River for some fishing, it’s important to know that it’s located quite far from Anchorage. Once you arrive in Anchorage, the easiest way to get to Soldotna, where many boat launches are located, is by driving the scenic Seward Highway South. The drive takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, but be aware that traffic can be slow in the summer due to construction and heavy tourism traffic, so it’s a good idea to add an extra hour or two to your expected drive time.

As you make your way down the Seward Highway, there are many landmarks and activities to check out. The highway winds along the coast and provides stunning views of the water and mountains. One notable stop along the way is the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, where you can see bears, moose, elk, and other Alaskan wildlife up close. Another great stop is the town of Girdwood, where you can ride the aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska for breathtaking views of the area.

Once you arrive in Soldotna, you’ll find plenty of places to stay and eat, as well as boat launches for your fishing trip on the Kenai River. If you prefer not to drive, you can also fly directly into Soldotna from Anchorage on a small plane, but you will still need to rent a car to get around the area. Be sure to check out the car-sharing company for possible cheaper rental car options.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at We look forward to fishing with you soon!