Where can you find the biggest salmon, on average, in the entire world? In the Kenai River. And The River Crew, based in Soldotna, can take you to some secret spots on the famous river to fish for salmon and trout—whether you’re an experienced angler or not.
In Soldotna, you’ll climb aboard the sleek, comfortable 21-foot Willy boat owned and operated by pro fisherman Adam Nath for a half- or full-day of fishing. The scenery grows ever more gorgeous as you head up the river, and the open boat offers lots of room to move around.
Adam knows where the fish like to run, and he’ll take you to a few of his favorite spots until a school of fish comes through (depending on the time of the summer, you may be going after King, Silver, or Red salmon; or trout). All gear is provided: top-of-the-line G. Loomis rods; Shimano reels; and all tackle.
If you’re after salmon, you can choose from a half- or full-day excursion, at the end of which you’ll take your catch back to the dock to be filleted (included in the cost). If you want your fish frozen and shipped, Adam can recommend someone local. Going after trout is a full-day experience; you’ll be fly fishing (or using a rod and reel) and then releasing the fish back into the river.
No experience? No problem. Adam can coach you the whole way on what to expect and how to do it. And for more advanced anglers, he can offer pointers and orientation.
Born and raised in Alaska, Adam has been fishing since he was young. He started guiding when he was 18 and has traveled around the country, but his love for the gorgeous Kenai Peninsula brought him back. Now, with more than 10 years of guiding experience on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, Adam knows all the nooks and crannies to take his guests.
He also knows all the tips and tricks for catching fish in Alaska: How to rig the rod, the right tackle to use, where and why the fish hold. All of these nuances and techniques can increase the odds of catching lots of fish.
Adam loves river fishing—there’s beautiful scenery with a lot of wildlife around, and no chance of seasickness. And he’s always thrilled to see one of his guests land a huge King salmon—something they can brag about, and even bring home.