Our Alaskan fishing adventure began with a flight through Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula.
Our home is located on the shore of the Kenai River in Soldotna, Alaska.
June is a great time to visit Alaska as the weather is mild, the sun never sets and the wild roses and lavender are in full bloom.
It was only a couple weeks after the Moose calving period, and Moose calves were plentiful.
During our stay, we would fish the Kenai River...
the Russian River...
and the Kasilof River...
The early June timeframe allowed us to attend an Alaskan League Baseball game where we watched several of Jeff's Pepperdine teammates play for the Kenai Oilers Baseball Club, where a cold beer at the ballpark is still only a buck!
About 50 miles from Soldotna is the tail water of the Russian River.
Jim and Jim join in the combat fishing for Sockeye on the Russian.
Carlee had the hot hook on the Russian River...which quickly attracted the attention of the game warden. Fortunately, this day Carlee remembered her license!
but somehow she seemed to forget her filet knife.
Although the Kenai is the world's premiere Salmon River, the June regulations make fishing very difficult. While we fished, bait was prohibited, single hooks were required, scent and attractants were prohibited and fish over 44" and under 55" were off limits. In simple terms, June fishing on the Kenai is encouraged, but June catching is not!
The Kenai would provide great boating and sight seeing, but tough fishing.
Our float trip on the Kasilof would provide equal challenge. Only hatchery fish are legal. Four wild fish would be released before one hatchery fish would prove legal.
Carlee tried her hand at the oars of the Willy's Predator.
The high point of the trip was the company we shared.
Jim had a friend also named Jim from Florence, Oregon. In addition, Jim's brother John and his wife Linda shared our home. We also visited friends, Ron and Elaine, in their home.
Time flew by as our trip drew to an end.
We would have fond memories of our time fishing sockeye on the Russian River...
floating for kings on the Kasilof....
and, the mid-night sun on The Kenai River.
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