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    I know this has been asked at times in the past, but running a search hasn't provided too many answers. We're looking at hiring a guide for either the first or last week of July on the Kenai, and I was hoping some folks on here would have some guide recommendations based upon experience. I've also heard that mornings are much more productive than afternoons, if choosing a half-day trip. Any thoughts on this? And is a full-day charter that much better of an option?

    Nick
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    Here's a few. I've fished with all of them and would do it again. I've got a trip booked for this July, actually. I've usually just done half-days (mornings), but I'm going to try full-day trips this time.

    http://www.harrygaines.com/

    http://www.alaskakenairiverfishing.com/

    http://www.alaskafishmagnet.com/

    http://www.longlivethekings.com/

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    Scott Eggemeyer. He is a great guy, met him down in Salt Lake City. Lots of fun, hilarious, so you will always be entertained in between catches. His number is 907 244 4777. Or if you rather email him it's scott@bearpawdrifters.com ..... tell him David from BC sent ya and he'll have some great stories for ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by dss44 View Post
    Scott Eggemeyer. He is a great guy, met him down in Salt Lake City. Lots of fun, hilarious, so you will always be entertained in between catches. His number is 907 244 4777. Or if you rather email him it's scott@bearpawdrifters.com ..... tell him David from BC sent ya and he'll have some great stories for ya
    I second Scott Eggemeyer. I will be fishing with him this summer. But don't let him fool you into playing poker. You can tell him BDB sent you too.
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    Mornings might be more productive, but I think that fishing the lower river right after high tide is as important as being in the water at 6:00

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    The reason most folks fish the Kenai is #1 access, but probably #2 is the fact that it produced the world record and folks are looking for that trophy fish. The Kenai is not known for it's non-stop action. The advantage of a full day versus a 1/2 day is it opens up way more area on the river. With a 1/2 day (5.5 hours) you have to decide where you will be fishing and stick with it. If the fish aren't biting at that spot, it is very difficult to pick up and run to a different spot burning up precious time. With a full day (at least 9 hours), you have time to work the holes, and yet if a hot report comes in, time to make a move.

    The risk, however is if you get lucky and limit by 10:00 or earlier, you might think, "I could have only done a 1/2 trip and done just as well... While this does occur on occasion, truthfully, there are few days where the boat limits very early.

    If you have the opportunity to go the full day (9 hours or 12 in some cases) that is the way that I would suggest.

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickster View Post
    I know this has been asked at times in the past, but running a search hasn't provided too many answers. We're looking at hiring a guide for either the first or last week of July on the Kenai, and I was hoping some folks on here would have some guide recommendations based upon experience.
    Don't forget yukon! Send him a PM thru the board.
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    Thanks, everyone, for the responses; I'll check them all out. And how could I forget Yukon? When I moved to AK 7 years ago, I did my research and found a couple of premier saltwater guides I've been more than happy with over the years. It's always tough starting out on a new quest for info, and I really appreciate these forums for facilitating such a search regarding practically anything outdoors in AK.
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    Cliff and Gary Chamberlin are extremely hard working guys. I had the same questions last year about this time when a good friend of mine came up for a guided trip. I fished with Cliff at that time and had such a good time I fished with them several more times throughout the king and silver season. Luck was with me last year as I limited out each time I fished with him and as an added bonus caught some incredible rainbows on several trips. http://www.fishhardalaska.com
    Cant say enough good about them and they organize and are heavily involved in the wounded warrior project on the kenai and veterans fishing weekend.
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    Check out Alaska Salmon Connection.

    http://www.alaskasalmonconnection.com/main.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishNphysician View Post
    Don't forget yukon! Send him a PM thru the board.
    I will 2nd that motion.

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    Mike Wheat is a great guide too. Don't know if he'd have an openning as he's usually booked solid for July.

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    Also try Earlyfishing.com


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    I fished last year with Gary Kernan at alaska fish-on. My wife and I limited early both days. we are visiting again this year.

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    This will be our third visit and we have always used Mark Glassmaker ...excellent guide

    http://www.mgfalaska.com/

    cheers

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