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    Default Assistance in selecting guide

    My wife and I are going to be fishing in the Soldotna area August 4th-11th. Im interested in a float trip down the middle Kenai. Does anyone have any suggestions or have had guide experience with a guide in the area?

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    Thumbs up Troutfitters

    One word. Troutfitters. www.alaskatrouotfitters.com


    If they are unavailable they can suggest another guide that is worthy also. Billy and Dusty know thier stuff and are good people
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    Default Just booked

    Just finished booking my trip with troutfitters. Middle river sept 4th. I'm looking forward to it!

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    Good choice, and perfect timing... you will enjoy yourself!!

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    Yeah they have you headed in the best direction.
    Try to book with Billy if you can. He will put you on big fish and he is running a powerboat. You will spend more time fishing. But if not Carl and Jason will definately put you on big fish too. Either way if you can get booked with Troutfitters you will be good to go.

    give Dewayne or lara a call at the fly shop. they will get you set up.
    907) 595-1212

    The website is http://aktroutfitters.com/

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    Will they actually let you request a guide? Or just send whoever is available at the time?

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    You can request a guide. They will check if they are available. Billy is a little harder to request. He has a lot of return fisherman that come up every year. You can alsways just ask and see what they say. You will have better luck getting with billy if you are not from around here and have a boat.

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    I know an excellent guide, I have fished with this guy for a few years and have had a great time. His one of the best guides on the Kenai. He has filmed many shows with people such as Larry Szonka, and Trevor Gowdy, just to name a few. Not to mention his rate is cheaper then most and he does full day trips at the price most people charge for a half day. If your interested I would be more then happy to give you his number.

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    booo troutfitters! Bunch of drift boat hippies! Power boat is the best way to go!

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    Dan Hardy is a great guide. Check out his website.

    http://www.d-ray.com/index.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenaibow fan View Post
    booo troutfitters! Bunch of drift boat hippies! Power boat is the best way to go!
    I agree, Power boat is the way to go but having a power boat and not experience is not near as good as a driftboat with tons of expereince.
    I am not saying whoever you are talking about doesn't have experience.
    I am just saying there are a lot of guides on the Kenai that have power boats but are not catching the quality of fish as some of the guys with drifboats.

    I have fished with all of the guides at Troutfitters and I know they can put you on big fish.

    With that being said, there are tons of great guides on the Kenai. You can almost just pick one and you will catch fish.

    I will second that comment about Dan,
    he is a great guy/guide!!

    here are a few others that will put you on big fish.

    Jake Zircle- http://www.alaskaflywater.com/
    Matt Duncan- http://fishwithjd.com/2009/02/25/ext...kan-fish-porn/
    Andy Shelton- http://www.bendingbranchesak.com/Bending_Branches.php
    Josh hayes- http://www.alaskatroutguides.com/
    Nick Nigel and Jaha- http://www.guidekenairiver.com/alask...ng_guides.html


    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kenaibow fan View Post
    booo troutfitters! Bunch of drift boat hippies! Power boat is the best way to go!

    Yea Billy's predator sucks. The moter on the back of that POS is worthless. That boat rocks for sure
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    I really like Dan too, great guy...

    Troutfitters has done more to exploit upper river trout than anyone else when Kurt started beading. What I'm saying is they know how to fish

    this guy is pretty good too http://www.alaskaflywater.com/

    have fun
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskachuck View Post
    Yea Billy's predator sucks. The moter on the back of that POS is worthless. That boat rocks for sure
    HA Thats funny

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    There are some other quality guides out there for sure. Troutfitters is one of the top outfits for sure. The other suggestions are great as well. Billy's predator is one fine woman for sure. It is a pleasure and an honor to fish out of that. Not to mention the fact that Billy and his crew have been known to catch a fish or two in the day
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    I can vouch for Slayin Trout, he's got as much if not more river time than a lot of people twice his age. Tried getting a hold of Jake for a guide trip but never got any e-mails or calls back, kinda figured he was already all booked up.

    Put in a request to Troutfitters so we'll see where it goes.

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    bowdy,
    if you want to chase some big bows we should go on the kenai in oct with a guy I know. All those rainbows we caught in oct on the kenai and we get into some big fish. Last year we boated a handful over 30, and 3 that were close to 20lbs if not over.

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    We can talk more on the drive today! I was gonna make a mention about it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenaibow fan View Post
    bowdy,
    if you want to chase some big bows we should go on the kenai in oct with a guy I know. All those rainbows we caught in oct on the kenai and we get into some big fish. Last year we boated a handful over 30, and 3 that were close to 20lbs if not over.

    There are some amazing fat ***** pigs in the river in Oct for sure. Just fat like footballs. Plus the amount of boats is cut down on due to the weather. We have caught big fish on the river through march both the upper and the mid
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    works for me!

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