Your Personal Guide To Fishing Alaska
Dan Hardy of D Ray Personal Guide Service specializes in taking the guesswork out of the extensive planning that goes into making a fishing vacation successful.
His professionalism and intimate knowledge of the area’s that he fishes, helps his clients focus on what they came to do… catch fish!
Dan’s insight is invaluable when it comes to setting up that once-in-a-lifetime trip!
Whether it’s fishing for monster Rainbow Trout, or pursuing acrobatic Sockeye and Coho salmon, the aqua blue waters of the Middle Kenai River, attract anglers from all over the world to come try their luck! The Middle Kenai River is a scenic 2.5-hour drive South of Anchorage (on the Kenai Peninsula).
Guided Alaska Fishing Trips
Full day drift or walk-in fishing trips: $283.25 per person based on double occupancy!
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Middle Kenai River Rainbows
Fishing Dates: June – October
The middle section of the Kenai River on the Kenai Peninsula, is seemingly in another world, away from the popular lower Kenai, where hundreds of boats filled with anglers pursue trophy king salmon, and the upper Kenai River, where you find anglers standing shoulder to shoulder combat fishing for red salmon. The views from the middle Kenai River while floating are breathtaking, and it’s not uncommon to have loons diving and resurfacing right next to the boat, while calling out to their mate with the haunting sounds only a loon can make. You might also see bears and coyotes scavenging on decaying salmon carcasses on the shoreline. But, the main reason why anglers in the know fish the middle section of the Kenai River, is because they know that this area consistently produces some of the largest rainbows in the state.
Both trophy sized Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden inhabit this nutrient rich watershed, and during the fall months, these trophy-sized trout feast upon the decomposing carcasses of spawned out salmon and the remnant eggs of Sockeye and King Salmon. As a result from this rich nutrient source, these trout grow to enormous sizes.
Anglers fishing the middle Kenai River watershed, can expect football-shaped trout averaging from (2-10lbs). And it’s not uncommon to see fish landed over 20 lbs! Either fly-fishing or spin tackle are equally effective, and it’s your choice on how you want to pursue these magnificent wild fish.
These trips with D-Ray Personal Guide Service, are done utilizing his 18ft. custom built Stealthcraft powerdrifter boat.
This allows clients to fully enjoy the surreal surroundings of the upper stretches of the middle Kenai River while floating, and still being able to access the more productive gravel bars by motor! All trout are strictly catch-and-release only. Space and availability are limited.
Red Salmon Fishing
Kenai River Fishing Dates: June – August
Pound for pound, Red salmon (Sockeye), may arguably be the hardest fighting of all the salmon that enter the Kenai River! While there are two distinct runs, the first run tends to be smaller in volume (number of fish), and fish size, compared to the second run of sockeye. The first run of Sockeye usually arrives around the first week of June, and peaks at the end of June! The second (and larger run) of sockeye, enter the lower Kenai River in fishable numbers by the second week in July, peaking around the first two weeks in August! Space and availability are limited.
Fall Silver Salmon
Kenai River Fishing Dates: August – October
In early August, the Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus Kisutch), return to the Alaska watersheds and begin to replace the King and Red Salmon as the star attraction. Silver Salmon are every flyfishermen’s dream, because they readily take to a fly, and are considered excellent sport fish, characterized by their aggressive behavior, spectacular leaps, and line-peeling runs.
Spinfishing is also a great way to target silvers!
Most Alaskan Silver Salmon average around ten pounds and fish in the low teens are common. Silver Salmon runs in Alaska are the least predictable of the salmon runs in terms of timing. There are usually two distinct pushes of Silvers on the Kenai River. The peak of the first Silver Salmon run on the Kenai, can fall anytime from late August to early September.
The second run enters the river, the first week of September, and continues through the winter months. Space and availability are limited.
“I have fished with Mr. Hardy for over ten years now and he is an excellent guide and fly fisherman.
Dan Hardy definitely knows where the fish live (he’s fished these rivers for over 30 years) and is considered by many in the industry, to be one of the best fisherman on any river in Alaska, including the world-class Upper Kenai River above and below Skilak Lake.”
Dennis A. Rofoli
“I’ve fished with Dan for many years. Whether you’re an amateur or an expert, fishing with Dan is always a learning and fun experience. Dan offers all the possibilities for an unforgettable day of fishing. He keeps your abilities and interests in mind to create your adventure of a lifetime.“
Alaskan resident and fly fisher since 1980
Alaskan licensed guide and fly fishing instructor
Alaska Fly Fishers contributing writer and member
“I just want to let you know how much my son Josh and I learned from fishing with you this summer. I appreciate the fact that you use only the highest quality gear, including your boats, rafts, and fishing gear. Josh could not have won the 2003 Susitna King Salmon Derby without you. It was a great trip and his 59 lb Trophy is now hanging on the wall. The fact that you are not “grounded” to one river is very attractive to clients, as we know the fishing conditions in Alaska are different in every drainage. I will recommend you to all our guests. Thank You!“
Alaska Raft And Kayak
“Dan Hardy has been my Alaskan guide of choice for the past ten years. Dan has extensive knowledge of all fishing styles and specific techniques, that equal success in several Alaskan rivers and lakes. As a life-long educator, I appreciate Dan’s teaching ability and personal touch regarding the history of the area.
Dan can offer interesting information about our wildlife, and his storytelling ability is a great plus. If you want to learn how to fish in Alaska, and catch the “big one”, Dan Hardy is your man!“
Mears Middle School
“I have had the opportunity on many occasions to fish with Dan Hardy, owner of D Ray Personal Guide Service. Dan has taken me fishing from Northern to Southern Alaska. Every trip has been a success. Dan’s knowledge with regards to catching trophy fish is World Class. Dan’s trips are custom-tailored to meet your needs and expectations. If you do not have a favorite rod yet, don’t worry, Dan has the highest quality gear, such as G Loomis, Sage, Orvis, and Pate.
You will not find a finer Professional Guide or person for that matter. Dan is one of those guys that can fish in the boat next to yours and will land thirty fish to your one. Don’t take my word for it, ask around, or better yet, book a trip with D Ray Personal Guide Service. Dan exemplifies the highest standards set forth by quality outfitters. He is one of the finest men you will ever meet. I highly recommend Dan Hardy without reservation.”
Wedbush Morgan Securities
Senior Vice President
“Dan Hardy is the most knowledgeable and skilled freshwater fly fisherman I know. Through the years, he has improved my casting, fly tying, and fish fighting skills. (Ask him about the dynamic draw!) He’s modest, yet competitive, well known, and respected in Alaska.
I have fished with Dan sometimes a week at a time and he is still teaching me and honing my angling skills. Only distance and my schedule prevent me from camping on his doorstep. No doubt I will regret this endorsement, because increased exposure for Dan, will result in a busier schedule for him and less available dates for me.“
Dr. Robert Bowman
Grand Rapids, Michigan
“I have fished with Dan Hardy of D-Rays Personal Guide Service, for over fourteen years. We have done it all, from spring steelhead in Yakutat, to flyfishing the salt for sea bass, to salmon in the summer, to monster “bows” and steelhead in the fall.
He is an expert in the pursuit of trophy rainbows and steelhead. I’m talking fish of a lifetime! Without question, he is one of the most knowledgeable anglers I have ever met. Please feel free to contact me. In fact, I encourage you to.
“I have fished many places all over the world and with many guides. Dan has all the attributes I have found in some of the world’s best guides. He is very affable, knowledgeable, and certainly knows how to catch fish. More importantly, he can teach people what they need to know to have a successful angling experience. Whether it is small stream fishing for rainbow trout/steelhead or larger water for trophy king salmon, Dan can tailor your trip to fit your needs and experience. I look forward in anticipation of my next outing with him……..it is sure to be a lot of fun!“
Shawn Johnston, M.D.
“My fly fishing trips with D-Ray have been very memorable. Dan is very helpful and has the patience needed to be an outstanding guide. I have landed some of the biggest rainbows ever while fishing with Dan. If trophy trout is what you are after, Dan will hook you up“
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