Keen Eye Anglers, LLC

Trip Planning

Driving Directions to Cooper Landing

From Anchorage…
Alaska’s Upper Kenai River is located approximately 100 miles south of Anchorage within the community of Cooper Landing in the heart of the Kenai Peninsula. The breath-taking journey from Anchorage takes approximately 2-hours. Follow the Seward Highway (Rt. 1) South toward the Kenai Peninsula. At the junction with the Sterling Highway turn right toward Soldotna/Kenai/Homer. This takes you directly into the town of Cooper Landing.

From Soldotna…
Take the Sterling Highway East for approximately 50 miles until you hit the town of Cooper Landing. Allow 1-hour drive time.

From Seward…
Take the Seward Highway North for approximately 35 miles. At the junction with the Sterling Highway turn left toward Soldotna/Kenai/Homer. This takes you directly into the town of Cooper Landing. Allow 1-hour drive time.

Meeting Time and Location

Trip departure times and meeting locations vary based on fishing conditions, time of season, and your travel schedule. Once you have made a reservation we will discuss a tentative meeting time and location. We will then contact you at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the meeting place and time.

What We Provide

Steve•  20 foot Kenai-style Willie drift boat (suitable for up to 4 anglers)
•  Top quality R.L. Winston and Sage fly rods with Galvan Reels
•  Professional fly fishing and casting instruction
•  Breathable chest waders and boots
•  Personally hand tied flies and leaders
•  Filleting of any salmon you choose to keep (shipping available locally)
•  Thermos of hot coffee, cooler with snacks and bottles of water

What You Need to Bring

In order to make the most of your Kenai River fly fishing trip you need to be comfortable! This includes coming prepared for a variety of weather conditions. Remember, this is Alaska and anything is possible. Even in the summer, you can start the day with frost and be in a T-shirt at noon.

Warm Clothes - Dress in layers and avoid cotton whenever possible. This usually means synthetic or wool base layers, a fleece jacket, fleece pants, warm socks, gloves, stocking cap, and a brimmed ball cap.

Rain Gear – Bring a quality waterproof jacket. Don’t skimp on this one. Our trips run rain or shine and believe me you don’t want to be out on the river all day in a cheap rain poncho.

Chest Waders and Boots – While we provide waders, feel free to bring your own if you have them. Keep in mind that in order to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, Alaska State Law prohibits felt-soled wading boots. In general, studded wading boots aren’t necessary.

Polarized Sunglasses – They offer protection from hooks and reduce glare off the water to help you see fish.

Sack Lunch – Be sure to bring enough food and drinks for the day. There’s plenty of room on the boat for a cooler if you have it.

Fishing License – A valid Alaska fishing license is required for anglers 16 and older. It is critical that you purchase your license in advance. Most local gas stations and convenience stores sell them, however, the easiest method is to purchase it online before you arrive. You’ll need access to a printer. Click here - buy your fishing license now!

Lodging and Accommodations

We would be happy to assist you in planning your Alaskan Fishing Vacation. The following are our favorite places to recommend in the Moose Pass and Cooper Landing area. When you make reservations or visit any of these fine establishments be sure to mention that you are fishing with Keen Eye Anglers.

Cooper Landing


Upper Kenai River Inn

The Hutch bed & Breakfast

Alaska Heavenly Lodge

Kenai Riverside Campground & RV Park

For more information on local services please check out the following Chamber of Commerce links:

Moose Pass --
Cooper Landing --
Soldotna –
Seward --

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