Welcome to your guide to Cooper Landing Alaska. Enjoy planning your trip!
Cooper Landing is an amazing place to spend some time. Check out these resources to help you with your planning. Please let us know what questions you have and how we can help you with your trip planning.
Trails- Chugach National Forest
Trails- Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Before Your Trip
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Learn about the area! Study the geography of the area you will be visiting and the waters you will be fishing. Do some reading up on the fishery, the culture/history, the climate/forecast, and the other area attractions you might want to check out while you are here.
Let us know at the time of booking your requests. We will use this information to formulate a strategy using the right flies, covering the right type of water, and sometimes even scheduling your trip during the right time of year to maximize the chances of meeting your goals. Do you prefer fly fishing or spin fishing? What species do you want to target? Do you have a special shoe size that we need to know about? Do you want us to pick you up from your campground?
On the day of your trip, when you meet your guide, remind him about your preferences, expectations, and limitations. Would you rather fish dry flies on top than nymph, even if it means you may catch less fish? Tell your guide. Are you hiring a guide so you can learn how to fish streamers? Tell your guide. If you don’t have specific expectations, rest assured, we will make the best call possible to ensure you end the day with a smile.
Make sure you have everything you need in preparation for your trip. You will want to be warm, dry, and comfortable not only while out on the water but also during the rest of your travels in Alaska. We will provide you with all the gear you need for our trip, but you’ll want to make sure you are dialed for all your adventures. Many of your stops might be pretty remote, with little chances for adding that extra crucial piece of gear to your kit. We have some great recommendations here for you!
Gear We Use and Love
(A quick note: Patagonia is our favorite gear by far for waders, wading boots, technical base layers, warm mid layers, shells, and just about everything else. The Patagonia links just go to their site, they are not affilitate links for us.)
Other Gear Recommendations
Spinning rods: We find 6-12lb with medium-light action to be a versatile setup.
Rods we use: St. Croix, Sage, G. Loomis
We prefer mono for the stretch for spinning & fly, 12 lb to 6lb-8lb.
Spring Patterns for Trout: Spring water is still cool and rising so usually flesh flies work well, white/gray/brown sizes 4-10.
Early Summer Patterns for Trout: Leeches (egg sucking/standard) in black & purple, sizes 4-10.
Late Summer Patterns for trout: Late summer sunshine will bring some bugs, just depends on the day, top water or bottom- bead head prince nymph size 12-14, coachman, humpy, parachute adams, size 12-16.
Fall Patterns for trout: Beads or glow bugs, any pattern that looks like fresh roe with a few washed out pale ones thrown in as well, size 8mm-10mm.
Patterns for Salmon: Sockeye don’t bite, so any bucktail style “Russian River Fly” in any color will work. Bright colors help you to see your fly in shallow waters for sight fishing. Silvers- streamers in pink, purple, or chartreuse, the bigger the better.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get a fishing license?
Do I need a King Salmon stamp?
Where do we meet for the trip?
Please meet us at our shop in Cooper Landing for your trip. You can park your car or RV there while we shuttle you to the boat ramp and back at the end of the day. Our address is 18251 Sterling Hwy, Cooper Landing, AK . 99572.
What time do we meet for the trip?
What time do your trips go out?
Our half day trips generally depart at 7am and 2pm. Our full day trips can start anywhere from 5am to 10am, depending on the time of year, section of river we are fishing, and your personal preferences. We are flexible, so if you need a specific start or end time just let us know and we can work around your schedule if possible.
When will we be done with our trip?
Our half day trip is 4 hours on the water and our full day trip is 8 hours on the water. We do have some time on either end driving, launching, and retrieving the boat. We generally pull out of the river 4.5 hours after the start time on a half day and 8.5 hours after the start time for a full day. Depending on where we fish, there could be anywhere from a 10 minute to 45 minute van ride back to our shop.
When is our remaining 50% balance due for our trip?
Can you pick us up from our lodge or campground?
Do you take young children on your trips?
Can you accommodate people with special needs?
We have never fished before, is your trip good for beginners?
What is included with the trip?
What should we bring for the trip?
What kind of boat will we be on for the trip?
How should we dress for the trip?
Can we book a private trip as a group of 4?
We can accommodate a group of 4 on our two boats with both John and Adam guiding, for groups of 4 looking for private trips with 2 in each boat.
Someone in our group wants to go on the trip but is not interested in fishing. Can they ride along?
I'm used to fishing rocky mountain style in a 16 foot drift boat with 2 people. Isn't your boat crowded with 4 people?
Will we be fishing mostly out of the boat, wading, or both?
Where do we go when nature calls?
Can I bring my own rods/reels/waders on the trip?
Do you guarantee we will harvest our limit of salmon on our trip?
Is there somewhere we can bring our salmon and have it cooked for us for our dinner?
Where can we have our salmon vacuum sealed, frozen, and shipped home for us?
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