Vibrance is Awaiting. Get Ready to Chase Some Rainbows!

Photo Courtesy of Alaska Trout Fitters Fly Shop

Photo Courtesy of Alaska Trout Fitters Fly Shop

If anyone ever said that there was anything sweeter than catching a trophy trout on the Kenai River, we just might have to object. But this time of year, with our “eye on the prize,” we are certainly not shy to admit that we are overly partial to this species. If you are looking for a challenging yet extremely rewarding and “on your toes, out of your seat” type of thrilling angling experience, Rainbow Trout fishing on the Kenai River is definitely for you. Because of the large number of salmon that swim through the Kenai River every summer, the environment that is created is perfect and incredibly favorable to the Rainbow Trout species. Rainbow Trout tend to flood in and fatten up on the flesh and eggs of spawning salmon. These fish can eat with the best of em’, and the prominent anglers… they know it. And now that you do to, make sure to set your sights high for a big, fat, beautiful “trophy” to call your own.

Photo Courtesy of Alaska's Angling Addiction

Photo Courtesy of Alaska’s Angling Addiction

Bonus! For those that simply enjoy a great dose of beautiful colors and glorious sight seeing, Rainbow Trout are some of the most gorgeous fish! With coloring and patterns that vary widely depending on habitat, age, and spawning condition. They are torpedo-shaped and generally blue-green or yellow-green in color with a pink streak along their sides, white underbelly, and small black spots on their back and fins.

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Here are a couple “up close & personal” shots to show you just how vibrant the colors of a Rainbow can be (the swimming rainbow, that is…)

Photo Courtesy of Fishology Alaska

Photo Courtesy of Fishology Alaska

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Photo Courtesy of Fishology Alaska

They are members of the salmon family and, like their salmon cousins, can grow quite large. They average about 20 to 30 inches (51 to 76 centimeters) long and around 8 pounds (3.6 kilograms), but can grow as long as 4 feet (1.2 meters) and weigh up to 53 pounds (24 kg).

They prefer cool, clear rivers, streams, and lakes, though some will leave their freshwater homes and follow a river out to the sea. These migratory adults, called steelheads because they acquire more silvery markings, will spend several years in the ocean, but must return to the stream of their birth to spawn.

Rainbow trout survive on insects, crustaceans, and small fish. Their populations are healthy worldwide and they have no special status or protections.

Photo Courtesy of Kenai River Fishing Report by Mystic Waters

Photo Courtesy of Kenai River Fishing Report by Mystic Waters

We have some business listings below (per town) to get you started, but remember that we have ton’s and ton’s of recommendations for amazing guides and fishing outfits across the entire Kenai Peninsula to make sure that you are set-up in style and ready to rumble. Don’t waste another minute trying to find the hot spots to wet a line and get on some pigs. Check out the options below, or give us a call/shoot us an email and we will play “genie” to your every wish and command!

Seward, Alaska: Miller’s Landing books trips for a variety of outfits. One that we recommend is Alaska River Adventures out of Cooper Landing, Alaska. Click on the link HERE to learn more!

Photo Courtesy of Alaska River Adventures

Photo Courtesy of Alaska River Adventures

Cooper Landing, Alaska: Kenai Riverside Fishing offers world-class fishing on the Kenai. All-inclusive packages include cozy cabins, delicious meals, expert guides, gear & processing. Day trips also available!

Photo Courtesy of Kenai Riverside Fishing

Photo Courtesy of Kenai Riverside Fishing

Sterling, Alaska: Great Alaska Adventure Lodge offers world class sportfishing & nature safaris from their lodge and wilderness out-camps. A great group of salmon, halibut, & trout anglers that are avid nature lovers.

Photo Courtesy of Great Alaska Adventure Lodge

Photo Courtesy of Great Alaska Adventure Lodge

Soldotna, Alaska: Big Sky Charter & Fishcamp is a family owned lodge and guide service that has been providing authentic Alaskan fishing experiences for more than 50 years! They fish all species, all season!

Photo Courtesy of Big Sky Charter and Fishcamp

Photo Courtesy of Big Sky Charter and Fishcamp

Kenai, Alaska: Alaska Fish On Charters! offers affordable & quality services with lots of great package options! Over 25 years of experience fishing the waters’ of the Kenai Peninsula for trout, salmon, and more!

Photo Courtesy of Alaska Fish On Charters!

Photo Courtesy of Alaska Fish On Charters!

And when should you go? Well here is super-sweet, uber-convenient Rainbow Trout Calendar for your reference. Like we said, 15 days and counting until June 11th rolls around… get ready!

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Oh, and we can’t forget to mention… Rainbow Trout fishing is very, very family friendly. Leave it up to our friend and incredible angler/guide Mr. Mark Glassmaker with Alaska Fishing with Mark Glassmaker to teach young (and obviously very smart) Caleigh Glassmaker to reel in a beamingly beautiful Rainbow Trout. We aren’t gamblers, but we are convinced that she probably had the best catch on the boat that entire day. 😉

Photo Courtesy of Alaska Fishing with Mark Glassmaker

So beautiful, so delicious, and such a super-fun & totally rewarding challenge… even the bears can’t resist a good Rainbow Trout!

Photo Courtesy of The Guardian

Photo Courtesy of The Guardian

This summer, don’t settle for anything less than the best. Reward Yourself with the colors of the Rainbow. Why? Because you deserve it. And you’re overdue for a well deserved gift to yourself. FISH ON, dear friends!

Photo Courtesy of Drifting on the Fly, LLC.

Photo Courtesy of Drifting on the Fly, LLC.

Source: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.sc_sportfish

Source: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/rainbow-trout/

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You don’t want to miss Halibut Cove Live 2014

Quiet Place Lodge presents Halibut Cove Live 2014; Intimate Gatherings, World-Class Musicians, Healthy Gourmet Cuisine!

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In the quaint yet strikingly-beautiful community of Halibut Cove, Alaska (which is located across the bay from Homer in Kachemak Bay State Park) you can relax under a canopy on the deck and enjoy gourmet, healthy cuisine while you listen to performances from the floating amphitheater. If you’ve never been-to or heard-of Halibut Cove, please let us embellish a little on our extreme love and obsession for this place. Halibut Cove is a little jewel tucked away in Alaska’s first state park, Kachemak Bay State Park. The park area is a total of 400,000 acres of mountains, glaciers, forests, coastline and ocean. Visitors frequently observe sea otters, harbor seals, porpoise, and a variety of whale species. Aside from the wildlife, to-die-for views and endless outdoor activities, we always find ourselves most impressed with the residents of this great community. The laid-back vibe of the locals mixed with the friendly, warm, and genuinely inviting hospitality gives the community of Halibut Cove a 5 Star (+++) for us every time!

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So if you aren’t already totally and completely convinced that making the trek to experience Halibut Cove Live 2014 is an absolute MUST, let us give you all of the details to kick your 2014 “Alaska’s Playground” bucket list dreams into reality overdrive.

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Halibut Cove Live presents three live music events this summer at Quiet Place Lodge. Below we will explain to you a little bit about just how fun, special, and truly awesome each of these great performers are in their own brilliant and unique ways.

Saturday, July 12th (3 pm to 7:30 pm) – Todd Grebe and Cold Country

Cold Country started in Alaska with the idea to play original honkytonk roots music that ranges from bluegrass to blues and beyond. Todd Grebe and Cold Country now reside in Nashville,TN, but continue to play venues in Alaska. The band features the red hot fiddle action of Angela Oudean, the raging mandolin prowess of David long, the rock steady all night long bass thumping of Mike Bub, and the rowdy vocal stylings of Todd Grebe.

Todd Grebe and Cold Country

Todd Grebe and Cold Country

Gourmet Dining Special Feature:

Guest Chef: Executive Chef Jason Porter of Alyeska Resort’s Seven Glaciers Restaurant.

Menu: View the menu here!

Read more about guest Chef Jason Porter

Jason Porter

Jason Porter

 

Saturday, July 26th (3 pm to 7:30 pm) – Dan Mac Band, featuring Brad Shermock, lead trumpet for the Doc Severinson Band and John “Pypes” Teamer

Sunday, July 27th (3 pm to 7:30 pm) – Dan Mac Band, featuring Brad Shermock, lead trumpet for the Doc Severinson Band and John “Pypes” Teamer

The Dan Mac Band will bring their hi-energy Alaska Jazz to Halibut Cove again this summer! This year’s band will feature Brad Shermock, lead trumpet for the Doc Severinsen Big Band. Last year’s featured performer, vocalist John “Pypes” Teamer will also be returning with this year’s band. Musical director and keyboardist Dan McElrath will anchor the rhythm section with Cameron Cartland on drums, Dirk Westfall on bass, and the new energy of saxophonist Nelson Felix Jr.

Dan Mac Band

Dan Mac Band

Gourmet Dining Special Feature:

Guest Chef: Maura Brenin, Executive Chef of Maura’s Cafe and Fine Catering in Homer, Alaska.

Menu: TBA

Read more about guest Chef Maura Brenin.

Maura Brenin

Maura Brenin

 

Intrigued with Anticipation? Yeah, we are too! So let’s take the next step together…

Tickets are on sale now! Tickets for each event are $170 per person and include round-trip transportation from Homer to Quiet Place Lodge in Halibut Cove. Proceeds from these events benefit the Homer Foundation. On top of being really, really excited about attending Halibut Cove Live for all of the reasons we’ve listed above, what feels the very best is knowing that all of the proceeds are going to a foundation that prides itself on “connecting generosity to community need.” In fact, their mission statement is “to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the greater Homer area by promoting philanthropic and charitable activities.” Giving back to something so great all the while being given the gift of all the amazing treats that Halibut Cove Live offers is truly the definition of a WIN/WIN!

PURCASE YOUR TICKETS HERE!

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These unique boating, musical, dining experiences from start to finish exemplify art amongst nature’s splendor. Enjoy listening to world class musicians, performing on Alaska’s only floating amphitheater. Unique, healthy cuisine created by some of Alaska best chefs includes locally grown produce, fresh caught seafood, and specialty meats. A no-host bar features fine wines by the glass or bottle, locally crafted beers, and a specialty cocktail, along with non-alcoholic beverage choices.
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To sum it all up, we are finding it hard to sit still in our seat as we anxiously anticipate Halibut Cove Live 2014! We look forward to seeing familiar faces, to meeting new friends, and to creating memories that last a lifetime!
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We will see YOU at Halibut Cove Live!