Get Hooked to Alaska’s Angling Addiction

Lately we’ve been experiencing an unruly amount of sunshine, clear weather, and temperatures ranging in the mid 50’s to low 60’s. For us, everyday of living life on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground has felt like utter paradise as of late.

Photo Credit: Jeff Nelson

Photo Credit: Jeff Nelson

And if you though that was the hook, line, and sinker… think again! It gets better. Yes, BETTER! In addition to nearly picture-perfect Fall weather, the fishing has been simply “off the charts!”


That’s right; OFF THE CHARTS! What does that mean exactly? It means… incredible, beautiful, plentiful, colorful, and full of action-packed catching & releasing guided by true stewards of our amazing resources on the Kenai River; Alaska’s Angling Addition.


To backtrack for a moment, we must clear the air about something. If we are to be completely honest, we happen to feel like Alaska’s Playground is paradise 365 days a year regardless of rain, sleet, or snow. We are incredibly partial to our backyard/playground for a zillion and one reasons. Mountains, glaciers, wildlife, hiking, kayaking, biking, flightseeing, FISHING… the obsession runs deep. And even when the weather isn’t near-perfection (like it has been lately), #TheKenai is still the best place in the whole-wide-world to live, work, and play! Again… we may be just a wee-bit partial. But really, can you blame us? 😉

Photo Credit: Banan Tarr Photography

Photo Credit: Banan Tarr Photography

Okay see now we’re getting off track. Back to the plot. Alaska’s Angling Addiction has been captivating us all season long with their incredible fishing journey shared vicariously through the digital world.


With over two decades of combined experience, Alaska’s Angling Addiction makes sure that your Kenai River guided fishing trip is one your will never forget. All of their guides are certified fly casting instructors and excellent teachers.


This dedication to instruction and teaching is what sets them apart from the crowd. As Kenai River fly fishing guides they will not only take you out on the water in search of trophy fish and a great adventure, but also teach you the reasons why they are fishing the way they do each day.


Their goal is to have each guest come away with new methods and knowledge each day that can be applied to angling adventures in other places as well. So whether you are an experienced angler or a newcomer that is comfortable with a fly rod or conventional gear… or a newcomer all together, Alaska’s Angling Addiction works their hearts out every day to show their guests that they are the premier Kenai River Fly Fishing Guide Service.


Often times when we think about fishing on Alaska’s Playground, the experienced guides at Alaska’s Angling Addiction come to mind. Although there are a lot of incredible guide services that we can think of off the top of our heads, something about Alaska’s Angling Addition makes them stand out.


We would be willing to bet that it probably has something to do with their frequently-updated social media pages that are filled with streams of vibrant photographs from freshly-caught action of the days’ proceedings.


Or quite possibly it’s the amazing pictures that flood the photo-scroll on their website. Is it just us, or do these photos like this just make you want to JUMP out of your seat and wet a line? We can literally feel the fun through the photo!


It might be the fact that they have a very “distinct” way of exuding laughter and good times at the snap of a photo… c’mon, you have to admit, this looks like SO MUCH FUN!


Or the fact that they so graciously and so patiently cater to helping men, women, and children of all ages truly learn the art and the many different techniques of fly fishing.


Or, okay… it might have a “thing or two” to do with the fact that they feature an (incredibly cute) Labrador retriever in many of their photographs. Yeah, this happens to melt our hearts quite a bit! Aww, puppy love!


No trip on the water is complete without a loyal companion by your side. We can’t get enough of this yellow lab cuteness. Oh yes, the trout is beautiful as well! 😉


At the end of the day, we would be lying to you if we didn’t admit that a LOT of the reason that we are very drawn to Alaska’s Angling Addiction is because we see MONSTERS come across our Facebook newsfeed (like this one below) that make us nearly GASP to catch a breath of air. We want to be there, with them, catching her rainbow trout! RIGHT. NOW.


There are a whole bucket-full of reasons why we highly recommend a trip on the water with Alaska’s Angling Addiction. But after seeing all of these incredible photos, we are pretty sure that you can see the writing on the wall. Can’t get enough? Check out more stunning photos of their uber-successful adventures, HERE!


It’s a no-brainer! If you’re looking for an amazing time on-the-fly, you would be silly not to look up these incredibly talented, gracious, and humble guides. When it comes to “tying one on” on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground, Alaska’s Angling Addiction truly does raise the bar. Visit them online at or check out their Facebook page HERE!


Congratulations to the RAM 1500 Stay & Play Raffle Winners!

For the last 8 months, the RAM 1500 from Stanley Chrysler (decked out in a jaw-dropping vehicle wrap with incredible wildlife images) has been driving around The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground from Seward, to Kenai, to Soldotna, to Homer, and just about everywhere in between.

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Why, you ask? Because The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council created a cohesive brand campaign/raffle to create energy and excitement for all of the communities on Alaska’s Playground, AND to raise money to help further promote all of the glory of the Kenai Peninsula on a worldwide level. Mountains, glaciers, wildlife… oh my!


And what better way to create awareness  for The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground than to give away a super-sweet RAM 1500 Truck, a Kayak with a Thule Rack, and a “Stay and Play” lodging and adventure package in Kenai, Soldotna, Seward, and Homer!


None of this would have been possible with out the most incredible sponsors and partners! Talk about a community coming together for the good of community! We know, we are SO lucky and SO grateful to live among such incredible neighbors.


To start off, a BIG “thank you” to Stanley Chrysler for donating a VEHICLE! This, was a HUGE deal for us. And we are simply beyond-grateful.


And to Sportsman’s Warehouse of Soldotna for donating a new 14″ Kayak equipt with a Thule Rack! A personal shout-out to Store Manager, Eric Dahlman, for his undying enthusiasm and for being the living embodiment of the Alaska’s Playground brand. A big thank you to the whole Sportsman’s Warehouse team for their conceited efforts in selling raffle tickets all summer!

Homer Chamber of Commerce, thank you to the whole team!


Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center, big thank you to you all!


Seward Chamber of Commerce, thank you to the whole team!


And last but certainly not least… Soldotna Chamber of Commerce! Thank you to the whole team! And CONGRATS on selling the most tickets, AND to Michelle Glaves, Executive Director, for selling the winning ticket! Woo Hoo!


1st Place Winner – Mike Erstrom: RAM 1500
Mike Erstrom won the Ram 1500 sponsored by Stanley Chrysler 

2nd Place Winner – Jo E. Earls: Sea Kayak & Rack
Jo E. Earls won the Sea Kayak and Thule Rack sponsored by Sportsman’s Warehouse 

3rd Place Winner – Roberta Quintarell: Stay & Play Package in Seward, AK
Roberta Quintarell won the Kenai Fjords Tour for Two with Kenai Fjords Tours and Two Nights Stay at the Seward Windsong Lodge

4th Place Winner – Lisa Beranek: Stay & Play Package in Soldotna, AK
Lisa Beranek won the Kenai River Fishing Trip for Two and Two Nights Stay at Big Sky Charter and Fishcamp

5th Place Winner – Rod Peterkin: Stay & Play Package in Kenai, AK
Rod Peterkin won the Flightseeing for Two with Alaska West Air and Two Nights Stay at Aspen Hotel

6th Place Winner – Rick Abbot: Stay & Play Package in Homer, AK
Rick Abbot won the Halibut Fishing for Two with Homer Ocean Charters and Two Nights Stay at Land’s End Resort 

7th Place Winner – Linda Swarner: Auto Detailing For a Year
Linda Swarner won the Auto Detailing for a Year sponsored by Stanley Chrysler 

8th Place Winner – Douglas Sherwood: Oil Changes for a Year
Douglas Sherwood won the Oil Changes for a Year sponsored by Stanley Chrysler 

Alaska Experiences at Denise Lake Lodge!

And we can’t forget about the moose! It is not an uncommon occurrence to see these visitors on the property, stopping to enjoy a bite to eat and an occasional swim in Denise Lake.


Have you ever seen a loon? On occasion, you can actually spot them in front of the lodge on Denise Lake. This just happened to be one of those magic moments where a mother was captured with her two little ones riding on her back enjoying a nice afternoon float. Bird watching is truly incredible at Denise Lake Lodge!


If you are looking for Alaska Experiences and you are starting to plan ahead to next year, we highly recommend that you enjoy a stay and play package with Denise Lake Lodge. If superior customer service, warm hospitality, and unforgettable memories sound like what you are looking for, look no further!