Dolly Varden Char the Second Best Fish in the Kenai?

Ah it’s another Dolly my buddy said as he tried to get it off his hook as fast as possible so he could try and catch a rainbow trout.  I was looking at the Dolly and he was a Toad.  I love to catch the hard hitting and fighting Dolly’s.  Dolly’s are absolutely beautiful in the fall, and can get huge just like the trout.  Here’s a picture of a nice Dolly caught on a guided trip on the Kenai River, He enjoyed the battle from start to finish and gave him a proper release.

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Jason's Guide Service
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4.9 out of 5 stars

Bruce Campbell
Bruce Campbell

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

BEST fishing trip ever! We fished with an outfitter in Juneau and that went good too but Jason was hands down far better and we caught way more fish. He just seemd to care more and was teaching us so much. I'd have to say Jason is the best fishing guide on the Kenai bar none.

Don Rawson
Don Rawson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Better late than never! I had the luxury of Jason guiding me for a day of fly fishing. Fortunately for me, the other party was a no show, so I had the trip to myself. Oh, did I mention that I have never fly fished ever? Jason was EXTREMELY patient and within no time, I was catching fish. He is very knowledgeable, patient, and even if I hadn't caught a fish, it would have been money well spent. Seriously, if you get the chance, take a tour with him... you will not regret it.

James Taylor
James Taylor

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Jason is truly Amazing!! He took my wife and I out for the trip of a Lifetime! Fishing was great and he was extremely helpful to my wife who was brand new to fly fishing. We felt well taken care of, safe, and prepared. We hope you enjoy your Idaho wine Jason! Cheers!

Kendra Linderbaum
Kendra Linderbaum

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 months ago

Jason’s tour was awesome; hands down I would recommend him if you are looking to do some salmon fishing while in Alaska - whether you are an experienced fisherman or not! We are definitely not experienced; we came to Cooper Landing with our 11 and 13 year old sons on our first trip to Alaska and thought it would be fun to try and catch some “wild caught sockeye salmon” since we love eating it at home. We told Jason we had no idea what we were doing and to give us a “city slicker” tour :) He was super friendly and accommodating - he had the waders and waterproof boots, top-notch equipment, a very nice and comfortable boat; and was very conscientious about keeping all of us safe and making sure we had an awesome time.

He obviously is a talented guide and fisherman, but was so helpful and willing to patiently teach us the basics that we needed to know to get the most out of our 4-hour tour. Out of pure luck (not skill) we caught a huge sockeye which we enjoyed for dinner tonight (amazing!!). He even gutted and filleted the fish for us right on the spot so we could take it back to our cabin ready to eat! But even if we wouldn’t have caught that fish it was a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend. Just the ride on Jason’s boat on the Kenai river was super enjoyable and beautiful; he knew everything about the area and pointed out so many fantastic elements of the wildlife and surrounding environment that really made us and our kids appreciate the entire experience.

A+++ - call Jason if you are looking for any kind of half day or full day Alaskan wilderness adventure; this guy has been doing this for 26 years and is an absolute PRO.

Terry Porter
Terry Porter

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

My trip with Jason was awesome! We caught a good amount of fish and we learned a lot from Jason. Great guy with vast knowledge of the river and different water ways. Will be back for sure and highly recommend.

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