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Fishing Info

Technique

Fly Fishing

Water Type

River

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Species

Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon, Pink Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Steelhead

About Your Boat

Boat type: Bay boat

Boat Manufacturer: Willie Predator

Boat length: 20ft

Engine Manufacturer: Yamaha

Engine HP: 50HP

Number of engines: 1

Extras: GPS, Fishfinder, Live Bait Well

About Your Guide

Reubin Payne graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1991, loaded up his bags, drove to Seattle, ditched the car, caught the ferry, slept on the deck up the Inside Passage, got off in Haines and hitch-hiked all summer with a very light budget and a fairly heavy backpack.

Most of his rides came from local Alaskans that hauled him around the state sharing laughs, stories, fishing tips and on occasion their “secret fishing spots”. Different times...

After hitch-hiking over 2,000 miles, eating pounds of wild berries, freeze dried food and fresh fish, all Reubin wanted was to head back to Georgia for some of his mom's pork chops, pack up the rest of my hunting and fishing gear, and move to Alaska!

That fall, Reubin downed a nice sweater, printed off a resume and drove to Atlanta Georgia to find a job in Alaska at a local fishing show. He met a lodge owner that hired him to do everything from launching boats to cleaning fish. The lodge was a very high-end facility right on the beach of the Cook Inlet.

Reubin worked like a dog, but for a few hours each day that summer, Reubin would go fishing for salmon and halibut. The pay was low, the hours were long, but the fishing was fantastic, and Reubin was in heaven.

After the fishing season ended, Reubin moved to the Kenai Peninsula town of Sterling just outside of Soldotna and guided the following 8 seasons for the same lodge. Together with clients, he fished 7 days a week for four months straight and as Reubin says, "you couldn’t slap the smile off my face".

In 2001, Reubin launched Alaskan Widespread Fishing Adventures Inc. and runs a mighty tight ship: the boats are cleaned each night, confirmations are checked and re-checked, leaders are tied fresh each evening, razor sharp hooks are tested, and game plans are formed.

Reubin does it all because he loves fishing and his business that supports his passion.

As Reubin puts it, "Mindy and I have an incredible lifestyle and we are truly grateful to be living our dream. We get to share Alaska with people that are on vacation and enjoy fishing! What could be better? We may be fishing with the repeat client that comes back every year and has fished hundreds of hours with us. Or perhaps we are fishing with the angler that has dreamed their whole life of coming to Alaska and fishing. We get to participate in other people’s dreams and adventures!"

Reviews

Andrew K.
·

August 10, 2019


Half Day With Rueben Payne. Great day on the river, excellent guides! Thanks

Rico A.
·

June 21, 2018


Great morning spent on the Kasilof River catching fine salmon! Brillant Day with a very knowledgeable Guide - Mr. Reuben Payne!

Sherry N.
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July 28, 2019


Reuben and Mindy are amazing guides. They know the area well and how to get fish!! Right from the beginning it just felt like we were with long time friends. Thank you for a wonderful experience!

Amenities

Fish Cleaning

This guide will clean your catch for you.

Beer

Feel free to enjoy responsibly, but please no glass.

Weather

You will get a refund if the trip is canceled due to weather.

Tackle

You will need your own tackle.

Boat Restroom

No, this boat does not have a bathroom on board.

Lunch

No meal provided.

Gear & Packing

Provided

Rods, reels, tackle

At an Additional Rate

No added costs.

Recommended Packing

Hat, sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, foods, and drinks

Required Items

Alaska fishing license

Things to Keep in Mind

Payment & Tipping

After paying the deposit, a QR Code will be emailed to you. On the day of the trip, your guide will scan your QR code to automatically transfer the remaining balance. The only cash needed is for a customary tip (we recommend 20%).

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Yes, cancel for free up to 30 days before the trip.

Where to Buy a Fishing License

Find a license for your state here.

Details

Start Location

Funny River Road, Soldotna, AK 99669, United States

Start Time(s)

06:00 AM, 01:00 PM

Duration(s)

6 hours, 9 hours,