Just back from 12 days on the Kenai. Not one of my better trips there quality wise but quantity evened things out. I found that my buddy Mike had replaced his old fishing shanty with a 2400 ft cabin/house since my last time to see him. The lot fronts on a canal that leads out to the Kenai. We had a brownie prowling through the cabins until fish and game darted him and took him to greener pastures. Despite counter reports of over a thousand kings entering the river each day few people were having much luck and the hogs were very rare. I got only a single king and it was under 20 pounds. In hindsight it was wise to keep it, although we debated it at the time. He was a lively fish and made several runs under the boat which is always a treat. The sockeye once they came made up for the lack of kings. The bucks especially were larger than usual this year. I got one sockeye that went just over 12 pounds and already had fangs just a day from salt water. There was an endless stream of reds coming by and an endless stream of filleted carcasses, heads and entrails going back downstream. Dollies were gorging on the bounty and we got several nice ones while fishing for sockeye. Some new rules on the Kenai made things interesting for sockeye anglers. In most places you must stay 10 ft from the bank at all times, placing nothing (daypack, net, rod, etc) on the bank and boats must be anchored at least 10 ft from the bank also. We found that not being able to beach fish made things very exciting as we attempted to bonk them in a foot or two of water. Enforcement was pretty strict with wardens coming by a few times a day. I was dismayed at the proliferation of guides on the Kenai. There has been at least a 10 fold increase since I moved outside in 1990 and the constant noise and wakes really impact the experience for everyone. No guides are allowed on Sundays and its drift only on Mondays. The difference on those two days is incredible. On the other hand i saw many guide boats with empty seats and even some services with empty boats tied up with no clients to fill them so I suppose economics will eventually decrease the numbers of guides operating. Photos are in my gallery.