TU and Kinross Fort Knox team up to take military personnel fishing

Chris Hunt photo.

In fall of 2019, 13 veteran or active-duty members of the Armed Forces in Alaska congregated in the scenic and quiet community of Cantwell to explore and fish Denali State Park. The all-expense-paid trip was the second annual Armed Forces Appreciation Fishing Trip hosted in partnership with Kinross Fort Knox with the help of the guides at Denali Fly Fishing Guides, a TU-endorsed business.   

Last year’s Armed Forces Appreciation Fishing Trip was cancelled due to the pandemic, so it is with great excitement that we announce the 2021 Trout Unlimited and Kinross Fort Knox Armed Forces Appreciation Fishing Trip on the Kenai River with Fish Em LLC and friends.

Here are the details: 

What: We will host 14 veteran or active-duty members of the U.S. armed forces on a trip to express our gratitude for their service. We’ll chase wild rainbow trout and Dolly Varden on the fly, relax and form community. Fly anglers of all abilities are welcome and will have ample opportunity to find success while being guided.  

When: Sept. 15, 2021  

Where: The Kenai River in Southcentral Alaska with Fish Em LLC and friends. 

Activities: The Kenai River is a famed fishing destination known for its staggering salmon runs, plentiful and sizeable rainbow trout, and outstanding beauty. Participants will spend a full day on the water, by drift or power boat, being guided by the pros.   

Cost: A day of guided fishing is on us — transportation and fishing licenses are not provided. 

Eligibility: This trip is open to all southcentral Alaska active or retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces. We are unable to accept prior trip participants. Whether a life-long angler or novice, this trip will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy Alaska’s outdoors, further your own fly-fishing skills, or, if you’re brand new to the sport, add a new outdoor skill to your repertoire that can be enjoyed anywhere life may take you. 

To apply or learn more about the 2021 Armed Service Appreciation Fishing Trip on the Kenai River Sept. 15, download our application form and submit it to Eric at or apply online. Applications are due by July 27. 

By Trout Unlimited Staff.