Catch a fish. Catch a lot of fish. Catch catch a big fish. Catch a fish. So the story goes. All of this can be done on a single trip to Alaska. And big being limited only by ones definition and desires. Count on rain, always, contstanly, and come prepared! So much for plug Alaska.
My first Alaska experience was at a 1st class fly fishing lodge, at a time in my life when I could afford it. This lodge was located on a blue ribbon river in the Bristol Bay region. Among the guests was a three generation family, grandfather, father, & teen age son, which brought back fond memories of my youth. The timing was second week of July. Until that time the largest fish I had ever caught was maybe a two or three proud bass. We fished three guests to a guide/boat & unless we chose to quit early, always had a shore lunch. We caught Chums, Kings, Sockeye, & Grayling. Fly out day trips to more remote locations were available at extra cost. We often saw groups of fly fishers on float trips & temporary, small tent day camps along the river. Our guide explained that on that type of trip, once you get wet, you never have a chance to dry out. And it immediately became apparent that fishing time was severely impacted by the fact that you had to cover enough miles each day to arrive at your take out on time, and while enrout, you only got one shot at a run of fish!
In later years, I made more trips to less expensive lodges, gaining experience all the while as well as comparing to that first trip. None of which ever really measured up. Some members of the club to which I belonged had made DIY trips to forest cabins flying out of Prince of Wales island. They caught fish but, as you might imagine, it was a totally different experience.
Long story short, no matter how you cut it, Alaksa is expensive. It costs a lot of $ just to get there. Likewise, it costs a lot of money, to get everything else up there. That part of the equation is fixed! No way of getting around it. Factor that into the cost of the trip and consider how much bang for the buck you will get in return. How much quality fishing time, how many fish, how many big fish, bragging rights, the total experience. Bonding time that will be remembered & recalled among friends the rest of your life.
Oh, btw: Silvers, Coho, run late. All the other Salmon will be dead, or close to it by then. Miss the timing on Silvers and you are left wth only resident trout, dollies & grayling. Humpies, Pinks run every other year, and they come in ahead of the Silvers. Odd, even year depends on the river. They can be fun on light tackle. They are good eating when fresh, but usually are not brought home.