Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
I'm going to make a couple of assumptions here. Since you are on this forum, you are a fly fisher. "We" might be in reference to????
First, you need to do a little more research on Alaska. To say that Alaska is huge, does not do justice to the word. Bigger than Texas is just a start. The highway system, if you can call it that, numbers five. You heard me right, five highways in all of the state, none of which are Interstate, because Alaska is not connected to the lower 48. Everything else is gravel or dirt. The Kenai peninsula is a short drive from Anchorage. Not only is it a popular tourist attraction when the Salmon, especially the Kings, are in, it attracts the locals as well. Combat fishing at it's worst. Seward & Cordova are popular Halibut fishing destinations. Juneau is accessible only by air or sea. Ketchikan is much the same plus it is a cruise ship destination. When multiple ships, each carrying upwards of 3,000 passengers, are in port, you don't want to be there! Prince of Wales Island, is do able as a fly out destination, if you do your home work & can rent a forest service cabin for a week. Otherwise, rent a car & do what you can on the island. You can also rent a car & work/play/fish out of Anchorage. But keep in mind,,,
All Alaska residents are allowed to keep 250 fish/year, any species, any way they can catch them. To many Alaskan's fish are food. Needless to say, fly fishing is far from the most preferred method of stocking the freezer. With that in mind, there are several books on DIY Alaska.
If you really want to experience the Alaska that you've read about, you need to get away from the crowds. If (fly)fishing is the main attraction, with sight seeing subordinate to that, then a fly fishing lodge that does fly out trips is the way to go. Brooks Lodge is where all the Bears gather at the falls to fish. Probably the most photographed spot in all Alaska! The Valley of 10,000 Smokes is a fly over on the way to Brooks Lodge. Denali Natl Park is another popular tourist destination, although private vehicles are not allowed in the park. So it's either a hike in or tour bus situation. And don't be too disappointed if Mt McKinley is obscured by clouds. It's high, & it rains a lot in Alaska, the clouds are always there.
The best recommendation I can offer is do your homework. Talk to flyshops & travel agents. Airfare to Alaska is not cheap. It would be a shame to spend all that money to get there & come home disappointed. Oh, one last thing, timing of the Salmon runs is everything in Alaska.
Have a great trip.
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.
Last edited by JDJones; 05-16-2016 at 12:22 PM.