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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-21-2018, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Alaska Aug 13 to 20?

I have rented an RV for week starting in Anchorage this August from the 13 to 20. Looking for any recommendations for places to fish? Would prefer to avoid the massive crowds that you can find some systems up there. Interested in any fresh salmon or large rainbow opportunities. Planning to bring a small raft. PM me if you prefer. Thanks in advance!
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Given your time frame from Anchorage, I am not sure how easy it will be to ditch the crowds, though it is relative of course. My own experiences have all been on the Kenai Peninsula, and there are some opportunities here and there for a little solitude but even the less crowded locales can get busy depending on the day. If you’re ok hiking a bit you will leave most people behind, but you need to be prepared to meet a bear or a moose. I have not ventured other directions from Anchorage, so it quite possible there are some less crowded options, but most of the promising streams I checked into have reputations for being pretty popular...

You definitely don’t need to join in a “combat” line up, but be prepared to have company of all sorts (delightful and obnoxious). It’s pretty common to find a nice hole for yourself only to have a few more folks pile in on top you. Often times I will go out of my way to actually encourage a friendly angler or two join me, as a good hole with “only”1-2 anglers fishing it is often a magnet for the kinds of A-holes you really don’t want to fish around. I have had to endure some pretty awful examples of just how ugly some humans can be, and have opted to leave a productive spot more than once. Have called the Warden in several of these instances, as snagging is a popular technique with many tourists and some locals as well. Etc etc... All that said, there is fantastic fishing to be had and I have also had the great pleasure to fish with some wonderful people each and every year I go. Just go with an open mind, and be ready to deal with some company.
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P.S. I might end up sharing a hole or two with you, I’ll promise not to low hole you! PM sent
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The Kenai Peninsula is a good place to start. The Kenai itself sees a decent amount of traffic, but you can find plenty of water to yourself, especially if you are floating. Look into some of the various tribs for Dolly/rainbow fishing. Those are mostly smaller water.

Another option is to head north of anchorage and hit the various smaller streams along the parks highway. Willow, little willow, sheep are a few off of the top of my head. Most are smallish single hander water but willow could accomodate a switch. If nothing else it is worth taking the drive up to denali.
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If I recall my run charts you are a week behind the peak of the red salmon run
For Rainbows, find a line of people combat fishing for reds if they are still around
Go to the downstream end of the line and there should be some type of eddy/backwater which is why the line has ended.
Run flesh on the outside seam

Basically all the carcasses from the fishermen will be gathering below the line and the rainbows will be feeding there.
None of the uglier versions of gear fishermen will bother you, they just want to kill salmon. They have no interest in rainbows.

I'd do a guided day on the middle kenai. Skilak Lake to Bings. Should be some good swinging. big ugly sculpins.
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