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Anchor River, AK (or other DIY river near Homer)

Anyone have any recommendations for a day trip DIY-style around the 4th week in August near Homer, Alaska? I have read a little about the Anchor River and that sounds like a great destination. I have also PM'ed Ard for some advice. I am pretty sure he can give me some thoughts.

I would also consider a guide for a wade trip if you have a good recommendation. Would just like to wet a line while there on vacation with some friends.

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Anchor, unless abnormal conditions high water focus on the upper stretches for Dollies


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I wouldn't bother with a guide, it is a small river. You should have no trouble figuring it out. It is a bit of a drive but deep creek is another down that way, I preferred it to the anchor personally. Probably silvers then.
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Stop in at Mossys fly shop and talk to Mike in anchorage. He will get you going in the right direction. Most of the steelhead is early spring on those water ways. Good luck.

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Anchor, unless abnormal conditions high water focus on the upper stretches for Dollies





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I will definitely practice that. How far up do you consider the “upper reaches”?


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Here you go

From Sterling Highway 1 Between Sterling and Homer take the North Fork Road up a good hill until you come to a bridge, head up river, Do not be surprised to maybe tying into the odd silver or Rainbow

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I fished around Homer for 10 days at the end of last August. I had a blast on the Anchor. I was not spey fishing, although I did use a single hander and got some fish on poppers.

It was interesting watching the dynamics between the fly guys and gear guys fishing for coho. I would classify about 90% of the fly guys on the Anchor as flossers. The water was dirty and a group of 10 of them would camp out on the first hole above tidewater and over half of the fish they "caught" came in backwards. Gear guys on the other hand were actually getting biters with bait and spinners. I much preferred fishing around the gear guys on the lower Anchor.

Only the first mile is (was) open for coho so we covered the whole stretch and found where fish were (away from the group) pretty easily. Just go to the bridge on the Old Sterling Highway and work your way down to the mouth. Upstream was open for steelhead catch and release but it was early from what we were told. We couldn't peel ourselves away from fresh coho pushing in on everytide to try for an early steelhead.

Deep Creek was okay, we found a pod of 120+ coho holding in 4' of water upstream of the bridge that was fun to sight cast at and watch pissed off coho chase your presentation down. Deep Creek gets a fall steelhead run as well.

I preferred the Anchor through!
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I fished around Homer for 10 days at the end of last August. I had a blast on the Anchor. I was not spey fishing, although I did use a single hander and got some fish on poppers.

It was interesting watching the dynamics between the fly guys and gear guys fishing for coho. I would classify about 90% of the fly guys on the Anchor as flossers. The water was dirty and a group of 10 of them would camp out on the first hole above tidewater and over half of the fish they "caught" came in backwards. Gear guys on the other hand were actually getting biters with bait and spinners. I much preferred fishing around the gear guys on the lower Anchor.

Only the first mile is (was) open for coho so we covered the whole stretch and found where fish were (away from the group) pretty easily. Just go to the bridge on the Old Sterling Highway and work your way down to the mouth. Upstream was open for steelhead catch and release but it was early from what we were told. We couldn't peel ourselves away from fresh coho pushing in on everytide to try for an early steelhead.

Deep Creek was okay, we found a pod of 120+ coho holding in 4' of water upstream of the bridge that was fun to sight cast at and watch pissed off coho chase your presentation down. Deep Creek gets a fall steelhead run as well.

I preferred the Anchor through!
It’s sad, but I too have noticed the flossing phenomenon on all those smaller AK streams. Apparently it is common enough that many (including game wardens) are instinctively suspicious when the see a group of folks with flyrods. It really sucks when you are fishing a nice piece of water and a handful of these flossers descend on you to “come join the party” If only they had about 5-10 times the number of wardens to put the Kabosh on it!

Thankfully Alaska is wonderful in so many ways, that it helps soothe the anger and frustration of dealing with some very low class mentality here and there. We have, of course, also spent time fishing and chatting with some delightful people; folks from all over the world, fishing with both gear set ups and with fly rods. I’ve found that it’s often best to invite/encourage a friendly angler or two to join you at your honey hole, as it reduces the odds (a bit) of being piled in on by a bunch of jerks.
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Is "flossing" the same as snagging here in the Great Lakes?

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Yarn Flies, fish rarely take them basically pull through a pod and jig...Not much of a sport

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Yeah. I fished the Anchor - once. Huge kings, but not my scene. I actually prefer the Kenai, away from the roadside holes. Homer is a gem. Love the beaches from there to the Kenai. Cooper Landing is nice area too. All very good for DIY, but getting a guide with a drift boat from Cooper Landing would be money well spent in my view.

Yeah lots of bear action, but hey its Alaska and for the most part they know the routine better than fishermen - just yield to them and all should be good. I'm much more nervous of all the nervous folks packing guns of every shape and form on those rivers and trails. Very different than on our lovely BC rivers.
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It is a different mentality for most up there vs. the lower 48 for sure!

There are enough fish for everyone so everyone was extremely nice and helped us out quite a bit with locations and whatnot.

Except for the guy with a single handed rod with a Blue Fox spinner standing in the middle of the travel lane slapping the spinner left and right while swearing that he was going to cut everyone's line since he got there first. He was a douche.

No bears for us, just moose on Deep Creek.

We kept fish the last 3 days and had them processed (flash frozen and vacuum sealed) in Homer. Quickest day was a 15 minute limit for the two of us. Usually took an hour or two depending on the tides. Alaska is awesome.

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Later in the season as in late August, you can hook into incidental steelhead on the Anchor. We have fished it the end of August and the first part of September. The later in this timeframe will produce more than just incidental steelhead. Some days, the steelhead catch rate is equal to silvers. Don't hesitate to fish upriver out of the tidal area in order to get away from the crowds. and locate swing water. The river is normally tea colored from tannins upstream. Just know that any rain will turn the river to chocolate. The good news it usually clears with 18-24 hours back to the tea color. Labor Day weekend is the end of the summer season and campgrounds along the Anchor has its facilities shut down- water, etc for winter.

Know that if the Anchorage TV news stations announce steelhead being caught, it brings out a few more anglers. The nice thing is you typically only see the local anglers after work. A quick scan of the lower river gravel bars for fresh blood is the usual indicator if silvers entered the system overnight or the last incoming tide. If the parking lots are void of Alaskan license plates and do not resemble rental cars it is a good chance that the fish are not in.

Anchor Point lodging is spotty. For that rustic feel, check out the Anchor Point Inn. Some years we have been the only short stay customers if you don't wish to travel 21 miles to Homer.
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A very refined drinking establishment and the frequent locals are a pleasure to have a yarn with

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Anchor Point lodging is spotty. For that rustic feel, check out the Anchor Point Inn. Some years we have been the only short stay customers if you don't wish to travel 21 miles to Homer.

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A very refined drinking establishment and the frequent locals are a pleasure to have a yarn with
Of course, you need to get there early if you want a seat at the bar. And after the pub crawl, if you are lucky, the store across the street throws out or better yet, offers its customers near closing time the hot dogs that have been on the heated roller all day. I was never that hungry.
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