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So 3 of us are driving up from Washington State to Alaska July 8 - 24 with a 5th wheel rig,

We plan to drive up to the Cassier highway and then stop and fish lakes and streams up all the way through till we hit anchorage and fly home july 24th ... So .... anyone who has knowledge and wishes to share places to stop for a day or two or fly patterns, please give me a shout out. Looking forward to the trip ... have bug repellant ... rods ... water master blow up rafts (trying to avoid the hassle of pontoon frames). We do have the Milepost and a few other books ... but specific fishing info timed to the mid July is difficult to come by.

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"Highway Angler"

When I lived in Alaska this was a must have book for navigating fishing on the Alaska road system. The book gives you species, average size, expected run times with degrees of strength, and access points. With this book I was able to blindly have epic days on the water. The book doesn't include much on technique or fly selection but will put you in the zone to have some awesome days on the water.
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Thanks ... just ordered a copy ... looks like it is due for a new edition soon ... last was 2007 but should really be helpful ... great heads up ...

I also got a book called The Essential Guide to Fly Fishing in British Columbia ... And there is a chapter in it which goes over part of our trip but it is heavily oriented to stream fishing .... But I have got some great help with the Canada side through pm's ... once I get the Alaska book ... the three of us will sit down over a few beers and ponder the possibilities ...

Last night Ray Gould gave a great presentation to our club (Alpine Fly Fishers) on the lakes aound Kamloops ... will take some of the patterns he talked about on our adventure. Haven't fished up in that area for quite some time ... maybe 2012 ....

Thanks again for the help and keep any suggestions comming!

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The stream fishing is where it's at. If you like sitting in a weedy mudhole in the middle of a cow pasture, by all means, fish the lakes. Also, north of Williams Lake there's won't be more than a handful of lake opportunities. The vast majority of angling opportunity in the north half of BC is flowing waters. Getting to Williams Lake is only 1/5 of your drive, don't try to cram all your fishing in the bottom piece of the trip just because it's what people talk about the most! This is a pink year, so virtually every river on the cassiar highway in the nass & skeena drainages will be stuffed with pinks. There's really not a whole lot specific information on that route that's been published. It's still largely untapped by the angling community as a whole. Only the odd fly guy like yourself on holiday cruises through it. Best advice you'll get is just 'bring everything' ... you'll find everything from fresh chinooks to rainbows, dollies, pike and grayling at that time of year. There's a lot of country. Standard BC rules apply: If it looks fishy, it probably is.
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Alaska is nice destination but there is very cold...
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I would also pick up a copy of Dan Busch and Will Rices book...its a great reference. Cassier alone is an amazing drive. As a sideline stop on the way....drive into Gitwankool/Kitwanga/'Ksan check out the totems....pretty awesome....I'd parallel PKG's comment on fishing in the Yukon.
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Thanks ...

for the reference ... just ordered it. July is getting closer and I'm tying flies ... think I need to get some pike flies for Island lake just inside the Alaska Border ... I think that was a lake I fished 30 years ago when we drove there from Anchorage.

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On our way

BC is Beautiful up north. Currently at Dease Lake. Headed for the Yukon today.
Broke my ankle before we left ... gotta stay off it but can fish lakes. Need to get it to heal as I plan on walking on it Aug 1 on the Dean.

For those with interest ... here is a page of our journey.

http://www.spotadventures.com/trip/view/?trip_id=264559

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Neat stuff. Hope the ankle heals enough to allow you to stream wade.
Did the same trip in '72. Thought $.50/gal in Ak was outrageous!
Look forward to updates.
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So 3 of us are driving up ... with a 5th wheel rig ... till we hit anchorage and fly home...
Just curious, where are you putting the 5th-wheel? I'm trying to figure out where to put a 40-footer.

You know... if anyone has some property between Smithers and Terrace, I'm certain we can work something out.
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Steve Kevin told me you had a Wading brace for you ankle. Have you tried it yet? I look forward to more pictures.
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Non weight bearing

I have tried the brace out just to be safe when changing from my walking boot I don't walk on to the one I wear over my waders ... really trying not to put any weight on it ... need it to heal ... so only lake fishing.

Got some pig Brookies yesterday 20+ inches ... fought like chinook's

Now it is raining like crazy in Teslin, YK.

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Your partner attempting to buy the wine was a HYSTERICAL moment if I've ever read one!
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