Category: Ask the Pros
I will be in Anchorage on business the second week in Sept. I will only have a single day to myself and would like to rent a car for the day and fly fish for rainbows. I am looking for recommendations that might be within a couple hour drive of the city with reasonably easy access. Places to rip streamers or mouse patterns a plus!
I'm blown away by the shear number of opportunities for great fly fishing in Alaska. I'm in desperate need of a reset, so I booked some plane tickets and a camper van for Aug 29th - Sep 12th out of Anchorage. After reading through the Highway Angler and the Roadside Angler's Guide, it seems my best bets for a semi-DIY trip on the road system are either the Kenai Peninsula or the Parks Highway. I'll fish every day for 2 weeks, and hire a local guide for 1-2 days each week. There's so much good fishing in both directions from Anchorage, I had to ask the pros. If, as professionals, you had 2 weeks to yourself to fish either area, would you head north or south? (And what rivers/ creek would you target?) Nobody wants to spread the word about their favorite honey hole, and I appreciate any/all advice!
I'm seeking solitude but I understand that Labor Day weekend will make it hard during the first few days. I'd love to catch some salmon, but rainbows, dollies, and grayling fit the bill just as well if it means being in a beautiful location with some solitude. Thank you for time and advice!
I am going to be in Alaska Sept. 16 - Sept. 21st. I know trout fishing is great at this point but I would love to catch some silvers on a fly rod. I'm flying into Anchorage for work and will only have one day to fish. Are there any rivers that usually have a really strong silver run at that point that are within 4 hrs of Anchorage? Preferably not the Kenai since I won't have a drift boat. I've searched all over online and am having a hard time finding detailed information.
Denali/Cantwell, AK area from June 5th to June 8th, then heading down to Clam Gulch after that Would like to do some river fishing with my son while up in the Denali area. I have been reading that the fishing is fairly limited to Grayling...no trout. Also, no fishing license is required in Denali Park is that true? What would be our best options in your opinion.....hiring a guide or just finding a creek in the Park and going for it?
Me and my buddy are coming up from Minnesota the first week of June and have a week to spend on the Kenai Peninsula. We are spending two nights in Seward and two nights in Homer. We have booked a charter for halibut out of Homer for one day. We will be spending the rest of the time fishing along the road system and on any water we can find. We have very little experience fly fishing and will be bringing our spinning tackle. Do you have any advice on what types of rods/reels/line combos that will be effective? I understand it varies depending on the type of fish being targeted but would like some advice on what works up there.
I would like to bring my 22 your old son up for a father-son fishing trip. I think that we would like to fish for Sockeye, King and Halibut so freshwater fishing and maybe one or two days of saltwater fishing. I was thinking a 5-7 day trip in May of 2019. How is the fishing & weather that time of year? What areas of Alaska should we look at and any other activities that we should keep in mind to do if we have time?
I have a week long float trip planned through on the Stuyahok, Koktuli, or the Moraine in August and am looking for a common food shelter to eat and cook in.
I am curious what kind of tent/shelter you used for your food space....I saw in your moraine video with the shelter that was netted for bugs, but was it waterproof as well? What is your recommendation for this piece of equipment?
Going to Alaska in late May, do I want to river fish in Cooper landing or ocean fishing in homer?
My wife and I will be there a week, we will have 1-2 days of fishing. We are also doing a day of bear viewing and other sight seeing with some hiking. I've never fly-fished and at home we love to fish for bass and crappie!
We are just not for sure what would be best that time of the year? I'm sure the river fishing would be much more scenic?
I've never fly fished. I'd like to incorporate learning how to and then fly fishing, kayaking, bear sighting, whale watching and seeing the northern lights. Is it possible to do all this in 7 days? I may b solo,on the trip. I'm a 58 yr old, active & healthy, female. Thanks for any info!
Planning a bucket list fishing trip to Alaska this summer in either July or August. I know I won't be able to fly fish for every species of salmon due to run times. So if you had to pick what is your favorite type of salmon to fly fish for? And what are your other favorite species to target on the fly?
My wife and I would like to take our 5 and 7 year old salmon fishing in Alaska on a river or charter. A total of possibly 7 people may go on this trip. Is there a time of year that would be best for us? We're thinking June, July or August. Any specific species we should target or things to look out for?
We live in Washington State and my boys have river and lake fished but I want to hook them into something and see something of size.
I was in Alaska in July this year. Stayed in Stewart right on the Kenia River. Sure had a tuff time catching Sockeye's...When would be the best time of the year to come back to Alaska to fish for Silver Salmon?
We will be in Alaska August 2-6th with a house on the Kenai River by Cooper Landing. August 3rd we have an 8 hour salmon guide, and then on the 4th and 5th we were looking to do a combination of hiking and fishing.
We found a few trails such as Quartz Creek, Ptarmigan Creek and Resurrection pass. We were wondering if you have heard of those trails or know of any hiking where we can get away from the crowds but still fish for great Dollys and Trout?
On the 6th we are driving back to Anchorage and are looking to hit some spots on the way. Our flight isn't until 1130pm so we have some time. Any suggestions on places or hikes in between Copper Landing and Anchorage?
My teenage son and I are headed near Lake Clark in the middle of June and were planning on fly fishing for some salmon, rainbows & grayling. This will be my first visit and I've heard that during certain times of the summer there's a midnight sun and it's light almost all day long.
We're from Montana and here we plan out when to go based on sunrise & sunset...so we were curious how that effects the fishing if there is really barely any sunrise/sunset. Are there still peak times? Do people actually fish at midnight if it's light out?
We are looking for a family fishing trip that can accommodate children from 3-12 years old.
We have four children ages 3-12 years. We would ultimately like to fish for two days, and have time to experience the outdoors through different ways that can accommodate our three year old and five year old. Without our children feeling held back by them. We would like to stay for five days. Our budget is dependent upon the options offered. With that said we do not need 5 star luxury. We opt more for extremely clean, and safe. I hope that is of some help. Thank you.
My wife and I are celebrating 50 years of marriage this year. We started our courtship by going on fishing trips in the Florida keys. Fishing has been a big part of our life! We have never been on a fishing trip in Alaska, and was wondering if anyone could help in recommending a comfortable, laid back fishing lodge with high quality accomations that would work well for seniors. We don't think we want to handle the big halibut or king salmon adventures. We are accomplished spin casting fishermen, and love to eat what we catch. Any help would be appreciated.
We are in the process of planning a trip to Alaska for late July or August 2017. We are 2 couples and the ladies will not be fishing. It seems a waste to pay "Lodge" prices per person when the girls will not be fishing. So, we need a nice place for the girls to stay and have things to do while we go fish. Daily flyouts are fine if necessary. We would like at least 1 or 2 day(s) of Halibut fishing and a few days of Salmon and backcountry trout fishing, trout being higher priority than salmon. We want the closet you can get us to the "Alaska" experience. We are also fine staying in a remote location for a night or two with the ladies back in town.
Any help would be appreciated.
I'm trying to plan a fly fishing trip to Alaska to catch some trophy King Salmon on flies this summer. Also interested in Silvers and Rainbows but we would definitely would love to hook into some huge Kings on a fly. Do you have any suggestions for areas/rivers to focus on?
We were thinking of July but can move it to June or August if necessary to catch the peak King Salmon run.
- Gary, Oregon
Looking for recommendations on the best locations to target Grayling and Rainbows on dry flies in Alaska this summer (June or July). Would fly into Anchorage, rent a car and find some places to stay near the streams/rivers I want to try.
Would this be realistic to do with a car?
Are there places to park & hike into streams & rivers with good fishing?
Any species other than Rainbows & Grayling you would suggest for dry flies that time of year?
I'm willing to drive up to 8 hours from Anchorage if needed to find great fly fishing without the crowds. Prefer fishing dry flies but of course I will fish whatever flies work best if needed.
- Trevor, Vermont
Planning two trips to Alaska (one early for dry fly 'bows and the other late season for the silver runs). Was told by the guide service I'm using that Bristol Bay Flies has a good selection of the flies I'll need. Anyone know if their quality is what I'll need? They are listed in New York, so I kind of wondered.
- Mark B
Retired 63 year old from upstate NY. Spent 2 weeks last two summers fishing on the Kenai peninsula and will be driving to Alaska in a few weeks to fish the summer.Float planes, lodges, jet boats etc. are not exactly in the pension budget. Looking...correction....begging for locations to wade / stream fish etc. I'm not much of a threat to subsistence fisherman or dip netters, as I don't eat Salmon and very seldom keep / kill fish intentionally. Any help / suggestions would b greatly appreciated. Not afraid of bears...like to hike / explore....not interested in the combat fishing.
- Harold D, Upstate New York
I do a lot of deep sea fishing from Southern California and Mexico. I'm excited about going to a great fishing resort in Alaska. i want to bring home fish because I love fish. I would like to do a combo of Salmon and Halibut. I really haven't caught either. I would also like to know when would be the best times and should I follow a tide chart in planning? Thanks for the help. I would be going with 3 other people. Medium price range preferred.
- William T, California
A buddy and I are planning a trip. We live in Colorado and fish often locally. We would like to start planning a trip to Alaska for 2016. Where would you suggest flying into (what cities) and what rivers would you suggest. We are open for targeting steelhead, salmon, or big rainbows.
- Mark H, Colorado