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A group of us (2-3) from Lyon, France are planning to make a trip of fly fishing in Alaska for 10 or 12 Days of fishing in June 2020. We plan to fish mostly without a guide. We may get a guide for the first few days but the majority would be unguided.
We are looking for a location to base our trip out of. It should have affordable accommodations and access to a variety of drive/hike in fly fishing that would not require a boat.
Do you have any suggestions on where in Alaska to stay and what waters we should look into fishing near where we'll be staying? Also if you have any specific suggestions for a hotel/motel to stay please let us know. We are planning to book flights soon.
Thank you - Robert
We're glad that you'll be headed over from France to visit our great state of Alaska!
The Kenai Peninsula has a variety of fishing options and offers a great base for the fishing adventure you're looking for. There is lots of road access for a variety of fishing opportunities. Depending on the type of fishing you want to do and when in June, there are quite a few possibilities. Just be aware that a good portion of the Kenai River and its tributaries will be closed until June 11th.
There are several nice bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs, lodges, hotels, motels and other lodging here in town to choose from…as well as a many great fishing guides in Cooper Landing to choose from.
Thank you for your question and welcome to Alaska in Advance!Dave Lisi - Owner/Guide for Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC located in the small mountain town of Cooper Landing, Alaska where he is a year-round resident, guide, carpenter and trout bum. On any given day, you will most likely find Dave on the banks of the Kenai swinging for trout with his best friend and future wife, Jackie. Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC was built in early 2017 with the goal of sharing the love and passion Dave and Jackie have for the Kenai Peninsula and the fish that live there.
Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Alaska! The fishing here is some of the best in the world. Trying to plan a trip in such a large area with so many rivers can be daunting. There are many options to fish but are very spread out and the need for transportation is crucial. One good option would be to rent/hire a RV. This would allow both a vehicle and a warm dry place to stay where ever you wanted! If you went with just a vehicle there are plenty of lodging accommodations throughout the areas everything from motels/hotels to air BNB's.
From one fisherman to another I would try to schedule your trip mid to late June. Early June can be spotty with run off. Your fishing options from the Anchorage area are both north and south of our main city. By going north you will find many clear water river options with far less people and pressure than going south. The Alaska Parks Highway crosses many smaller rivers that have incredible fishing and are wade-able and some that are float-able.
By going south there is the Kenai Peninsula, home of the Kenai River. This river is one of the larger rivers that holds fish but is also one of the busiest. It boasts lot's of Sockeye salmon and good trout fishing. The river is not clear but a beautiful glacial blue.
I would suggest doing both in a 10-12 day trip. Another option would be to book a remote float fly-fishing trip (my personal favorite) and get out away from people. Not a lodge though. But a remote river float. If one of these options sounds more appealing than another I'd be happy to get you more dialed in, please reach out to me through My Alaskan Fishing Trip or directly through my company FishHound Expeditions. Thanks for your time and tight lines on your trip!
Cheers - AdamAdam Cuthriell - Part owner of FishHound Expeditions. His wife Kathryn Cuthriell and business partner Dave "Reps" Repta make up the rest of the company as well as their dogs Hatch, Rado, and Pike. They fish, live, and guide in Alaska year-round. When not guiding on the rivers they guide ice fishing on Alaska's numerous lakes. Originally from Colorado, he began guiding at the age of 19 while receiving a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership. Adam is also a current state of Alaska EMT.
I think your best bet for your timing and catching both salmon and trout, would be the Kenai Peninsula. There are a lot of river options to choose from. Cooper Landing would be a good town to look into, as it is the headwaters of the Kenai River where you have access to fishing on the Russian River and Upper Kenai. You could also stay in Soldotna, which will put you in the middle of fishing, there you would be able to fish right in town or drive 1-1/2 to 2 hrs either direction to fish. Going south of Soldotna you have the Kasilof River, Deep Creek, Ninilchik River and Anchor River to fish.
Keep in mind, it's summer in Alaska so things will be busy on the road system fisheries. You will want to plan your lodging/hotel/guide bookings sooner than later.
Here are a few options for accommodations;
Anything we can do to help or questions asked, just let me know.
Thanks - MikeMike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
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