Introduction to Alaskan Fishing
If you have never been to Alaska yet, you are in for a life changing experience. But first let us lay out a few quick rules that can make help you choose how you experience the state.
To truly experience fishing in Alaska, consider a fly-in or backcountry lodge experience. There is added expense to the trip, but if you truly want an Alaskan experience, you need to get away from the combat fishing crowds.
We aren't saying that there isn't excellent fishing from the road system - there definitely is! But we are saying where there is great fishing that you can get to by car, there will be crowds.
Sometimes it doesn't take that much to get away from the worst of the crowds. At the Russian river, walking a mile up the river will get you away from the hordes at the mouth of the river with plenty of holes that hold fish when the run is in.
There are a million variables that can throw a monkey wrench into your fishing plans. Weather is the biggest. Be sure to leave enough flexibility in your plans to take weather issues into account. A strong rain fall can raise stream and river levels up dramatically and cloud the water making rivers unfishable. Also, salt water charters are prone to be blown out by winds. Most charters will have alternatives, such as bays close to the port, but bad weather can greatly affect the success of your trip.
Finally, even though salmon runs are very closely charted from year to year, runs are unpredictable. Run timings can run early or late by weeks, leaving your planned river empty or filled with spawned out fish when you arrive. Make backup plans.
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