1. What are my options for a guided fishing trip in Alaska?
Quite a bit has to do with what region of Alaska you are fishing in.
above. We often hear anglers state "I'll pass on the fancy food and
just go for the fishing." The food is a miniscule part of the price of
a week's fishing. It has much more to do with how remote the lodge is
and whether they are using jet boats, float planes, or both.
places are great for the whole family. These lodges usually have other
activities besides fishing. If the rest of your family isn't keen on fishing seven days in a row, you need to pick your lodge carefully. If a family trip is what you want, contact
us and we can come up with some suggestions.
You can definitely do a trip on your own. But first let's go over the pluses and minuses. On the plus side, you
save money by not going to a lodge, get the satisfaction of putting
your own trip together, most likely find some darn good fishing, and
probably have some grand adventures. On the minus side, one person's
grand adventure is another person's disaster. Realizing that the river
you plan to float is actually a mile and half away over soggy tundra is
not everyone's idea of a fun time. Renting a Forest Service Cabin only
to find out there really isn't enough fishing to you keep you happy for
a week is a bummer. Lodges and outfitters are paid to anticipate and
avoid as many disasters as possible. Your tolerance for challenging
situations is a good indicator if a DIY trip is the best thing for you.
Nope. It doesn't cost an extra dime to book with Alaska Fly Fishing Goods.
Our goal is make you happy. We want you to have a great trip and come back year after year. Everyone wins.
7. When is the best time of year to come to Alaska to fish?
If I had to pick a time I would say July 17 at 3:42 in the afternoon. Just kidding. It is hard to pick a "best time" since it all depends upon what you want to fish for. Are you interested in catching salmon? Trout? Both? Or do want to target a specific species such as king salmon or rainbow trout? To understand Alaskan fishing, it is crucial to know that Alaska does not have resident fish that stay in a stream for an entire season. Trout and char move large distances throughout the season, and some even venture into the saltwater, in search of food. Salmon live a large part of their lives out at sea and return to spawn for a short window of opportunity. In other words timing is everything.
Here is a "Super-Basic" answer. In general, there is some kind of fishing going on from early May through early October. If you are interested in salmon fishing in the streams, July, August, and September are the best months. Most (but not all) streams have no salmon in them during May and June. Trout and char fishing is fairly good in May, quite good in June, and usually peaks in July, August, and September. For a first trip to Alaska, July 15 - August 15 will please most people.
For more specific guide lines, check out our run timing charts on each of the Alaska Region Pages. We have a specific chart for each region since a single species of fish may be present at very different times in different parts of the state. As well, some species only reside in certain parts of the state.