Alaska is everything you have heard and more. The greens are greener the
mountains are bigger and the fishing is out of this world.
A few suggestions:
- Go during the Summer Solstice-21+ hours of daylight
- Take a head net, gloves and light jacket/pants to keep the mosquitoes off
- Don't make a rigorous schedule to hold too, there is so much to see and
- Buy an Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer and a Milepost book
On our trip we flew into Anchorage, rented a Chevy Lumina 4-door car at
the airport and headed over to Kings, a huge sporting goods store, to buy
our fishing licenses. The reasons this trip sticks in my mind is: my
brother and I brought our fishing gear, sleeping bags, 12 MRE's a piece,
and we bought a case of DR Pepper---we did not have a lot of money to
spend and it made the trip all the more memorable. We caught a nap in the
car whenever we got tired or when the sun went down for a couple of hours
and stayed wherever we ended up after each days travels, we usually fished
until 11 or 12 pm. If we were not tired we would drive during the dusk
hours to our next fishing opportunity.
We headed northeast up Highway 1 stopping at almost every lake and
stream we came across, we usually did not fish too long at one spot unless
we were landing a bunch of fish, we let all the fish go that we caught. When we reached
Tok, AK the mosquitoes were so bad (when you looked at your hands they were black from so many
mosquitoes, literally thousands were flying around your head) we turned south and headed down to Valdez to check it out.
Valdez was a neat fishing village, we stayed long enough to turn around
and head back out into the backcountry. We headed north again making our
way towards Talkeetna. But on our journey we turned off and headed towards
Hope, Ak. The area around Hope was awe inspiring, besides the fact we did
not see another person for a couple days. We fished some beaver ponds and
nearly ran into a bear (when we crossed a bridge going to the ponds there
was not a pile of bear scat but when we returned later there was) we did
have a run in with a moose at 15 yards but both parties played it cool and
there was no confrontation.
Talkeetna, AK was great, the fish were huge and there was nobody else
around. We had the chance to fish Montana Creek, Moose Creek, Sheep Creek and others in
the area We caught so many fish we thought we were on a fishing show. We
spent the night at a pull off with Mt McKinley in the background, from
what we heard the mountain is usually not visible all that much.
Fishing-- We fished and fished and fished and never got tired of
catching fish, it was like we were living a dream.
Do it again? YES, In a heart beat.
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