Everybody fantasizes about the incredible fishing that they’ll someday experience when their dream of fishing Alaska finally comes true. There are monster salmon to be caught, so big and powerful that they make your arms ache; so plentiful that they darken the water as they press their way upriver. And let’s not forget the halibut, barn door in proportion; fresh and immensely powerful in stature. The sight of one of these behemoths coming up from the cold emerald depths after a battle that seems to have lasted for hours will flat get your blood pumping!
Maybe your dream consists of making the perfect fly presentation to a 30 inch rainbow trout that has been working a little riffle near the bank of a river so clear, so pristine that every photograph pales in comparison. Or perhaps it’s a remote raft trip through wild, raw wilderness or a fly out adventure over country carved by active glaciers.
In all reality the possibilities are almost endless. No matter how big your dream, it likely only scratches the surface of a land too big to be contained.
But despite the incredible allure, Alaska is notorious for being very expensive. Many anglers find that a trip to this great land is financially out of their reach. But this really doesn’t need to be the case. Armed with the right knowledge and with the proper planning, it is possible to put together an Alaskan adventure to meet any budget.
Transportation in Alaska is a big ticket item. With much of the state only accessible by air, costs can skyrocket in a hurry. The budget minded angler is better off to forego the deep wilderness excursion and concentrate instead on areas accessible by Alaska’s road system or State ferry system. There is a lot of outstanding fishing available that you can drive to, both freshwater and saltwater. One good option is to fly into Anchorage and rent a motorhome. This type of trip is sure to be full of scenic memories and tackle busting fun. Many coastal destinations are accessible by commercial airlines and this can also be an economical possibility.
If you’re an experienced fisherman you may want to consider going the self-guided route. There are some excellent do-it-yourself options that won’t break the bank. But don’t completely overlook the guided trip. There are still some bargains out there to be found for the person willing to do their homework.
Bottom line: don’t keep putting it off. You can make it happen! Why not make this the year that your Alaska fishing dreams come true.