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    I'm planning on taking my youngest son to Alaska for his high school graduation/ pre-college trip. He wants to go in August. We would like to camp, fish, and sight-see. Any recommendations? Our fishing would be do-it-yourself fishing rivers or streams, fly fishing or spinning gear.

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    if you can move it up to the end of July you can catch the salmon run on the Kenai, my brother took me and his two boys last summer and it was the fishing trip of a lifetime, We fished till midnite one day,and securing a limit (three later expanded to six per day) was a task in itself...I had a couple of salmon completely spool my Shimano Curado and not much I could do about it...My new choice of outfits became a 9#weight flyrod with a 25lb tippet with either a red circle hook white yarn or some pre made Coho flies

    We stayed in Soldotna which is about 3.5 hrs away from Anchorage and rented a motor home, but the boys chickened out (city kids) and didnt want to fight the mosquitos so we stayed at a nearby cabin ..I slept in the motor home..

    We paid attention to the daily fish counts and tidal reports and knew exactly when the peak of the run was..You might also want to consider a day trip to Homer or Seward for an Alaskan halibut excursion

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    Bon's post is spot on. The third week in July is usually the peak of the second king run on the Kenai. You will have much more success going with a guide if the kings are what you are after. If the reds are in you can do that from shore. It's combat fishing with shoulder to shoulder being the norm in most places.
    My brother has a cabin outside of Soldotna. He fishes the Kenai as well as the Kasilof out of his drift boat. He has lived there for 33 years and knows what to do and when to do it. If you want his number pm me. I am sure he can help you tremendously.

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    Plenty of silvers running in August in Alaska. Not to mention all of the streams full of Grayling and trout if you want to get away from the crowds of salmon fishermen.
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    Lonnie
    Alaska is a really big place. Like trying to cover Wisconsin to Florida to west Texas.
    Where are you basing operations? I am just north of Anchorage about 25 miles and could help out.
    Don

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    Jerry,
    Thanks, I will be sending you a PM.

    Don,
    I'm guessing that we will be flying into Anchorage. I need all the help that I can get.

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    Enjoy Lonnie ! I'm envious ! It's a remarkable place you wont regret it !

    Spent a week there doing a self guided with my brother and a buddy.. it was FREAKIN awesome ! Below is the lodge we used...

    http://www.whalerscovelodge.com/

    Here's some photos...

    https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resi...=folder%2c.jpg

    Would probably go to Anchorage next.. time.. well... maybe..

    Hope you have blast !
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    What Bon said My personal experience with Alaska was we fished the Kenai, which is not too far out of anchorage. My wife hooked into a 40 lb. king salmon. If I remember right we were up there in June. Unfortunately I had a bad case of Lymes disease while I was up there and slept alot of the time there. My wife on the other hand had a great time. Personally, I would not go north of anchorage if I were to go up again. Have a great trip.

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    Thanks for all of the Info. folks, looks like I need to plan on flying into Anchorage and focusing on areas south of there. No particular species on our list. We would like to go to Denali and we want to camp and fish, somewhere. We prefer to fish where we're not shoulder-to-shoulder with others. This is just gonna be a get away and have fun trip. Not needing a trophy fish to make the trip a success, it will be nonetheless memorable even if we don't catch fish. I do hate to return from Alaska and have to tell my friends that I got "skunked", so maybe a fish or two would be nice.

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    Anchorage Kings run in Mid June

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