I'll be in the Anchorage area for work 10-22 July and am looking to do a fair amount of salmon fishing. I'd like to try for Kings initially until the season closes and then go after the others at that point. We're planning on fishing from the bank, and after looking into rod/reel rentals, it seems like a better idea to just buy our own equipment. Does anyone have any good recommendations on an inexpensive rod/reel combo that would work for most types of salmon, including kings?
Also, any guesses on the best places to fish during that time? I'd like to stay within a two hour drive from Anchorage. We're going to hit up Ship Creek for sure but I was also thinking about checking out Willow Creek and Eagle River. During the weekend I can make a longer trip and was thinking the Russian or Upper Kenai. Thoughts? Thanks!