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    Default Question for the experts (Last week of June first week of July)

    Hello fellow anglers!

    I just started getting into fly-fishing the past two years. Majority of the places I have fished have been no more north then willow, and no further south then Kenai. My question is... I want to take my father fresh water fly-fishing this summer around the last week of June and the first week of July. Where should I go?

    Also, I own a couple of books that tell me places to go but there are kind of out dated.

    BTW- No salmon! Something way away from town. Also, only fresh water fish and something I can get to by road or Jet boat!

    donít care about bugs/bears/ect just want to give my father an ALASKAN experience without flying out somewhere.

    Feel free to message me.

    Thanks for your time!

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    I think you should definitely hit the Russian river with him, regardless of if you want salmon, simply because you'll likely see bears and can definitely catch fish. And of course there are always the trout. If you want to drive, but get away from town, I'd recommend going to Brushkana Creek and the Tangle Lakes area, East of Cantwell on the the road that takes you to Paxson. It's a dirt drive minus the bit of pavement on both ends. Awesome scenery and decent grayling fishing, which will give your father a true alaskan experience. You can camp along the way. Once you hit Paxson, turn south and head down and fish the Gulkana - several campgrounds, lots of fishing, and you can always rent a raft for a day or two. Again, you can hit trout and grayling. Then you can make your drive from Glenallen back down (I'm assuming you're somewhere near Anchorage). This is a nice trip you can do in 2-3 days or make it a week if you want.

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    Take the jet boat around tangle lakes. The farther you go the better the fishing gets. Lots of grayling and lake trout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longkj View Post
    Hello fellow anglers!

    I just started getting into fly-fishing the past two years. Majority of the places I have fished have been no more north then willow, and no further south then Kenai. My question is... I want to take my father fresh water fly-fishing this summer around the last week of June and the first week of July. Where should I go?

    Also, I own a couple of books that tell me places to go but there are kind of out dated.

    BTW- No salmon! Something way away from town. Also, only fresh water fish and something I can get to by road or Jet boat!

    donít care about bugs/bears/ect just want to give my father an ALASKAN experience without flying out somewhere.

    Feel free to message me.

    Thanks for your time!
    I know you don't want to do it but if at all possible, a fly in is REALLY the true Alaskan fishing experience. And the fishing can be so much better it's hard to imagine.

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    Thanks for the in info! What do you guys know about way up north? I was thinking about driving all the way to the arctic circle hitting hess cress and a few other places. Do you think the fishing will be good that time of year?

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    Delta Clearwater....trophy size arctic grayling on dry fly. 1st week of July is a great time, everyone else is fishing salmon. No crowds, road accessible and jet boat friendly boat ramp at the state camp ground. You will be lucky to see 2 or less boats on the river all day. Grayling average size is about 14-15 inches. Your lucky to catch one smaller than 12 inches and have a good chance of catching a healthy 18-19 inch fish. IMHO a trip to Clearwater is a true Alaskan fishing experience which requires no guides and limited experience. You will feel like your in the middle of nowhere at times surrounded by trophy caliber fish. PM me if you want more info. Your Dad will be in angling heaven.

    Plenty of Fish porn on clearwater is at the website. The river is a staple in our summer fishing regiment.
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    Jedi, How small of motor do you think would still make it back up stream?

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    Quote Originally Posted by power drifter View Post
    Jedi, How small of motor do you think would still make it back up stream?
    I make it up in a 35 hp 16foot allum, STID2677 has a small in-flatable he can run against the current in (send him a pm) not sure how big the motor is on his rig. I do know a trolling motor on a one-man pontoon wont make it.
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    Attachment 58159

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    Thanks Jedi I wondered if a small trolling motor on one man would work. Also your Attachment doesn't work.

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    photo fix

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    Jedi STOOOOOP! LOL

    I'll second dcw!

    Some other places would be an upper montana float, upper clear creek on the tal (or other fresh water confluences coming in). River boat access vs road access....imho changes things! I'm stuck to road, foot, raft access for now.

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    powerdrifter....it wont get you back up but there is an option for a float that your trolling motor can come in handy on. It may not be enough to get you up into the lake on its own but it sure as heck will help!!!!

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