Fishing float trip question
My dad is visiting usduring the 2 first week of August, and i hoped to take him on a trip of the lifetime. After doing some reading I believe a fishing float trip in Alaska's backcountry could be fantastic. I have done a few half day drifts in Upper Kenai, but have never done a float over several days. So here are my questions: Will you recommend a guided or un-guided float trip? Do you have a recommendation to any good companies that can help me to plan and execute the trip?
id like to know too my father in law is coming up next month thx
What are you goals for the trip, how many days, what type of fishing, etc..
What is your skill set, rafting experience, etc..
Budget will dictate much, unguided float will put you in the $1000-2500 bush fee range.
Guided trip will be a few grand per person, depending on who you go with.
Chuck Ash is a very reputable guide that does float trips.
Shoot Alaska Hippie here a PM as well, I don't know the website myself, but he does guided float trips. Great guy and if doing a guided float trip, I would share a campfire with him anytime. They do the full deal, big meals, extra liquor rations, great fishing, top quality gear, etc... Mainly in SW Alaska as I recall, but they do many different rivers.
Dave Duncan runs a tent camp on the Kanektok, heard nothing but good things if this type of trip interest you. Tent is base camp and guides run you up and down the river in jet boats each day chasing bows and silvers if going in mid August. Would be easier than a float trip for sure as all you do is show up. A different option if nothing else.
As for different ideas, the same could be said for spending a week at Coffman Cove Adventures, they give you cabin, truck, boat, etc.. and you go do your own thing on POW as I recall. Talked with the guy that owns it, a forum member here, a few years back and would like to take the wife sometime myself. SE Alaska is a very beautiful place and I suspect mid August would have great fishing opportunity there, salt water and in the rivers. Again, just mentioning a different option as I am not sure what your interest are.
Then there is George Riddle, forum member here, and his Blueberry Island Lodge on the Kvichak in SW Alaska. Another trip on my to do list. Seems this too is a mostly unguided deal, place to stay, boat to use, etc.. But he also offers some guided fishing as well as I recall. At any rate, this is prime rainbow water and has good silver fishing in August as well. Like the two previous options, an easy trip to plan and execute for folks not interested in the planning and work involved with a remote unguided float trip. George is top shelf. Saw him on a fly fishing tv show a while back as well.
If you want to do a self guided float trip, shoot me a PM. That is my favorite thing to do in Alaska. When choosing a river, you need to consider much, the part of the state for starters. I have done a trip in SW, three in NW, and doing two more rivers in NW this Aug/Sept. Many great options in ANWR, tons more in SW, then there is the Kobuk, Alatna, and numerous others. Too much to talk about here, but I got time to give you some ideas if you want to talk via PM. A float trip is the best way to see Alaska in my opinion. Guided trips ain't my cup of tea, but there are many options for guided or unguided trips, depends on your abilities, goals, and budget of course.
Dan, great post. wish I could rep you but your green bars almost go past the flag. LOL
Thanks Dan for a great feedback. I will contact some of the guides, and i might shoot you a PM shortly.