My Wife and I are making a trip up to Alaska in July from the 4th-12th. we are driving in this order Anchorage>Seward>Homer>Cooper Landing (2 days)>alyeska>Talkeetna>Denali (2 days).
I want to do a lot of river and creek fishing while there. I have recently gotten into fly fishing about a year ago and I bought a White river dogwood setup from BPS #8. My question is should I put a nicer reel on that rod for the larger salmon and trout and hope for the best. Or should I buy a nice Reel and Rod in a #6 and fish with it a majority of the time, and I can have a, "not so nice", 8 weight to taget bigger fish.
My concern is, I do not want to buy another 8 weight rod because in Oklahoma the trout I am going for are perfect for a 5 to 6 weight and I would never have a need for an 8 weight here. I just want to know if a 6 weight set up and 8 weight is going to cover all or most of my basis in Alaska. Id love to catch some Kings. but I think that I would need a larger set up. I am bringing a spinning set up for my wife and I will bring 2 reels one for smaller trout and some braid for the larger Sockeyes and Kings if we get into them.
2nd part of all this is what can I target and where to target? I do not need specific holes I just want to know What parts of what rivers should i fish in for tha time frame. I want to get the most bang for my buck and focus on quantity for my wife. we are doing a halibut trip out of Ninilchik and I will get my fill of big fish. We are wanting to do a majority DIY fishing. Wouldnt mind getting a guide but would rather not spend the cash. Also- waders or no waders? can we successfully fish from the bank or wade in in WP boots?
Thanks for all the info guys I want to make this a great trip and do it right. money is not really an object but i dont want to spend it just to spend it.