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    My wife and I are coming up there in July and I am wanting to know if y'all think she would greatly benefit in the, "catching fish",aspect by fly fishing opposed to bait fishing or lure fishing? I am fly fishing but I want her to have the best time since she's never come up there before and fished in the summer time. We have a trout stream here that gets hammered always and it seems fly fisherman catch way more fish than power baiters. Is that true in alaska rivers?

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    Give more info about where you will be spending your time during your trip. Read your thread about the halibut charter, so I know you will be on the Kenai, but others would not have. Also, you spending all your time there? If so, any place home base? Mobile? Camping? RV? Folks here will better help you if they have an idea of your itinerary. Tons of options for fly fishing. Any guided trip you may take will likely have spinning gear for your wife as well, depending on the regulations of the given river and trip timing. I would snap every spinning rod I own in half before I would fly to Alaska sans fly rod. You would be missing the boat man.



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    The point of coming up is to have fun and do it together. Why won'nt she have fun because you guys would be doing it together.

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    Dan we are going to be renting a car in anchorage and going from there to the following places, Seward>homer>cooper landing>girdwood>talkeetna>Denali>anchorage. We are completely free for any suggestions except that we have reservations for hotels certain nights, cooper we stay 2 nights as well as Denali. We want to fish any and everywhere we can that is worth while. Bringing all our own gear, spinning included, maybe a bait caster or two, just depends. Kenai, Kasilof, Russian were the threes in we will hit. I just posted on the halibut charter thread, thinking of doing a king and halibut combo with J&J. Martins was full the day we wanted. As far as being together and her having fun. She'll have fun whether we catch fish or not. I just want to give her the best chance at a nice sockeye or king. We will stay right off the upper kenai at the hutch B&B. for two nights. Heard the Russian and kenai confluence is a little better though, any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccooper88 View Post
    Heard the Russian and kenai confluence is a little better though, any thoughts?

    Continue doing your research to ensure you get the kind of trip to Alaska you are dreaming of.




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    You might consider a float on the Upper Kenai with Troutfitters of Cooper Landing. Wouldn't pass up on this if I were you.

    http://www.aktroutfitters.com/index.cfm


    Or have Scenic Mountain Air fly you into upper or lower paradise lake and stay in the cabin a night. Grayling fishing and solitude.

    http://www.scenicmountainair.com/rates/


    The kayaking in Resurrection Bay (Seward) was fun.

    http://www.sunnycove.com/


    Want a memorable night with the wife...

    http://www.orcaislandcabins.com/


    Very professional outfit for king salmon charter on the Kenai..

    http://www.jimmiejackfishing.com/


    Did a halibut trip with these guys, very good outfit in Seward...

    http://www.puffincharters.com/


    Interested in photographing bears..

    http://www.baldmountainair.com/trips.html



    Skies the limit man, tons of stuff to do on the Kenai. This just scratches the surface of course.



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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    Continue doing your research to ensure you get the kind of trip to Alaska you are dreaming of.




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    You might consider a float on the Upper Kenai with Troutfitters of Cooper Landing. Wouldn't pass up on this if I were you.

    http://www.aktroutfitters.com/index.cfm


    Or have Scenic Mountain Air fly you into upper or lower paradise lake and stay in the cabin a night. Grayling fishing and solitude.

    http://www.scenicmountainair.com/rates/


    The kayaking in Resurrection Bay (Seward) was fun.

    http://www.sunnycove.com/


    Want a memorable night with the wife...

    http://www.orcaislandcabins.com/


    Very professional outfit for king salmon charter on the Kenai..

    http://www.jimmiejackfishing.com/


    Did a halibut trip with these guys, very good outfit in Seward...

    http://www.puffincharters.com/


    Interested in photographing bears..

    http://www.baldmountainair.com/trips.html



    Skies the limit man, tons of stuff to do on the Kenai. This just scratches the surface of course.



    -Dan
    Well thanks for all the helpful tips, there is a outfit called High adventure air that people on this forum seem to rave about that i was going to check into. But I will look at all of these. Thanks again!

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    This sounds like a trick question or did you leave your account open and the wife hacked it?

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    I would fly fish every day I was there, but when taking the wife, more consideration is often required. I would consider some variation in my activities if I wanted my wife to have a great trip, as well as my self. Most women won't look back on a trip to Alaska as a dream trip if all they did was fish the entire time. Luckily, there are many great things you can do in Alaska that have nothing to do with fishing, yet are very rewarding pursuits. One of our best days in Alaska was a one day cruise with Kenai Fjords Tours (Seward). The trip was on a smaller boat than the other cruises they offer, called the "Captains choice tour". The focus is on wildlife viewing and they delivered big time. Great day trip that neither of you will soon forget.


    http://www.kenaifjords.com/kenai-custom-tours.html




    For fishing, if you don't like crowds, consider the following.



    Fly into Upper Paradise lake one morning with a cooler of beer and steaks. Fish the lake in the provided boat for grayling, then sit around a campfire at night grilling some steaks. Stay the night in the $45/night cabin, the only one on the lake.

    Take a guided float trip on the Upper Kenai with Dusty (female guide) from Troutfitter's in Cooper Landing. Top guide in the area and I bet your wife would enjoy the trip, scenery alone would be worth it, and fishing can be legendary. Also, in doing a float on the Upper Kenai, you will float past the combat fishing at the confluence I posted earlier, your wife will be sitting beside you thinking you are the smartest man in the world for booking this float rather than standing elbow to elbow with all the other goobers.

    Get a hold of Jimmie Jack (linked earlier) and set up a drift boat trip down the Kasilof River for kings, your trip timing sounds pretty good. The trip will be far different than motoring around the middle/lower Kenai among the armada of boats that will be found there.

    Add to this a half day halibut charter out of Homer or Seward, have your fish processed, frozen, and shipped back home.


    These four trips alone would make a pretty well balanced attack (from out of state perspective). This is just the tip of the ice berg of course, but four trips I would consider if taking my wife. The more research you do, the more options you will find of course. Many ways to skin a cat.


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    Dan you have been a big help. And you hit the nail on the head with the wifes persepective, First thing she asked me "are we JUST going up there to fish?" HAHA. I was like, "no we will do a lot of sight seeing". She loves to Fish but its not her first choice, thats for sure.

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    Whatever you decide to do while up here I would still teach the wife how to flyfish. You can't go wrong and you did your part in teaching a new sport to the wife.

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    Well, Alaska seems to see more of a mix in types of fishing (fly and other forms like lure and bait), and all methods catch fish. There can be ALOT of fish, at times, although some species may not be that much of interest (slimy pinks, moldy fish of any kind).

    Flyfishing has some technique so yes it should be learned and practiced, but better before going up there. The right equipment for the fish you are going after in Alaska will help (rod/line wt, line type, etc.). There is an array of fish sizes, many large.

    So, for someone who states mild concerns at the outset ("only fishing"; fishing not "first choice"); I would recommend packing a stout conventional spinning rod and some mepps and vibrax spinners. You can always use it too.

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    Just realize She will catch the bigger fish. That's just how it is

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccooper88 View Post
    ...she would greatly benefit....
    Kinda be up to her if she likes it and takes to it enough to get through the learning curve and some initial frustration.

    But I will say this: YOU will benefit if she does take to it, no matter whether she catches more fish or not. Got my wife started fly fishing over 40 years ago. Slow but steady steps, and each year she got better and more independent as she went. Now she's my constant and favorite fishing companion. Heck, she even suggests going fishing more often than I do! How can you beat that?

    My only mistake was in not teaching her to tie flies, too. Now she's too smart to learn how to do it, with me in the house and always keeping her stocked up. Man, that lady can really go through a bunch of flies!

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    If she doesn't take to fly fishing before the trip, a lightweight spinning rod with 10# test and a selection of 1/4 oz little cleo's and cast masters in red/silver, blue/silver, green silver, brass, red/brass, blue/brass and green/brass is a deadly setup for rainbows in lakes. A med weight spinning outfit with some 1 oz vibrax and krokodiles for rivers and salt water.

    Definately follow the advice of spending a goodly part of the trip just seeing Alaska. And as someone who has suffered the sit down, shut up the car isn't stopping until we get there syndrom, when your wife says lets pull over and take a picture, pull over and take a picture.
    Those that are successful in Alaska are those who are flexible, and allow the reality of life in Alaska to shape their dreams, vs. trying to force their dreams on the reality of Alaska.

    If you have a tenuous grasp of reality, Alaska is not for you.

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    thanks, Great advice.

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    A pic is worth a thousand words, as they say. We're traveling right now, and the attached pics are my wife a couple of days ago. She's catching fish when a whole lot of guys around us are blanked.

    Just a little inspiration for you. Get your wife into fly fishing and enjoy a lifetime of great companionship!
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails jan jump 100.jpg   jan fish 105.jpg  

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    Your bank account won't like it, but you and your wife will love it. I started teaching my wife how to fly fish when we first met. Now a quite of a few thousand dollars later some of our most member able times have been out fly fishing together

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