My father and I are in the planning process for a trip in late spring 08. Our primary interest is isolation so we're planning on flying in to a FS cabin. Cordova seems like a good base and we've kinda targeted a FS cabin east of there. Salmon would NOT be our primary target; I think we'd be just as happy catching trout & dollys (and our rigs from fishing in NC are more appropriate to that). I certainly wouldn't MIND catching an occasional salmon, but we'd rather catch lots of average sized dollys. We will be almost exclusively fly fishing.
From what I gather, there's good dolly fishing early on before the salmon run, then it slackens a bit before the salmon run begins when they really start to key in on the eggs. Is that about on target?
If we were to stay at the Martin Lake FS cabin towards the end of May or beginning of June would we be in fairly good shape fishing & isolation wise? Is it safe to assume that the lake would be clear of ice by then?
I believe this is in an area where trout fishing is prohibited during the time we'll be there. My reading of this is that trout harvesting is prohibited and any caught trout must be released, or are there actual trout-specific fishing activities that are prohibited?
Are there other areas of the state we should consider for good spring trout & dolly fishing paired with isolation (especially if they're a little drier)? We're willing to fly in to places, no problem, but it should probably be a relatively short flight from a town with commercial air service from the lower 48 just to keep our costs down a little. The FS cabins work well for us as we're not interested in a catered lodge or anything of that sort and we'd like to stay in one place for a week instead of floating a river or something like that.