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    Hello-
    I am currently putting together a month long trip up the inside passage this summer. My wife just completed 11 years of medical school training, and we're moving up to Anchorage for work. However, before the big move, we want to fully explore the inside passage.

    I love fly fishing, but tend to have bad luck (i've started saying "hon, i'm going casting" as opposed to "fishing"), and want to find a good spot near Ketchikan where I can do some good fishing. I'm open to all suggestions.

    We'd like to fly into one of the forest service cabins from Ketchikan, but there are so many cabins it's hard to figure out which cabin would be best for fly fishing. Does anyone have a suggestion?

    Thanks for your time
    Matt

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    Pretty much Any of the lakes in the Misty Fjords are loaded ..
    Some ideas.
    Wilson Lake
    Silver Lake
    Mirror Lake
    Ella Lake

    Never fished Punchbowl or Little goat but hear good things.

    Without flying in, theres a few around ketchikan.

    Carlanna holds some decent size fish
    Wolf lake is hikeable.
    Twin lakes on the south side is hikeable
    Silvis, easy hike but Booooring fishing.
    Ward Lake-really popular, possibly overfished, but easy access and DOES hold fish in it.
    Connell Lake- seems like a tough one to flyfish to me with no tube.

    If you are going to fly in somewhere you have oodles of options. However not all the lakes have cabins on them....

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    On Revilla (Ketchikan)--Heckman Lake, Ella Lake, Orchard Lake, Manzanita Lake, Fish Creek(Low Lake).

    The Mainland lakes--Winstanley, Wilson Lake cabins.

    These are a few of them. Some lakes have two cabins. Check out the link.

    www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/cabins/cabinlist.shtml


    Ps. Watchout for ICB12, I think he was heading for a cabin on the north end of Revilla and he took a left turn and ended up in Anchorage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    On Revilla (Ketchikan)--Heckman Lake, Ella Lake, Orchard Lake, Manzanita Lake, Fish Creek(Low Lake).

    The Mainland lakes--Winstanley, Wilson Lake cabins.

    These are a few of them. Some lakes have two cabins. Check out the link.

    www.fs.fed.us/r10/tongass/cabins/cabinlist.shtml


    Ps. Watchout for ICB12, I think he was heading for a cabin on the north end of Revilla and he took a left turn and ended up in Anchorage.
    Can't believe I forgot Manzanita... doh'

    And I swear, Mapquest said "left at Behm Canal"

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    Quote Originally Posted by icb12 View Post
    Can't believe I forgot Manzanita... doh'

    And I swear, Mapquest said "left at Behm Canal"
    Dumb kid!

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    http://www.hookupflyshop.com/ Call these guys. most cabins have row boats that you can put a small motor on. ask at the shop where you can rent one. On the lakes the in and out flows is where lots of of the good fly fishing is. cabins that have wood stoves vs oil stoves are a plus for me. bring a tarp for the front deck to get out of the rain

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