First, thanks to all the current posters for all the information that I have been finding on this forum, through searching and reading I have gotten a ton of great information on flies, lures, and places to go to target certain species, I am very grateful living so far away that I can find this information with such ease.
About me, live in Denver, CO. Fly fish pretty much weekly at least and year round. C&R almost excusively with barbless/pinched barbs, and consider myself a pretty good fly fisherman overall. Also do some spin and ice fishing on the side. If anyone is in Colorado ever, please feel free to email or message me and I should be able to hook you up with info on just about anywhere for anything that lives here.
Coming from Denver, CO with my girl (who is a fly fishing fanatic also) and pounding out the details for the trip, looks like basically Aug22 - Sept4, 2009. The plan is either Juneau for a day or two (or the Anchorage area), then make our way to Cordova for a 6 day fishing trip through an outfitter. Then we'll be in the Anchorage area for another 3-4 days.
The outfitter trip is mostly for silvers and halibut, plus whatever else I can put a hook into on the ocean/beachfronts/river outlets, I'll have a boat and kayaks at my disposal too. So there's my first question, I'll be in one of the bays north of Cordova...
Anyone have guesses on what I should expect to randomly see fish wise, and good all around flies to use for those?
Can you catch a ling cod on a fly?
How far upstream would I have to go to get into trout in the streams/rivers?
What should be my biggest concern for hiking up wilderness streams from the ocean? Bears? (I am an avid outdoors person so no survival worries or anything like that, always try to be prepared for everything...my back and pack can attest to that!).
Based on the avilability of dollys, char, bows, and grayling, we might spend our last 3-4 days looking for those near Anchorage, Denali N.P., or Kenai Pen. Anyone have any advice, honey holes (haha you know I kid, but I'll take 'em!), streams, etc. the information would be much appreciated. We will be wade fishing, love seclusion (what fisherperson doesn't?!), and are just looking to catch some nice fish. Also we'd like to avoid the crowds, figure most people are after the salmon and we won't be....so will that be a problem getting away from people? We don't mind hiking at all, being in Colorado we've day hiked 10-18 miles round trip no problem at high elevations. We do not want to fish lakes at all, unless there's some cuttys to get into not too far away, heheh.
One more thing, Juneau....would it be worth our time to spend an extra day there? We'll be cruising one day and have one day to either stay there and do something, or head on to Anchorage. Is there some really great stream fly fishing in/around Juneau? For what kinds of fish?
Sorry it's so long winded, I've been saving for years to make this trip happen and can't explain how un-flipping-believably excited I am!!!!!!!!