Drift boats pretty much rule the rivers of the Pacific Northwest, but don't seem nearly as popular up here.
Perhaps Southcentral rivers aren't suitable for drift boats because these waters tend to be shallow, boulder-strewn and murky from glacier silt. Another reason may be the lack of upstream access and availability of improved boat launches.
I'd like to buy a boat before next summer and had originally planned on a drift boat with an 8 hp long-stroke kicker motor. Now, I may need to reconsider because of the limited applicability on local streams.
I've heard the Parks and Seward highway streams aren't at all friendly to drift boats, and the best options are the Kenai and Kasilof. Think I might be able to do some trolling in tide water areas, as well as inshore at Seward and Whittier.
What's a good all-around boat and motor for salmon fishing in this area? Would like to stay under $12k and ideally in the neighborhood of $7k with the versatile option of launching in fresh or salt.
Is this a realistic possibility in Southcentral Alaska? Thoughts?