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    Default Backpacking for Grayling

    Anybody have some good suggestions for places to backpack in to for some grayling fishing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfmanUSAF View Post
    Anybody have some good suggestions for places to backpack in to for some grayling fishing?
    Symphony Lake, before it freezes. Not to far of a hike and nice scenery...

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    I hiked up Harp Mountain on Saturday. I can't say for sure, but it looked like Symphony and Eagle Lakes may already be under ice. Symphony, particularly, had that flat look to it. I certainly don't think it would be a wasted trip to check it out. It's a great hike just in itself. I would just make sure you don't get your hopes up too much. It's almost 15 miles round trip. That's a long way to go to find out that you can't fish, if that's what you had your heart set on. If you find Symphony frozen but Eagle still open, Eagle Lake has a good population of dollies. Good luck - let us know if you go.

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    Cresent Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. Or a hike on Willow, Montana, or Greys Creek north of Willow.

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    What about during the summer months? I'm thinking of some sort of longer over-night/weekend backpack trip for grayling.

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    Cresent Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. Worldclass scenery and grayling fishing.

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    I agree with Symphony Lake and Cresent Lake also a lot of good options along the Denali Hwy worth looking at.

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    I'd push Symphony and Eagle Lakes. They are great overnight destinations. When it's really nice in the summer, you'll see some other folks there, but I've never seen it necessarily crowded. What's great is that the two lakes have two different populations of fish, so you can fish grayling on Symphony until you're bored with it, then hop over the moraine and fish Eagle for dollies. Good tenting opportunities there too.

    If you're looking for something further out of town and more adventurous, drive the Denali Hwy and fish the streams and lakes as you go. Plenty of backpacking opportunities too, if you have your heart set on getting 10 miles back and having the place to yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfmanUSAF View Post
    What about during the summer months? I'm thinking of some sort of longer over-night/weekend backpack trip for grayling.
    Hit the Denali Highway. Almost all of the streams off the Denali have good grayling populations, especially as you get away from the road. You'll be in a beautiful area, and most likely, completely alone. That would be my destination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Hit the Denali Highway. Almost all of the streams off the Denali have good grayling populations, especially as you get away from the road. You'll be in a beautiful area, and most likely, completely alone. That would be my destination.
    Completely alone except for the bears!

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