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    Hello all,

    I apologize if this is too touristy, but I will be in Anchorage in mid August. Is there any reasonably priced or do-it-yourself fly fishing for trout or other within a days drive of the city? I would prefer not to fish in crowds, but that may not be practical. I've looked into some packages, generally remote fly-ins, but I don't have a house to mortgage.

    I appreciate any help,

    Lloyd

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    There is a multitude of guides on the Kenai River. It is about 2 hours south of Anchorage and would be your best bet for a guided trip and plenty of fat rainbows. The Parks highway steams up north also offer decent trout fishing as well as dollies and grayling. It is about the same drive, 2 hours or so
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    While there are many options I am not familiar with, I could suggest heading down to the Upper Kenai. Cooper Landing is a small town nearby. Campgrounds all over. Food, gas, stores, etc.. Visit the website for Alaska Troutfitters in Cooper Landing. Lots of info there. They do guided floats and also do guided hike-in fishing. If no guide needed/wanted, get a book by Scott Haugen, "Flyfisher's Guide to Alaska". Tons of maps with clear directions any fool in a rental car can follow. Big section on the Kenai Peninsula of course. Also, Gunnar Pederson's book, "Fishing the Kenai" or similar title, is a great book that covers this river/area in detail. Both can be bought on the forum store in the fishing section. Great books. There are some hike-in options for sure in the Upper Kenai area. Read up on the canyon section and the associated trails leading into it. Be bear aware. Read up on hiking into Carter or Crescent Lake. One (or both) make for easy day hikes and grayling fishing. These are near Moose Pass on the way down to Seward. Both are covered in the book, just don't have it handy. Lots of options for sure man, just take some time to do some reading and prepare for your trip. Winter is a great time for reading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raptor_1 View Post
    There is a multitude of guides on the Kenai River. It is about 2 hours south of Anchorage and would be your best bet for a guided trip and plenty of fat rainbows. The Parks highway steams up north also offer decent trout fishing as well as dollies and grayling. It is about the same drive, 2 hours or so

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzyman87 View Post
    "Decent" trout fishing.... Its horrible haha...

    I caught a fish on the Kenai Once


    Dan is spot on. Check with troutfitters. They will take great care of you
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    Quote Originally Posted by winc0029 View Post
    Hello all,

    I apologize if this is too touristy, but I will be in Anchorage in mid August. Is there any reasonably priced or do-it-yourself fly fishing for trout or other within a days drive of the city? I would prefer not to fish in crowds, but that may not be practical. I've looked into some packages, generally remote fly-ins, but I don't have a house to mortgage.

    I appreciate any help,

    Lloyd
    The crowds will be fishing for salmon so go upstream of the Parks highway for trout and there will be no crowds. Bears but no crowds.

    Either of the Willow creeks or ones further north near Talkeetna will have easy access for a non local.

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    I'm with most of these guys. Spend a couple hundred bucks and do a guided trip on the upper Kenai. It's world-class trout fishing on the road system. Sure, you're going to see people, but it's a big river and even those of us who live here fish it regularly, in spite of the crowds, just because the fishing is so stinking good (at least it can be).

    I recommend Fred Teleen at http://www.mysticfishing.com/index.html

    There's good info on the site, and Fred will actually email you back if you send him a question. He's definitely worthy of his freshwater fishing hall of fame/ legendary guide status.

    Also, I think the book Dan's referring to is Gunnar Pederson's, Highway Angler. There is a companion roadside fishing guide to go with it, but I don't have any experience with it. If it's anything like Highway Angler, though, I recommend it. If you really want to do it yourself, get Gunnar's book, a map, and go north from Anchorage. The further you get from the city, the fewer people you'll see. Make sure you don't rely solely on your fly selection from the states either. The trout will be getting pretty darned selective by mid August. Beads, beads and more beads. Poke around in past threads on this forum for fishing tips and day trip ideas.

    Good luck

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    Trout are where you find them... Pretty much every body of water has a few, I've caught them everywhere.

    A great resource is the fishing regs, if its C&R only for trout there's decent trout fishing.

    Good luck and don't be afraid to not use beads, my best days in august have been bead free, even on the kenai The biggest mistake I see people making out here is fishing "Alaskan" patterns, I usually tell them to fish like they are on tailwater in montana or something, they typically come back and say thanks for helping them get into the biggest trout of their life. Also when trout are egg stuffed sometimes they want something a little different. I guess don't be afraid to experiment.

    Don't expect too much though our best streams have few trout per mile compared to say western tailwaters, but the fish are QUALITY. Treat them with respect and pinch those barbs.
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