"I think you should make that fishing trip to Alaska you have always been talking about!", my wife said last August. I did not pay too much attention to her suggestion as I had heard that salmon fishing trips to Alaska could cost arms and legs and to a 76 year old pensioner it was out of the question. Then again in November my wife asked what had I done about the Alaska trip. Now I do not know about you guys, but when your wife is insisting you go on a fishing trip of a lifetime then I am sure you will agree that it would be rather impolite to ignore her !! So I started to surf the internet to check out thye costs of a fishing trip to Alaska.
I looked at lodges, fly-in trips, etc. and found that I could be looking at the thick end of $5,000 or more - and I was still in England!! It was then that I struck gold !! Whilst looking for information I came across a book entitled, "Alaska Fishing on a Budget", by Bernard R. Rosenberg. Now if there are any fishermen out there who, Like me, dream of a trip to fish Alaska, then this book is for you !!! I read through it twice and could not put it down! It puts a whole new slant on the cost of a fishing trip to Alaska, with all of the information, tips and advice it contains to keep down the costs of an Alaskan trip.
Having read the book twice, it was clear that the author had a lot of experience of fishing in Alaska - he had been there! .... done it! .... and bought the T-shirt!!! The book prompted questions in my own mind , regarding the nuts and bolts of a trip - like what rods, lures, flies, airport hotels, etc. So I chanced my arm and wrote to the Publishers of the book and asked them if it was possible for them to pass on my questions to Mr Rosenberg to see if he could advise me on some specific points. I was amazed and thrilled to receive no less than three emails from him within 24 hours !! Even now, some months later, when I have questions I whistle them off to him and back come his replies. That in itself tells me that he is a true fisherman ......... always ready to lend a helping hand to a fellow angler.
Well, the full impact of the book was subsequently revealed in that, having taken a lot of his advice all the way down the line, I have organised my own trip to Alaska for July 2010 and my estimated overall cost for everything - accomodation, flights, food, guides, car rental, fishing licence - the lot, works out at $3,222!! ........... and that includes my flight from England!! It would have been cheaper still if my buddy had been able to come and share some of the costs, but I am travelling alone!!
So, if you happen to read this website forum, Bernard, I would like to express my sincere thanks for your wonderful book and your personal advices, which have enabled this old-timer to fulfil the dream of a lifetime!!