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    Default Juneau or Fairbanks first week in July

    Alcon, I fell in love with Alaska a couple years ago on my first fishing trip to Fairbanks. Really did well with the Pike, Dolly's, and Kings. Had the time of my life.
    I have two really good friends that live in Alaska. One in Fairbanks and one in Juneau. I have decided to visit one of them this summer and am equally interested in visiting with either. As this is a fishing / visit trip, I was wondering what anyone thought about the comparison for fishing opportunities for the first week in July. I'm OK going to either and the flight is only $6.00 difference.
    So, what's the easy shore access fishing outlook in Juneau for first week in July?

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    That's about prime-time for the Hatchery kings in Juneau. I do good with big spinners or flies...just watch out for the snaggers!
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    Default Got Grayling?

    1st week of July is a great time to dry fly fish for trophy size arctic grayling in Delta Junction. Does your friend in Fairbanks have access to a boat for Clearwater? Do you fly fish?

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    Default Boat?

    Does your friend in Juneau have a boat? July would be great for halibut, and trolling for kings can be a lot of fun.

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    Thanks for the quick replies. All helpful!!!!
    Both friends have boats. I really don't care about catching halibut - looks like fun, but just not my thing.

    last trip to Fairbanks went to Minatoe Flats and dominated some world class pike fishing. Several kings on the rivers around Fairbanks.
    Basically, the type of fishing I'm looking for is river fishing for salmon. I mainly use spinner to bait casting gear but not affraid to take out the fly rod. Just want to make sure I'm not missing out on something special at Juneau. I realize Juneau is big water area, but understand there are some rivers that hold a fair number of fish. Suggestions?

    Either place, I'd like to spend a day or so driving around doing some roadside fishing. I know where to do this in Fairbanks, but don't know what I'd face in Juneau. Moreover, I don't know what to expect in Juneau during the first week in July. Thanks for the replies and keep them coming.

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    Default Fairbanks

    Go to Fairbanks, tell your Juneau friend to fly up too.

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    If you really are outright against fishing in saltwater, or afraid of boats, and your dream is a running stream and a fly rod, Fairbanks is probably the better choice.

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    If your friend has a boat I would really not discount taking a day to troll for some Kings or drop down for some halibut. Juneau lets you do both river/lake fishing and going for the big guys in the salt. Maybe you and your buddy could even drop some pots (season permitting) and get some shrimp or crabs.

    If you have never done saltwater fishing in Alaska you should do it at least once.

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    Hey crick why the screen name of "krustydklawn." Should be "help me I have fallen down in the boat again," or "dang I forgot my bait was in the water again and a fish took it and I lost my rod and also almost lost my buddy's rod as well and oh the water is cold in Alaska when I jumped in after said mentioned rod?" oh never mind, I guess the screen name does match.

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    Default Really laughed out load... I actually woke up the dog!

    Yeah, the KrustyDKlawn name does roll off the tongue better than lost my favorite rod while grabbing a beer and nearly lost my buddies rod while..... ah hell, you were there you know what happened... funny. I bought a 7 foot rod to lose on the next trip BTW. I'm jacked up on Alaska. Can't hardly think of anything else!

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    This is just my opinion, and doesn't offer a lot in the way of fishing info, but if you haven't been to Juneau before it is just incredibly beautiful there and worth going to just to see. I've been to Juneau and I've been to Fairbanks and I'd take Juneau any day. And there are some great fishing opportunities there, too, though I have a bit of a preference for trolling for kings and plunking for halibut.

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    Well if you are going for Kings and you want to go river fishing than i would suggest Fairbanks(i have never been there but from what people say...) there are not many (more like 1) place to go freshwater king fishing in Juneau. But July is great for the Pinks and chums in Juneau as well as king trolling/shore fishing.
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    For river fishing, Fairbanks wins hands down (especially if your buddy has a boat). If you want to see an awesome Alaskan town, than Juneau wins in a land slide.

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