Alaska fishing

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Redlabel, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Redlabel

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    Heading up to Prudhoe Bay in July this year. Interested in hearing about fishing opportunities along the way in BC and Alaska. I like to carry a fly rod traveling and would like to catch some trout and grayling while up there. Any info out there???? Streams, lakes near campgrounds or along the road?
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  2. KHuddy

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  3. Redlabel

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    Always good advice......I do it for a living. Just hoping to hear some first hand experiences from someone who's wet a line in some of the local waters.
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  4. KHuddy

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    Oh, I thought you made Scotch....:D
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  5. peterman

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    I just now caught this thread,, and from what I can snag, reel in, and land,,,,My take away from it is,,you want to spend the rest of your life catching fish along the way to or from Alaska, and northern BC, Yukon,,,yes,, there are a lot of fish in a lot of rivers,,more fish than miles per day = trapped by winter and a big warm, happy and smiling , but nearly toothless , and fish breathed hostess, who,,,,Wait!,
    ,never mind!!

    ,,I see what yer doing,,yer trying to trick me into talking about the twins!,You bastards!,,tracking me even to this forum!
    ,,, I maintain I had never met that woman until after spring break-up, and my winter camp had long since been washed down river,,,SHE WAS THE ONE THAT BROUGHT THE WEASELS IN THE TENT! It wasn't me ,Dammit!,,I have attested to this before many times!!,When will someone beleev my side of the story?,,, I wasn't the one!
    DAMMIT!,,I wasn't the one!
    Don't beleev anything her sister tells you,, I was only there for the evening
    she was the one making the popcorn in the first place!,,not my fault how I reacted,, I frikken warned 'em ahead of time,,,they should never let me get that close with an open flame!,,especially,,an adjustable model!",,couple commas,,,,, and some other marks"^$_)%&U#$&( that mostly mean the heart of this epic fail story,,gotta pee,,won't be back,,bye!:clap
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  6. Redlabel

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    Heh heh.....not exactly what I was expecting. Red Label like the shotgun, not the whiskey, by the way.
    And I'd love to hear "the rest of the story" Peterman! I guess it's safe to say there are some fish available along the way.....and maybe more than a few. Can't wait.
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  7. Solarmoose

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    Tangle Lakes on the Denali Highway 20 or so miles from Paxon, several
    places to set up camp. Have wetted a fly there for trout.

    Then there is the Chena River. Go out Chena Hot Springs Rd north from
    Fairbanks about 30 miles and there are numerous river access points till
    the end of the road at 57 mile. Lots of camping places and pretty quiet
    during the week. Grayling.

    Another favorite place from my youth is Ptarmigan Lake, a three mile hike
    up Ptarmigan creek from the Seward highway about 20 miles before Seward.

    Am going to have to rebuild my tackle box this year, some a-hole broke into
    my boat and stole all of my tackle. Left behind rods/reels and my scotch so
    not all bad...

    May you have good fishing.
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  8. Nanuq

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    The cassiar is a great road to ride with lots of stream crossings, the highway itself is actually not far from the ocean and salmon run regularly. The Yukon is a massive river, especially when you cross it on the slope. It's only productive to fish with a fish wheel or by boat. Small streams with schools of salmon are the key. In fact if you catch it just right, there are times I just put my pole down and grab them by the tail. It's easier.

    Using a gill net is also productive, of course this is what we do when we are catching food to eat and not necessarily fishing for pleasure or sport. :D
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  9. XXMe

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    I found the Milepost a good place to start. They list a bit of info for most fishing waters along the roads and sometimes when and how info. Worked for me in several vacations before. Knowing the laws is always the 1st step to fishing!

    I also found a fishing the dalton site but I can't seem to find where I bookmarked it... Damned CRS! I'll post it up if I manage to find it.

    I plan to go all the way up this year also, if mother nature will allow, and carrying a couple rods along as well.
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  10. Fast Idle

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    Just north of Prospect Creek on the Dalton are some crossings for Jim Creek and then the Koyukuk river. Good for grayling.
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  11. Redlabel

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    Good info. Thanks all. Maybe I'll run across some of you up north in July.
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  13. AKTREADs

    AKTREADs Been here awhile

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    ARCTIC CHAR & LAKE TROUT on the North Slope.

    Beats the hell out of combat fishing the Kenai any day of the week.
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  14. AKmud

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    Bring some dry flies and a good assortment of nymphs. There are grayling in most of the streams up North and they are suckers for drys. You might come across some Char or Rainbows too but grayling will be there all the way to Prudhoe.
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  15. Redlabel

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    Thanks Dan. I'll be ordering tires from your shop for the trip and plan on being in Fairbanks about the first weekend in July.
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  16. Redlabel

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    Sounds great. I prefer dries whenever possible. I'll be sure to have a good selection of patterns.
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  17. AKTREADs

    AKTREADs Been here awhile

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    A grizzly hackled MOSQUITO dry fly works wonders for grayling.
    Jim River 3 has some 18"-20" grayling(upstream).

    A spinning reel attached to the fly rod w/ 6Lb test to cast a #11/#13 silver/black floating Rapala minnow hooks larger fish for lunch/dinner.

    Check the regs as lakers are catch & release w/in the corridor!
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  18. Yukon Jon

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    Lots of opportunities to catch grayling, pike, trout, salmon in the Yukon and on either side, (B.C. /A.K.) you won't have trouble finding spots.
    The milepost is a good suggestion, but it's a big publication, order one now, and spend a couple months daydreaming and planning some highlights you'd like to hit. Lots of stocked lakes listed, plenty of information to be had on lures, tackle, etc in other local publications once you're in the territory, or available from the territorial government directly if you request them.

    The best part of most of the fishing around here is that generally, unless you're on a salmon run with a bunch of folks, it's not unusual to have a lake or stream or river to yourself, and not see another soul.

    Give a shout when you're passing through, I'm usually up for seeing what's biting, I'm on the tent space thread.


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  19. XXMe

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    Hey Yukon Jon,

    Am I right in assuming that whereas you're listed in tent space that this is an open invitation? Just thought I'd ask as I'll be coming through Carmacks on my way to D2D, with camping and fishing gear of course!
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  20. Yukon Jon

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    Yeah, if you need a spot to crash between Whitehorse and Dawson, drop a line, I'll be around for that week, since the other fellow I work with is off. I might not be able to get too far, as I'll be on call, but I'm sure we can make a loop out to Frenchman Lake or something and get a ride and maybe some pike on the line.
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