SOLO backcountry fishing trip


Sep 30th, 2011, 04:46 PM
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SOLO backcountry fishing trip

Ok so this is what i want to do but cant really find any useful information... I want to go to alaska, in late june or early july, for about a week and do some good fishing and hiking alone but everything i type into a search engine just give me websites for guided trips that cost way too much and are just for a day. I was planing on doing Denali but i hear the fishing isnt good due to slit in the rivers from glacier run off. i want to pretty much just survive off the land for the time i'm there. so if anyone has any suggestions please send me a message, thanks !
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Sep 30th, 2011, 06:37 PM
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Here's a way to POSSIBLY accomplish what you want.

Check out national and state parks, as well as forests, wildlife preserves, etc in southern Alaska. Note which ones list "fishing" as an activity. Do a search for how well the fishing is there.

For example, the photo in this URL for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (put out by the federal agency managing the place, NOT someone trying to get your money) suggests (at least to me) that people enjoy fishing in its streams.

And here is the state agency URL for fishing:
Again, not someone trying to sell you a charter, just government bureaucrats doing their jobs by helping citizens.
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Oct 16th, 2011, 02:31 AM
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One of my favorite places in Alaska for fishing is the Gulkana River. You can rent a small raft from Alaska Raft and Kayak in Anchorage. These guys know what they are doing and can get you setup nicely with a boat you can handle. A pack raft would be great.

The Gulkana offers an abundant source of Arctic Grayling. You can easily survive off what you catch but I suggest bringing backup food stores and plenty of fixings to make the fish tasty day after day. Rainbows are catch and release only. A river map and guide is available at

There is well traveled portage around the canyon rapids. The rapids are easily shot by a raft and experience. The rock garden below would make a tough run for a canoe. Below the rock garden you can find some nice deep holes the King’s hang out in. We have a handful of photos of past trips

Enjoy and be safe!
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Oct 16th, 2011, 08:34 AM
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Where are you from? How much wilderness experience do you have?

There are very good reasons why there are so many outfitters and guides in Alaska. Visitors need to go with experienced people.

Your comment that you want to live off the land for a week reminds me of Jon Krakauer's book "Into the Wild"!

Shop around for a trip that suits your needs and budget. I'm sure you can find one! Have fun.
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Oct 16th, 2011, 10:23 AM
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One could safely do a solo trip in the Kenai Canoe Trails system, assuming you are prepared and stay off the lake in high winds:

That page has basic maps of the Swan Lake and Swanson River routes. Click on "Visiting the canoe trails" and it will take you to the official Fish and Wildlife Service website for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. You can definitely go in on your own, without an outfitter or guide.

Fishing is allowed but I don't know what a non-resident fishing license costs. As for living off the land, it is always imperative to carry backup supplies, and you'll want something to eat besides fish. But when we fished there years ago, the fishing in June was so good we limited out in 30 minutes (trout). It was hardly even sport, but we ate well for dinner and breakfast from that one half-hour of fishing. Maybe it is different now.
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