Originally Posted by ia_trouter
Haven't been on the forum too long so I never saw this thread. I had never given much thought to Alaska previously. I have vacationed to northern MN for 25 years and my bucket list fishing trip was always a fly in trip to Saskatchewan or Manitoba, CA for Pike. But after a few months on this forum, Alaska is being considered for trout and pike.
Here is my previous knowledge of Alaska. Early in my Army career, (about 1982, I spent about a month at Ft Wainwright near Fairbanks. It was January. It almost got above 0 a couple times, and it was sorta daylight about 5-6 hours a day. I was in a helicopter unit so I did get to see some of the surrounding area and it was amazing scenery.
Fast forward 25 years and I am still in the military, but this time in the Middle East for 364 days. It's 115 degrees and boring sometimes but we got a video collection and I watched about 50 episodes of Northern Exposure. Alaska seemed more inviting but perhaps that was because it didn't look so hot.
I've heard rumours Alaskan winters may not actually be 12 months long. At 51 years old I don't plan to die soon, but you never know so I am very seriously considering my first bucket first bucket list trip be next year and make it Alaska. It will be a pike and trout tip for sure.
Alaska is a wonderful place to visit and fish, you just can't show up in Anchorage, rent a car and expect the fly fishing adventure of a lifetime. On the other hand, if you do your research, ask lots of questions you will end up with some really awesome fishing without spending a fortune at one of the fly out lodges that are charging upwards of $7,500/person/week.