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Thread: What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

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    Default What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

    It goes without saying that Alaska is a long way from anywhere in the lower 48 states. Air fare alone can be a substantial cost but beyond the cost of getting here & non resident license fees what is keeping you from coming to Alaska to fly fish?

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    Default Re: What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

    Beyond the cost? Having the right person or people to go with. -m

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    It's on my list of things to do. The biggest thing for me is the economy. i own a small contracting business and we are off about 65% compared to 5 years ago. I will be there one of these days as business is getting better but it's is going to be a few years.
    I don't always fly fish but when I do I prefer salt water. Stay salty my freinds

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    Default Re: What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

    Forum rules say that need at least 10 characters, correct?
    So here's my answer:

    $$$$$$$$$$
    - Rick

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    I think a lot of people over estimate how much it costs. It's expensive to travel anywhere, but a DIY trip can be done easily. Of course, if an Alaska trip only means staying at a Bristol Bay lodge then it probably is a very expensive trip!

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    Default Re: What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

    Ard: I'm really itching to get back to AK for some fishing. I promised the girlfriend that I would take her to France first, the plan was to go in the Spring, but I didn't realize I needed a passport before I could even make a flight reservation (I think that requirement is a Homeland security deal), so now we are planning to go in the fall, sight seeing in Paris (not my idea) and then taking the train down to southern France and spending a few days with JP and his wife.
    Larry


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    Time, would be a huge factor for me. The area is so large and unknown to those of us in the lower 48, unless you hired a guide. I can see spending almost an entire trip just learning about a particular area and meeting the right people whom you could trust for accurate information. A person could easily put themselves in a life threatening situation if not enough time is spent learning a particular area. I think it would still be a great trip as long as your expectations of catching fish were kept low.

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    Default Re: What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

    I will echo fire instructor's comment:

    Forum rules say that need at least 10 characters, correct?
    So here's my answer:

    $$$$$$$$$$

    There's so much more involved, from a dollar standpoint, than just the cost of a plane ticket and a license.

    Gary

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    Money has been a factor, and still is depending on the timing.
    Finishing the landscape renovation for our daughters wedding this Summer (atleast that's when they tell us it is (now)) has thrown a monkey wrench in our plans temporarily.

    Soon we won't have any more excuses.

    Soon...

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    Default Re: What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

    You people should be aware that you have a friend in Alaska here on this forum. Bringing someone with may make you feel that you are with a friend but having a connection here can be a huge factor. Just say'en,

    Ard

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