I'm on business in Anchorage and plan on flying in a day early to try and get some fishing along with a European colleague. Neither of us have fished in Alaska and the thought of it has us novices rather jazzed.
We have tentatively planned to fly in on Sunday, August 4th to open up the 5th for getting some lines wet. After a couple of days of business we probably will fly out Wednesday night but could potentially slide it back a day if fishing options are better on Thursday the 8th.
Yes, we know King Salmon season is closed and we are definitely disappointed. Our preference would be to chase big salmon in a river (preferably silvers). But if those prospects aren't particularly appealing based on the season, we'd be willing to drive somewhere to haul in some halibut.
Looking through past posts in this forum, there seems to be consensus that the best experiences are one of the following:
1. River float in the Mat-Su Valley
2. River float in Kenai Peninsula
3. Fly-out (cha-ching) to a nearby river
4. Halibut charter out of Whittier
Based on my itinerary, what do some of you local experts recommend to give us the best Alaskan fishing experience. I'll be carrying my 7D, so photography does factor into the decision a bit. Although I recognize I should be good on that account no matter we wind up going.