In Alaska, the game’s on when shores are littered with brown bear tracks and partially consumed fish carcasses. Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden flash as they feed on eggs like a sunny-day crowd with signaling mirrors.
Many Alaska fisheries are far beyond roads, but within easy reach of anglers who’ve stashed away a few grand for the trip of a lifetime.
Alaska guides will put an angler onto more fish than he’d find on his own—probably MANY more fish. But the self-guided angler will still catch plenty of salmon, Dolly Varden and perhaps rainbows and grayling with the bonus satisfaction of finding the magic on his own.
Read about the Spokesman-Review’s Rich Landers’ eight-day, four-person, unguided float trip in southwestern Alaska here.