Fly in to far-out fishing

Posted: Friday, February 09, 2007

A fly-out fishing trip is a great way to avoid the crowds often found at road-accessible streams. The Kenai Peninsula, located within easy driving distance from Anchorage and only a scenic flight away from dozens of prime fishing spots, has become a thriving hub for fly-outs.

Air charters have something for everyone. Fly-outs range from day trips to streams on Cook Inlet’s west side, to week-long float trips on the fabled trophy-trout streams of the Iliamna Lake area.

You can fly out on a day trip, fish for salmon and watch bears for just over $300, including boots, tackle and rain gear. A fly-out day trip to the Nushagak River, one of Alaska’s best producers of king salmon, runs a little more than $500. Talon Air offers fly-out day trips to a remote alpine lake for just $500, including tackle, float tube and guide.

Most air charter outfits on the Kenai Peninsula will take you to salmon streams on the west side of Cook Inlet, or to one of the many salmon and trophy trout streams in the Iliamna Lake area. Some offer guide services and lodging.

High Adventure Air Charter has a “deluxe King Salmon Camp” on the Nushagak River. They also offer a variety of fly-out packages, including seven-day float trips on one of several renowned salmon and trout streams.

Among Alaska West Air’s day-trip packages is one to the famous Karluk River, on Kodiak Island. To reach remote streams that can’t be accessed by other means, AWA uses a helicopter.

As spectacular as fly-out fishing can be, the scenery alone is worth the price of the trip.

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