We’ve all heard the saying, “If I had a nickel for (pick your topic), I’d be rich.” Well, I might not be up to Warren Buffet’s level yet, but I could take the family out to the finest dining experience in Alaska with what my proceeds would be based on this one quandary.
If I had a nickel every time someone bought a ticket, flew to Alaska to target a species that was not even available to them, it would generate a pretty penny. It’s truly amazing to me how many individuals come here expecting to get into a particular species and they can’t due to the wrong timing.
My point here is that you must put the bullseye on your target species. Don’t book a silver salmon trip in June. Don’t book a sockeye salmon trip in October. And don’t think you’re going to have 30-inch rainbows jumping in the boat on the Kenai River if you’re there in July.
I could go so far to say that some periods of the season are better than others. You can find out all you need to know before hitting the “buy” button on that airline web site just by giving me a call. I’m a guide. It’s my business to know what works, when it works, and why it works, and this will ensure that you end up in the right place at the right time putting that perfect cast dead center into that target of that species you have decided to pursue. And everything else is just icing on the angling cake.
If you look in the buckets of everyone who has a bucket list you’ll quickly discover that many, if not most, have a trip to Alaska as one of the objectives. I can understand that. Alaska is the last frontier and fishing in this state amongst all the amazing resources found here is something that every outdoor enthusiast would hope they could one day experience.
But, if not planned properly, that once-in-a-lifetime dream will become a nightmare due to all the logistical considerations. The old adage to keep it simple rings true when planning your trip, but with a few phone calls and some online research with your favorite search engine you will make that dream a reality.
First, you must realize that many online businesses (lodging, guides, eating establishments, etc.) have a great virtual persona and when you arrive you discover it was all smoke and mirrors. The only way you can know for sure, is through direct contact with the business unless you are referred by a trusted source. The truly great businesses want to hear from you. They want you to call them so they can know for sure they will be delivering on all your expectations. If someone doesn’t answer their phone or call you call you back promptly, then write them off. Only book online if you are completely sure through direct contact, recommendations, or adequate research that the business is going to meet your expectations and be absolutely sure you can cancel without being penalized.
This is important information in getting you started on the path to an incredible fishing trip to Alaska . In my future blogs I’m going to discuss targeting specific species, researching your costs, finding the best guides for what you are targeting, setting up the best accommodations and why it is necessary to have a back-up plan.