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Old 04-05-2004, 11:23 AM   #1
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Going to Alaska !!

We are headed to Alaska for the summer (leaving around 5/15 and returning the end of August). We are planning on doing ALOT of fly fishing and would like to meet up with other flyfishing Airstreamer's going that way.
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Old 04-05-2004, 11:30 AM   #2
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Bill and Lois,

Sounds like an adventure of a lifetime!

I have only been to Alaska once, when I was 8 months old. Needless to say I don't remember the trip. I'm hoping to make my own trip in the next few years.

Anyway, my folks have been back a couple of times and they've always said there's two things to never forget ... super dark window shades and bugscreen. With 20 hours of daylight in the Summertime you should find plenty of time to fly fish!

Have a great trip and post pics as you go, if you can.
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Old 04-05-2004, 12:36 PM   #3
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Looking forward to hearing how you find the drive and services along the way. We will be doing the trip in a few years also. Either with the caravan or on our own. What do you pull that 31 with...
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We live in Anchorage, own a 16CCD, and have been fly fishing for around 45years. We also drove up the highway last November, so could answer anyq's you have there. Don't bring 24 midge patterns. BIG attractor flys, egg sucking leaches, Flourescents. Lots of trout waters along the Alcan. Grayling waters in the interior. Head for the Kenai River for trout and salmon. Kings in the Anchor R. and Deep Creek beginning Memorial Day, along with good razor clamming on lowest tides. 8-10 wt rods for salmon. Multiplier reels a good idea. Waters along Parks highway between Anchorage and McKinley can be very good for trout. And bears.
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We are taking the caravan up to Alaska in summer of 2006 just after the International in Oregon. Its funny the stories that we have heard, have some friends that pulled 34's, two units traveling together, and didn't have any problems. Others have said that anything over a bambi is undoable. We plan on pulling the 34 and taking our time. This is a trip that we are looking forward to taking. Let me know how the fly fishing goes.
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:45 PM   #6
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Looking forward to hearing how you find the drive and services along the way. We will be doing the trip in a few years also. Either with the caravan or on our own. What do you pull that 31 with...
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We are soooooooooooooo jealous!
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Old 04-06-2004, 03:46 PM   #8
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We are headed to Alaska for the summer...
I hope you have a good trip! We'll be doing that trip next spring-summer with our 4 kids. I hope you'll share your experiences with the forum, I will certainly be looking forward to reading about them.

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Old 04-21-2004, 09:59 PM   #9
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Thumbs up Alaska

The wife and I drove a 69 Dodge Travco to Alaska in 01 and had a wonderful trip. Just dont get in a big hurry cause it is a long way up there. Disregard the horror stories about the trip and be sure to get a copy of the Milepost before you go. Have a great time.
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I am planning a trip from So California to Alaska, leaving in July and return late Sept. Does anyone have advice based on recent trip? Road conditions, camp grounds, services. Do I need rock protection for the front of my 25' Safari?
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We started a trip to Alaska last year (2004). Things happened and we had to cancel, so we're trying again this year. We have family in Anchorage including a soon-to-be-born grandchild, so a lot is on the line to make this trip.

Our plan is to leave here in early May, meet up with the Wild Rainbow Caravan in BC and fish for 3+ weeks, then continue the trip. I am under the impression the road will be (under construction/frost heaves/good) and plan to deal with whatever we encounter. We will be using the latest Milepost, which comes out in April. The RV open roads forum dealing with Alaska & Canada has been a useful resource also. We plan to take 3 months to make this trip. We've already seen much of highway-accessible Alaska on previous fly-in trips, so the new ground to cover will be from Vancouver, BC to Northway, AK.

Hope to see some Airstreamers down the road...
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We'll be doing this trip either this summer or next. jfowler218 you might want to check out this site. http://www.karo-ent.com/ I'd want some sort of rock protection if it were me.
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We are taking the caravan up to Alaska in summer of 2006 just after the International in Oregon.
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Where is the International going to be in Oregon? I always told myself I'd attend when it ever gets to the west coast. I will have to make this one my first. Alaska will have to wait though.
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I am planning a trip from So California to Alaska, leaving in July and return late Sept. Does anyone have advice based on recent trip? Road conditions, camp grounds, services. Do I need rock protection for the front of my 25' Safari?
I've never made the trip myself, but last summer while we were in MT I spoke to a half dozen or so people who were on their way home from Alaska.

Based on their comments, I'd definitely want the best rock protection I could find, although no one said that that was their biggest concern - just take your time and drive sensibly they all said. a bigger concern that everyone I spoke with last summer mentioned was the mud they incurred from going through various construction zones. I don't know if the mud was more prevalent last year than normal, but it was apparently like cement -- if you didn't get it washed off in a relatively short order, it apparently was a real bugger to get off later.
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