AK to WA

#16
welcome AKfly7. many interesting opportunities here! i get to work up in AK every 3-4 weeks, and i sure enjoy the summers and fall there... but i was up in fairbanks a few weeks back... sure had me missing WA.

the little grayling is my avatar is from willow creek.
Man, Fairbanks is brutal this time of year. Nice grayling, I used to chase those up north quite a bit. Willow Creek is awesome as well, I spend most weekends in the summer/fall fishing the Parks Highway streams. Outstanding fly fishing.
 
#17
You're going to love figuring out all the different fisheries. Since you're in Auburn you're definitely want to drive highway 410 over chinook pass and highway 12 over white pass. The Rivers and streams on the eastern side of the pass offer some great fishing for wild cutties.
Sounds good, I will have to check that out. Thanks for the input.
 

Salmo_g

Well-Known Member
#18
AKFly7,

Welcome, and after the initial excitement of a new location wears off, get used to disappointment. When it comes to fishing, moving from AK to WA is equivalent to moving from feast to famine. Don't take this wrong; there is good fishing here . . . by WA standards. It's worth noting that lots more folks from WA make fishing trips to AK than Alaskans make to WA to fish. If driving to fish doesn't bother you, that is good because one of the best ways to enjoy fishing in WA is being willing to go wherever the fish are, when they are there. However, on that drive, you're likely to be sharing the road with more WA drivers in one day on one road than you did with Alaskans all year. Adjusting your expectations commensurate with the differences in scale between AK and WA will help you adjust to your new surroundings and opportunities.

Sg
 
#19
AKFly7,

Welcome, and after the initial excitement of a new location wears off, get used to disappointment. When it comes to fishing, moving from AK to WA is equivalent to moving from feast to famine. Don't take this wrong; there is good fishing here . . . by WA standards. It's worth noting that lots more folks from WA make fishing trips to AK than Alaskans make to WA to fish. If driving to fish doesn't bother you, that is good because one of the best ways to enjoy fishing in WA is being willing to go wherever the fish are, when they are there. However, on that drive, you're likely to be sharing the road with more WA drivers in one day on one road than you did with Alaskans all year. Adjusting your expectations commensurate with the differences in scale between AK and WA will help you adjust to your new surroundings and opportunities.

Sg
I figured it wouldn't exactly be the same, but hey that what AK airline miles are for. I will be flying up in the fall and plan on staying for at least a week or so each year to hit the Parks and Kenai. I can say, that I love fly fishing and the beauty of each fish I catch - regardless of size, location, ect. I am taking this as a new experience for me to catch new fish in new areas. Looking forward, just need to get ready for this huge move in the next couple of weeks. When you are shipping cars, furniture, ect. 2,380 miles - it is a little stressful to say the least...
 
#21
"When you are shipping cars, furniture, ect. 2,380 miles - it is a little stressful to say the least..."
or you can do as I did; put everything in a pickup with a cab-high shell and put it on the ferry.
While you're certainly not going to be fishing the Parks or the Kenai as easily as you can now, the lower 48 has year-round fishing, unlike AK. A 400 mile drive will put you into southern Oregon/northern CA where you can chase trout and steel every month of the year.When I lived on the Kenai, I worked construction and was so busy making hay while the sun shone, I didn't fish nearly as much as I'd have liked. Winters got long and icefishing never got it for me.
You ever get down my way (norCal), give me a shout and I'll show you some nice water anytime of the year. And you'll never need neoprene waders or Bunny boots :).
 
#22
"You ever get down my way (norCal), give me a shout and I'll show you some nice water anytime of the year. And you'll never need neoprene waders or Bunny boots :)."

May have to take you up on that sometime. I will definitely be heading south to do some fishing, as my girlfriends family lives in San Jose.
 
#23
May have to take you up on that sometime. I will definitely be heading south to do some fishing, as my girlfriends family lives in San Jose.[/quote]

You'll be diving right past the Sacramento, tailwater Redding to Red Bluff, year round trout. Upper River can be good winter/Spring pending flows. Trinity, Klamath for Steel; McCloud, Hat Creek, etc/etc. for trout. Not much in San Jose area.
 
#24
"Not much in San Jose area"

Haha, yep figured that. BTW, thanks for the advice. Might have to check out some of those areas. I know that we are planning on driving down to San Jose sometime this summer. May have to make a couple "pit stops" on the way!
 

Tracker

Active Member
#25
I'd of been happy moving from AK to WA. When I made the move from AK in the mid 80's, I ended up in Central California. Fly fishing heaven to fly fishing hell. Welcome to the forum.