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Macdonald Lake
Posted by EH on Apr 09 2005
I think your idea of using a forest service cabin and bringing a group to go fishing is the way to see Alaska. I have used several of these cabins and I always have a blast. Take" breathe right strips" and ear plugs for everyone in the group. There is always one who snores. I think the idea of talking to the local guides about what flys to use is the best advice. "local knowledge" is always best, I would take a selection with me when I went because you won't have a place to buy them when you get to the "lake". There are several places to buy fresh water gear in ketchikan. You can buy bear spray in ketchikan but dont pack it in your gear, let your pilot know that you have it and he will have a special place to stow it. If one in your group has a rifle or shotgun at home they can ship it to a ketchikan gun dealer ahead of time and they can pick it up for your trip and let them ship it back home when you are through. There are stories here in Alaska where campers have packed everything that they need and brought it on the plane with them. They don't find out that something is missing from their "pack" till the float plane has departed and the "TSA" has left them a note about something that was confiscated. You can buy anything you will need in ketchikan. Plan on rain every day but there have been summers where it did not rain that much. Don't bring your montana hiking boots. Buy yourself a pair of xtra tuff rubber fishing boots, they work great in the forest and if you walk on a moss covered dock you won't fall.   I bring enough rope to suspend my food between trees so the bears can't get to it. Keep a clean camp and don't bring bacon and donuts.Good luck, EH        

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