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Posted by Michael Strahan on Jun 16 2003
I'd start with a copy of Gunnar Pedersen's "Highway Angler", available here on this site at http://www.outdoorsdirectory.com/products/alaska_highway_angler.htm It's the best twenty bucks you'll spend on road-accessible streams throughout Alaska.
There should be some shore-fishing opportunities for silvers in Seward out at Tonsina Creek about the time you'll be there. You can rent a boat or have someone drop you off. The creek is not road accessible. Drop-offs or boat rentals are available through Miller's Landing http://www.millerslandingak.com/ Remember, snagging for salmon is legal in Resurrection Bay, so if you're just after some fish for the freezer, there you go.
The reds in the Russain will be mostly gone by then (oh sure, they'll be there, but they'll be in really poor shape). A better bet there would be to do some catch and release for rainbows or dollies. Some silvers should be showing up in there by then too. Wear polarized glasses so you can see the fish and target them specifically (or you'll end up with a spawned-out red on your hands). I'd bring a weapon and keep your eyes out for bears too. There are plenty of blackies in the area and the occasional brown bear. Rowfl!
Another good bet on the way from Seward to the Russian is Quartz Creek. Good dolly fishing there, and they should be pretty fat by then. The hardest part will be getting them to bite, because they'll be gorged with sockeye eggs. I've caught them there that were so full of eggs, they were coming out their mouths when we unhooked them. Same deal with bears there too, btw- the grass is pretty high along the banks and you don't want to run into one of those big brown furry things at close quarters. Be careful and make lots of noise!
Upper Willow Creek should be good for rainbows then too. I'd suggest barbless hooks and egg patterns if you're fly fishing. That way you can release your fish with a minimum of damage.
As always, make sure you check the regs on all this stuff- things change all the time as you know!
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