We are always on the lookout for excellent fly fishing in Alaska. There are plenty of places to fish, where a week will set you back $6,000. Finding affordable, high quality, un-crowded fishing is more challenging. If you are interested in un-crowded waters, excellent fishing, spectacular scenery, and most important, value, you just found the right place.
Easily accessable from Anchorage:
Fish the Little Su (Susitna) River, and stay in Wasilla at a number of B&B's. You will need a guide to take you to the best fishing on this river, which is only accessible by boat. As a more affordable option, you can have your guide drop you off along the river. We used Greg Giauque as our guide, a lifelong resident of Alaska, and one of the most knowledgeable guides in the Mat-Su valley. Greg was able to help my young daughters, my wife and my parents catch Silver Salmon all day long, showing both patience and a great sense of humor. He cooked a fresh silver salmon for our lunch, and my family can hardly wait to go back and fish with Greg.
Near Cordova, Prince William Sound:
Boris Popov built a beautiful cabin on Andersen Island, located close to Cordova (but far enough off of the beaten path that you probably won't see another person, just eagles, otters, seals and lots of salmon). He rents the cabin to "do it yourself, independent fly fishermen" at very reasonable rates. Boris has a couple of skiffs that you can use to access a variety of rivers, plus some saltwater fishing too (Salmon, Halibut, Rock Fish, Yellow Eye). If you enjoy self-guided fly fishing, this is definitely a place to look into.
Fishing the Alaska Panhandle:
Check out Fishermen's Inn, located in Port Alexander. The lodge is remote, the fish are abundant, and Kevin Mulligan the owner and guide has some great rates!