Raquel Schroeder

Fall Fly Fishing for Rainbow Trout at Goose Creek

The great outdoors of Alaska is a playground for anglers and fly fishing enthusiasts. There’s nothing quite like standing waist-deep in a flowing stream, casting a line, and waiting patiently for the catch of the day. And when it comes to fly fishing in Alaska near Anchorage, Goose Creek is one of the best places to go (besides Kenai, of course!).

Located just 18 miles south of Talkeetna, in the Cook Inlet Low, Goose Creek is a 7-mile-long waterway that flows southwest to the Susitna River. It’s a hidden gem, known only to locals and those in the know. The creek is teeming with rainbow trout, especially during the fall season, making it a must-visit destination for fly fishing enthusiasts.

Getting to Goose Creek is relatively easy. It’s on the Parks Highway, just south of Talkeetna and north of Sheep Creek Lodge. Once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding wilderness and the sounds of the flowing water. But beware, the water conditions are variable, dependent on rainfall and construction, and the river can be pretty slippery and deep in some bends. So, it’s essential to bring the right gear and be aware of your surroundings.

But the opportunity for sight fishing is excellent, and you can easily spend all day fishing up or down the river. I’ve been to Goose Creek several times, and my most recent trip was a memorable one. I brought my young son and little wiener dog along for the adventure, and we had a blast. We caught a beautifully colored, large rainbow trout for catch and release, which made the long day of casting and waiting worth it.

It rained off and on throughout the day, and the temperature was cold, but that’s just part of the Alaskan fly fishing experience. The adventure of persistence and the reward of the catch was the highlight of our trip, and I’m sure it will be for you too.

As with any outdoor activity, it’s essential to come prepared. Bring a snack or two, a beverage of choice, and be sure to wear appropriate clothing and gear. And remember, Goose Creek is a hidden gem, so the rule is to keep this place a secret. Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the creek and create lasting memories that will stay with you long after you leave.Regenerate response