The wild rivers of Alaska—running down from glaciers and snow-capped mountains, through the most expansive wilderness in the country—are the stuff of fishermen’s dreams. The grandness of it all can make fishing Alaska seem unattainable, but you shouldn’t let the 49th state intimidate you. This past summer I took two fishing road trips and soaked in the full Alaska experience in just a few days, and for just a few dollars. The best part? You can take these trips yourself—all you need is a little insider knowledge and the right set of wheels.