Clothing ~ with temperatures that average from the '30s to '50s at night and 40 to 70 during the day, a layered approach to clothing works best in Alaska. If you will be fishing in breathable waders your pants should be lightweight warm synthetic material that wicks moisture away from the skin. Warm synthetic pants should be worn under lightweight waders. Most guests wear chamois or wool shirts over thermal underwear with a sweater or jacket over that if necessary. Remember you can always remove layers should you get too warm. While many guests seem able to get by wearing jeans around camp we strongly recommend that at least one pair of pants made from some synthetic material be packed for your trip.
Thermal underwear ~ Two pairs of good quality polypro or capeline underwear are recommended as these wick moisture from the skin and are warm even when damp. Both pairs should be heavy expedition weight for trips in late August and September. Besides your waders, bring some type of waterproof shoe such as knee boots or the LL Bean Maine hunting shoe to wear around camp. Once again, please leave the cotton jeans and shirts at home or save them for use as travel clothing. Invest in some windproof fleece pants and a jacket they are worth the extra cost and can prevent you from becoming cold.
Dry Bag ~ Invest in one or two good-quality dry bags to hold your clothing and sleeping bag for your trip.
Plastic Compactor Bags ~ These work as an added layer of protection for things that you do not want to get wet like sleeping bags. Put those items into these and then into your dry bag.
Rain Gear ~ Quality strong sturdy rain gear jackets and pants are essential on any trip to Alaska. A heavy rubberized canvas top and chest waders offer the driest combo of all. Bring the best you can afford, sure you might not need it but then if you do you will not regret having not skimped on this one item.
Waders ~ Chest waders with wading shoes. Note: that as of January 1, 2012 - Felt sole wading boots were no longer allowed in Alaska waters! The breathable waders with fleece or thermal underwear underneath are the most popular choice of most anglers. Please no stream cleats or studs as they damage our boats.
Sleeping Bag ~ A quality sleeping bag rated down to at least 20 degrees is recommended for most trips, a bag rated to 5 degrees or a bag liner might be a good idea for any September trips. The insulation should be synthetic that dries rapidly should the bag get wet. Suggested items to bring Stuff Sacks for your sleeping bag and synthetic clothing
Sleeping Pad ~ For comfort use on top of the provided cots on our Fisherman's Deluxe or Standard trips and essential between you and the tent floor/ground on our intimate rivers trips!
Jacket - Windproof if best (Light to medium weight, not to bulky)
Thermal socks 2 - 3 pair wool socks
Baseball cap Wool or synthetic stocking cap
Heavy wool sweater Chamois or wool shirts
Wool neoprene gloves
Extra set of clothing Waterproof camp boots
Head net Towel & washcloth Toiletries
Camera, lots of memory cards, and extra batteries
Insect repellent (100 % Deet)
Scissors or clippers
Rod Case - Rods should be in a rod tube
"Polarized" Sunglasses (a must)
Prescription glasses if needed
Corkies or other eyeglass retainers
Snacks (we provide 3 meals a day and limited snacks - You may want to bring your favorites if you are a snacker)
Water bottle - Nalgene or similar (these are important)
Thermal Coffee Mug - We have cups, but your favorite mug may work much better!
Water Enhancer - Stur, Mio, Crystal Light, etc in your favorite flavors.
Alcohol and Other beverages - Bring enough for an evening cocktail for yourself maybe a little more if inclined to share. Note you may incur an additional charge to transport your beverages to the river if you exceed weight limits, beer weights a lot! Also, please do not quit smoking on your trip! Please try to keep your gear to 45 pounds or less. Pack in waterproof dry bags made specifically for river trips. Two small bags are better than one large bag. Remember to leave the cotton clothing at home or at the air taxi during your trip!
How much weight is too much? This is the subject that is getting more difficult to address than the subject of growing waistlines, so if we say 250 pounds with gear and you weigh in at 250 without gear, give us a call and we can discuss the options, yes you can still go fishing in Alaska!
Positive Mental Attitude (not mandatory but strongly encouraged for best possible outcome)
**These are the most forgotten items on trips in the past, please ensure that you have these items with you when you board the floatplane, the ability to get any forgotten items to you once you're in the field can be difficult, and very costly. If you don't have a particular item on the list, ask the air taxi if they can stop by the local store on the way to the takeoff site.
Fishing License (You will not fish without one on you)
Water Bottle & Coffee Cup
Snacks/Water Flavoring if desired
Dry Bag(s) for personal gear
Sleeping Bag and Pad