Alaska Packing List
WEATHER IN ALASKA can be unpredictable and adequate outdoor clothing is essential. Generally, daytime temperatures range from the 50's to the 70's with some days reaching into the 80's. Traditionally, July has the warmest weather, however Alaskan weather changes often and can quickly go from sunny and warm to wet and cold during any month of the season. There is a chance of freezing temperatures in early June and September. "Plan Ahead and Prepare" is a good motto to follow!
DRESSING IN LAYERS is the best way to dress for a fishing trip in Alaska. Polypropylene, or wool all keep you warm even when wet and are excellent first and second layers. Always have rain gear with you even if it's clear and sunny in the morning. Alaska's weather can change from a hot sunny day to rain, and back to sun again during your day. You should dress in layers to regulate these changes, and out on the water it can be cooler..
SUGESTED ALASKA PACKING LIST:
FLAG YOUR BAG: all bags look alike and you don't want to loose yours. Remember now, no bags more than 50 lbs, weigh them on your bathroom scale.
WARM CLOTHS that you can layer with & of course RAIN GEAR for if the Lord decides it should rain.
RAIN GEAR: A good quality two-piece rain suit with a hood is a must. It should be made of coated nylon, with factory-sealed seams. The expensive "Gore-tex" variety is not really necessary; however, you may opt for this if you think you may have use for it again. Please do not bring a plastic poncho or vinyl rain suit because this type tears too easily and quickly becomes non-functional.
SHOES or BOOTS: To wear in the powerboats or at the lodge when you're not fishing. Comfortable, lightweight, and water repellent. Nike, Vasque, Hi-Tec and Merrell all make lightweight hiking boots that are moderately priced. We provide hip waders for Trout & Sockeye fishing on the Upper Kenai. If you really want to fit in as an Alaskan just bring some knee-high rubber boots
PANTS or JEANS: Comfortable and durable. Include a pair of shorts for those token warm sunny days.
SHIRTS: T-shirts, flannel shirts, lightweight long sleeve shirts, and turtlenecks are all good options.
WARM JACKET/SWEATER/VEST: A fleece or pile jacket, vest and/or wool sweater offer great layers for extra warmth.
LONG UNDERWEAR: Do not bring cotton long underwear. Polypropylene, capilene, or wool tops and bottoms are good choices.
FLEECE PANTS: For cold mornings in August and September, these are great under breathable waders.
SOCKS: Wool or synthetic socks are best.
GLOVES: Lightweight wool or fleece gloves.
WOOL KNIT CAP: You won't be sorry you brought this!
BRIMMED HAT: For sun and rain protection.
DAY PACK or HIP PACK: We have plenty of dry storage room on the boats for extra gear and warm clothing.
RIVER BANK SALMON FISHING:
POLARIZED SUNGLASSES: Great for glare off the water & spotting FISH.
FISHING TACKLE: 3 ought Gamakatsu hooks with yarn, or Russian River fly's , coil pencil lead & swiveled rubber tubing sleeves ,or split shot
FISHING PLIERS, & HOOK FILE: a must for sockeye salmon fishing.
LUCKY FISHING VEST: to carry all your gear & tackle. Pre tie all of your fly's so you don't have to leave the water.
ROD & REEL: An 8 weight fly rod, or a bait caster or spin caster loaded with 20-25 lb test line.
WADERS: (Trout & Sockeye fishing) Breathable or neoprene, your preference.* Although available for your use, we recommend you bring your own waders and fly rods if you own them, due to size restrictions and personal preference.
INSECT REPELLENT: The higher the percentage of DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), the more effective it is against mosquitoes. Natural repellents containing Citronella are less effective, but are gentler on your skin. You should carry a small bottle of repellant in your pocket while bank fishing.
OPTIONAL: QUART WATER BOTTLE, BINOCULARS, CAMERA (extra film and batteries), TRAVEL ALARM CLOCK,
SUNSCREEN, PERSONAL FISHING TACKLE, FLASHLIGHT (August and September)
Be sure to purchase a FISHING LICENSE and a KING STAMP if you are going King Fishing. You can purchase these on line or at any convenience or department store in Alaska.
We will provide you with all of the clothing, waders & fishing gear that you will need. But most people prefer to wear clothing of their own. We do recommend that you bring your own rod and reel & waders for BANK FISHING.
Or, you can wait until you arrive in Kenai and acquire new Alaskan gear. We do have excellent shopping for FISHING.
FISH ON !!!!!!!!