Pack as lightly as possible, but you will need at least a large duffel bag and an ice chest for each adult.
FISHING WEAR (return to top)
– 1 pair of chest waders only (no hip waders)
– 1 pair of wader boots (if not attached to waders)
– 1 wader-type short rain coat with hood
– 2 pairs fleece wader liners, or sweat pants, or thermal underwear
– 2 fleece sweatshirts (1 to wear, 1 to hang up and dry out)
RAIN WEAR (return to top)
– 1 pair waterproof boots or shoes (waders & wader boots not allowed in cabins)
– 1 set of light outer rain gear (waterproof pants and shell jacket, like Frogg Toggs brand)
MISCELLANEOUS (return to top)
– Underwear, wool socks, undershirts, jeans, as needed for trip duration
– Toiletries (toothbrush, ear plugs for snoring, etc.) and medications
– Hat & sunglasses (Polarized)
– Bug spray (99% DEET)
– Sunscreen (waterproof)
– Water bottle
– Camera in waterproof bag
– iPod, cards, etc.
– Ice chest (see below)
FOOD (return to top)
– Bring food for breakfast, snacks, lunch on the river, and dinner—plan the meals with your group. Plan to eat fish for some meals.
– Guests do their own cooking.
– Bring charcoal briquettes if you plan to barbecue
– Bring beer, wine, liquor, & beverages
Suggestion: Freeze all of your food before the trip and pack in a cooler no larger than 50 quart and with no wheels and a maximum weight of 50 lbs. This is a requirement of the airline that flies into the Akwe. Coolers any larger will not fit into the smaller planes and if it has wheels it will not stack properly and more than 50 lbs. is to much weight for the pilot to handle.
If you arrive with coolers that are out of compliance we will provide the correct ones that you can transfer your food into at the terminal and pick yours up on the way back.
Loose “wet” ice is not allowed on Alaska Airlines, but gel ice (sealed) or frozen containers are fine. Plan to eat all the food you bring, because you will pack your ice chest full of frozen, ziplock-bagged fish on your return trip!
OPTIONAL (return to top)
PROVIDED (return to top)
– Cabin heaters
– Large sinks
– Filtered water
– All cook wear and dishes (pots, pans, etc.)
– Toilet paper
– Freezer (for your fish only, not your food)
– General condiments (ketchup, salt, pepper, mustard, etc.)
FISHING GEAR FOR KINGS & SILVERS (return to top)
-Your favorite fishing pole and reel
Cabela’s at www.cabelas.com has all of the Hard Gear you will need
Quantity’s Recommended in Parenthesis
– Fishing license. For fishing licenses and regulations, contact State of Alaska Fish and Game online (www.adfg.state.ak.us)
– #7 Snap Swivels 1 Bag (36) 6IS 113055
– 7/8 oz Rattlin Pixie Spoons IG 117332 Colors 256 (10), 308 (5), 123 (5)
– 7/8 oz Pixie Spoons IG 112203 Colors Fluorescent orange and red (5 ea.)
– #5 Vibrax Spinners IG 110248 Colors 014 (10), 045 (5), 027 (5)
– #6 Vibrax Spinners IG 110248 Colors 014 (10), 045 (5), 027 (5)
– Small Tupperware or lure box to put 10-12 lures and swivels in your Waders / Pocket
– The main fly that we use is the lime green with zonker green tail, any variation of that one will work. The Lime green one and the blue and green were the main flies for many years and we still use them. The one with the eyes is easier to tie and sinks better. Russian river blue, and green flies also work and can be purchased just about anywhere.
– Steelhead Rod 8-17 lb.
– #8-9-10 wt fly Rods
– I like braided line like 20 lb. spider wire (lose too many fish and gear with 12 lb. or under mono.
– For fly-fishing Kings, a REO saltwater 017 leader or the 022 holds them.
– Pocket Knife
– Needle Nose Pliers and Fish Rope