Your Alaska fishing trip is booked, the charter is reserved and your plane ticket is ready. You’ve been dreaming of trophy-sized fish, and your arms are just twitching to get out on the water. But, do you know what you’re going to pack? Are you prepared for hot days, cold nights, blazing sun and freezing waters?
For a handy list of what to pack for your Alaska fishing tour, read on. However, be advised that this packing list is for people going on a chartered or guided trip and is not intended as a complete guide for others planning an independent or self-catering camping expedition.
Your Fishing Gear
Exactly what fishing gear you wind up bringing will likely depend on what’s provided by your tour or charter company. Some guides provide a full outfit, right down to a cooler to store your fish, bait and tackle. Others only supply the boat and the safety gear. So, before you begin packing every spinner and spoon you have, check with your charter company to see what they are able to supply.
Comfortable Rain Gear
“You get what you pay for,” is very true when it comes to truly useful rain gear. The fishing season is rainy, so invest in high-quality and breathable rainwear like Gore-Tex. It will keep you dry and warm on your Alaska fishing trip, but shouldn’t inhibit your movement or trap in perspiration.
Clothes You Can Layer
Fishing season can be dangerous as it runs from a hot noon sun to frosty cold nights. So, pack clothes that can be layered, will dry fast and give your body room to breathe. Look for brands like Smartwool, a wool product that doesn’t trap sweat, keeps you cool and dry and will dry fast if needed.
If you’re bringing your passport, fishing licenses, wallet and electronics like your Blackberry or digital camera, you’re going to want high-quality waterproof bags because Ziploc bags simply won’t cut it. Seal Line is a great brand that makes dry bags in a range of sizes.
For items such as wet clothes or dirty waders, pack a few plastic bags and garbage bags so everything else in your suitcase doesn’t get covered with dirt and water.
Bits and Pieces
Your accessories kit should include personal items like your hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, powerful and non-aerosol bug spray or cream, gloves and toiletries.
While your charter guide should have a complete first aid and survival kit on board or with you, you should always pack your own small, personal survival kit as well. This Alaska fishing trip survival kit should include a box of strike-anywhere matches, a compass, a crayon or piece of chalk, a few water purification tablets and something to eat like a granola bar.