One thing you will notice on your way to Angler’s Alibi is that we are the true definition of a “remote Alaskan fishing camp”. You see, the closest town is King Salmon, AK and we are about a 30-minute floatplane ride from the there – and that town is reached through a commercial flight from Anchorage that takes just over an hour. The bottom line is that by the time your journey ends at our dock, and the fishing week begins, you are pretty much left with what you brought with you. That can make packing for this week of fishing in Alaska a daunting task – but is actually pretty simple if you follow some of these guidelines.
Anglers Alibi is an all-inclusive fishing camp, so you won’t need much outside of the clothing you bring with you and that’s what this post focuses on. It’s important to realize that, during the fishing season, average Alaska temperatures are in the upper 60’s during the day and lower 40’s at night. HOWEVER, it can get as low as 30 degrees at night and into the 90’s during the day! The coldest days fishing will be in the 50’s and the hottest in the 90’s, so you want to be prepared for these potential huge temperature changes. So, we’ll cover what clothing to bring for your time fishing…
A good base layer is essential, and having 2 – 3 pieces for a week of fishing is really all you need. Like many lodges, Anglers Alibi offers a laundry service so having them cleaned once during the week is an option if they are soiled.
After the base layer, it’s great to have synthetic fleece long johns, shirts, and jackets as well as a wool sweater, flannel shirt, or even wool shirt. As an outer layer, these items can be worn several days without a laundering.
One great addition to any anglers list should be a lightweight synthetic down jacket. These are often referred as “down sweaters” and have really taken over as an insulating layer in the industry because of how well they compress for packing into a small bag or pack. Simms, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, L.L.Bean, and many more all make great down sweaters for an Alaskan trip.
The last layer on top is a good breathable rain jacket. This will go with you every day no matter what the weather is because of sudden changes in the Alaska weather patterns.
Waders are, of course, the preferred outer layer for the legs. Breathable waders work best and you’ll have several to choose from. The biggest thing here is to make sure they fit nicely with a wading boot. Keep in mind that wading boots in Alaska need to be lug soled. Effective since January 2013, felt wading boots are illegal in Alaska due to their ability to transfer invasive species.
A good stocking hat and fingerless gloves should accompany any angler on a trip to Alaska as well. These need to be of wool, wool blend, or fleece. You may never need it but, if you do, you will be so glad you have them.
Socks are simple…NO cotton. Synthetic or wool blends are the best here.