WHAT TO BRING


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ALASKAN FISHING LICENSE:

You may purchase your license at the lodge, or you can buy online at:  http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=sportlicense.main

 

WADERS:

Breathable Chest Waders

 

WADING BOOTS:

Bring only RUBBER SOLED wading boots. The State of AK no longer permits fishermen to use felt soled boots.  For additional traction, aluminum cleats or bars can be helpful without destroying rafts and planes.  No sharp or carbide-tipped studs!  Make sure your wading boots are large enough to accommodate warm socks.  We recommend going up at least one size from your normal shoe size.

 

RAIN GEAR:

A high-quality breathable rain jacket is essential.

 

WARM CLOTHING:

Socks:  Bring warm wool/synthetic wading socks.  Guides usually wear two pairs.

Under-wader Wear:  We recommend bringing both fleece pants and long underwear which can be worn together or separately.

Tops:  We recommend a non-cotton base layer.  In addition to your fishing shirt, bring a soft-shell jacket.  It is a good idea to have one more fleece layer than you will need.  

Hat and Gloves:  Bring a warm hat and fingerless fishing gloves for cold weather.

 

RODS:

If you are going to bring just one rod, we recommend a 9’ 6 wt.  A 9’ 7 wt. is also a good choice for larger water and windy conditions.  Lighter rods can be fun in certain situations, such as dry fly fishing for arctic grayling.  If you plan on doing some salmon fishing, a 7 wt. is adequate, but an 8 wt. is ideal.

We often use Spey and Switch rods in the 4 to 7 wt. range for streamer fishing.

 

REELS:

Bring a good reel to match your rod.  Make sure you have at least 100 yards of backing.

 

LINES:

A weight forward floating line is the standard for most fishing situations.  Sink tips can be useful for streamer fishing.  For single-handed rods, we recommend integrated sink tips of between 5 and 15 feet rated between Type 3 and Type 6.

For two-handed rods we like Skagit lines and MOW tips to match your rod.

 

FLIES:

All the flies you need will be supplied by the lodge.  Many of the patterns have been developed our guides and are particularly effective on the rivers we fish.

 

DAY PACK:

A day pack is very useful to carry your water bottle, raincoat, sunblock, etc.

 

SUNGLASSES:

Polarized sunglasses are critical for sight-fishing and for eye protection.

 

OTHER GEAR:

Wading Staff

Forceps or Pliers, for pinching barbs and releasing fish

Camera

Sunblock

Insect Repellent and Head Net

Please bring enough clothing to last your entire stay, as laundry facilities in this remote area are limited.  You will need casual, comfortable wear for around the lodge.

 

THINGS NOT TO BRING:

Firearms, landing nets, large tackle boxes, hard-sided luggage.  Weight is an important factor with floatplanes, so try to keep bags to 30 lbs. or less.

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS:

Please feel free to call or email us about any questions you have.  We can be reached at:

Email: branham@royalwolf.com

Winter:  907-248-3256

In-season:  866-428-1842