Trying to plan an Alaska fly fishing trip? Wondering which lodge to book? Trying to decide when to go? Figuring out what to pack? For the answers to these questions and more, read on to learn how to plan a fantastic Alaskan fly fishing trip.
Obtaining a Fishing License
Typically, your charter company or lodge will arrange your license for you. However if not or if you’re planning a self-catered and independent fishing trip, you can order your license online from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Right from their website, you can apply for your fishing license and print it out instantly.
When to Go
The best time to go on your Alaska fly fishing trip is during the summer months, between June and September. However, the specific season for your trip may depend on the type of fish you’re after. For example, the Rainbow Trout are biggest from June to August while the Graylings start jumping in May.
Again, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game offers a basic fish run timing chart or you can contact them by phone for more up-to-date and specific fish run information.
Fishing licenses, for a non-state-resident, are $20 for day one, two days goes for $35, $55 for the week, $80 for two weeks and $145 for an entire year. Military personnel can obtain a one-year license for as little as $24 a year, with proof of enlistment.
Setting Up Your Charter or Lodge
If you’re going to Alaska to fish, you should book at a fishing lodge or with an experienced fishing tour company. Areas like Bristol Bay and the Kenai River have hundreds of lodges from which to choose, but being in the wrong place at the wrong time means you could really miss out. The bulk of Alaska’s fish population is migratory, meaning you need to be where the fish are. That said, if you don’t book ahead, you could find the right place and time fully booked up.
So, how do you know where the fish are or where they’ll be? Frommer’s travel guide, a respected and international travel guide company, recommends making your reservations through a local travel or fishing tour company. They endorse Sport Fishing Alaska specifically – available by phone at 1-888-552-8674.
The company is unique as they are an advocate for the angler, helping you book your Alaska fly fishing trip based on where the fishing is good, plentiful and timely. They’ll also work within any budget and for a small advance fee of just $95.
A fishing expedition in Alaska is one of the most thrilling adventures a true angler will ever experience. Because for many it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you sure don’t want to lose time spent on planning the trip after you’ve already arrived at your destination. Taking advantage of some of the services mentioned above will help to ensure you are able make best use of your precious time on the water.