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RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT FOR FISHING IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA

A cool, moist climate prevails in southeast Alaska. During the summers, average temperatures may vary from 46 to 70 degrees! Precipitation is always possible during your stay on the island regardless of the time of year. Rainfall averages nearly 160 inches per year. More detail can be found here on our Weather Page. The following list of recommended gear for fishing in Southeast Alaska was compiled for the purpose of allowing individuals not experienced in this area to be aware of the minimum equipment required to be safe and comfortable fishing in Southeast Alaska. This list has been compiled by fisherman experienced in this area and should not be considered as one hundred percent complete, but as a guideline for the equipment required. Individual requirements should be utilized to supplement this list. There is a huge range of gear available for what is quite a simple task, that is, the delivery of your hook to a position where a fish might eat it.

Rods and Reels – Fully guided trips -If you are going on a fully guided trip, we provide rods and reels (spin, deep water) as well as tackle and flys. If you have your own favorite freshwater rods, bring them. Fish filleting also provided with this package.

Rods and Reels - Self guided trips – Most of our guests bring there own. We recommend a 6/7 weight for Salmon or Steelhead and 4/5 weight for Trout. We do have a selection of spin / salt water rods available at no extra charge. (No fly gear) As well as on-site tackle store with fresh and saltwater tackle and bait available.

Fillet Knife – Fillet knifes are available at our fish packing station, however they are not to take in the field. A good fillet knife will help you with various fishing needs as well as filleting salmon on the bank so you only have to bring usable meat back to the cabins.

Pack - A pack that fits you well and can support any anticipated loads you need to carry. For most of our guests a lightweight daypack is sufficient.

Saltwater Tackle – Flashers for downriggers, herring aids, mooching rigs, salmon flys, cod jigs, twin tail worms, banana lead sinkers, swivel chain, hook file and good snap swivels. Remember we do have an on-site tackle store.

Freshwater tackle – # 3 - # 6 Blue Fox Vibrax spinners are a local favorite (silver spinner, pink,red or silver bell) as well as Jim's lures. Jim's lures are crafted locally and can only be purchased locally. Bolos, and Krocodiles are also effective as well as a multitude of flys. Remember we do have an on-site tackle store.

Boots - A good pair of "broken-in" waterproof hiking boots are good for the days you might not want to wear waders or the days in the boat. Remember to bring rain pants for the times you won't be wearing waders.

Waders – Lightweight breathable waders are recommended. With insulated layers underneath.

Clothes - All clothing should be synthetic, or wool-synthetic blends. Cotton is to be avoided, since it has little value when wet. Comfortable warm socks are a must. Three changes of clothing should be sufficient for anyone. (We have an on-site laundry) Bring what you need, but don't over pack. Please see weight restrictions on float plane flights.

Rain gear - Good rain gear is essential. Helly Hansen or equivalent is best. Remember that Southeast Alaska is a rain forest and there is always a chance of rain. A Gore-Tex jacket over a pair of breathable waders is the combination that we recommend.

Take Some of Alaska with you – Digital cameras are great. We have a multicard reader and are happy to download pictures and burn them to a CD or DVD for you so you can empty your media card and take more pics. Bring a waterproof roll down bag for these items. They can be purchased for less then $15.00 at Cabelas.

Bug Spray – Mosquito nets are not necessary, however bug spray with Deet is handy if the bugs are bad for a day.

Dry Bag(s) – A dry bag to fit into your pack works great to pack fillets or complete fish out of the field. While some holes are close to the truck others are farther away and you will want to fillet and pack your fish out. Any other items that you want to guarantee to stay dry should be in a dry bag as well. Check out seattosummit.com for some dry bag options.

Most of this equipment can be purchased through Cabelas

www.cabelas.com 1-800-237-4444

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT FOR HUNTING IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA

The following list of recommended gear for hunting in Southeast Alaska was compiled for the purpose of allowing individuals not experienced in this area to be aware of the minimum equipment required to be safe and comfortable on a hunt in Southeast Alaska. This list has been compiled by hunters experienced in this area and should not be considered as one hundred percent complete, but as a guideline for the equipment required. Individual requirements should be utilized to supplement this list. Remember, this trip is self-guided, use your good judgment.

Optics - A good pair of comfortable binoculars with good light-gathering capabilities are recommended. Good ranges are between 7x30 and 10x50. Your may want a spotting scope but it is not essential.

Pack - A pack that fits you well and can support any anticipated loads you need to carry. For most bear hunts, you only need a daypack. For high country hunts such as alpine deer hunts, we suggest an internal frame pack with at least 4,500 cubic inches of storage due to the heavy brush that is often encountered.

Boots - A good pair of "broken-in" waterproof hiking boots are required for alpine deer hunts. We use the Danner Elk Hunters. Chest waders are great for hiking the streams on fall hunts. We recommend the breathable style not the neoprene.

Clothes - All clothing should be synthetic, or wool-synthetic blends. Cotton is to be avoided, since it has little value when wet. Comfortable warm socks are a must. Three changes of clothing should be sufficient for anyone. (We have an onsite laundry) Bring what you need, but don't over pack. Please see weight restrictions on floatplane flights.

Jackets - that shed the rain and are quiet in the woods are best. Pants should be quiet in the woods, warm and if not waterproof, dry out quickly when wet. Levi's and other cotton fabrics are not recommended. Uninsulated saddlecloth, fleece, MT050, or wool - parkas, jacket and pants that have been laminated with a waterproof liner such as Dry-Plus or Gore-Tex can make hunting a lot more enjoyable in Alaska.

Rain gear - Good rain gear is essential. Helly Hansen or equivalent is best. Remember that Southeast Alaska is a rainforest!

Knife/Compass/Light/Survival Gear/First Aid Kit/Handheld GPS - Each hunter should carry these items on each day's hunt. The Petzl Tikka Headlamp is an ideal light for most of our hunts. If you get an animal down in the evening this light will come in handy. It lasts a long time on 3 AAA batteries and can be purchased at Cabelas. Common batteries can be purchased locally. Please remember this gear is for safety, if  you have a GPS but dont know how to use it it wont help. Dont assume you will figure it out in the field.

Rifle - .30 caliber or larger recommended, .338 cal. or larger magnum optimum. Due to some of the brushy terrain you will want to put your animal down in the shortest distance possible. The main requirement for a rifle is that you are comfortable with it and can hit where you aim at a reasonable distance (75-250 yards!) Due the the nature of our rough and brushy terrain it is not only necessary to make a clean and humane shot. It is also necessary to put the animal down immediately. A few yards could mean the difference of salvaging your game or loosing it. 

Meat & hide bags – If you bone your meat out on the mountain or a muskeg you will want some game bags to preserve and protect your meat and hide. a dry bag will also come in handy to pack out meat and keep your pack clean. Check out seattosummit.com for some dry bag options.

Take Some of Alaska with you - Digital cameras are great. We have a multicard reader and are happy to download pictures and burn them to a CD or DVD for you so you can empty your media card and take more pics. Bring a waterproof roll down bag for these items. They can be purchased for less then $15.00 at Cabelas.

Bug Spray – Mosquito nets are not necessary, however bug spray with Deet is handy if the bugs are bad for a day.

Most of this equipment can be purchased from Cabelas

www.cabelas.com 1-800-237-4444