fishing

Trip Preparation

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Travel Arrangements
  • Anchorage

    Many airlines fly to Anchorage. Note: Almost all commercial airlines require that guns be put in hard locked gun cases, however please DO NOT bring your hard case to the Holitna Lodge. They must be left in Aniak or Red Devil, or possibly at your hotel in Anchorage if the flight from Anchorage doesn’t require them. Check w/ the airline prior to make sure. Only in bush planes can soft cases be used. Best bet is to transport your guns in a soft case encased in a locked hard case. Use the hard case for the commercial flights and soft case in the bush and while hunting. We list a couple of online services to help you in booking your flights on our Favorite Sites page. You may also contact Navigant International Alaska at 800-779-3705. They are very familiar with Alaskan-Adventures and understands the nuances involved. Click here for other Alaskan Travel Agencies. Make sure you arrive in Anchorage several hours early or better yet, the day before your flight out to the Holitna lodge. Rocky and Sharon will be glad to assist you in putting together a plan that works for you. You will need to purchase all licenses and permits online or in Anchorage PRIOR to arrival as they are not available at the Holitna Lodge. Fishing and Hunting Licenses and Tags can be obtained online prior to even traveling to Alaska. Click on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game link to apply. Use your back button to return to this site.

    If arriving the day before and laying over in Anchorage we suggest the Puffin Inn of Anchorage. (1-800-478-3346) Mention this code: AKAD13 and tell them you are with Alaskan-Adventures and hopefully you will get a better rate. Please save your confirmation number and give this to us. They provide 24 hour airport shuttle service and fish & meat storage. Arriving a day before will give you ample time to relax, get last minute gear, get your animal tags (if applicable), and enjoy an evening in the largest city in Alaska. Laying over at the Puffin Inn at least one night is also suggested for those returning from their fun filled week. The Puffin Inn will hard freeze your fish and meat so that it will stay frozen for your trip home.

  • Anchorage to Aniak to Holitna

    You will need to purchase and book not only your flight to Anchorage but maybe from Anchorage to Aniak, Alaska as well. Important: Contact Alaskan-Adventures prior to making any reservations out of Anchorage to Aniak. They are working on some other options that could save you time and money. At present there are two airlines offering flights, Penn Air and Frontier Airlines. Both charge $400 or more R/T from Anchorage, however we have worked out a deal w/ Penn Air and you might be able to get this fare for less if you make sure to tell them you are going to Alaskan-Adventures on the Holitna. Aniak is an interesting native village on the Kuskokwim River. This flight originates from the Anchorage International Airport and transfer is not difficult, however remember that all animal tags, fishing/hunting licenses, special gear etc. must be done prior to going to Aniak. Please go online and get your licenses and tags at least a month prior to your trip. These items can be purchased in Anchorage and occasionally they can be obtained in Aniak but reliability in Aniak is sometimes an issue, and if you do not have them you are stuck, because we do not sell them at the lodge. For those on the standard week at the Holitna it may be better to book to Aniak the day before and layover one night but again, check with Alaskan-Adventures prior in case that have other options for you. Bed and breakfast is approximately $95.00. From Aniak you will fly out to the Holitna Lodge to begin your week of fun!

    You will be given specific flight times and information for this bush plane flight from Aniak to the Holitna Lodge. This will cost you about $395.00 or more R/T unless you are on a guided trip or special package approved prior by Rocky. This must be paid prior to Alaskan-Adventures so we can guarantee your flight. You will be able to enjoy incredible fishing and/or hunting for five full days. At the end of your week you will be flown back to Aniak. Schedule your return flight from Aniak back to Anchorage on an afternoon flight. Layover in Anchorage at the lodging of your choice and have your meat/fish hard frozen, shop, make any taxidermy arrangements, relax, and then fly out of Anchorage for the flight home on the next day. Stay longer if you want to do some sightseeing in Alaska.

    You will be given specific flight times and information for this bush plane flight from Aniak to the Holitna Lodge. This will cost you about $395.00 or more R/T unless you are on a guided trip or special package approved prior by Rocky. This must be paid prior to Alaskan-Adventures so we can guarantee your flight. You will be able to enjoy incredible fishing and/or hunting for five full days. At the end of your week you will be flown back to Aniak. Schedule your return flight from Aniak back to Anchorage on an afternoon flight. Layover in Anchorage at the lodging of your choice and have your meat/fish hard frozen, shop, make any taxidermy arrangements, relax, and then fly out of Anchorage for the flight home on the next day. Stay longer if you want to do some sightseeing in Alaska.

    The return trip usually arrives at Anchorage International Airports late afternoon. If you do not plan to layover please remember not to book a flight out of Anchorage before 7:00 PM.

    Important!! All gear, including rifle, ammo, and case, should not weigh more than 40 lbs. per person. All flying is done in small aircraft and space and weight are at a premium. Excess baggage is on a “Space Available” basis with an extra charge of $1.00 per lb. in and out of the Holitna. Clothing should be packed in soft sided, duffel, canvas style bags. All guns must be transported in individual hard locked gun cases. Commercial airlines will not allow weapons carried in soft cases and will normally not allow ammunition and guns stored together. Bush planes and pilots do allow soft cases for guns, but since you will have the hard cases anyway you will probably wind up bringing them as far as Anchorage or Aniak. If at all possible store them at your hotel in Anchorage or at the Airport in Aniak. Try to avoid bringing them to the Alaskan-Adventures Lodge. They are bulky and create extra weight. Check w/ the airline taking you to Aniak and if they allow soft cases then store the hard cases at your place of lodging in Anchorage, and pick them up on your return trip. Most will store items on a short term basis for you. If you wind up taking them to Aniak, they will allow you to store them at lockers at the airport. Contact the airlines for specific information, especially since security is much more strict since September 11, 2001.

    All Alaskan flying is dependent on the weather. If your connection cannot make our Lodge (very rare), you will be given the next available flight.

    For questions regarding refund policies see the reservations and hidden cost pages.

Fishing: Guided
  • Comfortable warm pants: 2-3 pair3 warm long sleeve shirts; 1-2 short sleeve shirtsTennis shoes and walking boots/shoesWool socks/heavy dutyLight thermal underwearWarm jacket/sweatersPersonal toilet articlesMosquito repellent (Cutters is good) (May want net)Hat/glasses/light glovesCamera/film w/ caseAll weather rain gear *(Optional – We provide standard size rain pants and rain coats (sizes S-XXL only, at no charge) All other sizes are the responsibility of the client to bring. See also Resources Page.Fishing Pliers *(A MUST)Polarized Fishing Glasses**Alaskan-Adventures has ALL the equipment you will need, although you are welcome to bring any fishing gear you like. We have ultra-light, medium, and heavy duty rods, lures, line, etc. We also have a fully stocked tackle shop. (We do not provide/sell fly-fishing gear, or odd size waders (we have sizes 9-13 only) or raingear, we have sizes S-XXL only)
Gift Shop/Tackle Shop
  • Alaskan-Adventures does have a fully equipped Tackle Shop, (no fly-fishing gear) and a Gift Shop. We sell great outdoor Shirts, T-Shirts, and Sweatshirts with the Alaskan-Adventures Logo, as well as other items.
Gratuities
  • Staff Gratuities are not included in the price. The suggested amount is $100-$150 a week per fisherman.
Fishing: Unguided
  • General Equipment List

    Waders or Hip Boots

    Good quality rain gear

    Hat

    Fingerless Gloves

    Long Underwear (2 Sets)

    Boot socks

    Insect Repellent-Muskol, Space Shield, Shoo Bug Jacket (if bad insect area)

    Waterproof Match Box

    2 warm shirts

    2 pairs of warm pants

    Warm Jacket or sweater

    Extra medical prescriptions (if applicable)

    Knife

    Camera/Film w/ case

    Fishing license

    Small Flash light

    Duffel bag

    Rod Tube. If your rod is not already in a durable, hard tube, we suggest buying a piece of PVC pipe at your local hardware store to carry it in.

  • King Salmon

    Casting Rod/Reel: Lamiglas G1318T or G1316T and Shimano TRN 200 G

    Spinning Rod/Reel: Lamiglas G1319 and Penn 650 or 850SS

    Dai Riki Monofilament 30 or 36 lb. test or Maxima Monofilament 20 or 25 lb.

    Extra line

    Leader Wheels 46 lb. Dai Riki or 30 lb. Maxima

    Rosco Snap Swivels Size 5 or 7

    Pencil lead 1/4″

    Pixee 7/8 oz. Hammered Brass/Orange, Hammered Nickel/Red

    Spin-N-Glo Kits Size 2 or Size 0 Pink, Flame, Pearl/Red

    Hot Shot 025 Orange, Silver, Blue Pirate

    Magnum Tadpolly Nickel/Blue, Red, Nickel

    Magnum Wiggle Wart

    Krocodile 1 3/4 oz chartreuse or chrome

    Tee Spoon #5 and Skagit Special #6

    Vibrax Spinner Size 6 Silver, Silver/Red

    Mepps Giant Killer

    Single Siwash Hooks 3/0 4/0

    Hook File

    Lure Box

    Scissors or Clippers

    Polarized Fishing Glasses

    Long Nose Pliers

    Swiss Army Knife

    Fishing Vest or Hip Pack

  • Chums, Silvers, Sockeyes, Large Char, and Steelhead

    Casting Rod/Reel: Lamiglas G 1306T and Quantum 1420

    Spinning Rod/Reel: Lamiglas G1307 and Penn 450SS

    Dai Riki Monofilament 19 lb. test or Maxima Monofilament 12 lb. test

    Extra line

    Dai Riki Leader Wheels 15 and 19 test

    Rosco Snap Swivels Size 10 and 7

    Pixee 1/2 oz and 7/8 oz Silver/Red Silver/Green

    Steelee 1/2 oz Metallic Green, HB/FL Stripe, HN/FL

    Little Cleo 3/4 oz

    Maribou Jigs 1/4 oz Red/White, Pink

    Mepps Silver & Gold Size 5

    Roostertail 1/2 oz Flame

    Tee Spoon Size 4

    Vibrax size 5 Silver or Silver/Green

    Twist On Lead Strips and Split Shot

    Hook File

    Lure Box

    Scissors or Clippers

    Polarized Fishing Glasses

    Long Nose Pliers

    Swiss Army Knife

    Fishing Vest or Hip Pack

    Single Siwash Hooks 1/0, 2/0, 3/0

  • Rainbows, Char and Grayling

    Spinning Rod/Reel: Lamiglas G1212 and Penn 430SS

    Dai-Riki Monofilament 12 test or Maxima 8 lb. test

    Extra line

    Leader Wheels 10 lb. test Dai Riki

    Rosco Lock Snap Swivel Size 10

    Pixie 1/2 oz Hammered Brass/Orange, and Hammered Nickel/Red

    Steelee 1/2 oz HamBr/Fl Stripe, or HamNi/Fl Stripe

    Maribou Jigs 1/4 oz Red /White, Black

    Roostertail 1/8 oz and 1/4 oz Flame, White, or Yellow

    Shyster Spinners Fire/Black Dot 1/3 oz

    Mepps Spinners Silver or Gold Size 3

    Vibrax Spinners Silver Size 3

    Single Siwash Hooks Size 2 and 1/0

    Single Egg Fly-Peachy King, Alaskan Roe, Baby Pink, & Salmon Egg Size 6

    Twist On Lead Strips and split shot

    Hook File

    Lure Box Scissors or Clippers

    Polarized Fishing Glasses

    Long Nose Pliers

    Swiss Army Knife Fishing Vest or Hip Pack

Fly-Fishing
  • Words of Wisdom.. The first time Alaska fisherman will quickly find that it is a long way to the nearest tackle store up in Alaska. We suggest complete self containment equipment-wise when you board the plane for your trip of a lifetime. Alaskan-Adventures does not sell/provide fly-fishing gear.
  • King Salmon. (Fly-Fishing)

    Rod: Lamiglas G1298-9 or G1299-9

    Reels: SA System II 1011 or 89

    Extra Spool

    Fly line backing 30 lb.

    Teeny 300 and Wet Tip Lines

    Tapered Leaders 16 and 20 lb. tippets

    Dai Riki Leader Wheels .017 and .019

    Twist On Lead & Split Shot

    hook File

    Fly Box

    Scissors or Clippers

    Polarized Sun Glasses

    Long Nose Pliers

    Swiss Army Knife Fishing Vest

    Outrageous 4/0

    Crazy Charlie Purple Pearl 4/0

    Polar Shrimp 1/0

    Teny Nymph Size 2 Pink, Flame, Black, Ginger

    Alaskabous, Pixees Revenge, Showgirl Size 1/0

    Wiggle Tail Orange or Pink Size 1/0

  • Chums, Silvers, Sockeyes, Large Char, and Steelhead. (Fly-Fishing)

    Rods: Lamiglas G1298-8

    Reels: S.A. System II 78, PFlueger Medalist 1495 1/2 Hardy St. Aidan and Marguis 10

    Extra spools

    Fly Line Backing

    Floating, Wet tip and T300 Teeny lines

    Tapered Leaders 12 lb. Tippet

    Dai Riki Leader Wheels .013 to .015

    Twist on Lead Strips & Split Shot

    Hook File

    Fly Box

    Scissors or Clippers

    Polarized Fishing Glasses

    Long Nose Pliers

    Swiss Army Knife

    Fishing Vest

    Alaskan Bug Eyes Size 2

    G String Size 2

    Teeny Nymph Size 2 Pink, Flame, Black, Ginger

    Babine Special Size 2 & 4

    Skykomish Sunrise Size 2

    Bright Roe Pink Size 2

    Polar Shrimp Size 2 & 4

    Outrageous 1/0

    Alaskabous, Show Girl, Pixee Revenge, Coho Size 1/0

    Woolly Bugger Purple Size 2

  • Rainbows, Char, and Grayling. (Fly-Fishing)

    Rods: Lamiglas G1297-6 or G1298-6

    Reels: SA System II 67 PFlueger 1495 Hardy Princess Backing

    Floating, Wet tip, and T200 Teeny Lines

    Tapered leaders 6 and 8 lb. tippet

    Dai Riki leader wheels .008, .009, .010, .011

    Twist On lead strips & Split Shot

    Strike indicators

    Fly floatant

    Line cleaner

    Hook file

    Fly box

    Scissors or clippers

    Polarized fishing glasses

    Long nose pliers

    Swiss Army Knife

    Fishing Vest

    Single Egg Flies Size 6 Peachy King, Alaskan Roe, Baby Pink, and Salmon Egg

    Woolly Worms Size 2 & 4 Black/Black, and Grizzly/Black

    Black Maribou Muddler Size 4

    Black Matuka Size 2

    Matuka Sculpin Size 2, Olive

    Teeny Nymph Size 4 Pink, Flame, Black, Ginger

    Black Maribou Leach Size 2

    Mouserat

    Wiggle Lemming

    Babine Special Size 4, 6, and 8

    Polar Shrimp Size 4

    Bitch Creek Size 4 and 6

    Girdle Bug Size 4

    Woolly Bugger Size 2 and 4 Black

    Muddler Minnow Size 4 and 6

    Black Gnat Size 16 Grayling

    Mosquito Size 16

    Humpy Size 12

    Wulff Grizzly and Royal Size 10

    Bright Roe Orange Size 4

    Egg Sucking Leech Size 4 Purple and Black

Hunting: Guided
  • From the owner…”Think layers of warm waterproof clothing, not bulky heavy coats, etc. The river and mountain hunting is cold. Your feet and hands are most important, so bring wool: no substitutes.”All gear, including rifle, should not weigh more than 50 lbs. per person. All flying is done in small aircraft and space and weight are at a premium. All clothing should be packed in soft sided duffel canvas bags. Rifles should be in soft cases. Note: Soft cases for rifles are allowed on bush planes but not on most commercial flights.Warm heavy duty waterproof Gortex rain gear. Raingear must be quiet and camouflage for successful trophy hunting. See our Resources page for online outfitters and specific suggestions for both raingear and footwear.2-3 comfortable warm pants3-4 warm long sleeve shirtsTennis shoes, walking boots, or hip boots (Schnee’s 14″ Arctic or Cabela’s Guide boots are recommended).Wool socks/heavy dutyThermal underwearWarm Jacket/SweatersPersonal toilet articlesMosquito repellent (Cutters is good)Hat/glasses/warm Gortex glovesCamera/FilmAmmo, RifleSome lures, mepps, etc. (Poles already there)Fishing license if you plan to fish.Binoculars (If you have them)Game bags (A Must) See resources page for ordering and shipping info.Skinning knives

    License and tags for moose, caribou, grizzly/brown bear, or black bear. Must have prior to arrival at hunting area! They cannot be shared between hunters.

Hunting: Unguided
  • his is for an unguided Moose, Caribou and/or Black Bear Hunt with excellent fishing. The great advantage of this location is a well stocked remote private lodge, (great shelter) in a heavily populated game area. You can run this river system for hundreds of miles. It’s beautiful water… unbelievable country! The list of the clothing/equipment to bring is much the same as the guided hunts except as noted below. For Alaskan Moose facts, click here.
  • Hunt/Fish Description: (Depending on Season)

    Fish: King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Northern Pike, Sheefish, Grayling.

    Hunt: Moose, Caribou, Black Bear (Cannot hunt other types of big game animals unguided per regulations).

    Black Bear can be shot on a Caribou or Moose Tag. Any tag can be used for equal or lower value animal.

  • Alaskan-Adventures provides the following when staying at the Holitna Lodge:

    Five sleeping cabins; one main lodge; sauna/shower cabin, generator, propane

    Freezer

    Kitchen ware, eating utensils

    Staples: Flour, sugar, salt, pepper, coffee, tea, cooking oil, beans, rice, and miscellaneous food and spices.

    Twelve boats/motors-this includes 40 gallons of gas per party of four. (After that it is $6.00 a gallon, includes oil).

    Guide tents, sleeping bags-(however for those going on field trips, for personal comfort we suggest you bring your own) sleeping bag pads

    Camp stoves, misc. camping gear (If you choose to camp upriver on an extended trip).

  • Alaskan-Adventures DOES NOT pay for the following:

    Hunting License/Tag-Must buy in Anchorage prior

    Odd size Hip Boots (we provide sizes 9-13 only) Client responsible for all other sizes.

    Odd size Rain Coats (We provide sizes S-XXL only) Client responsible for all other sizes.

    Round-Trip Airfare to Anchorage, R/T Anchorage to Aniak/Holitna, R/T Red Devil/Holitna unless such expenses are specifically agreed to by Alaskan-Adventures on a case by case basis, and these are usually via upgraded guided fishing or hunting packages.

    Cooks or any food or drinks not listed

    Any gas above the 40 gallon (per party of 4) limit. Extra gas, (includes oil) available at $6.00 a gallon.

    Any overweight meat haul/or freight

    35 or 75 lb. wax meat boxes

    Game bags, knives, saws, guns, ammo. Please purchase official Alaska Game Bags prior to your trip. Order online and have them sent to the Holitna Lodge – Alaskan-Adventures PO Box 90 Mile 36 Sleetmute, Alaska. We suggest the following bags: AMP7 Alaska Pack – 7 bag package which includes bags, tags, and gloves. This will handle 2 Caribou or 1 moose. The MEC460 4 pack will handle one animal and the ATB3648 is great for cape/hide transportation.

    There is a $50.00 prop fee deposit on each boat used 25 HP and under and $100.00 prop fee deposit on each boat over 25 HP. Various sizes are available.

    Caping or Packing of meat

    Medical or Personal Injury Insurance

    For our refund policies see the “hidden costs” page.

Alaska, USA’s largest state yet remote from the main continent, offers a spectacular wilderness to experience. Thoughts of Alaska evoke dreams of larger-than-life scenic outdoors. These aren’t wisps of imagination. They are supported by incredible hunting & sport fishing experiences. All can be yours! Moose! Interior Brown Bear! Caribou! Wolverine! Wolves! The hunt of a lifetime!