Important Information/What to Bring
Arriving in King Salmon/Fishing Licenses
Upon arrival in King
Salmon, a representative of Branch River Air Service will meet you at the
airport. They will assist you with your floatplane transfer to the lodge. Branch
River Air Service can be reached at (907) 246-3437 in the unlikely event that
you should have any problems finding each other at the airport.
licenses (and king stamps if applicable) are available for purchase at the gift
shop in King Salmon airport. Please do not board the floatplane to the lodge
without a license. In order to fill all available floatplane seats, you may be
required to wait for other arrivals. This reduces your cost, so please be
patient. The floatplane ride is an enjoyable twenty minutes over the beautiful
open tundra, so have your camera ready.
What to bring
-- Comfort and practicality are important considerations. Weather in Alaska is
both unpredictable and changeable; many
weeks will have a combination of hot sunny days in the 70s (and maybe 80s), as
well as cooler wet days in the 60s (and maybe 50s). Dress in layers and be
prepared to add or shed layers to keep yourself comfortable. Good rain gear
(jacket & pants) is essential and should be carried at all times, even on
seemingly nice days. Gloves are recommended.
-- If you plan to get out of the boat and fish some of our many sandbars, please
bring waders with you. Gore-Tex chest waders are a popular choice; bring
something warm to wear underneath. Please make sure boots are non-studded, studs
are not necessary and damage the floors of our boats. Please
note that felt-soled waders and wading boots are no longer legal in Alaska.
Waders can also double as
rain pants. Hip waders are of limited use and are not recommended. The lodge has
several pairs of waders and wading boots to back up those that you bring with
-- We provide all the conventional fishing tackle used for catching king salmon,
and spinning rods suitable for the other fish species. We have a limited number
of fly rods, which are intended to supplement the equipment you bring with you.
An attached sheet lists the fly-fishing equipment we recommend for you to bring,
as well as information about fly patterns. The lodge provides all lures. For the
fly fisherman, we have a fully stocked fly tying bench for you to use. If you
would like to tie some of your own flies prior to your visit, please take a look
at the patterns on our web site, then contact us with any questions you may
have. Polarized sunglasses are strongly recommended.
-- It's well known that there are a few mosquitoes in Alaska, as well as
no-see-ums and other flying insects. Many days the bugs are not bad at all, but
on a still day, they can cause discomfort. We suggest bringing a good bug spray,
and a head net is not a bad idea. Most days it will not be needed at all, but
there may also be times when you'll be very thankful for it!
Wine is served at the
lodge with dinner, please bring any beer or liquor with you, these items can
easily be purchased in King Salmon. Ask the driver for Branch River Air Service
if you can stop by the store before flying out to the lodge.
Because you will be traveling from King Salmon to the lodge by floatplane, we
ask that you please minimize your luggage weight and use
luggage (duffel, etc.). Laundry service is available at the lodge, which can
help you keep down the amount of clothing you need to bring. Please limit the
length of rod cases to 5 feet if possible. Longer cases will not always fit in
A selection of Alagnak Lodge apparel is available at the lodge for purchase,
items ranging from caps to sweatshirts to fleece jackets. If you think you might
want to make any purchases from our store, or pay for any additional flyouts at
the lodge, please remember to bring cash or your checkbook with you, we dont
accept credit cards.
Taking fish home
If you wish to
take some salmon home with you, we will prepare, vacuum-seal, freeze your fish,
and pack it in insulated fish boxes for your journey home. If you overnight or
have an extended layover in Anchorage on your way home, cold storage is
available at the Anchorage airport. Also, most hotels in Anchorage will keep
your fish in their freezer as a courtesy. While our fish boxes are usually more
than adequate to get your fish home in good condition, a popular option is to
bring a small or mid-sized cooler with you for this purpose. Please do not bring
excessively large coolers, as they may not fit inside the floatplanes. Coolers
are recommended if you have a long journey home with multiple connections.
You may have
already chosen to do flyouts while at the lodge, or you may still be considering
this option. Please let us know if you are sure about or are considering
flyouts. This helps us coordinate smaller groups so we can fill up the
floatplanes and keep down the cost to you.
number for the office at the lodge is (907) 246-1505, from mid-June
to early-September. You can also still reach us at our year-round office by
calling toll-free, (800) 877-9903. If you need to reach us urgently, we suggest
trying, and leaving messages at, both these numbers. While at the lodge, there
is a phone available for outgoing calls or faxes. If you wish to make use of the
phone for outgoing calls, please bring a calling card with you. If you
wish to receive phone calls at the lodge, the number is (907) 246-1509.
If you have any questions about the above, or concerning your upcoming visit to
the Alagnak Lodge, please contact us at (800) 877-9903.
Rain gear (top and bottom)
Long johns/thermal underwear
Waders and wading boots
Bug spray/head net
Checks or cash