Fishing Alaska: The Need to Know
Flies & Tactics
Rods & Reels
Leaders & Tippet
Salmon: 6 to 9 ft. leaders ranging 15 to 20lb with matching tippet. Maxima Ultra Green in 15-20 pound is a very common leader material used here. When you are adding spilt shot a taper is irrelevant, so running straight material is fine. I am not a fan of Fluorocarbon materials with salmon, I like my leaders to have some stretch.
Trout: 6 to 12 ft. leaders with matching tippet from 5x to 12lb (this will depend on the size of trout in the system you are fishing) Fluorocarbon leaders and tippet in the same size range are good to, our fish are not super spooky in most places but any advantage can help.
Steelhead: 6 to 12’ leaders with matching tippet in the 10 to 15lb range.
Dolly Varden/Arctic Char: 6 to 12 ft. leaders with matching tippet from 3x to 12lb. Fluorocarbon leaders and tippet in the same size range are good to, our fish are not super spooky in most places, but any advantage can help.
Grayling: 7.5 to 9 ft. leaders with matching tippet in 4 and 5x. Fluorocarbon in the same.
Sheefish: 9 to 10 ft. leaders in 15-20lb with matching tippet. Maxima Ultra Green is a good one for this.
Other Essential Gear & The Little Things
- Good water resistant or submersible hip pack, sling bag or backpack. If you are doing a float trip good water-resistant duffel are a must. If you are going to a lodge and doing fly outs a small waterproof backpack will make your day more pleasant.
- Baseball cap and beanie are both a must
- Polarized Glasses, both a bright light and low light lens would be good. Chums on them will help from losing them.
- Buff style neck gator. This not only helps with the sun but keeps the bugs and winds off your neck.
- Bug Dope and Sunscreen
- Strike Indicators
- Split shot
- Forceps, Nippers and Pliers
- Hook Release Tool