Exciting Float Fishing Excursion in Alaska

By: Trevor Price

When it comes to planning a float fishing trip, Alaska is like the Mecca of fishing spots. The views are incredible, the waters are pristine and the fish are abundant.

You'll find rivers full of fish, beautiful landscapes, great people and an incredible experience. However, before you start booking, read on for a few tips that will ensure your Alaskan fishing trip is one to remember.

Try a Vacation Planner Service

Instead of depending on one specific lodge, charter company or your own self-guided tour, try booking a trip using a planning service. These companies will lock in and plan your fishing trip based on when you'll be there, what fish you want to catch, your style of fishing and, of course, your budget. They can also be an invaluable resource for finding the best guides and fishing spots.

One company recommended by the Frommer's Guide to Alaska are Sport Fishing Alaska (907-344-8674).

They can coordinate all your need, including your lodging and local travel options.

Be Informed

Fish in Alaska will travel, which is why you have to be informed not only of the fishing seasons, but also where they'll be and when. Otherwise, you could be wasting your money on a week of slow fishing and minimal opportunities.

Probably the best information resource is the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Sport Fish Division. You can access their information at sf.adfg.state.ak.us. Their site is updated weekly with hot spots, run timing facts and general educational information on fishing in Alaska.

The site also offers heavily localized information that's specific to each region and area. You can find publications and data on run times, seasons and also the best lures and flies for fish in the region. For tour operator or charter recommendations, try also calling the department's local offices.

Book in Advance

For a peak-season float fishing trip, Alaska residents and travel veterans recommend reserving your place early. The best lodges at the peak fishing times tend to book up quickly, meaning you need to be prepared and ready to reserve your place. You'll also find that port cities and airport hubs can become overcrowded with tourists, so commit to your hotel and rental car well ahead of time.

Pack the Right Clothes

Alaska is all about wild temperatures - from the hot noon sun to the cold nights or pouring rain. Plan ahead by packing clothes that can be layered, will dry quickly and will wick away sweat.

Remember to pack a wind and waterproof outer layer designed for fishing. For a successful float fishing tripFree Web Content, Alaska veterans know to pack smart and be prepared.

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