WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Our packages include all gear, both fly-fishing & spin casting but if you choose to bring your own please feel free to give us a call & can provide you with a list of gear that works well on the Anvik. Of course if you have any questions prior to your arrival please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Clothing & Personal Items we suggest you bring –
Pack for as low as 35-degree weather & as high as 85 degrees. You might want to call for a weather forecast before your departure. We suggest layering t-shirts, sweatshirts or fleece, sweater & jacket. No need to over pack as we’ll do your laundry at no extra charge. You really only need to bring a few days worth of clothes. We provide bedding, soap & towels.
- Jeans or fleece pants
- Polyester or poly-cotton T-shirts
- Knit hat & gloves
- Wool or fleece socks
- Shorts/bathing suit (steam lodge)
- Long sleeve cotton shirt
- Soft sided collapsible cooler if you plan to keep salmon
- Personal toiletries & medication (make sure these are in your carry-on)
- Sun Screen
- Hip or chest waders – or you can borrow our hip waders
- Rain Gear – pants & jacket or poncho – or you can borrow ours
- Polarized sunglasses or other eye wear (eye protection is mandatory)
- Tennis shoes or other comfortable shoes
- Mosquito repellent w/ DEET 99%
While we do have rain gear & rubber hip waders, if you fish often & have lightweight chest waders, & rain gear that you prefer, bring them along. We also have a well-stocked Logo shop that has lots of comfortable warm clothing.
WHAT KIND OF PLANE DO WE TAKE FROM ANCHORAGE TO ANVIK?
We charter a Beechcraft 1900 turbo prop airplane for your hour & twenty minute flight from Anchorage to Anvik.
IS THERE CELL PHONE SERVICE?
No, we are far too remote for cell phone service. We do however have a repeater/transmitter phone line at the lodge and satellite phone for emergencies. We also have satellite internet service.
IS THERE 24 HOUR ELECTRICITY?
Yes, we have a great 16 KW solar power system as well as a 20KW auxiliary generator. Each room as A/C power.
WILL I SEE WILDLIFE?
Most likely, you’ll see any or all of the following throughout your stay. Bears, moose, wolves, otter, beavers, eagles, falcons and up to 50 other species of migratory & predatory birds.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FOR WEATHER?
Temperatures at the Anvik vary throughout the season from the low 30’s to high 80’s. Rain associated with storm fronts can occur periodically and is not uncommon throughout the summer, however the individual systems generally come and go fairly rapidly. We’re located in a transitional climate zone between coastal influence and interior climate dominance. The Anvik River is an interior valley of the Nulato Hills which protects us from much of the inclement coast weather.
We suggest contacting us a few days before your trip to get an updated weather forcast.
HOW MANY PEOPLE FISH TO A BOAT?
We fish guests two to a boat with the exception of parties booked in triple occupancy rooms, that are fished three to a boat. Each boat has one guide.
IF I KEEP SALMON HOW IS IT PACKAGED?
We will vacuum seal & fresh freeze or smoke your salmon for you while you are here. We suggest that you bring a soft sided collapsible cooler with you to transport your fish home. We also have boxes if needed. You will take your catch back to Anchorage on our outgoing charter on your departure day. Once in Anchorage you can either take it home on your flight as baggage or have a shipping service such as FedEx send it home for you. If you have a lengthy layover in Anchorage, there is a freeze storage facility near the baggage claim carousels at the Alaska Airlines end of the main terminal that is very reliable.
IF I WANT TO BRING MY OWN FISHING GEAR WHAT WORKS BEST?
At the Anvik River Lodge all the boats are stocked with the most popular fly’s & lures. Each guide has varying techniques that will be evident every day, if you would like to bring along gear of your own to try out the following are some helpful guidelines.
SPINNING – A 5 wt. ultra-light rod for char & grayling with matching reel holding at least 100 yards of 4 to 6 pound test monofilament line. For salmon & pike, a 6 to 7 foot medium-action spinning rod with medium-action spinning reel capable of holding 120 to 175 yards of 12 to 20 pound-test monofilament line. For pike, also bring 20-pound wire leader.
CASTING – A medium-action level-wind reel & matching 6 to 7 foot rod. Reels should be filled with 12 – 25 pound test monofilament or braided line.
LURES – A variety of pike & bass poppers you may already have for the lower 48 fishing work well for our voracious northern pike. For top-water action, dual propeller injured-minnow-type top-water; frenzy plugs in gold, baitfish, & white/yellow/green; a variety of single & dual bladed spinner baits; four-inch Red Eye spoons in red & white; ½ to 7/8 ounce Pixee spoons in fluorescent green or orange with silver or gold; Five of Diamonds spoons, & #6 Vibrax with silver or silver/fluorescent orange blade. Re-rig or configure all plugs & spoons to single-hook, barb less configuration.
Salmon, Dolly Varden, Char & Grayling:
½ oz to 5/8 oz pink or red Daredevils; Weed less Silver Minnow or similar spoon that is heavily weighted; ½ to 7/8 ounce Pixee spoons, Mepps, Vibrax or similar spoons in sizes 00 to 6 in red, silver, gold, chartreuse, & a variety or combination of metal & fluorescent colored finishes. We prefer silver/red, fluorescent orange, pink or red with gold or silver; blue or green with silver; & red & white. Marabou or twister-tail lead-head jigs from 1/8 oz. to 3/8 oz. are also very effective.
The Anvik Lodge also has a complete selection of high quality rods & tackle. We utilize “TFO” equipment, with a selection from ultra-light to the heavier rods.
Bring a 4 to 6 weight rod for grayling, char & dolly varden, fully equipped with backing & floating line, with a spare spool of sink-tip line. If you are bringing only one fly rod a 7 weight is a good all around choice, with an 8-weight best for anglers focusing on king salmon & pike. Bring Steel leader material for pike. All reels should be filled with at least 100 yards of 30-pound backing.
Salmon, Char, Grayling & Whitefish
Purple or black egg-sucking leeches, pink or fluorescent red marabou leeches; Popsicles, Flash Flies, Iliamna Pinkies, Glo-Bugs in red, peach & orange; various smolt & bead-head nymphs. Dry flies - Humpy, Black
Gnat, Mosquito, Black Bivisible & Elk-Hair Caddis. Nymphs - Green Drake, Black Stonefly, Hare’s Ear & Case Caddis.
Dahlberg divers, McNally Magnum in yellow & red; large floating bass & pike plugs that include deer-hair mice, large 4 to 6 inch streamer flies with some flash & bright greens, purples, reds & pinks. Cork & deer-hair poppers are also effective. Many flies from other regions work very well, these fish are voracious.
Our fly rod selection is also “TFO” & ranges from 3wt. to 7-8 wt. We always keep the equipment in the best possible condition, but if you have that favorite rod that you prefer, please bring it along.
We also have a complete fly tying station that you’re welcome to use and have fun tying your own custom flies & have great pride in catching fish on them. Many of our guides are quite proficient at the art of “Fly Tying”
WHAT IS THE LATTITUDE & LONGITUDE?