Alaska Fly In Fishing & Camping - Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I need to be worried about bears?
No, while we are in a high concentration of Brown Bears they are interested in fish - one of the world’s largest runs of sockeye salmon - not people. Your guides will have a meeting with you the first day of your trip and go over how to safely live in bear country. It boils down to keeping a clean camp, letting the bears know where you are at so you don’t surprise them, and common sense. By the end of your trip even the most apprehensive in the group will be thrilled to have spent a week with these great animals. We will have bear spray and a shotgun available for individuals who like when they need to make a trip to the bushes. Personal firearms are not permitted.
Can I fly into King Salmon the same day we fly to the lake? Or Depart King Salmon the same day we get off the river?
No. The reason for this is it is always possible when travelling in Alaska that you may become separated from your luggage. We have never had a problem with baggage arriving from Anchorage- it just hasn’t always been on the same day as the guests. We have no way of shipping that baggage to the river once we depart King Salmon. Getting off the river our flight times can vary depending on weather conditions. It is very difficult to book a flight departing King Salmon for this reason. If we are back early enough in the day and you would like to try to depart earlier you may certainly do so but usually the day off the water is a lot of fun swapping stories and looking at photos.
Can I show up in King Salmon a couple days early? What is there to do?
Yes. B.O.A. can work with you to find a guide to fish the Nak- Nek River, out of a jet boat, for Salmon and rainbows. If you haven’t been before a trip to Brooks Falls to see the bears is definitely worth it. We can also arrange for a day of fly-out fishing to a remote lake or river. Scenic flights over the valley of 10,000 smokes are also available. Watch this video from youtube.
We are thinking of spending a day in Anchorage where should we stay and what should we do?
The Lake Shore Motor Inn www.lakeshoremotorinn.com is a nice clean hotel to stay in. It is near the airport with a convenient free shuttle. It is located next to the more upscale Millennium Hotel which has a great bar and restaurant and excellent viewing of planes taking off and landing from lake Hood. As far as eating and seeing the sites downtown you should ask any cab driver to drop you off at the Glacier Brew House www.glacierbrewhouse.com and you will be in the middle of things. This is an excellent place to try some fresh Alaska seafood and begin exploring the downtown area and seeing the sites.
We are traveling all the way up to Alaska and would like to see some more of the state- what do you recommend?
A trip on the Alaska Railroad http://alaskarailroad.com/ is a great way to see more of the state. Feel free to contact us and go over different destination options. Another great way to see more of the State is to rent a car in Anchorage and tour on your own.
What about Halibut fishing?
There is no halibut fishing out of King Salmon. There is excellent halibut fishing a few hours south of Anchorage. All you need to do is rent a car in Anchorage and go for a really cool drive. Both Seward and Homer have great charter captains and places to stay. Your fish will be filleted, vacuumed sealed and frozen for you to take back on the plane or fed-xed to your door. This is a really fun combo with the float trip.
What about taking fish home after the trip - will we be able to keep any fish that we catch?
We cannot keep any salmon during the trip because of refrigeration issues and bears. We do have an Excellent source for fresh salmon in King Salmon. Heidi Wolf of Diamond Lodge is world famous for her hot and cold smoked salmon, as well as her fresh fillets. This is one of the only places in the state where you can purchase 50 lb. boxes of fresh, vacuumed sealed, frozen sockeye fillets. We strongly recommend every one order a box of fish. Put it this way- we don’t have a guide or repeat client that doesn’t. You make take the fish with you on the plane or have it shipped via Fed ex to your door.
What should I do with my traveling clothes and other items that are nonessential to the float trip?
Any personal belongings that you do not need on the float trip may be left with your hotel in King Salmon.
I like the idea of going on a river trip and would like to bring my family but they don’t all like fishing or camping is this going to work for them?
Yes. We can honestly say we have never taken a guest on our trip that hasn’t considered it one of the greatest adventures of their lives, regardless of previous experience or skill. This is because we bring luxury to the river and the backcountry. You don’t need to fish to be amazed by the river, the birds, the mountains or the bears. You also don’t need to have much experience camping to enjoy gourmet meals kicked back in a chair ,in the screened in dining tent ,with other guests, watching bears catch fish in the river. Every two guest share a six person tent with cots and air mattresses- you won’t be sleeping on the ground.