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What You Need on an Alaskan Fishing Trip (and What You Don't)

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After you book a trip to Alaska to embark on the most incredible fishing adventure of your life, the next step is to start packing.

There are definitely a lot of things that you want to remember, since fishing excursions like the ones with Pybus Point Lodge are in remote locations on a beautiful, pristine island in Alaska’s Inside Passage. It’s not like you can just head over to the nearest CVS or Walmart if you forget something.

There are also a few things that you might think you should pack, but you don’t actually need on your all-inclusive fishing vacation. So to make it easier for you, here’s a list of some of the things you definitely want to remember and some things you can leave at home.

Before You Start: Packing Tips

One of the benefits of booking your Alaskan fishing vacation at Pybus Point Lodge is that part of your stay includes a 50-pound box of fish that you can take home from your ocean catch. We’ll clean it and vacuum seal it, then pack it in ice so it’s safe to travel back home.

Since we’re sending you home with a 50-pound piece of luggage, and most airlines limit what you can take on the plane before you have to pay a hefty fee, we recommend that you only pack a carry-on bag with your actual luggage inside. That way you can take the fish home on the plane as your first checked bag. If you are part of a frequent flyer program you may be able to take it for free, or your fee will be between $30 and $40 to take all those fish home with you.

So the first lesson in your packing tutorial for an Alaskan vacation is to pack light.

Things to Pack

As you are packing for your fishing vacation in Alaska, it’s important to remember that even though you are probably planning a trip in the “summer” months, the weather up north is going to be quite a bit colder than what you are used to (unless you already live in Northern Canada or Russia, of course). The warmest days usually reach the mid-60s, while the nights can dip into the high 40s between May and September. It wouldn’t be out of the question for the early mornings or late nights in May and September to get into the 30s. It also wouldn’t be out of the question for the daytime temperatures to reach into the 70s.

Summer days can also include plenty of rainstorms, especially if you are out on the ocean fishing, so you really need to prepare for all types of weather.

Your clothing packing list should include:

    Wool socks, such as hiking socks Long underwear tops and bottoms (synthetic fabrics are best so they don’t stay too wet) Long sleeve tops Short sleeve tops Long pants (again, synthetic fabrics are best to dry out faster) Waterproof warm jacket with a hood Waterproof light jacket with a hood Hat with a bill Sports sunglasses (preferably polarized) Waterproof gloves (synthetic material preferred)

If you’re planning to head out on other excursion in addition to your fishing trips (of course you will, you are in Alaska, after all), make sure you also pack:

  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • Long sleeve shirt and long pants for hiking
  • Light jacket with hood

Miscellaneous items to include:

  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof bags or lanyards (to keep your phone and other personal items inside when you’re on the water)
  • Backpack or small bag
  • Sunglasses strap (to keep them from getting lost if you take them off)

Bugs can be plentiful during the summer months around the water, so if you can find “bugproof” attire, that is worth considering in addition to your bug repellent.

What Not to Pack

Now that you know what you need to pack, it’s also important to understand what you won’t need. If you are planning a trip to Pybus Point Lodge, we will handle all of the equipment you will use for all your daily excursions, including all your fishing gear. You don’t need to waste precious luggage space bringing your tackle box or favorite fishing rods.

You can still pack your lucky fishing hat, but you won’t need anything else to get out on the water and catch all your favorite fish.

We also have your meals and entertainment covered in our all-inclusive resort setting, so you can find plenty of ways to relax and unwind after an amazing day on the water. Take one of our private skiffs out on the bay, go kayaking or let our guides help you find hidden waterfall hikes when you’re not out fishing.

Haven’t Booked Your Trip Yet?

If you still haven’t booked your trip yet, now is the time to find the perfect dates to come see some of the most incredible natural beauty in the world. Check out the all-inclusive resort at Pybus Point Lodge and get an insider’s guide to see all that Alaska has to offer. Book your trip today.

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Discover why people like you can’t stop talking about Pybus Point Lodge. More than 30 years ago, the lodge opened as a simple fishing camp, drawing a devoted following in spite of basic accommodations. With new owners and experienced captains and crew, our corner of Alaska has become an unbeatable fishing and eco-tourism resort.

Andrea Tate

Incredible Experience!

Pybus Point Lodge has some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen. I mean absolutely breathtaking! In addition to the amazing fishing, I hiked to a beautiful secluded lake, soaked in some hot pots, saw several waterfalls, went whale watching, saw bears and all kinds of wildlife and marine life. As a photographer, photographing a wedding under a waterfall will remain a highlight of my life.

Shirley Johnson

Pybus Point Lodge - WOW!

We had the best time! This was our first visit to Pybus, but it definitely will not be our last. The stunning scenery, amazing fishing experience, and the joy of meeting new friends – all outstanding! We did not want to leave!!! If you are thinking about this trip – don’t think any more, just book it. You will not regret it!!!

Sharon Hedding

Trip of a Lifetime!

We had such an amazing time the staff was so wonderful and the lodge was fantastic! capt Joe was so helpful and always doing what ever he could do to make each day special. a special thank you to both Scott and Jody for taking the time to make us feel like family. can't wait to go back next year

Jason Nielsen

Wonderful and Magical Place

We had an amazing business retreat to Pybus Point Lodge.  Everything was top notch... the fishing, the staff, the boat captains, the food, the accommodations, and especially the scenery. I really liked that Pybus took care of everything from start to finish. Chef John is an amazing cook. We had delicious hot meals the entire trip.  The cabins were amazing and very comfortable.  The fishing was awesome and that’s coming from a guy that doesn’t fish that much.

Brandon Foote

We brought home 100lbs of fish!

My wife and I spent a week at Pybus Point this Summer. We had a beautiful, private room overlooking the bay and our own new, ensuite, private bathroom. What an amazing place for couples to get away together. We set our own breakfast time, met our boat captain after, fished the day along, and returned to clean up and enjoy a nice dinner at the restaurant. Next time Alaska is on the trip list, Sherrie and I will go together, and it will be to Pybus Point!

Kent Danjanovich

Fun in Alaska

This was my first trip to Pybus Point. I stayed in one of their new cabins. The accommodations were incredible, the view onto the bay in the mornings was stunning. I loved the staff and the food was really very good. All of this and they have new boats to take you out onto fairly calm waters to fish. The fishing guides were great. Overall a great experience. Definitely going back.


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