What to Bring on Your Alaska Fishing Trip

Fly fishing in Alaska clothing and tackle packing list

As you plan your Alaska fishing trip to Alaska Rainbow Lodge, please refer to the fishing tackle and clothing lists below so you don’t leave anything behind that you may need on your fishing trip. We have developed these lists over the years, so you can count on needing most items listed. Alaska fishing clothing and tackle is different than some you may have fished with previously. This Alaska fly fishing checklist includes what we feel like are the essentials, but feel free to bring anything additional that you may want or be used to in order to enhance your fishing experience.

what to bring on an alaska fishing trip

General Travel Items:

  • Ticket & itinerary
  • Wallet, cash, Travelers checks
  • Credit cards, Extra personal or company checks
  • Prescription Medications
  • Small first aid kit
  • Aspirin & Ibuprofen
  • Camera, battery
  • Waterproof bag for laundry
  • Regular sunglasses
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Flashlight
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Day pack
  • Sun screen
  • Lip balm
  • Notebook & pen
  • Maps
  • Swiss army knife
  • Reading books
  • Flask
  • Travel alarm
  • Reading glasses
  • Hand lotion
  • Insect repellent
  • Toilet articles

items to pack for an alaska fishing trip


  • Lightweight long underwear bottom & tops.
  • Fleece long underwear to protect against cold Alaskan water.
  • Mid-weight jacket, great for non-rainy days.
  • 2 pair wick type heavy weight socks.
  • 2 pair light weight socks.
  • 2 pair socks for traveling & evenings.
  • 3 long sleeve fishing shirts, long tail.
  • 2 sets lounging clothes.
  • 2 pair fishing trousers.
  • 3 bandanas, colorful. Keeps your neck warm.
  • 3 Simms technical T undershirt.
  • 6 pair briefs (underwear).
  • 1 pair of your favorite shoes to wear in the evening.
  • 1 Gore-Tex breathable waterproof rain jacket. Don’t skimp on this item. simmsfishing.com
  • 1 pair breathable Gore-Tex waders. dryftfishing.com
  • 1 pair wading boots. DO NOT get studs and make sure the fit is not tight or your feet will be cold.
  • 1 Fleece or pile jacket. patagonia.com
  • 1 Fishing hat (we furnish a fishing hat).
  • 1 Pullover stocking cap (for September trips).
  • Fingerless fishing gloves.
  • Fleece gloves (for boat travel).
  • 1 pair gravel guards.
  • Wading belt.
  • Wader repair kit.
  • Wader gear bag.
  • 2 Medium size duffle bags for all your gear.
  • 1 Fishing vest. The Stearns inflatable is great. You have a good vest and added safety while wading, boating and airplane travel.
  • 1 pair walking boots if you want to bird hunt, or walk into remote streams. L. L. Bean shoe pacs or similar.
Felt Soles are NOT allowed in Alaska Waters starting in 2012!  Please do not bring them.