Guide Confessions: 4 Things to Do Before You Come Fishing
It’s May. In a few weeks, I’ll head up to the Alaska Rainbow Lodge to meet with Ron Hayes, our guides and all the operations teams that get the lodge ready for business. As I prepare to leave, let me pass on a few things you should do to get ready for your own trip up to Alaska Rainbow Lodge.
1. Cast your fly rod. If the last time you cast it was last summer, it’s time to get that rod out and practice, practice, practice. You’ll be very glad you did.
2. Double-check your travel plans. Are all your flights, connections, accommodations and rentals in order? It’s always a good idea to go back over these plans to make sure nothing has changed. Doing so could save you lots of time and money.
3. Take inventory of your equipment and apparel. Go to the packet of information we’ve sent you and study the equipment and apparel list. Get a bag and start packing all the equipment you have, then make a list of things you’ll need. Does your GORE-TEX rain jacket leak? How about those waders and boots? Do they still fit comfortably? Everything on this list is there so you will be warm, dry and comfortable. Take some time to work your way through it sooner rather than later. (Don’t have this list yet? Contact Ron to get it.)
4. Pack a small carry-on. Pack a small carry-on bag for the flight that connects you from Anchorage to King Salmon. In that bag, put your waders, boots, socks, long underwear, jacket, fleece, hat, rod, reel, bug spray, sunglasses and wallet. If bags get delayed, you’ll still be fishing! And that’s what this is all about.
I look forward to fishing with you this summer at the Alaska Rainbow Lodge. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call Ron Hayes.