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Planning for Your First Alaskan Fishing Trip

If you are about to embark on your very first Alaskan fishing trip, then chances are you are feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety. The anxiety is understandable—after all, Alaska is seen as an exotic, faraway place for many folks in the “lower 48,” and for good reason!

But here’s the good news: as long as you put a little time and effort into preparing for your Alaskan fishing expedition, then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Here is a simple overview of what you need to do when planning for your first Alaskan fishing trip.

Be prepared

When it comes to preparing for your fishing trip, two things are key: permits and equipment.

As soon as you know you’ll be taking a trip to Alaska, you ought to apply for a permit online. It is supposed to take just two weeks, but if you’ve ever had to deal with the DMV or some other bureaucracy, then you know two weeks can easily turn into 60 days.

Take some time to educate yourself about fishing limits and other rules after receiving your permit. The easiest way to do that is to talk to an experienced guide at Phantom Tri-River Charters.

As for equipment, if you book your trip with a company like Phantom Tri-River Charters, then we will provide you with detailed information about what supplies you’ll need depending on the time of year. If you have friends who have fished in Alaska before, you might want to ask them for advice as well.

Weather, weather, weather

Alaska may be synonymous with cold weather, but it can easily climb to 80 degrees here during a heat wave! When it comes to clothing, the best way to plan for your Alaskan fishing expedition is to bring plenty of layers.

No matter the season or temperature, here are three must-have Alaskan accessories: high-SPF sunscreen, a sturdy hat and polarized sunglasses. Keep these in your backpack, and you should be well covered.

Explore your options

Fishing in Alaska is a one-of-a-kind experience—but that doesn’t mean that it is the only thing you should do in your trip to the Last Frontier!

If you want to focus solely on outdoor experiences, then you should research different hiking and camping trips you could take. Hiking on a glacier is another very unique experience you can only have in Alaska.

And if you want a little pampering after a long day of fishing, Alaska can offer that as well! Whether your fantasy is sipping cocoa by the fire or enjoying a locally brewed beer, you should be able to find what you are looking for.

If you need advice or guidance about how to pack, dress, and get the most out of your Alaskan experience, then feel free to get in touch with Phantom Tri-River Charters. We know and love Alaska, and our experienced employees will be happy to offer our suggestions for every aspect of your trip.

Good luck with your first Alaskan fishing trip!