What to pack for your fishing trip in AK

For most first-time visitors, Alaska conjures up images of a frigid landscape covered in snow and shrouded in frost; however, Alaska can be quite mild during the summer months, with average highs in June and July hovering around the 65-68 degree mark.

Mild summer temperatures can also be accompanied by rain and fits of cold snaps, so packing for an Alaskan adventure can be challenging to say the least.

Trying to cover all the possibilities doesn't mean you need to pack your entire closet. We've put together a little packing list of essentials to help you get through a solid week of fishing and adventuring in our great state.

Dave and Felix shooting an episode of State Plate in July 2017 with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.

Dave and Felix shooting an episode of State Plate in July 2017 with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.

We jokingly tell our clients to prepare for weather between the 30s and 80s while fishing with us. It seems a little extreme, but it can feel pretty darn cold or pretty darn hot out there at times. You will find that most, if not all of the items we recommend are made from synthetic materials. Synthetic materials, unlike cotton, do not hold water, dry quickly and are designed to breathe. They say "Cotton Kills," and nowhere is this more true than in Alaska. 

In addition to weather considerations, it is also important to be aware that some parts of Alaska, even here in Cooper Landing, can be quite "buggy." Mosquitos and other biting insects are common and can get annoying. Long-sleeve "bug proof," synthetic t-shirts and pants are very versatile and essential to a comfortable experience in Alaska.

Here is our packing list for a comfortable vacation in alaska:

FISHING ATTIRE:

  • WARM WOOL SOCKS - (Wigwam Ice Socks are our preference)
  • SYNTHETIC LONG UNDERWEAR BOTTOMS
  • SYNTHETIC LONG UNDERWEAR TOP
  • LONG SLEEVE AND SHORT SLEEVE SYNTHETIC BUGPROOF T-SHIRTS
  • SYNTHETIC SWEAT PANTS OR NON-ABRASIVE SYNTHETIC PANTS
  • LONG SLEEVE THIN SYNTHETIC POLARTEC UNDER LAYER TOP
  • SYNTHETIC JACKET
  • WATERPROOF JACKET
  • BILLED HAT
  • POLARIZED SUNGLASSES
  • SYNTHETIC OR WOOL GLOVES

CASUAL ATTIRE:

  • COMFORTABLE SYNTHETIC HIKING SOCKS
  • DURABLE WATERPROOF HIKING BOOTS
  • SYNTHETIC WATERPROOF OR WATER RESISTANT PANTS
  • LONG SLEEVE AND SHORT SLEEVE SYNTHETIC BUGPROOF T-SHIRTS
  • SYNTHETIC BUTTON DOWN SHIRTS
  • LONG SLEEVE THIN SYNTHETIC POLARTEC UNDER LAYER TOP
  • SYNTHETIC JACKET
  • WATERPROOF JACKET
  • BILLED HAT
  • POLARIZED SUNGLASSES

Many of the items you'll pack for fishing can double as casual, every day attire. Though this is not an exhaustive packing list for a trip to Alaska, these are the most important components which will ensure you're warm and dry while comfortable and happy at the same time. 

Dressing in thin, synthetic layers also means that you will have light, packable items that won't see you dragging 2 or 3 bags to the airport with you. 

Hopefully this list is helpful as you plan your trip to Cooper Landing. We want your stay to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Here's to great days in Alaska and tight lines on your fishing trip!

Photo Essay: 7 Days In Alaska

Photo Essay: 7 Days In Alaska

Within a short driving distance from Anchorage, on your way to and from the Kenai Peninsula where Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC is located, there are lots of adventures that await. Many of our guests ask about things to do on their vacations and we thought we'd put together a photo essay to display all the amazing experiences Alaska has to offer.

Give the Gift of Fishing This Holiday Season!

Happy Holidays!

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Got a fishing 'fin'atic on your list this year? Looking for a unique and memorable stocking stuffer?

We've got just the thing for you! A custom gift certificate from Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC!

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2017 Still Going... Ready For 2018!!

While we wind down here at Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC for the 2017 season, we are super thankful for the awesome year we've had! I had a chance to fish with my brother Dom, Jackie and Dom's friend Joe over the past few days. What a great way to spend some time on the water! With just a few trips remaining in the 2017 books, we are eager to regroup and get pumped for 2018!

Jackie showing the boys how it's done!

Jackie showing the boys how it's done!

With plenty of good weather ahead of us this late fall, the bite will only get better! Looking forward to some swinging and float fishing in the coming days for some giant Rainbow Trout! 

A giant Coho added to the excitement!  This one lived to make the next generation!

A giant Coho added to the excitement!  This one lived to make the next generation!

If you've ever wondered what the best time of year to visit Alaska is, or just need help planning a visit, feel free to contact us any time! We are building an awesome website that we hope will not only get you excited for some incredible fishing, but will also give you insight on all the excellent experiences Alaska has to offer!

Action was a little slow today... but...

Had a chance to get out on the water today with Jackie, my brother, his friend Joe and James... and although it was spotty, there were times when not a cloud could be seen and it was a welcome relief from all the rain we've had this season!

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We managed to land some dollies, a silver and several rainbows. One topping out in the 24" range. 

There's still plenty of great fishing to be had on the Kenai River!

Time sure flies around here!

Larry and Suzanne with an awesome tagged September Kenai Rainbow!

Larry and Suzanne with an awesome tagged September Kenai Rainbow!

You blink around here and summer is gone! Our first season has been nothing short of amazing!  From awesome guests, to great fishing, to overcoming a lot of obstacles. We certainly couldn't be happier with our new adventure!

Right now we are continuing to offer trips through the remainder of the 2017 season and look forward to 2018. Look for announcements coming soon for our youth fly fishing offerings as well as new locations and opportunities!

A huge thank you to everyone for your support and encouragement!

OUR FIRST SEASON IS UNDERWAY!

It's hard to believe, but June is almost over! We've been operating guided fishing trips since early May and couldn't be happier with the great experiences we've had so far! 

Right now, we are offering a mixture of fishing opportunities on the Upper Kenai River and Kasilof rivers for trout and salmon. The first run of Chinook on the Kasilof seem to be just about over, but the sockeye are pouring in and the trout fishing is picking up on the Upper Kenai.

Today will be one of our first trips targeting Chinooks on the swung fly and we couldn't be more excited to see what the day brings!

A Nice Sockeye from the Kasilof River.

A Nice Sockeye from the Kasilof River.

SNOW RIVER IS SAVED!

SNOW RIVER IS SAVED!

"..In light of everything we’d learned in this process — the inefficiencies of the Railbelt utilities, the bottlenecks and things like that, and the way this project came about with not a lot of background research — it raised a lot of concerns with us about how it was produced and presented to the public,” Lisi said. “… Our overall goal is to bring people from a lot of different groups and organizations together to rally behind these sorts of things and hopefully put a stop to them earlier.” 

TEMPORARY JOBS, LOWER ELECTRIC BILLS AND CHEAPER GAS? - WE'RE FALLING FOR IT.

Our most valuable natural resources, wild and untouched rivers and landscapes, are on the brink of being lost forever. The damage and losses are permanent. These places will not recover, nor can they ever be enjoyed again.

Can you put a price on the permanent destruction of public lands and water for the profit of a few? What about the hundreds of millions of people who forever lose their right to enjoy the millions of acres of land and water we own? Are we really willing to give up these places for the promises of temporary jobs, cheaper electricity, cheaper gas and so on? Does anyone actually believe these lies or can we just cut to the chase and agree these corporations lie and make false promises to get what they want?

Why is it so easy for corporations to bottle up our natural resources and turn around and sell them back to us for a profit-all the while, destroying our land and water and robbing us of the opportunities they provide?

Why are we, those who fight against these evils considered the "lunatic fringe." Why are we demonized for trying to preserve and protect the last strongholds of what it truly means to be free. These wild, scenic and untouched places were historically saved to remind us of this freedom, not as a savings account for the rich and powerful.

When will we take a stand against this relentless land, water and money grab? When is enough enough? 

What will it take to get you fired up about protecting the very little we have left?

As if there weren't enough battles being fought, we are facing another corporate take-over of public lands on the Snow River Corridor

Chugach Electric is proposing a dam that has already been proposed in 1961 and 1979, both times being rejected. Alaska also has a decreasing demand for electricity and because the 6 utilities can't play nice, we are stuck with the prospect of losing 17,000 acres of the Chugach National Forest. We are compiling as much information about the Snow River, the dam project and the absurd nature of this proposal on our website www.nokenaidam.org

We are normal, everyday people who decided enough is enough. We hope you'll side with us and say enough is enough as well!