Gear and Equipment
Fly fishing in Southwestern Alaska can place great demands on your tackle and clothing unlike any other destination. Due to the variety of weather conditions on the Alaska Peninsula, it is best to bring comfortable clothing for temperatures ranging from 35 to 75 degrees. At Enchanted Lake Lodge we do offer those guests that don´t already own the suggested waders, wading shoes, rods, reels, packs, or wading staffs the opportunity to use ours at no cost. Also included in the price of the trip are flies, beads, leaders, and all licenses. The lodge loaner equipment is of the finest quality, and is made by the top names in the business. We do not furnish rain jackets or under wader clothing. If you already own the proper equipment, we suggest that you bring it on the trip. Your personal equipment will be more familiar adding to your enjoyment on the stream.
Rods, Reels and Lines
Rods: a 9 to 9.5 foot 5 or 6 weight and a 9 to 9.5 foot 7 or 8 weight for larger rivers.
Reels: a quality reel with a strong drag and at least 150 yards of backing. If we could only choose one reel it would be those made by Hatch - http://www.hatchoutdoors.com.
Lines: a weight forward, floating line is the most commonly used line. We also recommend that you have an extra spool with a sinking tip line for the 7 or 8 weight rod (June, July, and September). Our favorite sinking tip line is the Rio Versa tip with interchangeable heads.
We carry a complete line of flies designed and tied by our guides specifically for our area. These flies and egg imitations are included in your package. Should you choose to tie or purchase your own, we will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
Streamers/Wet flies: We suggest all kind of buggers, scuds, zonkers and matukas, weighted and unweighted in assorted colours, especially:
-Bead head Wolly buggers, black, brown and olive are very productive (sizes 6/8/10) (rubber legs perform well on occasions, some popular colours are white or yellow). A favorite is a Woolly Bugger with black chenille, or cactus chenille in size 8 to 10, with bead head.
-Zonker/Rabbit in medium to small sizes, white, black, olive (sizes 6/8/10/12). It is good to have weighted and unweighted flies. In some of the river pools, it is necesary to go down fast, so heavily weight big streamers are usefull. Same patterns described before
Dry Flies: With regard to dry flies, big and medium size attractor flies work well, such us Chernovyl Ant, Fat Albert, Tarantula, Parachute Madam X, Gypsy King, Stimulator (yellow and green), and Stimulator Rubber legs (sizes 6/8/10/12), among others.
Nymphs: During calm conditions, medium and small nymphs perform well, such as Hare's Ear, Bead head Prince, Scuds (green, orange), Cooper Johns, Bead head Pheasant tail, etc (size 10/12/14). #It is very important that flies are tied in strong heavy wire, to avoid bending or breaking of hooks when playing or landing big fish.