Posted 01 February 2011 - 07:33 PM
When I was a little squirt, my Dad would head off every summer to Alaska as my Grandfather was an ice road trucker up there, to fish. I'd always wanted to go, but was just too young. About 8 months ago my Dad said, "We are just going to go, no questions asked." So, at 38 years old, I am embarrassed to say, that I could not afford to take my Dad on the trip (as I always wanted to) but he is taking me. He decided to do this thing first class. We are going to the Rainbow River Lodge outside of King Salmon, Alaska. It appears this is the Trophy Rainbow Trout hotspot of the World. I've never even touched to fly rod before, and it appears that 90% of our fishing will be done using fly rods. We've bought our waders, boots and other appropriate gear and we are just waiting at this point. According to the lodge, we will be catching 10 pound rainbows everyday. Not to mention, the several other species that will be available at that time of year. It sounds like we might miss the Pink Salmon run, but other than that, everything else should be running. Now, I grew up Trout fishing in the Central California Sierras and I don't think I had caught any other species of fish until my early 20's. I am familiar with catching trout. My question is this... For any of you that have taken a similar trip. Is there any gear/tricks that might make the trip as smooth as possible that the "typical" outfitter may not mention. All fishing gear is provided and they actually suggested that we do not bring our own fishing gear. That hung me up at first, but after watching the video they sent it looks legit. I have a couple of friends with fly-tying tables and would love to tie about 5-10 flies for my Dad to take. They have given us a very detailed list of flies that they used. Would this be a waste of time on my part? Other than sentiment. Is a Therma-Cell a waste of money? Etc, Etc, Etc....Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!