Sample of Typical Itinerary:
Each day’s fishing assignments are scheduled the evening before. Head Guide “Chip King” will review your day’s fishing and discuss the many options with each angler. Where we fish will depend on our angler’s preferences. After dinner each angler will know where they will be fishing, who their pilot is, and who their guide will be for the next day.
The guides will then meet with each angler to let them know how to prepare for the next day’s fishing adventure. If you are using your own equipment, the guides will recommend what rods to take. The guides will also discuss lunch options and beverages.
Breakfast to order is served between 6:45 AM and 7:15 AM. The airplanes, boats and guides are ready to depart shortly after breakfast. We return to the Lodge each evening between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Cocktails are delivered to your room upon request. The pilots call in your drink orders ahead of time, so they can be in your room upon arrival.
Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails are served from 6:00 PM until dinner at approximately 7:00 PM.
What is Provided to Customer:
As a guest of Tikchik Narrows Lodge we provide all of the rods, spinning and fly rods, reels, flies, lures, leaders, and tippets that you will need for your week's fishing as part of the package price. We have a full time tackle shop manager to ensure that all of the tackle is well-maintained and supplies of flies, lures and accessories are available.
Each day your guides will have rods and equipment available for your use. Your guide will inquire the evening before as to your individual preference of rod selection and right or left hand retrieve. At our remote camps (where we house our guides at a camp on the river), the guides will have been notified the evening before via radio or Sat phone as to each angler's preference and will have the rods ready to fish upon the guest's arrival. This increases fishing time by not having to set up and tear down rods each day.
As an Orvis-Endorsed Lodge we pride ourselves on having excellent fishing equipment and an extensive selection of tackle, flies, lures, leaders, etc. Tikchik guides want each angler to be successful. They are creative and demanding of themselves and Tikchik to provide the necessary equipment and tackle to be fully prepared for each day's fishing.
Anglers are welcome to bring their “favorite rod” or all of their own equipment and we will provide a “what to bring” list for those choosing to do so. Unfortunately, we do not provide nor have available waders or hip boots.
What Should Customers Bring?
Alaska’s weather is unpredictable – a warm, sunny morning can turn to cool showers all within a day’s fishing. To counter this range of climactic conditions, we highly recommend the layer method of dressing. Long sleeve shirts, polartec or fleece pullovers along with a Gore-Tex outer shell work well. As our Alaskan summer temperatures change, you can take off a layer or add one. Because you will have your waterproof day pack/bag you can pack extra layers in the morning and they will be dry for you as the need arises.
For mid-August through September you should bring an extra heavier layer. Long underwear, a sweatshirt or sweater along with neoprene fishing gloves and a warmer hat for under your rain gear will be adequate.
Lodge attire at the Lodge is informal; casual and comfortable is appropriate. Do not forget shorts for those hot summer evenings.
Rain Gear: It is important that you bring good quality rain gear. The highest quality Gore-Tex “storm wear” coats with hoods are required. Because you will be wearing waders, you will not need rain pants.
Day Pack: You should bring a waterproof day pack/bag for carrying your rain gear, extra layers of clothing, camera, and anything else you might need during the day.
Waders: We recommend the Gore-Tex or nylon breathable waders. They are very durable, the most comfortable and easy to pack. Depending on the temperatures, you can wear the appropriate clothes under your waders to stay warm or cool. You will find either stocking-foot waders or boot-foot waders are fine choices. We typically do not have long hikes or strenuous wading.
You should bring felts or the new grip “non-slip” soles. Please do not bring waders or wading boots with studs. They are quite slippery in the aluminum boats and tear up the floats and floors of our aircraft.
Sunglasses: Good quality polarized sun glasses are a necessity for fishing in Alaska. Glasses protect your eyes from flies and lures. They also allow you to see what the guides see. Whether it is sight-fishing for trout or observing a school of salmon, polarized glasses are an important tool in fishing. It is a good idea to bring a spare pair of sunglasses.
Other Items to Bring:
- Insect repellent – We recommend pump spray or roll-on with 15% to 20% DEET. 100% DEET is not necessary.
- Sun block – Even though this is Alaska, our sun can be very intense, especially intensified by the reflections off of the water.
- Lip balm with SPF 15
- Camera and batteries
Boating, kayaking, hiking.