Clothes can make the individual, and they can also make or break your Alaskan fishing trip. The right choices mean comfort and enjoyment, while the wrong ones mean discomfort and only the desire to return to shore. To help you make good clothing choices, here are some items we recommend for our adventures:
- Polar fleece vest: A warm vest is the ultimate layering item. You can wear it over a t-shirt for a little extra insulation when the sun is out but breezes are cool, or over a jacket for more padding. It is a flexible, warm design, with no sleeves to get wet when you are handling fish. Many who fish regularly consider this an essential piece of their outdoor wardrobe.
- Waterproof boots: You want your footwear to be waterproof no matter what you are doing in Alaska. Keeping water out of your boots increases comfort, as no one wants to walk to squishing sounds. Slip-on waterproof camp shoes that go over boots can provide a extra protection if you are not sure if your current footwear is already waterproof.
- Fleece pullover: Some people feel colder than others, and while the sleeves can get wet while handling fish, they also roll up easily so you do not suffer through a trip with wet cuffs. If the forecast calls for lower temperatures and rain, this also makes a great extra layer under a light rain jacket. Even if all you do is tie this around your waist, it is better to have it and not need it than the other way around.
- Lightweight rain jacket: Part of the layering equation is to provide a topcoat rain layer to keep you dry. Putting a light rain jacket over a fleece vest or pullover keeps off the rain, and being dry almost always means you stay warm.
- Quick dry pants: Often made of polar fleece, these pants are just as they are named—pants made of quick-drying fabric. This can prove merciful if the rapids spill into the boat and soak you or that big catch has you standing outside even when the rain falls sideways. You will have to wait to be dry again, but that is better than remaining wet for the whole trip.
- Quick dry long sleeve shirt: Just like with the pants version, if rain is expected, the quick dry shirt can prove to be a fortuitous clothing decision. Wear a base layer under it to protect your skin from any moisture that can make you too cold, and you will find you stay comfortable even when wet.
- The right accessories: Bags that seal out water even when submerged and quick-dry towels will make the trip easier. Sometimes the worst may happen and you need to be prepared. Putting your gear in a waterproof bag or keeping towels around helps maintain your readiness.
If you are ready for that Alaskan fishing trip, call Phantom Tri-River Charters to make arrangements. Review our “What to Bring” list to help with packing and look into investing in a few of these clothing items as well. We want to help you make great memories!