Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time for a fly-fishing float trip in Alaska?

Each month offers a unique experience for a fly fishing float trip in Alaska. Some months will be better for Salmon fishing while other will be better for trophy Rainbow, Char, Grayling and Pike.  There are all 5 species of Pacific Salmon available to our fly fishermen.  We will put you on the river that offers exactly what you would like to experience while fishing or floating these beautiful Alaskan rivers. Give us a call to find out more.

How long are the Alaska float trips?

Our floats average 35 to 45 miles long.  Longer and shorter trips may be arranged.  You will need 5-7 days to complete most of the Iliamna Region rivers comfortably.  Longer float trips may be arranged.

How do we handle bears we encounter on the river? 

There are bears on the rivers where we fish.  The best protection from these bears is proper planning of your food and cooking methods.  You plan on using  freeze-dried “backpacking” types of foods.  You need to stay away from anything refrigerated that is not stored in a bear proof container.  We will give you suggestions and help with the planning of your food.  We also rent bear spray for those of you who would like to carry it with you on the river.  Just remember that the bears have come to these rivers for the same purpose you have.  These rivers are home to the bears and we are the visitors.  We give them space when needed and never try to push them out of water that they are fishing in. Most of these bears are no more interested in you than you are in them.  They are part of the great experience of fly fishing in the wilderness of Alaska.

Should we take a guide on our float trip?

A river guide is always recommend while in the wilds of Alaska.  If you have experience on the oars, are in good health and adventurous, you may not need a guide and opt for a self-guided trip.  Self-guided trips are the ultimate in adventure.  This is a lot more than just a fishing experience.  A river guide can provide an extra margin of safety while navigating the rivers, understanding of the fishery, handling “bear situations” and help with set up of camp sites along the river.  You will find the guided float trip to be a little more comfortable.  Please discuss this option with us.


Do I need a satellite phone?

A satellite phone is always highly recommended.  If you do not own one you can rent them for as little as $75 a week.  This is the greatest safety tool you can have.  You could also carry a Garmin inReach device to allow for satellite texting and GPS location.

What type of food should I bring?

Your food should consist of freeze-dried meals.  You may also bring items like trail mix, granola bars & jerky for snacking on.  It is also a good idea to bring cider, hot chocolate or any other type of drink mix as you would not be able to carry many cans of soda.  We will discuss food ideas in the planning process of your trip.  Just remember this is not a gourmet dining experience but a fishing trip of a lifetime.  Your food planning will be critical to your safety with bears.


Can I ship food up ahead of time?

You may ship your food and any other items to us prior to your trip.  The best way is through the U.S. Postal Service addressed to:

Fish & Float Alaska

ATTN: (your name / group name)

PO Box 330

Iliamna, AK 99606

What is the weight limit for my gear?

You will be limited to 70 pounds per person in weight.  This includes fishing gear, clothes and food.  Basically the items that we don’t provide.  It is very easy to stay within this weight.

How do we get to Iliamna, Alaska?

You will fly from your home city to Anchorage.  We will arrange for you a flight from Anchorage to Iliamna but you will need to pay for it.  You can simply pay when you arrive at the air charter.  This flight will take about 1 hour.  Iliamna is 195 miles to the southwest of Anchorage.  Refer to our getting here page.


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