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Pre-Trip Information

Brazil: is a stable and friendly country and travel to Brazil is safe and enjoyable.  The Brazilian currency is the Real (pronounces “Hay-eyes”, plural) and can be exchanged in the airports, banks, and hotels in Manaus.  Our English-speaking staff will meet you upon your arrival in the Manaus Airport and see to your every need throughout your trip in Brazil.

Passport: A valid passport is required for travel to Brazil.  Your passport must have an expiration date of at least 6 months past your return date from your trip to Brazil.  If you do not already have a valid passport, you should obtain an application and begin the process as soon as possible.  Normal processing time of a passport application is approximately 6-8 weeks.  You may obtain a passport application through your local post office.








Brazil Tourist Visa: A Brazilian Visa is required for travel to Brazil.  You may apply for your Visa after purchasing your airline tickets.  The 90-day waiting period is no longer in effect!   You will find an instructional sheet regarding the process of obtaining your Brazilian Visa located in your booking package.

Air Travel: When flying internationally, we recommend that you arrive at the departure airport at least 2-3 hours prior to your scheduled international departure to Manaus in order to have ample time to process your tickets and check your bags.

Please reconfirm your international flight times because these are subject to change without notice!

We recommend that you personally carry your bags from your U.S. flight to the ticket counter for your connecting flight to Brazil, and check them in instead of checking them from your home all the way to Manaus. On occasion, bags that were checked all the way through were late to arrive and customers have been forced to spend the week without their personal baggage.

Return Travel

We recommend that customers schedule a connecting flight home no sooner than 3 hours after landing back in the US following your return flight from Manaus.  You will need to gather your baggage, clear customs, etc.  Amazon River Adventures provides the usage of conventional bait casting and spinning rods and reels, line and hooks at no charge to you.  This will save considerable time at Customs! If possible, we recommend reserving the night’s stay at a hotel in the US arrival city and flying home early the next morning. (Our travel affiliate will be happy to assist you with this should you desire.)

  • Inoculations: We advise that you consult your physician or local Health Department’s Travel Clinic and follow their recommendations.
  • Climate: Manaus, Brazil is located 200 miles south of the equator.  The daylight remains at a constant 12 hours per day with sunrise and sunset at 6 AM and 6 PM, respectively.  The temperature ranges from 60-80 degrees at night to 70-95 degrees during the day.  Although you will be fishing tributaries of the Amazon River during the “dry season”, rain showers are common and some can even last for a full day or more.  Be prepared for weather conditions from hot and dry to wet and windy.














We recommend that customers schedule a connecting flight home no sooner than 3 hours after landing back in the US following your return flight from Manaus.  You will need to gather your baggage, clear customs, etc.  Amazon River Adventures provides the usage of conventional bait casting and spinning rods and reels, line and hooks at no charge to you.  This will save considerable time at Customs! If possible, we recommend reserving the night’s stay at a hotel in the US arrival city and flying home early the next morning. (Our travel affiliate will be happy to assist you with this should you desire.)

  • Inoculations: We advise that you consult your physician or local Health Department’s Travel Clinic and follow their recommendations.
  • Climate: Manaus, Brazil is located 200 miles south of the equator.  The daylight remains at a constant 12 hours per day with sunrise and sunset at 6 AM and 6 PM, respectively.  The temperature ranges from 60-80 degrees at night to 70-95 degrees during the day.  Although you will be fishing tributaries of the Amazon River during the “dry season”, rain showers are common and some can even last for a full day or more.  Be prepared for weather conditions from hot and dry to wet and windy.

Personal Baggage and Equipment

Fly Fishing Equipment

Peacock Bass love to hit big flies! The good news is that on the average, an experienced fly fisherman will land more Peacock Bass than an equally skilled fisherman using casting equipment! The fly fisherman’s Peacocks will be slightly smaller in size, but larger in numbers. The Peacock Bass that will normally hit a fly are in the 5 – 9 pound range; although 10 – 24 pound fish are often taken, and the world record on the (all tackle) on the fly is a 28.5 pound Peacock! While fishing for Peacock Bass, you will need to bring heavy-weight fly fishing rods and fish with large streamers and top-water poppers.

Rods – Fly rods should be from 8wt – 11wt, with either a 9wt or 10wt being the best weight if you are only bringing one rod.

Reels – Good quality with a strong drag and capacity for a lot of 30 lb. backing, designed for the weight rod you are bringing.

Line – Any good quality floating, weight forward, line will work best. I prefer to use a shooting head system because Peacock Bass are definitely not line shy. If you are bringing a second rod, I recommend a 5ft. #6 sinking-tip line for the second outfit.

Leaders – A very quick and easy method is to simply cut a 5-6 ft. section of 40, 50, or 60 lb. “hard mono” and tie it on as a straight-leader. If you are interested in fishing for line class records for Peacock Bass, you will need a leader with a heavy butt section, followed by your IGFA approved line class section between two Bimini twists, ending in a 20lb., 30lb., or 40lb. fluorocarbon tippet. Be sure to check on the current IGFA record for the line class that you are fishing, so you will know if a record breaking fish has been caught.

Flies – Peacock Bass flies should be tied on large sharp, 3/0-4/0 hooks. Peacock bass will hit top-water poppers, but large streamers will produce more strikes. All colors will attract peacocks to strike, especially combinations using yellow, green, red, olive, and blue. Smaller 3”-4” streamers are easier to cast and will produce a lot of strikes from fish in the 2-6 pound range. For really large Peacock Bass, you will need to fish with a streamer that is from 5”-8” in length.

Streamers Poppers
  • Wool flies (or can be tied with Bozo hair)
  • Rabbit tail slider
  • Deceivers
  • Dahlberg divers
  • Foam poppers














Fly Fishing Equipment

Peacock Bass love to hit big flies! The good news is that on the average, an experienced fly fisherman will land more Peacock Bass than an equally skilled fisherman using casting equipment! The fly fisherman’s Peacocks will be slightly smaller in size, but larger in numbers. The Peacock Bass that will normally hit a fly are in the 5 – 9 pound range; although 10 – 24 pound fish are often taken, and the world record on the (all tackle) on the fly is a 28.5 pound Peacock! While fishing for Peacock Bass, you will need to bring heavy-weight fly fishing rods and fish with large streamers and top-water poppers.

Rods – Fly rods should be from 8wt – 11wt, with either a 9wt or 10wt being the best weight if you are only bringing one rod.

Reels – Good quality with a strong drag and capacity for a lot of 30 lb. backing, designed for the weight rod you are bringing.

Line – Any good quality floating, weight forward, line will work best. I prefer to use a shooting head system because Peacock Bass are definitely not line shy. If you are bringing a second rod, I recommend a 5ft. #6 sinking-tip line for the second outfit.

Leaders – A very quick and easy method is to simply cut a 5-6 ft. section of 40, 50, or 60 lb. “hard mono” and tie it on as a straight-leader. If you are interested in fishing for line class records for Peacock Bass, you will need a leader with a heavy butt section, followed by your IGFA approved line class section between two Bimini twists, ending in a 20lb., 30lb., or 40lb. fluorocarbon tippet. Be sure to check on the current IGFA record for the line class that you are fishing, so you will know if a record breaking fish has been caught.

Flies – Peacock Bass flies should be tied on large sharp, 3/0-4/0 hooks. Peacock bass will hit top-water poppers, but large streamers will produce more strikes. All colors will attract peacocks to strike, especially combinations using yellow, green, red, olive, and blue. Smaller 3”-4” streamers are easier to cast and will produce a lot of strikes from fish in the 2-6 pound range. For really large Peacock Bass, you will need to fish with a streamer that is from 5”-8” in length.

Streamers Poppers
  • Wool flies (or can be tied with Bozo hair)
  • Rabbit tail slider
  • Deceivers
  • Dahlberg divers
  • Foam poppers

Conventional Tackle Equipment List

Peacock Bass are considered one of the hardest-hitting and most aggressive game fish in the world! Explosive top-water strikes are their “claim to fame”. Landing Peacock Bass will require using tough equipment. To give you the advantage, we are providing this “tried & true” equipment list for Peacock Bass fishing. If you wish to purchase, and carry, your own Peacock Bass fishing equipment, you may consider checking out our suggested list below.
Our complimentary professional rod/reel packages include 2 rods, 2 spooled reels, Line and Hooks!

Two fully spooled and well maintained casting rod outfits all specific for Peacock Bass and other Amazon species. NOTE: You may bring your own reels if you so desire.
*There may be a minimal fee for the cost of broken tackle.

Casting

3+ Medium/Heavy to Heavy Action 6’6” – 7’ rods. NOTE: Best Rods also have a long handle. When retrieving a large prop-bait, such as a Big Game Woodchopper, it is best to position your rod butt on your hip to gain leverage and assist in pulling the bait through the water. Short aggressive jerks allow the prop-bait to buzz louder, throw more water and attract more strikes!

Bait Casting Reels

Good quality, strong drag, fast retrieve ratio (6.0:1-6.3:1). We recommend:

  1. Top of the line: Shimano Curado, Chronarch, Calais or Abu Garcia.
  2. Less expensive, but still capable: Pfluger low profile Trion or Abu 6500 C4 in a 6.3 retrieve.

Spinning

You may fish for Peacock Bass with spinning equipment if that is what you are comfortable fishing with. Bring 7’ Medium-Heavy rods with you.

Spin Casting Reels

Choose good quality light-saltwater reels lined with 50-60 lb braided line. To be honest, the casting rod’s stiffness, cast-ability, accuracy, and balance make it a much better choice for Peacock Bass fishing. The Amazon is the perfect place to learn and master the bait casting techniques; the days are beautiful, the fishing is hot, and you will be rewarded for your efforts.

 

Line

Bait Casing Line:  60-80 lb braided fishing line made by Tuffline, Magibraid or Power-Pro.

Spin Casting Line:  We suggest 50-60 lb. braided line by Power-Pro.  (For Jigs – 40 lb. braid)

Large Prop-Baits

Large prop-baits were specifically designed for Peacock Bass and other species that really “turn-on” to a bait that causes a big top-water commotion. The large prop-baits are the best lures available for bringing big Peacock Bass to the surface.

The two main Choices of large prop-baits are:

  1. The Big Game Woodchopper
  2. The Amazon Ripper

The colors we prefer are Perch Fire Tiger and Black/Orange. In addition, the Clown and Red/White head will at times produce good strikes.

NOTE: Big Game Woodchoppers have a louder more aggressive sound, but Amazon Rippers are a little easier to retrieve.

In conclusion, bring 6-10 large prop-baits in a combination of models and colors, for example:

  • 4- HighRoller/Monster Riprollers (colors Perch, Fire Tiger, Clown, Redhead, Halloween, )
  • 1- Big Game Woodchopper in Clown or Red/White
  • 2- Amazon Rippers in Black/Orange
  • 1- Amazon Ripper in Fire Tiger

NOTE: There are several new companies producing lures of this type! Call our office for updates.

Small Prop-Baits

The smaller prop-baits (called the Peacock Special) will raise Peacock Bass and are easier to retrieve than the larger prop-baits. Bring one of each of them in Black & Orange, Blue and Fire Tiger.

Jerkbaits

2 – 3 large 7’ or medium 6’ Redfins (chrome with blue dorsal), also Bomber Long-A lures, 6”, 2 each, in white body with red hair or silver flash with blue/back.

Rat-L-Traps

2 Chrome/Blue black or Fire Tiger color in 3/4 or 1 oz. size.

Other

4 Bucktail jigs in 1/2 oz. – white color works best. These lures may be purchased online from either Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas.

You must bring your own softbaits i.e. jigs

Do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions regarding fishing tackle for Peacock Bass or any other aspect of your trip to Brazil!








Clothing

Please be aware that there is a 35-pound weight restriction p/person (limit of 2 checked bags) on luggage per person due to a limited weight capacity on the charter planes that take you from Manaus to the boat.   NOTE:  IF you are fishing a Safari Camp, or Rio Travessao, you will flying into the remote river via float plane.  Your weight restriction for this float plane is 33 lbs. p/person and 1 checked bag limit – the smaller the piece of non-hard luggage the better! The following is a recommended clothing list for your fishing trip to Brazil.  Aboard the yacht, dinner attire is casual and there is free daily laundry service.

  • Hats: (2) baseball-style and/or (1) large-brim fishing hat
  • Raingear: (1) quality breathable rain jacket (rain pants are optional)
  •  Jacket: (1) light weight fishing jacket, pile pullover, or sweater
  •  Shirts: (2) long or short sleeve dress shirts (if you think that you might go out for dinner at a nice restaurant in Manaus) (2-3) T-shirts (1 being long sleeve) (2) flats wear fishing shirts (1 short & 1 long sleeve)
  •  Pants: (2) pair long pants (2) pair fishing or swim-style shorts
  •  Shoes: (1-2) pair sneakers, boat shoes, and/or sandals
  • Repellent: On the Rio Negro there are not many mosquitos you may encounter some during your jungle walks, wasps, bees, salt flies, and other small flying insects that are more annoying at times.
  • Sun- Block: Sun block SPF-45+.
  • Optional: (1-2) bandanas to cover your neck from the sun, BUFF to protect face, neck and ears are very useful, fingerless sun-gloves to protect top of your hand while fishing, ear plugs for small plane ride.

Personal

  • Travel Guides: The national language in Brazil is Portuguese.  Your trip to Brazil will be most enjoyable if you will buy a travel Guide for Brazil and/or a Portuguese (Brazilian dialect) language tape and take the time to learn something of the country before your trip.
  • Glasses: (2) pair prescription glasses (1 as a back-up) (2) pairs of sun glasses with keeper straps
  • Photography: All the Santana yachts’ have 110 voltage, the same as in the U.S., so bring your camera and/or video equipment.
  • Medications: Bring those medications that you normally need, i.e. aspirin, Allergy Medication, Band-Aids, suntan lotion (SPF 45+), your prescription drugs, etc. in your carry-on luggage. The Santana yachts all have a well- maintained first-aid kit for everything from sunburn to hook removal.
  • Allergies: If you know to be allergic to insect sting such as bees/wasp you should carry with you an EPI-Pen for strong allergic reactions to insect stings.
  • Gratuities: The Guide Service Fee is recommended for each guest at approx. $42 per Guide per day and normally paid by the week after fishing. Recommended yacht staff service fee is a minimum of $250 per guest for the week and divided amongst the entire non-Guide personnel (yacht crew including Captain, housekeeping, cooks, waiters, etc). If you feel a particular staff or Guide member has provided exemplary service to you, and you wish to provide an additional gratuity, please feel free to offer it to them personally. In addition to gratuities, you will need to bring travel money for first day in Manaus, as well as for souvenirs and gifts.














Personal

  • Travel Guides: The national language in Brazil is Portuguese.  Your trip to Brazil will be most enjoyable if you will buy a travel Guide for Brazil and/or a Portuguese (Brazilian dialect) language tape and take the time to learn something of the country before your trip.
  • Glasses: (2) pair prescription glasses (1 as a back-up) (2) pairs of sun glasses with keeper straps
  • Photography: All the Santana yachts’ have 110 voltage, the same as in the U.S., so bring your camera and/or video equipment.
  • Medications: Bring those medications that you normally need, i.e. aspirin, Allergy Medication, Band-Aids, suntan lotion (SPF 45+), your prescription drugs, etc. in your carry-on luggage. The Santana yachts all have a well- maintained first-aid kit for everything from sunburn to hook removal.
  • Allergies: If you know to be allergic to insect sting such as bees/wasp you should carry with you an EPI-Pen for strong allergic reactions to insect stings.
  • Gratuities: The Guide Service Fee is recommended for each guest at approx. $42 per Guide per day and normally paid by the week after fishing. Recommended yacht staff service fee is a minimum of $250 per guest for the week and divided amongst the entire non-Guide personnel (yacht crew including Captain, housekeeping, cooks, waiters, etc). If you feel a particular staff or Guide member has provided exemplary service to you, and you wish to provide an additional gratuity, please feel free to offer it to them personally. In addition to gratuities, you will need to bring travel money for first day in Manaus, as well as for souvenirs and gifts.

Communication








If anyone needs to get in touch with you while you are traveling with us in Brazil, they can call our office at 1-800-398-5837.  Our office is in contact with the yacht with evening check-ins and we can relay any message to you in Brazil very quickly.  If you need to contact someone while you are in Brazil, we have a satellite phone on the boat for customer use.  Our Boat Manager can assist you with using this phone and can also inform you of the current usage rate; however, due to high per minute rates, we recommend renting a satellite phone and bringing this with you if you plan to use the phone often.











If anyone needs to get in touch with you while you are traveling with us in Brazil, they can call our office at 1-800-398-5837.  Our office is in contact with the yacht with evening check-ins and we can relay any message to you in Brazil very quickly.  If you need to contact someone while you are in Brazil, we have a satellite phone on the boat for customer use.  Our Boat Manager can assist you with using this phone and can also inform you of the current usage rate; however, due to high per minute rates, we recommend renting a satellite phone and bringing this with you if you plan to use the phone often.

Final Payment

If you have not already sent in your trip deposit of $2,500 to reserve your fishing trip, please do so at this time.  No verbal reservations will be held for over fifteen (15) days. The final payment is due no later than 90 days prior to the departure date of your trip.

If there is anything we can do to assist you in the preparation of your trip to Brazil, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-398-5837.  Enjoy your Peacock Bass fishing trip sailing the “best Liveaboards in the Amazon, Brazil”!

Fly Tackle By Species

4-5 wt. with floating line

  • Perfect for grayling and smaller char 

5-7 wt. with floating line or sink tips

  • When matched with a quality reel, the go-to outfit for most of our Rainbows, although a 6 wt. is our favorite for these hard-fighting fish.   

 7-8 wt. with floating line and moderate sink tips

  • The outfit of our choice when the target is Sockeye, Silver or Chum Salmon as well as our feisty Sheefish and Northern Pike…Faster action rods allow the use of larger flies and longer casts in breezy situations
  • A 10-15 ft., type 7-8 wt. sinking tip line will come in handy for these Salmon as well.
  • A fast action 9 wt. also doubles as a lightweight King Salmon rod.  A 10 wt. with a variety of sinking tips/interchangeable heads (not necessary after July 26th for King Salmon)
    • The biggest weight rods are used when we target Kings which is the largest member of the Pacific Salmon family. NOTE:  Please practice casting these larger rods at home.  The size and weights involved will slightly change the dynamics of your cast.







Note to Group Leaders: It is important that if you are a group leader, you share this pre-trip information with all members of your party so that everybody is equally prepared. 

Travel to Aniak:
Your reservation to Aniak River Lodge does not include airfare from your home destination to Aniak, AK (Airport code ANI).  You should plan to fly from your home into Anchorage on Friday night and overnight there. You will take an early a.m. flight out of Anchorage into Aniak.  We recommend traveling the Anchorage to Aniak portion of your flight with www.FlyRavn.com (Morning Flight).  This is a commercial air provider servicing small AK villages.  Our affiliate will be happy to help you make the appropriate reservations if you wish.  Please mention Aniak River Lodge when making the reservation for air or hotels in Anchorage.  You may receive hotel discounts with our name for specific hotels.















Note to Group Leaders: It is important that if you are a group leader, you share this pre-trip information with all members of your party so that everybody is equally prepared. 

Travel to Aniak:
Your reservation to Aniak River Lodge does not include airfare from your home destination to Aniak, AK (Airport code ANI).  You should plan to fly from your home into Anchorage on Friday night and overnight there. You will take an early a.m. flight out of Anchorage into Aniak.  We recommend traveling the Anchorage to Aniak portion of your flight with www.FlyRavn.com (Morning Flight).  This is a commercial air provider servicing small AK villages.  Our affiliate will be happy to help you make the appropriate reservations if you wish.  Please mention Aniak River Lodge when making the reservation for air or hotels in Anchorage.  You may receive hotel discounts with our name for specific hotels.

About the Fishing

Weather Conditions/Clothing

With all the new “high-tech” clothing materials that are available today, there is no need to be cold or wet anymore. Weather in Alaska during the summer varies continuously. Average daily temperatures between June 21st and August 1st, are between the low 80’s to low 50’s during the day. August 1st,through September 20th temperatures average days, between the low 80’s to the mid 40’s during the day and high 30’s at night. Please pack clothing accordingly. To those of you heading to Aniak in late June through July, temperatures can be well into the 80’s at this time of year. A long-sleeved flats-style shirt can be the remedy for fishing in this weather. Dressing in layers is the easiest way to dress for the weather variations of the day. Capilene or polypropylene long underwear is a staple item for a base layer. Fleece pants and tops provide warmth as well as pack easily. Tip: Cotton is rotten in wet conditions. Wool or poly-blend socks will keep moisture away from your feet to keep them warm and happy. Comfortable, proper fitting, and broken in boots also a necessity. We recommend an extra set of walking shoes, hiking boots, or sneakers for walking around camp after a day on the river. A good quality waterproof/breathable rain jacket will make moist days comfortable and is a necessary item. One note: the sun is not particularly uncomfortable, however the sun shines 20 plus hours each day, during the months of June, and July, long sleeves, lip sunscreen, and regular sunscreen, is a necessity.















Weather Conditions/Clothing

With all the new “high-tech” clothing materials that are available today, there is no need to be cold or wet anymore. Weather in Alaska during the summer varies continuously. Average daily temperatures between June 21st and August 1st, are between the low 80’s to low 50’s during the day. August 1st,through September 20th temperatures average days, between the low 80’s to the mid 40’s during the day and high 30’s at night. Please pack clothing accordingly. To those of you heading to Aniak in late June through July, temperatures can be well into the 80’s at this time of year. A long-sleeved flats-style shirt can be the remedy for fishing in this weather. Dressing in layers is the easiest way to dress for the weather variations of the day. Capilene or polypropylene long underwear is a staple item for a base layer. Fleece pants and tops provide warmth as well as pack easily. Tip: Cotton is rotten in wet conditions. Wool or poly-blend socks will keep moisture away from your feet to keep them warm and happy. Comfortable, proper fitting, and broken in boots also a necessity. We recommend an extra set of walking shoes, hiking boots, or sneakers for walking around camp after a day on the river. A good quality waterproof/breathable rain jacket will make moist days comfortable and is a necessary item. One note: the sun is not particularly uncomfortable, however the sun shines 20 plus hours each day, during the months of June, and July, long sleeves, lip sunscreen, and regular sunscreen, is a necessity.








Fishing Gear Checklist

  • Chest Waders and proper fitting boots
  • Rain Jacket
  • Warm Hat/Scarf
  • Clothing with “layering” in mind due to weather changes throughout day
  • Fishing Gloves – preferably fingerless type
  • Dry Bag to transport clothes to camp
  • Wool, or wool blend, socks.
  • Sleeping Equipment (CPAP) if needed w/extra batteries
  • Small waterproof duffel to contain small items for the day
  • Camera
  • Nippers
  • Polarized Sunglasses or eye protection, a necessity
  • Fly boxes with your favorite patterns to try
  • Mosquito repellant…preferably with Deet. Mosquito Net – optional.
  • Sunscreen 30 plus
  • Pliers or forceps
  • Split Shot in Sizes: 3/0, 7
  • Leader material in 8, 12, 15, and 20 lb. strengths
  • Weapons “Prohibited” on any/all premises (including bear spray). Your Guides are always equipped with safety devices for your protection.

Waders

A good pair of waders can be the most important piece of gear in your duffel.  Our waters stay fairly cold throughout the season.  Alaska is hard on waders.  Breathable waders are highly recommended because they provide maximum flexibility and comfort.  They are also lighter and easier to pack.  Stocking-foot models provide more support and ankle protection than boot-foot models.  Studded cleats are not recommended.  Felt bottoms are no longer allowed in Alaska; please make sure to bring hard sole boots only.  Given your wading ability, a collapsible wading staff may be worth bringing. **Please make sure to wear a wading belt for your safety while on, or in, the river.**














Waders

A good pair of waders can be the most important piece of gear in your duffel.  Our waters stay fairly cold throughout the season.  Alaska is hard on waders.  Breathable waders are highly recommended because they provide maximum flexibility and comfort.  They are also lighter and easier to pack.  Stocking-foot models provide more support and ankle protection than boot-foot models.  Studded cleats are not recommended.  Felt bottoms are no longer allowed in Alaska; please make sure to bring hard sole boots only.  Given your wading ability, a collapsible wading staff may be worth bringing. **Please make sure to wear a wading belt for your safety while on, or in, the river.**







Rods/Reels: The right rod/reel combination boils down to preference for each individual angler.  When packing/buying tackle, please keep in mind the individual species of fish that you will be targeting.  Most of you will get more enjoyment, by scaling your tackle to the size and species of fish you will be catching. 

Fly Anglers: Anglers should bring at least two outfits: A moderate, fast-action, 9 ft., 5-6 weight will handle most Trout, Char, and Grayling that you will catch.  A moderate, fast-action 7-8 weight is recommended for Sockeye, Chum and Coho (Silver Salmon).  A moderate 9-10 ft., 9-10 weight is recommended for King Salmon.  Look for matching fly reel models with smooth, dependable drags and ample capacities of backing.  We suggest a spare spool for each reel.  3 to 5 piece travel rods are recommended, as they are easier to travel with.  If you would like help with tackle recommendations, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail.

Fly Tackle By Species

4-5 wt. with floating line

  • Perfect for grayling and smaller char 

5-7 wt. with floating line or sink tips

  • When matched with a quality reel, the go-to outfit for most of our Rainbows, although a 6 wt. is our favorite for these hard-fighting fish.   

 7-8 wt. with floating line and moderate sink tips

  • The outfit of our choice when the target is Sockeye, Silver or Chum Salmon as well as our feisty Sheefish and Northern Pike…Faster action rods allow the use of larger flies and longer casts in breezy situations
  • A 10-15 ft., type 7-8 wt. sinking tip line will come in handy for these Salmon as well.
  • A fast action 9 wt. also doubles as a lightweight King Salmon rod.  A 10 wt. with a variety of sinking tips/interchangeable heads (not necessary after July 26th for King Salmon)
    • The biggest weight rods are used when we target Kings which is the largest member of the Pacific Salmon family. NOTE:  Please practice casting these larger rods at home.  The size and weights involved will slightly change the dynamics of your cast.














Fly Tackle By Species

4-5 wt. with floating line

  • Perfect for grayling and smaller char

5-7 wt. with floating line or sink tips

  • When matched with a quality reel, the go-to outfit for most of our Rainbows, although a 6 wt. is our favorite for these hard-fighting fish.

 7-8 wt. with floating line and moderate sink tips

  • The outfit of our choice when the target is Sockeye, Silver or Chum Salmon as well as our feisty Sheefish and Northern Pike…Faster action rods allow the use of larger flies and longer casts in breezy situations
  • A 10-15 ft., type 7-8 wt. sinking tip line will come in handy for these Salmon as well.
  • A fast action 9 wt. also doubles as a lightweight King Salmon rod.  A 10 wt. with a variety of sinking tips/interchangeable heads (not necessary after July 26th for King Salmon)
  • The biggest weight rods are used when we target Kings which is the largest member of the Pacific Salmon family. NOTE:  Please practice casting these larger rods at home.  The size and weights involved will slightly change the dynamics of your cast.

Flies

The Aniak River Lodge, and Guides, will provide flies that are proven fish catchers.  Many of these patterns have been developed by our staff, although please feel free to bring your patterns to try.  Part of the enjoyment in fly-fishing is the ability to catch fish on something that you tied at the vise.  If you are interested in tying patterns for your stay, please contact us for samples or a list of additional patterns.  We can also recommend companies that stock these patterns.

Standard Patterns and Sizes:

All “must have” items are red and bolded

Conventional

Spin/Casting Anglers should bring a lightweight rod/reel combination for smaller resident fish and a medium action outfit for salmon. The lightweight reel should hold at least 120 yards of quality 6 –8 lb. monofilament. Salmon reels for chums, silvers, and sockeye should hold at least 150 yards of 12-15 lb. class line. We have surplus spin gear for kings, but in the event you wish to bring your own…a med-heavy outfit capable of at least 150 yards of 16-20 lb. class line will suffice.  NOTE: We require barbless, single hooks.

Lures for salmon are fairly basic…Pixies and spoons in color combinations of silver and fl. Pink/fl. Orange/Chartreuse are popular and effective. Bucktail and plastic tube-style jigs can be very effective in fl. Pink/Orange/Yellow as well as Pearl. Mepps and Blue Fox spinners in these same colors should also be enclosed in a basic tackle box. Rounding off the list should be an assortment of Bass/Pike poppers and chuggers. Lures with propellers such as Buzz-baits are very effective. Areas can have subsurface weeds, so floating patterns provide the most fun. Also, smaller poppers in bright Pink can provide tremendous fun when fishing for both chums and silvers salmon. Under the right conditions, this can be tremendous action.








Meals: We all know that many people have different tastes.  Our meals are first class and we expect great things out of our chef.  We serve a combination of various meats and seafood, including a great week-ending King Crab Feast.  If there are any dietary requirements or if you do not prefer a certain food (seafood, for example), please let us know so that our Chef can prepare selections to meet your pallet. 

Shore-Lunch: Lunch during your fishing day will consist of fresh caught fish or other warm items…and they will be prepared for you by your guide for the day.  Shore lunches often include grilled or pan-fried Salmon, potatoes, onions, an additional veggie, soda/water, cookies, or candy snacks. Sandwiches are always available.  Again please let us know if there is anything you need to make your lunches the way you would like them.

Medication and Medical Emergencies: Please bring all medications with you for your stay as well as a sufficient supply of these medications.  If there is any situation that we need to be aware of please notify us immediately.  There is a state-run health facility in the village of Aniak.  It provides basic care for the people of the region.  Larger, full-scale hospitals are located in Bethel and in Anchorage.  The costs involved for transportation in an emergency can be tremendous.  We have arrangements with an air medical service out of Anchorage for any possible emergencies.  Please make sure that any possible situations are avoided.  The American Red Cross certifies all of our guides in CPR and first-aid.  Whether wading the river, or viewing wildlife, your safety is our highest priority.  You “must” bring with you (to the Lodge and during travel from your home) any necessary medications, Epi Pens, or other pharmaceutical/treatments regarding any/all medical or allergy reactions. We will not be responsible for health issues (known or otherwise) while on premises or traveling.

Waiver of Limited Liability: Due to increasing insurance regulations, our insurance provider requires all guests to fill out and sign the Lodge Participant Waiver per “each trip taken”.   Any potential guest unwilling to sign the waiver will not be allowed to stay and fish in our Lodge. The waiver will be provided upon receipt of deposit and will need to be received by us prior to your arrival in Aniak.  We nor the Lodge will not be held responsible for loss or damage of personal property















Medication and Medical Emergencies: Please bring all medications with you for your stay as well as a sufficient supply of these medications.  If there is any situation that we need to be aware of please notify us immediately.  There is a state-run health facility in the village of Aniak.  It provides basic care for the people of the region.  Larger, full-scale hospitals are located in Bethel and in Anchorage.  The costs involved for transportation in an emergency can be tremendous.  We have arrangements with an air medical service out of Anchorage for any possible emergencies.  Please make sure that any possible situations are avoided.  The American Red Cross certifies all of our guides in CPR and first-aid.  Whether wading the river, or viewing wildlife, your safety is our highest priority.  You “must” bring with you (to Aniak River Lodge and during travel from your home) any necessary medications, Epi Pens, or other pharmaceutical/treatments regarding any/all medical or allergy reactions. We will not be responsible for health issues (known or otherwise) while on premises or traveling.

Waiver of Limited Liability: Due to increasing insurance regulations, our insurance provider requires all guests to fill out and sign the Aniak River Lodge Participant Waiver per “each trip taken”.   Any potential guest unwilling to sign the waiver will not be allowed to stay and fish in our Lodge. The waiver will be provided upon receipt of deposit and will need to be received by us prior to your arrival in Aniak.  Aniak River Lodge will not be held responsible for loss or damage of personal property, injury to participants, cancellations, or incur any costs resulting from delays due to unpredictable weather activities, or flights.

Medication and Medical Emergencies: Please bring all medications with you for your stay as well as a sufficient supply of these medications.  If there is any situation that we need to be aware of please notify us immediately.  There is a state-run health facility in the village of Aniak.  It provides basic care for the people of the region.  Larger, full-scale hospitals are located in Bethel and in Anchorage.  The costs involved for transportation in an emergency can be tremendous.  We have arrangements with an air medical service out of Anchorage for any possible emergencies.  Please make sure that any possible situations are avoided.  The American Red Cross certifies all of our guides in CPR and first-aid.  Whether wading the river, or viewing wildlife, your safety is our highest priority.  You “must” bring with you (to Aniak River Lodge and during travel from your home) any necessary medications, Epi Pens, or other pharmaceutical/treatments regarding any/all medical or allergy reactions. We will not be responsible for health issues (known or otherwise) while on premises or traveling.

Waiver of Limited Liability: Due to increasing insurance regulations, our insurance provider requires all guests to fill out and sign the Aniak River Lodge Participant Waiver per “each trip taken”.   Any potential guest unwilling to sign the waiver will not be allowed to stay and fish in our Lodge. The waiver will be provided upon receipt of deposit and will need to be received by us prior to your arrival in Aniak.  Aniak River Lodge will not be held responsible for loss or damage of personal property, injury to participants, cancellations, or incur any costs resulting from delays due to unpredictable weather activities, or flights.








Alcohol and Tobacco: Aniak, AK is a “damp village.”  What this means is that it is legal to possess alcohol, but not buy or sell it within the general village area.  Doing so is considered “boot-legging” and is illegal.  It is advisable to pack or buy any liquor in plastic bottles.  Many standard beverages can be purchased this way.  If you have certain alcohol needs during your stay, feel free to bring it with you and/or purchase in Anchorage prior to your arrival in Aniak. The Gold Rush Liquor Store in Anchorage will ship alcohol to Aniak for a fee. If you would like to pre-arrange an order to coincide with your arrival, feel free to contact Gold Rish Liquor Bush Sales directly at:

 Gold Rush Liquor Bush Sales
1 (888) 344-2252 

There is a small store in the town of Aniak where tobacco can be purchased.  Often times the store hours do not coincide with the hours of a fishing day.  Also, the prices of goods in rural AK can be much higher than what you are used to.  Smokers should have their own supply to last the week.

Conventional

 

Call our office 1-800-398-5837 for complete tackle list.

Option:  Let us know if you would like to purchase a complete tackle package delivered to you prior to departing for your trip.

 

Note to Group Leaders: It is important that if you are a group leader, you share this pre-trip information with all members of your party so that everybody is equally prepared. 

Travel to Aniak:
Your reservation to Aniak River Lodge does not include airfare from your home destination to Aniak, AK (Airport code ANI).  You should plan to fly from your home into Anchorage on Friday night and overnight there. You will take an early a.m. flight out of Anchorage into Aniak.  We recommend traveling the Anchorage to Aniak portion of your flight with www.FlyRavn.com (Morning Flight).  This is a commercial air provider servicing small AK villages.  Our affiliate will be happy to help you make the appropriate reservations if you wish.  Please mention Aniak River Lodge when making the reservation for air or hotels in Anchorage.  You may receive hotel discounts with our name for specific hotels.








About the Fishing

Weather Conditions/Clothing

With all the new “high-tech” clothing materials that are available today, there is no need to be cold or wet anymore. Weather in Alaska during the summer varies continuously. Average daily temperatures between June 21st and August 1st, are between the low 80’s to low 50’s during the day. August 1st,through September 20th temperatures average days, between the low 80’s to the mid 40’s during the day and high 30’s at night. Please pack clothing accordingly. To those of you heading to Aniak in late June through July, temperatures can be well into the 80’s at this time of year. A long-sleeved flats-style shirt can be the remedy for fishing in this weather. Dressing in layers is the easiest way to dress for the weather variations of the day. Capilene or polypropylene long underwear is a staple item for a base layer. Fleece pants and tops provide warmth as well as pack easily. Tip: Cotton is rotten in wet conditions. Wool or poly-blend socks will keep moisture away from your feet to keep them warm and happy. Comfortable, proper fitting, and broken in boots also a necessity. We recommend an extra set of walking shoes, hiking boots, or sneakers for walking around camp after a day on the river. A good quality waterproof/breathable rain jacket will make moist days comfortable and is a necessary item. One note: the sun is not particularly uncomfortable, however the sun shines 20 plus hours each day, during the months of June, and July, long sleeves, lip sunscreen, and regular sunscreen, is a necessity.















Fishing Gear Checklist

  • Chest Waders and proper fitting boots
  • Rain Jacket
  • Warm Hat/Scarf
  • Clothing with “layering” in mind due to weather changes throughout day
  • Fishing Gloves – preferably fingerless type
  • Dry Bag to transport clothes to camp
  • Wool, or wool blend, socks.
  • Sleeping Equipment (CPAP) if needed w/extra batteries
  • Small waterproof duffel to contain small items for the day
  • Camera
  • Nippers
  • Polarized Sunglasses or eye protection, a necessity
  • Fly boxes with your favorite patterns to try
  • Mosquito repellant…preferably with Deet. Mosquito Net – optional.
  • Sunscreen 30 plus
  • Pliers or forceps
  • Split Shot in Sizes: 3/0, 7
  • Leader material in 8, 12, 15, and 20 lb. strengths
  • Weapons “Prohibited” on any/all premises (including bear spray). Your Guides are always equipped with safety devices for your protection.

Waders

A good pair of waders can be the most important piece of gear in your duffel.  Our waters stay fairly cold throughout the season.  Alaska is hard on waders.  Breathable waders are highly recommended because they provide maximum flexibility and comfort.  They are also lighter and easier to pack.  Stocking-foot models provide more support and ankle protection than boot-foot models.  Studded cleats are not recommended.  Felt bottoms are no longer allowed in Alaska; please make sure to bring hard sole boots only.  Given your wading ability, a collapsible wading staff may be worth bringing. **Please make sure to wear a wading belt for your safety while on, or in, the river.**














Rods/Reels: The right rod/reel combination boils down to preference for each individual angler.  When packing/buying tackle, please keep in mind the individual species of fish that you will be targeting.  Most of you will get more enjoyment, by scaling your tackle to the size and species of fish you will be catching. 

Fly Anglers: Anglers should bring at least two outfits: A moderate, fast-action, 9 ft., 5-6 weight will handle most Trout, Char, and Grayling that you will catch.  A moderate, fast-action 7-8 weight is recommended for Sockeye, Chum and Coho (Silver Salmon).  A moderate 9-10 ft., 9-10 weight is recommended for King Salmon.  Look for matching fly reel models with smooth, dependable drags and ample capacities of backing.  We suggest a spare spool for each reel.  3 to 5 piece travel rods are recommended, as they are easier to travel with.  If you would like help with tackle recommendations, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail.

Fly Tackle By Species

4-5 wt. with floating line

  • Perfect for grayling and smaller char

5-7 wt. with floating line or sink tips

  • When matched with a quality reel, the go-to outfit for most of our Rainbows, although a 6 wt. is our favorite for these hard-fighting fish.

 7-8 wt. with floating line and moderate sink tips

  • The outfit of our choice when the target is Sockeye, Silver or Chum Salmon as well as our feisty Sheefish and Northern Pike…Faster action rods allow the use of larger flies and longer casts in breezy situations
  • A 10-15 ft., type 7-8 wt. sinking tip line will come in handy for these Salmon as well.
  • A fast action 9 wt. also doubles as a lightweight King Salmon rod.  A 10 wt. with a variety of sinking tips/interchangeable heads (not necessary after July 26th for King Salmon)
  • The biggest weight rods are used when we target Kings which is the largest member of the Pacific Salmon family. NOTE:  Please practice casting these larger rods at home.  The size and weights involved will slightly change the dynamics of your cast.







Flies

The Aniak River Lodge, and Guides, will provide flies that are proven fish catchers.  Many of these patterns have been developed by our staff, although please feel free to bring your patterns to try.  Part of the enjoyment in fly-fishing is the ability to catch fish on something that you tied at the vise.  If you are interested in tying patterns for your stay, please contact us for samples or a list of additional patterns.  We can also recommend companies that stock these patterns.

Standard Patterns and Sizes:

All “must have” items are red and bolded

Pattern Name Color(s) Sizes Recommended

 

Wooly Bugger/Bunny Buggers (weighted) Cerise, Fuchsia, White (Heavy flash material) Sizes 1/0, 2 -6
Cotton Candy Salmon/White Sizes 4 – 8
Flesh Flies Cream and White Sizes 4 – 8, 3- 4 inches long for Sept.
Clouser Deep Minnows Combinations of White and Hot Pink, Silver, Hot Orange, and Chartreuse Sizes 2 – 6
Estaz buggers/ Zonkers (weighted) Combinations of cerise and pearl Sizes 2 – 6
Egg patterns Single and Double Egg patterns in various shades of Pink and Orange Sizes 6 – 10
Pink Pollywog, Wog, or small Bass Popper Hot Pink and Chartreuse (for Chums and Silvers) Size 4 – 6
Large Divers/Poppers w/ Weedguard Olive, Black, Green, White (for Northern Pike) Size 2/0 –1
(4-6 inches long)
Deer Hair Mice Natural Brown Size 4 – 8
(Body 3– 4 inches in length)
Egg-Sucking Leech (weighted) Purple/Black with Cerise or Fluorescent Orange head Sizes 2 – 8

Conventional

The Aniak River Lodge, and Guides, will provide flies that are proven fish catchers.  Many of these patterns have been developed by our staff, although please feel free to bring your patterns to try.  Part of the enjoyment in fly-fishing is the ability to catch fish on something that you tied at the vise.  If you are interested in tying patterns for your stay, please contact us for samples or a list of additional patterns.  We can also recommend companies that stock these patterns.

Standard Patterns and Sizes:

All “must have” items are red and bolded

Pattern Name Color(s)

Sizes Recommended

 

Wooly Bugger/Bunny Buggers (weighted) Cerise, Fuchsia, White (Heavy flash material) Sizes 1/0, 2 -6
Cotton Candy Salmon/White Sizes 4 – 8
Flesh Flies Cream and White Sizes 4 – 8, 3- 4 inches long for Sept.
Clouser Deep Minnows Combinations of White and Hot Pink, Silver, Hot Orange, and Chartreuse Sizes 2 – 6
Estaz buggers/ Zonkers (weighted) Combinations of cerise and pearl Sizes 2 – 6
Egg patterns Single and Double Egg patterns in various shades of Pink and Orange Sizes 6 – 10
Pink Pollywog, Wog, or small Bass Popper Hot Pink and Chartreuse (for Chums and Silvers) Size 4 – 6
Large Divers/Poppers w/ Weedguard Olive, Black, Green, White (for Northern Pike) Size 2/0 –1
(4-6 inches long)
Deer Hair Mice Natural Brown Size 4 – 8
(Body 3– 4 inches in length)
Egg-Sucking Leech (weighted) Purple/Black with Cerise or Fluorescent Orange head Sizes 2 – 8







Meals: We all know that many people have different tastes.  Our meals are first class and we expect great things out of our chef.  We serve a combination of various meats and seafood, including a great week-ending King Crab Feast.  If there are any dietary requirements or if you do not prefer a certain food (seafood, for example), please let us know so that our Chef can prepare selections to meet your pallet. 

Shore-Lunch: Lunch during your fishing day will consist of fresh caught fish or other warm items…and they will be prepared for you by your guide for the day.  Shore lunches often include grilled or pan-fried Salmon, potatoes, onions, an additional veggie, soda/water, cookies, or candy snacks. Sandwiches are always available.  Again please let us know if there is anything you need to make your lunches the way you would like them.

Medication and Medical Emergencies: Please bring all medications with you for your stay as well as a sufficient supply of these medications.  If there is any situation that we need to be aware of please notify us immediately.  There is a state-run health facility in the village of Aniak.  It provides basic care for the people of the region.  Larger, full-scale hospitals are located in Bethel and in Anchorage.  The costs involved for transportation in an emergency can be tremendous.  We have arrangements with an air medical service out of Anchorage for any possible emergencies.  Please make sure that any possible situations are avoided.  The American Red Cross certifies all of our guides in CPR and first-aid.  Whether wading the river, or viewing wildlife, your safety is our highest priority.  You “must” bring with you (to Aniak River Lodge and during travel from your home) any necessary medications, Epi Pens, or other pharmaceutical/treatments regarding any/all medical or allergy reactions. We will not be responsible for health issues (known or otherwise) while on premises or traveling.

Waiver of Limited Liability: Due to increasing insurance regulations, our insurance provider requires all guests to fill out and sign the Aniak River Lodge Participant Waiver per “each trip taken”.   Any potential guest unwilling to sign the waiver will not be allowed to stay and fish in our Lodge. The waiver will be provided upon receipt of deposit and will need to be received by us prior to your arrival in Aniak.  Aniak River Lodge will not be held responsible for loss or damage of personal property, injury to participants, cancellations, or incur any costs resulting from delays due to unpredictable weather activities, or flights.















Alcohol and Tobacco: Aniak, AK is a “damp village.”  What this means is that it is legal to possess alcohol, but not buy or sell it within the general village area.  Doing so is considered “boot-legging” and is illegal.  It is advisable to pack or buy any liquor in plastic bottles.  Many standard beverages can be purchased this way.  If you have certain alcohol needs during your stay, feel free to bring it with you and/or purchase in Anchorage prior to your arrival in Aniak. The Gold Rush Liquor Store in Anchorage will ship alcohol to Aniak for a fee. If you would like to pre-arrange an order to coincide with your arrival, feel free to contact Gold Rish Liquor Bush Sales directly at:

 Gold Rush Liquor Bush Sales
1 (888) 344-2252 

There is a small store in the town of Aniak where tobacco can be purchased.  Often times the store hours do not coincide with the hours of a fishing day.  Also, the prices of goods in rural AK can be much higher than what you are used to.  Smokers should have their own supply to last the week.

(800) 672-6907

P.O. Box 886
Jefferson, GA 30549