Hemispheres Adventure Angling
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ALASKA FLOAT TRIPS

We use NRS 14' self bailing rafts with lightweight rowing frames and carlisle oars.  We supply safety equipment including life jackets, throw bags and bear proof containers.  We include all camping equipment including tents, tarps, sleeping pads, kitchen and cooking equipment.Everything you need for a week?

Packing for Alaska is a challenge, with travel in small aircraft to remote areas as well as with weather concerns, what and how much to pack becomes an issue. This section hopes to help simplify packing for your Alaskan adventure and gives a few more details about some of the most important items you will bring to Alaska.

Clothing - With varying temperatures throughout the summer, a layered clothing system as used in backpacking works best in Alaska. Warm synthetic pants should be worn under lightweight waders. Remember you can always remove layers should you get too warm. Cotton shirts and jeans are pretty much useless on these trips!  Fleece, wool, and wicking synthetics are your friends.  Two pairs of good quality poly propylene or capilene long underwear are recommended as these wick moisture from the skin and keep you warm even when you are wet. Both pairs should be heavy expedition weight for the trips in late August and September. 

Rain Gear - Quality rain gear including jackets and pants are essential on any trip to Alaska. The pants are useful around camp when you want to take off the waders and relax on rainy evenings and for bathroom trips on dewy mornings.  A Gore-tex shell  and chest waders offers the driest combination throughout the fishing day.

Waders - Lightweight breathable chest waders with wading shoes that have felt soles are recommended, and as is the case with most flyfishing gear, buy  the best you can afford.  Layering with fleece and synthetics under these waders will keep you warm in any water we will wade on these trips.  Please, no cleats or studs on your wading boots as they do great damage our boats.

Sleeping Bag -
A quality sleeping bag rated down to at least 20 degrees is recommended for most trips, a bag rated to 5 degrees or a bag liner might be a good idea for any September trips. The insulation should be a synthetic that dries rapidly should the bag get wet.

The Checklist:                                                                                Packed and On the Move

_Sleeping bag
_small camp pillow
_Waders and wading boots (+ a wading belt!)
_fishing gear (depends on trip time, contact us)
_rainpants
_Jacket (waterproof, not water resistant)
_fleece tops and bottoms
_synthetic long underwear
_fleece and wool layers
_Baseball cap
_Wool stocking cap
_Heavy wool sweater
_Wool neoprene gloves
_Extra set of clothing
_Waterproof camp boots/sandals
_Head net
_Towel & washcloth
_Toiletries
_Prescription medications
_Camera, lots of film and extra batteries, or extra memory cards
_Small flashlight
_personal water bottle
_Knife
_Pliers (Leatherman tools cover lots of these items)
_Hook file
_Insect repellent (100 % Deet)
_Sunscreen
_Scissors or clippers
_Rod Case - Rods should be in a rod tube
_Polarized Sunglasses
_Prescription glasses
_Gallon ZipLoc bags
_Snack items of your choice i.e. jerky, salami, smoked fish, dried fruits, granola, etc.

Please try to keep your gear to 75 pounds or less. Pack gear in soft sided duffel bags or waterproof gear bags (dry bags). We can supply dry bags, just let us know if you need them and how many.  Two small bags are better than one large bag when stuffing gear into dry bags. 



Sample Itinerary:

         Saturday: leave home for airport, flight to Anchorage, overnight in hotel

         Sunday: leave ANC for Iliamna on Lake Clark Air at 10:00 am
Pick up in Iliamna around 11:00 am
Fly out to river and be fishing by 1:00 pm
Set up gear/ relax/ fish for big bows  and salmon

          Monday-Saturday: float/fish/camp/catch lots of  big fish. 

          Sunday: break camp/row to takeout by 9:00 am ( some rivers you will camp at takeout)
Depart river for Iliamna at 10:00 am
Depart Iliamna for Anchorage at 12:00 pm

Depart from Anchorage after 4:30 pm.



Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to fish?

  • This is best answered by finding out what you would like to experience in Alaska. Each month offers a unique experience. Some months will be better for Salmon fishing while others will be better for Rainbow, Dollies, Grayling or Pike.  All 5 species of Pacific Salmon are available to our fishermen.  Each river has a unique schedule for their return.  We will put you on the river that offers exactly what you would like to experience on your adventure.

How long are the floats?

  • Our floats trips average 35 to 45 miles long.  Longer and shorter trips may be arranged.  Most of our guided floats are Sunday- Saturday, i.e 6 nights/7 days. 

How many people typically take these trips?

  • Our rafts are packed to hold three people and gear including the rower, so that usually means 2 clients plus one guide, so 2, 4, or 6 clients on fully guided floats.  If you only want one guide and have people in your party capable of rowing a raft, we can accomodate 2, 5, or 8 clients.


How do we handle the Bears?
Bear Necessities

  • There are many Alaskan brown bears on the rivers that we fish.  The best protection from these bears is proper planning of your food and cooking methods, observation and common sense..  We use bear proof containers and carry bear repellent spray.  The time of year and river determine the number of bears we will see and we can choose trips with lower or higher densities, but there is always the chance of seeing bears, which is one of the best parts of these trips in our opinion.
  • Most of our rivers are in the Katmai National Park so firearms are not allowed.  However, a few of our rivers are within state lands where firearms are permitted.  Just remember that the bears have come to these rivers for the same purpose we 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. Most of these bears are no more interested in approaching you than you are in approaching them.  When you respect their territory and give them their space to do the fishing they need to survive, they are almost always very cordial hosts.  They are part of the great experience of fishing in the wilderness of Alaska.

Do I really need a satellite phone?

  • You likely won’t need a satellite phone but it is highly recommended.  If you do not own one, you can rent them for as little as $75 a week.  Give us a call and we can give you the details for renting one in Anchorage.  This is the greatest safety tool you can have.
What are we limited to for weight?
  • You will be limited to 75 pounds per person in weight.  This includes fishing gear and personal gear.  It is very easy to stay within this weight.
How do we get to Iliamna?
  • You will fly from your home city to Anchorage.  We will arrange a flight from Anchorage to Iliamna.  This flight will take about 1 hour.  Iliamna is 195 miles to the South West of Anchorage.  This flight costs an approximately $400 dollars and is purchased separately from your ticket to Anchorage.

Other valuable information

  • Because we are floating a river with large self-bailing rafts that can handle big loads, we are able to enjoy some luxury items that you wouldn’t have along on your typical backpacking trip, but I advise team members to pack like they are going backpacking, using a similar clothing and layering system and lightweight personal items.
  • We strive to set up a very comfortable camp so we can enjoy our down time and relax in the beautiful wilderness locales we’ll passing through, but if there are items that you don’t see on the gear list that you would like to bring, just ask and we will do our best to provide them.
  • As always, advanced planning is key. If you have any questions, feel free to call or email at any time.  We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance for these trips as well as any other trip of this type.

 


Chilean Patagonia Adventures

An adventure to the southern latitudes of South America to chase trout is one each serious fly angler should consider in his or her fishing lifetime.  The adventure in these trips comes from the experience and the immersion in a new culture, and not so much in the extreme conditions and difficulty of wilderness travel.  We stay at comfortable lodges and hospedajes along the rivers.  We dine on the local fare, including traditional asado barbecues and great Chilean wine.  That doesn't mean that you don't need to plan well in advance and have the proper gear to enjoy your South American adventure.  Below is a list of recommended items and a few other ideas to consider when planning this adventure.

Clothing
The climate of southern Chile is varied and can change quickly, so a layered clothing system using synthetic or naturally breathable fibers as base layers, adding fleece, especially wind proof, then finishing the outer layers with rain and wind proof gore tex or similar fabrics works best.  Lightweight, breathable waders keep you comfortable through long fishing days in January and February, and can be layered underneath to keep you warm when autumn breezes blow in late March and April. 

Tackle
Almost all of our fishing is done a long ways away from tackle shops and gear stores, so we need to take the gear we will need with us and have extras.  Backup rods, reels and lines are always a good idea and well stocked fly boxes are appreciated.  Tippet ranging from 0X to 5X and Maxima mono up to 15 lb is useful for the many different fishing methods we put to use.  Rod requirements and fly selections vary throughout the season, so please check with us when planning and see what we suggest for the specific weeks you will be traveling with us, but a good starting point is a fast 6 weight for all purpose fishing in the wind and a 7 or 8 weight for casting streamers and sinking lines. 

Travel
We try to encourage our guests to take as much time as possible to enjoy these South American adventures, so we can plan more destinations and you can see lots of beautiful Patagonian territory and trophy trout waters.  The travel to and from Balmaceda Airport takes several days combined, so a week trip only allows for 5 days of fishing.  A passport is required to enter Chile and we recommend that you purchase travel insurance should an unforseen emergency occur and cause you to cancel your travels at the last minute. 




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