Frequently Asked Questions
Items you will want to bring with you include:
- Layered warm clothing
- Camera or Go-Pro
- Waterproof jacket
- Sunglasses and/or prescription eyewear
- Medications and medicinal needs
- Hats & gloves
- *Fishing license
- Government-issued identification or passport
*Your fishing license can be purchased when you arrive at the lodge.
You can get your fishing license on site at the lodge, including King Stamps and harvest cards. Different sport fisherman license fees apply for Alaska residents and non-residents. Resident fishing licenses are good for the calendar year. Non-residents can purchase their license based on the number of days that they intend to fish. The only fish species which requires a special permit is King Salmon. A "king tag" is an additional purchase added to your license. To comply with state and federal laws, your guide will record catches throughout your stay.
As a full-service luxury lodge, we have nearly everything you might need for your Alaskan fishing adventure, including:
- Spinning and bait-casting rods,
- Fly fishing spey rods,
- Fly fishing poles & reels,
- Flies and fly-tying table,
- Lures & all tackle needs,
- Bear spray,
- Mosquito repellent,
- Waders in various sizes for men and women,
- Wading boots in a range of sizes for men and women,
- Wading stocks for stream and tundra trekking,
- Bath towels, soaps, shampoo and basics,
- Food & beverages.
If you forget something, our lodge also includes a small "mall" where you can find certain items available for purchase. These include jackets, sunglasses, lip balm, sun/wind buffs or layered clothing.
A typical day at The Lodge will follow the following schedule, with specific details based on whether you’re fishing on the Naknek River or on a Fly-out trip:
- 6:00 a.m. - Breakfast
- 7:00 a.m. - Depart from the lodge (for the Naknek River, a remote river, or sightseeing destination)
- Lunch - Served riverside by your guide
- 4:30 p.m. - Arrive back at the dock or at the pickup location
- 6:30 p.m. - Cocktails and appetizers in the main lodge
- 7:00 p.m. - Dinner in the main lodge
Tipping is not included in our packages, nor is it mandatory or expected. Many of our guests do choose to tip, and 10 to 15% of the groups’ total cost is customary. Tips are pooled and shared with all Bear Trail Lodge personnel, to include guides, dock hands, and housekeeping.