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The baggage weight allowance is limited to 50 pounds per person. Your clothing and gear should fit into two small soft-sided bags and a rod case. Baggage in excess of what is described above may have to be flown to Kulik on a later flight, space available. Storage is available at the Katmailand office in Anchorage for items not needed at the lodge. Phone cards may be purchased at the lodge for use of the satellite telephone. The lodge and guest cabins have wireless internet access and a computer is available at the lodge for internet use by guests that don’t have any other means to access the internet.
The atmosphere at the lodge is casual. Comfortable, medium weight sport clothes are the norm. While fishing or hiking we recommend that you dress in layers to regulate your body temperature with the whims of the weather. Expect temperatures in July and August to average 55-60 F. with fluctuations varying from 40-75 F. June, September and October can be much cooler and wind chill can drop temperatures up to 30 degrees. Extra warm clothes are recommended for these months.
You Should Bring:
High quality rain wear, warm sweater or jacket, short and long sleeved shirts, wool or fleece underwear (for use under waders), good walking shoes or boots, a warm hat, warm socks, fingerless gloves, and personal items and toiletries. You will want a swimsuit for our hot tub and sauna.
Fly rods, waders and wading boots are available at the lodge for you to use, but if you would like to bring your own gear, this is what we suggest: We recommend a 7 weight fly rod for most fishing situations. You should have a reel with a floating line and an extra spool with a weight forward sink tip line. Each spool should have about 100 yards of backing. Other items include tippet material (4 to 12 pound test), fishing vest or pack, forceps, polarized glasses, line nippers, waders and wading boots. The lodge has quality waders and boots if you prefer to use ours (up to size 15 boots). Felt soled wading boots are not legal for use in Alaska and wading boots with cleats are not allowed at Kulik Lodge. While we don’t have big problems with bugs, a quality repellant could come in handy, especially for hiking. A camera or video will “capture” your trip for a lifetime.
Much of the fishing in Katmai is done with wet flies on both floating and sink-tip lines. During June and July the fish are feeding on the out migration of salmon fry and smolt. Bait fish imitations are excellent. Some dry fly and nymphing opportunities might develop so have a selection of dry flies and nymphs. August and September find the trout feeding on salmon eggs and flesh so naturally those imitations are very productive. Large bright streamers work on most of the salmon.
Some of the more productive fly patterns are: Sculpins, Maribou Muddlers, Wooly Buggers, Bunny Leeches, Electric Leeches, various Matuka and Zonker patterns, and Egg-sucking Leeches (invented at Kulik) in various colors such as black, white, ginger, purple, olive and brown (size #6 is a good all-around size); small, sparsely tied fry imitations (size #10); salmon egg imitations (plastic beads, 6 and 8 mm) and flesh flies; dry fly patterns including Adams and Elk Hair Caddis in light and dark colors (sizes #12-#18); various nymph patterns in light and dark colors (sizes #12-#18); large bright salmon flies like Clousers, Street Walkers, Sockeye Johns and Green Marvels (sizes #2-#6).
Do Not Bring:
Sleeping bag, towels, landing nets, creels, or any type of firearm or ammunition. If you do bring bear mace, be sure to inform your pilot, it may not be packed inside the planes. WE DO NOT RECOMMEND BRINGING BEAR MACE.
Available at the Lodge Store:
All the right flies and lures, miscellaneous fishing gear, insect repellant, various souvenir clothing, Katmai memorabilia and miscellaneous personal items.