What do I pack?
Dress is casual in Alaska. We suggest you layer your clothes. Bring good rain wear. The mornings and the Halibut fishing can be chilly so bring a warm hat and gloves. Jeans are appropriate clothing for dining out in Alaska.
What will the weather be like?
The average weather in Alaska is as follows:
May----53High 36low (.95 rain)
June----59High 43low (1.09rain)
These are averages and the weather is just like fishing, no guaranties.
How much daylight can I expect in the summer?
While the sun is not always shining on the Kenai in the summer, the number of daylight hours are unbelievable! Unlike the common misconception that we have 6 months of darkness and 6 months of daylight, the reality is that the amount of daylight is changing all the time. Our longest day of the year is June 21 where we have close to 20 hours of sunlight. It never really gets totally dark during this time. During the spring, we will gain over 5 minutes of daylight each and every day. As we approach the summer solstice, the daylight gain slows considerably. Afterwards we are losing daylight every day, and in the fall, we will lose more than 5 minutes every day. Our shortest day of the year is December 20 where we will have close to 6 hours of daylight.
What kind of fishing equipment will I need to bring?
All fishing gear is furnished while on guided trips. There is fishing gear to purchase or rent, if you choose to fish on your own while staying with us.
Is food provided on my trip?
We do not provide food for you at this time. You do have a full kitchen in your condo. There are BBQs available. A wide variety of restaurants, fast food, and grocery stores are only 3 miles away in Soldotna.
How do I get to RW's and how do I get around once I arrive?
You will fly into Anchorage from your home. From there you can take a 25 min. commuter flight to Kenai, rent a car and drive the 12 miles to the resort. What we suggest is to rent the car in Anchorage. The 147 mile drive from Anchorage to Soldotna is breathtaking and good road. If you have not taken this trip it may be worth the time to you. You will also use the car to take you to the Halibut fishing and the many easy day trips around the Peninsula.
What about sightseeing?
RW’s Big Eddy Resort is centrally located on the Kenai Peninsula which permits you to make easy day trips. We are 147 miles form Anchorage, 75 miles from Homer, 93 miles from Seward. Each night you easily return " home to your own bed."
What are the chances of seeing wildlife?
The chances of seeing wildlife while staying at RW's Big Eddy Resort and fishing on our charters is very good. Alaska, and the Kenai Peninsula in particular, is very rural, where the animals outnumber the residents. Moose frequent the resort as well as the banks of the Kenai River. Bears and caribou are frequently seen along the shores of the river as well. Alaska also has an abundance of Bald Eagles, where active nests are visible from the boats. Other small game, water fowl and other wild birds are frequent visitors. Humpback wales, orca, and dolphin are also a common sight while halibut fishing. There will be plenty of scenic and wildlife photo opportunities while staying at RW's.
Are there lots of mosquitoes?
Yes there are mosquitoes. On the river and during Halibut fishing you won’t encounter them. They are mainly in the remote grassy areas.
How do I get my fishing license?
Your fishing license is available right at the resort. If you are fighting for King salmon there is also a tag required. The license and tag for one week is $85.00 each. There are also 1day, 3day, one year available. This license will also cover your halibut fishing and your clam digging.
Does everyone need a fishing license?
The simple answer is "no", not everyone needs a fishing license. If you are not an Alaska resident, as defined by the Department of Fish and Game regulations, and are 16 years of age or older, you will need a license (and king stamp as the case may apply). For those fishers who are less than 16, they do not need a fishing license or king stamp, but will require a free harvest card (available from any license vendor). Alaska residents who are 60 years of age or older can apply for a permanent lifetime license for fishing and hunting.
Is Catch and Release fishing accepted?
For the most part, this is entirely up to you. On occasion, however, when in the estimation of our professional guides, the fish is injured and will likely not surive, we will strongly encourage the taking of the fish. Otherwise, the choice is yours.
How can I get fish processing services?
All the fish is processed right on the premises. We clean, fillet, vacuum pack and flash freeze your catch for you. When you purchase a package it includes a 50lb.of processed fish. Any fish over that will be added to your bill.
How do I get my fish home?
Not to worry. We deal with that task all the time. You can take it home with you on the plane or we can ship it home to you by way of FedEx or UPS( for the price of shipping).Please be aware that some airlines have weight and amount of luggage restrictions. We will help you stay with in their guild lines best we can.
Do we have custom packages?
Of course we do. This is your trip and we will work very hard for it to be everything you want it to be. We do fly outs, drift boats, additional salmon and halibut trips. When you call we will be pleased to help with all your requests.
Is there a deposit required?
We require a 25% deposit to hold your dates.
What are the boats like?
The salmon fishing boats on the river are 20foot Willey’s Predator aluminum boats. They are wide and very stable. The seats have backs and arm rests. You’ll feel like your setting in your living room. The Halibut boats usually are 50 foot boats with room for 12 to 14 people there are some smaller boats that hold 6 to 8 depending on where you fish from .Both have enclosed cabins for a comfortable trip. The halibut boats have bathrooms on them. The salmon boats can stop very easily at the many restrooms along the river if necessary.
How do I know if I have a guide that is right for me?
All of the guides at RW's are fully qualified and licensed by the State of Alaska as a Sportfishing Guide and experienced on the waters that will be fished. The powerboat operators are licensed by the USCG. All guides are fully insured.
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