FAQs WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO FISH AT TROPHY KING LODGE?This is a question we are oftened asked. The answer is not quite so clear, as the fishing changes so much between May and August. In the early season, the Spring Kings are much more prolific and the Halibut are abundant in shallow wallow, often less than two or three miles from the lodge. In late June and into July, the trophy kings filter into the Cook Inlet. There are less "Trophy Kings" than "Spring Kings." However, these are the big boys. July and August also bring the biggest halibut, but they are in deeper water and not in the same numbers as May and early June. The river fishing changes from Kings, to Sockeye, Rainbows and Kings, to Trophy Rainbows and Silver Salmon. The answer lies in what type of trip you want to put together. More fish? Bigger fish? It's always good, but every month is different. HOW DO I GET TO TROPHY KING LODGE? Commercial flights from most major cities arrive into Anchorage International Airport. From Anchorage, some clients choose to rent a car and drive along the scenic Sterling Highway to the lodge (About three and half hours). ERA Airlines provides several regional flights daily into Homer. We will pick guests up in Homer and drive them to the lodge (about 30 minutes). DO I NEED TO BRING FISHING GEAR?We can say we pretty much have everything. The only gear our guests should bring is fly-gear if they are going to do any fly-fishing on the rivers during their stay. We have rods, reels, lures, bait, rain gear ... the works. Just bring your camera. WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING DO I NEED TO WEAR IN ALASKA?We have very long days, with nearly 24 hours of sunlight in mid-summer. That being said, it is still fairly cold in May, especially in the mornings. When it rains, the humidity tends to cool things off quite a bit as well. However, on sunny days, especially the afternoons, the temperature at the lodge can reach the mid to upper 70s. We suggest layers. Three layers, plus rain gear and if it's warmer, you can always stow a layer on board the boat. For Dinner, we ask guests to dress "golf casual." (A gear list is provided below). WHAT ABOUT MY WIFE, KIDS AND OTHER GUESTS THAT ARE NOT "HARD CORE" FISHERMAN?Over the years, we've taken fisherman in their 90s, groups of all women, handicap fisherman and young anglers from six years old and up. We've had corporate groups with all rookie fisherman and we've had lifelong fishing buddies. One of the greatest aspects of our variety of combination fishing is that we have something for everyone. Women and families will find our lodging and amenities far from "rustic." In some cases, it is the wife and kids who insist on their return family trip every year. WHAT ABOUT TAXIDERMY AND TAKING SOME OF OUR FISH HOME? Nearly everyone wants to take a box or two of fresh, frozen fish home with them. That is no problem. We filet all fish as soon as we hit the beach and take pictures. We vacuum package and flash freeze all fish and prepare wax shipping boxes. Most guests take their fish home as "checked luggage." For those who want to have a mount created of their trophy fish, we take measurements and pictures for a reproduction mount. We can send details to any taxidermist you chose, but we recommend Advanced Taxidermy, as their reproductions look more life-like, than the live ones. Trophies are shipped right to your home.