What to bring is a common question. We supply all of the rods, reels, and tackle. We have all the top notch safety equipment. However it is important that you bring some essentials, so you are comfortable throughout the day.
We have detailed a list of minimum items to bring on your fishing trip. Some items may be an option, but things like a fishing license are mandatory. You need to have the appropriate fishing license depending on what species you will be fishing and what water type we are fishing. If you are unsure what license you need please contact us to ensure you have the correct one. If you don’t you will not be allowed to fish that day.
Also inquire about our single day fishing license stamps available for certain fisheries.
The weather in the Pacific Northwest can change quickly. Dressing properly is important to your comfort. We recommend layering, as mornings can be chilly, and it may or may not warm up.
Here in western Washington we have a variety of weather year round. It may seem like a beautiful sunny day wherever you wake up, but a few miles away it is a rainy, wet mess of a day.
Also, it’s important to remember that the boat may have been rained on during the night or depending on how rough the water is, water may splash into the boat, which means your seat may be wet. Bringing waterproof bottoms is a must if you want to stay dry. Wind can also be a factor occasionally.
Make sure you look at the weather the night before your trip and dress accordingly. If you are unsure feel free to contact us and ask for recommendations.
Buy your fishing license online at the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
- Fresh water fishing license if we are fishing freshwater
- Saltwater fishing license if we are fishing saltwater.
- Weather appropriate clothing
- Food or snacks
- Rain jacket – no umbrellas
- Camera / Binoculars / Video camera
- Kids Life Vest (PFD)
- Waders (if necessary)
*Rules about sunscreen on a boat.
Sunscreen can carry with it heavy scents, and our fish are attracted or in this case repelled by certain scents. Your guide assembles all your gear similarly to a surgeon preparing for a medical procedure. He wears nitrile gloves and there is a strict policy about anything being sprayed in the proximity of where he works.
We understand sunscreen is a common must have in the sunshine. However, spray on sunscreen is not allowed on the boat, we cannot control the mist and if it lands on the line or anything else, we won’t likely catch any more fish that day.
Similarly, if you apply sunscreen with your hands and then touch your hooks, bait or line, that gear is now useless and will need to be thrown out and completely replaced. We ask that you apply a long wearing sunscreen products at home and thoroughly wash your hands if you must wear sunscreen.
Another great option is a wide brimmed hat and thin long sleeve tops that remain cool but keep your shoulders and arms covered. An approved sunscreen will be made available by your guide, just ask and he will pause the trip to allow for a safe application.
Of all the what to bring items listed above, the must have items are; fishing license, waders, and dressing appropriately for the weather. Please bring a fitting life jacket if you are accompanied by a child under 13
Question: Can we bring some beer? Answer: Yes, you can drink alcohol while fishing with us. You must bring your own. However, if you become intoxicated and become a safety hazard, that can end your trip. Not to mention, you have to get home somehow because driving is not a good idea while intoxicated.
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