March 2, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of our most frequently asked about topics:

What do people need to bring with them?

Are there any limitations on who can go on this trip?

Our Custom Camping Atmosphere

Traveling to and around Alaska


 

What do people need to bring with them?

PIGS can help with recommendations of any gear needed for the trip. If you need assistance please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What are the essentials to pack?

Here is a list of highly recommended essentials to pack before additional luggage:

  1. Required personal Medications
  2. Sleeping Bag and Pillow
  3. Clothing
    1. Wet weather gear (quality rain gear can change your entire experience)
    2. non-bulky but layer able attire
    3. Waders and Wading Boots
      1. No felt soled Wading boots
      2. If you want PIGs waders or Wading Boots this must be brought up early in the planning stage of your trip.
  4. Personal Fishing gear
    1. If you do not have fishing gear we can provide the basics
    2. Fishing License
  5. Camera

Where do I get my Alaskan Fishing License?

State of Alaska fishing license. King Salmon stamp is required if targeting King Salmon. All licenses must be purchased prior to our trip either online or at a vendor.

How Much Luggage Can I Pack?

Due to weight limitations of air taxi services PIGS must limit all personal gear to 30 pounds per person. PIGS will provide everyone 2 dry bags for use on the trip if they do not have their own.

Are there any limitations on who can go on this trip?

Are there physical limitations or expectations?

Alaska float trips are not for everyone. If fact they can be very rigorous at times. Even though we encourage families, the Alaskan wilderness float trips may not be appropriate for young children. Anyone with physical limitations should also consider their capabilities before considering an Alaskan float trip.

Can Children come on the trip?

PIGS is family oriented and encourage parents to get their kids outdoors. PIGS will discount $500 off our regular price for all kids up to19 years old. As stated above the Alaskan Wilderness is not the best environment for younger children. We recommend no one under the age of 13 in the party.

How many people can PIGS take on a float trip?

PIGS likes to keep things small 2-4 people, but we can take up to 8 in a group. Ideally 4 to 6 maximum, but we will work with larger groups.

Will PIGS take a single client for a week?

Yes, however we charge an extra $1000 for a single.

Our Custom Camping Atmosphere

PIGS makes life good for everyone!

Coffee in the mornings and cocktails at night while sitting around a campfire are where fish lies are told and true memories are made. When it is time to relax and take a load off, do so in one of the camp chairs provided. Life in camp couldn’t get much better.

PIGS is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, and exciting atmosphere at all times. We want everyone to be themselves and feel free from the politically correct world that we live. If you cannot take a joke we are not for you. PIGS consider ourselves as equal opportunity offenders.

PIGS provides a laid back Alaskan experience that is conducive for everyone, regardless of age, to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride

What do we mean by Custom Menus for each party?

“You will get nothing and like it!” – Caddy Shack

A happy fisherman is a fed fisherman.

PIGS takes into consideration everyone’s dietary needs and palate. Therefore, we will customize a menu specific to your party’s wants and needs. If you don’t like chicken, we’re not going to serve you chicken! It is that simple.

PIGS, takes pride in making sure everyone is well fed from sun up to sun down. We won’t skimp on grub!

Due to the nature of our expeditions, we do not have the capacity to retain our daily catches other than for a shore lunch or two. PIGS, encourages everyone to enjoy their fresh catch and we plan on indulging on a few salmon along our journey.

Our capabilities for cooking are limited to an outdoor kitchen comprised of the bare essentials. We will make the best of what we have to work with and guarantee nobody goes hungry.

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Do you Provide beer and alcohol?

No, We do not provide it but we will gladly help you drink it.

What can we do besides fishing?

Our trips are designed to meet the needs of each individual party. We recognize that not everyone is geared for countless hours of fishing, nor can anyone literally fish nonstop from the time they wake up until they hit the sack.

PIGS float trips are laid back and easy going. During the day when you have had your fill of fighting the big ones, feel free to retire to your tent to rest your eyes or read a book.

There are abundant opportunities for photography along the trip. The plethora of wildlife and incredible scenery can keep any photographer busy during the float or while hiking along the river.

Each of our rivers offer unique whitewater stretches that will keep everyone captivated. Don’t worry we haven’t lost a raft yet so just hold on and enjoy the ride.

This is your trip so do as you please safely. Fish, relax, drink a cocktail and enjoy Alaska.

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What type of equipment does this company provide?

Each individual will be provided with their own spacey 3 person Kelty Outfitter Pro tent, a Thermarest Cot and Pad. You will stay dry inside your tent and comfortable as you sleep.

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Traveling to and around Alaska

What Travel arrangements are included in the cost?

Included in the trip cost is the fair for the Air Taxi to and from Lake Hood, the raft used to navigate the river for the duration of the trip, and the tents and meals for the time in the wilderness.

PIGS trip cost does not include you getting to or from Alaska or any lodging, transportation, or food costs before or after our trip.

How do we get there?

You are responsible for getting to the state to Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska by whatever means suits your preference.

If staying near Lake Hood, PIGS can shuttle you to the Air Taxi Service we will be using. However, many places may provide a shuttle if arranged ahead of time.

Where do we meet our Guides?

All our trips start at Lake Hood in Anchorage. We will take an air taxi service located on Lake Hood, to access the river using a float plane the day our float trip begins. We will return to the same place at the end of the float.

When Should we arrive at Lake Hood?

All members of the float trip must be at the designated air taxi service at least one hour prior to departure.

Where do we stay before and after the wilderness part of this vacation?

PIGS recommendation is that everyone stays close to Lake Hood in Anchorage. There are many Inns and Bed and Breakfasts close by.

How do we get to the River?

All our trips start at Lake Hood in Anchorage. We will take an air taxi service located on Lake Hood, to access the river using a float plane the day our float trip begins. We will return to the same place at the end of the float.

If staying near Lake Hood, PIGS can shuttle you to the Air Taxi Service we will be using. However, many places may provide a shuttle if arranged ahead of time.

What kind of raft will we be traveling in?

PIGS uses custom 16 foot Sotar Catarafts for most of our trips.

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