Getting to Nome
Non-stop or one-stop flights to Anchorage are available on multiple carriers from many destinations including Frankfurt, Reykjavik, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, Phoenix, Houston, Salt Lake City, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, and Atlanta. Then it’s another short flight on Alaska Airlines from Anchorage up to Nome.
Founded in 1898, Nome Alaska is rich with gold mining history. Thousands of fortune seekers flocked to its golden sandy beaches. Nome quickly became Alaska’s largest city, with over 20,000 residents living in tents along the coast, between the Snake and Nome Rivers. Complete with a bank, post office, theatre, dress shop, saloons, and a hospital, Nome once offered all the amenities of any city. Several shipping companies offered direct service to Nome from Seattle and Anchorage. Typical of gold rush boom and bust towns across the American west, Nome’s population has dwindled to 4500 residents in 1905, and has stayed close to that mark for the last century. Several gold dredges can still be seen around town, and on some of the 300 miles of gravel roads that lead out of Nome. There are a few gold mining families left in Nome, and they still find gold to this day. Gold miners continue to mine offshore, diving underwater in search of wealth.
Nome (65 N, 165W) is located along the Bering Sea coast on the southern side of the Seward Peninsula, 126 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and 105 miles east of the International Dateline. The Kigluaik mountains form the west end of the North American Continental divide. With Russia to the west, the Bering Strait region is truly where the east meets the west. The region boasts the historic Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, a crossroads of two continents, rich with remnants of early human history, as well as hot springs and old lava beds.
Today Nome is the economic and transportation hub for the Bering Strait region, and has approximately 3500 annual residents, over 50% of which are Inuit. The region is a place of convergence for three distinct Inuit cultures: Siberian Yupik, Central Yupik and Inupiaq. The communities of the Bering Strait still practice a year round subsistence lifestyle of hunting, fishing and gathering. The joy of Eskimo dancing is shared with the community and is exciting to experience.
For a small town, Nome is quite well known. Nome is most famous for its gold mining history, where Wyatt Earp once landed. Nome is also the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an 1100 mile race across Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. New York Broadway style plays are put on by the Nome Arts Council, the Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic allows you to test your golf skills on challenging turf, and you can take a dip in the Bering Sea during Nome’s Memorial Day Polar Bear Swim.
Helicopter transportation will be provided by Bering Air, Inc., using the Robinson R44. The R44 is a comfortable, safe, four-passenger helicopter that is perfect for hauling a couple fishermen and their gear to a remote location. The old saying that “getting there is half the fun” certainly applies here. Depart right from the cabin for an awesome view of the Alaskan Wilderness, with a chance to spot bears, moose and musk ox, then pick a bend on the river to start fishing.
Helicopters allow access to places unreachable by other means. We will normally take out groups of two passengers plus gear, and do multiple trips for larger groups. At the end of the day (or end of a float trip) there is no set rendezvous point, since the helicopter can land on any gravel bar that the group wishes to stop on. The passenger weight limit is 250lbs per person.
Bering Air has a long-standing reputation in Western Alaska as a quality air carrier with a superb safety record. They operate a large fleet of fixed-wing as well as rotary-wing aircraft year round, and have been in business since 1979. You will be flying with professional pilots who make their living flying year-round in Alaska.
When you book a trip to Alaska, you assume all that it has to offer; great scenery, adventure, great fishing, and, of course, weather. The weather in Western Alaska can vary greatly throughout the summer, from rain and wind, to warm, sunny days. Since all of our trips require helicopter flying, weather will be a consideration for every operation. The helicopters can fly with minimal ceiling and visibility requirements. Occasionally severe weather, such as dense smoke or fog can ground the helicopter for several days in a row. If we are grounded, there is still plenty of fishing via road access. We will still fish everyday, and make the trip as enjoyable as possible.
Daytime highs during the summer on the Seward Peninsula average 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, although 70-80 degree days are not uncommon on the inland rivers that we fish. Lows average about 40-50 degrees, with record summer low temperatures around 30 degrees. Pack the right clothes to stay warm outdoors all day in 50 degrees and rain or sunny and 75 degrees.
- Several pairs of wool socks
- Comfortable pants
- Long underwear/wading pants
- Long sleeve warm shirts (2)
- Medium-weight jacket
- Rain jacket/Wading jacket
- Warm hat and gloves
- Favorite fishing cap
- Polarized sunglasses
- Shoes (slip ons, hikers, etc.)
- Wading shoes
- Chest Waders, preferably gore-tex
- Personal toiletries
- Bug repellent (we have also)
- Camera/memory cards/chargers
- Reading material
- Any medication that you are taking. Always plan for a couple extra days.
- Fishing gear (fishing rods, reels, line, flies, pliers, snips, etc.)
- Fishing supplies (ie relaxing beverages)
- Flies and Rods will be recommended by your guides depending on your trip
- Alaska Fishing license, click here to buy now
- Float trippers, add: sleeping bag, camp towel
We will provide the rest of the gear required to make your trip as comfortable as possible. Please let us know in advance if you do not have any of the above listed gear and would like us to provide it for your trip.
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most amazing grayling fishing
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