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333 W 4th Ave #6
Anchorage, AK 99501
Catching your own salmon is one of the quintessential Alaskan experiences—and this shop makes it easier and more affordable than a lot of visitors think. Located in downtown Anchorage, Alaska Tackle Rental caters to independent anglers who want good quality gear—rod, tackle, hip boots, licenses, and more—as well as customized advice. The secret weapon against all those salmon, after all, may be a little insider savvy. The guys here will offer you just that, offering personalized information by way of great fishing spots, techniques and tricks, depending on where you want to go and the very specific time (down to the week) during fishing season.
Owner Jarod Hoogland is a lifelong Alaskan with a fondness for Arctic grayling; he's been fishing since he was a kid, and he has a wealth of information on where the fish are and how to get them. He's found that a lot of visitors get frustrated by 6-hour fishing charters, since the salmon and such don't always cooperate with a set time frame. He encourages visitors to rent some gear and then take their time over the course of a trip.
You’ll have solid gear, too: Alaska Tackle Rental's primary rod brand is Temple Fork Outfitters (some designed by Gary Loomis and Lefty Kreh), with reels primarily by TFO and Okuma Trio. Prices are affordable, too, so that anyone can at least dabble in fishing here: Rod rentals start at $10 a day or $50 a week, with hip boots renting for just $5 a day or $15 a week. Jarod says the typical customer walks out with a rod, hip boots and about $10 worth of tackle.
Plenty of people who come in to his 4th Ave shop just want enough gear to take a turn wading in Anchorage’s Ship Creek—known for kings, silvers, and plenty of other anglers. If you’re going farther afield, though, just tell him about your trip and he'll give you concrete tips for every leg of your voyage. Your rod may need to be bigger if your destination has king salmon that week, as opposed to grayling, while the kind of lures and bait that are good (and legal) vary by species, too. He'll also offer techniques, depending on which species is in season, or whether you’ll be fishing in lakes as opposed to streams. You can refer to that customized cheat sheets all during your trip, as you reel them in.