I've been reading the forums for awhile and have found all the info really helpful. I was just offered a job at a fishing lodge in Wood Tikchik State Park. I'll be working there as a Grounds Worker(loading/unloading float planes, cutting the grass, gutting fish, general maintenance and repair). I will be there from Late May until Late September. I have lived most of my life in Kansas which is a very different climate than Alaska. So I could use some help deciding on gear. Here's what I'm looking for:
Rain Gear: I'll be moving around alot, so I've thought about something that's breathable, but at the same time Gore-tex and the like gets pretty pricey. I've heard good things about the Helly Hansen Impertech and have thought about this(but i hear it doesn't breathe too well)
Hip Boots: As told by my boss I will be wearing these almost everyday as I run to help to unload the float planes and work on things down near the lake shore. I've heard good things about Lacrosse but not sure what kind would be good for me(insulated vs. non-insulated and Lacrosse makes quite a few models: big chief, marsh, etc.)
Waders: A lot of options here...neoprene, rubber, breathable, boot vs. stocking foot. How do you people figure this out?! I won't be wearing these much at all just when i have to go in the water a little deeper for a float plane or when I go fly fishing on my one day off a week.
I've heard a lot about the Buzz OFF bug repellent clothing. Does this stuff really work? Is it worth the money or should I just bathe in bug repellent.
That's really what I'm looking for. I'm also taking my fishing gear, sleeping bag, tent, etc. If anyone has any other recommendations on what else would be useful I'm all ears.