ANC - Alaska
June to October
20 rods per week
5 species of salmon
On the Naknek River Rapids, Bristol Bay, Alaska. The Lodge is an 80-minute flight from Anchorage.
Five species of salmon: Chinook [King], Sockeye [Red], Coho [Silver], Keta [Chum], and Pink. In inland streams: Rainbow Trout, Pike, Leopard, Rainbow, Grayling, and Arctic Char.
SEASON OF OPERATION
June to October.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE LOGISTICS
The week begins the Friday and ends the following Friday. Mid-day arrival/departure flights need to be arranged. Guests should not expect to fish on their arrival or departure days.
The Lodge covers 10 acres on the Naknek riverfront. 16 guests may be housed in the Lodge’s 8 cabins, there’s also the 2-bedroom ‘House on The Hill’ for 3-4 additional occupants. The central Lodge building features the ‘Dry Fly Bar’, an outdoor hot tub, a workout facility, reading room, satellite TV, and high-speed wireless Internet. Meals are delicious. Two gourmet chefs prepare everything, from fresh salmon to succulent steaks. It’s all served buffet-style, in a traditional Alaskan manner. Before dinner, hors d’oeuvres and drinks are served. Fresh pastries, baked bread, rolls and other delights complement your meals. Guests can also make special request orders when reservations are made. Shore lunches are great as well - your guide will prepare fresh fish right there streamside, wildlife permitting. We’re talking fresh fish, fresh fruit, baked goods, and wine, complete with a red and white-checkered tablecloth. A real treat when the bears cooperate!
Angling capacity is up to 20 rods per week. With 6 guides, 3 pilots, 2 chefs, and numerous support staff, the Lodge is an efficient full-service operation
While the highly productive Naknek Rapids are right by the Lodge, the most interesting locations to fish are fly-out ones. Many anglers who journey to Alaska do so to specifically target salmon. In peak season, as many as 20,000 salmon may come in on one tide, many over 20 pounds. The five Salmon species have somewhat different seasons during the June/October period and what you want to catch will dictate when in the summer and early fall months that you should be coming.
From the Lodge one can also access over 50 remote streams, teeming with Trophy Rainbow, Leopard Rainbow, Grayling, and Arctic Char. Another option is the extreme deep-sea fishing in Kodiak and Geographic Harbours. Using herring as bait, anglers can go after 100+ lb Halibut. Fish Alaska Magazine chose the Naknek River as the #1 Trophy Rainbow river in Alaska. The Rapids, which are right in from of Rapids Camp Lodge, is the premiere spot to fish the river. Whether you want to wade out to the best spot, or for those who prefer boat fishing, the Trophy Rainbows are plentiful. The Rapids is not the only area the Naknek has to offer. Guests can enjoy a scenic boat ride upstream to Lake Camp, where beautiful Trophy Rainbow fresh from the lake can be caught. The Naknek has everything to offer from beautiful scenery, wildlife, and of course Trophy Rainbow.
The Nushagak River is home to the world’s largest King Salmon. During the peak of the season, 120,000 to 200,000 Salmon come up the river per month. Sometimes there will be as many as 20,000 on one tide alone. In addition to the native river Salmon, fresh water Salmon can also be caught at “The Nush” and can go upwards of 20 lbs. The outcamp at the Nush on Millionaire’s Bluff, is an absolute must during the week! It’s definitely one of the best spots on the river and the lodge keeps 3 boats and has a permanent guide who spends the season based from here, scouting the river for the best fishing. For anglers who enjoy new water throughout the course of their week, Rapids Camp Lodge is an ideal location. The daily fly outs ensure that both new areas are fished each day and that a wide variety of species are accessible. This is a first class set up all the way!
BOATS AND EQUIPMENT
The Lodge has 4 de Havilland float-planes, Beaver and Otter series: and Otter and Naknek turbine jet-sleds. There is also a fleet of Jon boats. Rental gear is available.
Fly Fishing only
Guests must fly to Anchorage and then to King Salmon, Alaska, from which point a shuttle to the Lodge will be provided. Afternoon flights work best. King Salmon is an 80-minute flight from Anchorage.
Slipstream is a full service travel company that can handle international and domestic airfare, scheduling of flights, as well as a host of other services relating to your trip. Please contact us directly at 1 866 644-7703 for assistance.
INCLUDED IN PRICE
Cleaning, boxing, and freezing of your fish for shipment home (Due to conservation efforts, guests are allowed a MAXIMUM OF 50 LBS. OF FISH PER PERSON to take home, regardless of limits or catch)
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
Canadian, British, EU and Australian citizens only need a valid passport for entry to the United States. No visa is required.
RATES FOR 2017
$8,695 USD 6 Fly-Outs
Please note that the fly outs are weather dependant each day and that there are no refunds for canceled fly outs due to inclement weather