Set high on a Lake Iliamna ridgeline with a commanding view, this lodge is one of the last destinations where fishermen can battle wild rainbow trout that may exceed 10 lbs. Under the well-seasoned and watchful eye of host and guide, Joe Hyde, guests are taken out in jet boats daily to access the Copper River-one of Alaska's premier fly fishing catch and release trout rivers. Easily waded due to the size, anglers of all ages and experience levels will be enticed by the endless excitement the river has to offer. Call early as the lodge sells to capacity seasonally.
The classic birch-lined Copper River is packed with dry-fly boulder-studded pools, riffles and undercuts begging for a mouse fly. A prolific sockeye run is the lifeblood of the fishery; rainbows push from the lake behind them. Enjoy sight fishing nymphs and dries to Alaska-size bows in thin water.
The newly built lodge is perched on a ridge overlooking the Copper River. It accommodates private groups of up to 6 fly fishermen per week in a family-style atmosphere. The exceptional fishing, unique location, familiar staff and wholesome food afford near perfect rebooking; space is at a premium.
A 5wt. and 7wt. are optimum. Lighter rods for dry flies and egging and larger rod for salmon and swinging mouse patterns. Lake Iliamna generates various weather so dry bags and layering are a must. Comprehensive pre-trip information and gear list is provided upon booking.
Iliamna Air Taxi schedules arranged by Frontiers require an overnight in Anchorage prior to flying. Inquire with Frontiers about our preferred Anchorage hotel rates. Copper River Lodge fishes 3 anglers to a guide. Fly out options are available-and encouraged-to the remote upper Copper River. Mouse it-whether the fish are keying on eggs or dry flies, swing a mouse for a few hours a day, the experience is explosive and the largest of rainbows in the river are opportunistic. Be sure to order the CRSBLT-Copper River Salmon Bacon Lettuce and Tomato sandwich-it is a show stopper.
$5,400 per person/week from Iliamna 6 anglers weekly-Sunday/Saturday 7-day/6-night rotation. Fishing on arrival and departure days. Anchorage to Iliamna charter arranged by Frontiers independently and pre-order of preferred alcoholic beverages is necessary. Alaska fishing licenses are additional.