Bristol Bay Lodge
Our recommendation for an unparalleled fly-out fishing experience is the legendary Bristol Bay Lodge, strategically located in the heart of North America’s largest state park, Wood-Tikchik.
Bristol Bay Lodge can accommodate up to 26 guests per week. The lodge’s well-appointed facility offers casually elegant wilderness living filled with creature comforts and an atmosphere of camaraderie. The main lodge houses a completely equipped professional kitchen, dining room, large living room with bar area, library and a huge fly-tying bench laden with everything one needs to tie quality flies suited to the surrounding rivers. The famous see-through fireplace is fronted by a panoramic view of Lake Aleknagik.
There are eight bedrooms in the main lodge as well as a fully equipped fly and tackle shop. Set around the lodge, but private in every regard, are four cedar cabins, often used for small groups or families. Each cabin is different offering its own character, yet all offer scenic views of Lake Aleknagik. Guests can arrive with nothing but a waterproof jacket and be fully outfitted. In warm weather the lodge’s decks are the favourite gathering places for appetisers, cocktails and weekly barbecues. The hot tub and sauna get lots of use after fishing – relaxing sore muscles.
The fishing area available to guests at Bristol Bay Lodge includes the remarkably fertile drainage systems of the Wood, TikChik, Nushagak, Togiak and Goodnews Rivers, with their unique networks of large lakes and miles of rivers and streams. Much of south-western Alaska's prime fishing water is accessible only by float plane. Once at the fishing grounds mobility is still a priority. Spotted throughout the region on remote rivers and streams are a dozen riverboats, outfitted with jet units for easy accessibility to the most productive fishing spots. At the main lodge, another six boats are kept for fishing on the local rivers.
Bristol Bay Lodge offers fishing for all five species of Pacific salmon, Alaska's famous leopard-spotted rainbow trout, sea-run dolly varden, arctic char, grayling and northern pike. The most distinctive aspect of this operation is their exclusive overnight camps, Birch Creek and Rainbo. No one else but Bristol Bay Lodge can offer such a unique rotation schedule consisting of day and overnight fishing trips, first-class accommodations, approximately 35 years of experience, and attentive service. For an impeccably run fishing operation, look no further than Bristol Bay Lodge.
Bristol Bay Lodge
Weeks at Bristol Bay Lodge run from a Saturday to Saturday with limited space for four to five rods from a Monday to Monday.
2014 Package Rate:
$8,050 per person (Price subject to change)
• Full board and accommodation for seven nights at Bristol Bay Lodge based on double occupancy of which two nights will be spent in camp.
• Six days guided fishing with two fishermen to each guide.
• Transport on the river by floatplane and jet boat dependent on the rotation.
• Ground transfer from Dillingham airport to the Lodge.
Price does not include:
• International Flights.
• Internal flights from Anchorage to Dillingham.
• Accommodation in Anchorage
• Alaskan Visitors Fishing license.
• Tackle, flies, lures, lines, etc. (available for purchase in the tackle shop)
• Alcoholic beverages.
• King Salmon stamp.
• Gratuities to the house staff and fishing guides.
• Items of a personal nature.
A deposit of 50% per person is required to confirm a reservation. The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. Payment is nonrefundable unless space can be rebooked.
It is important for all Bristol Bay Lodge guests to be aware that they will be required to camp for two non-consecutive nights during their lodge stay. In the course of a week, guests will be flown out to each of Bristol Bay Lodge's outpost camps located on remote rivers and streams in Alaska's pristine wilderness. These camps are fully staffed and equipped.
Each one is outfitted with two guides and a camp chef. All of the tents are on wooden platforms with beds and extra warm sleeping bags with polar fleece liners, pillow, and linens. A spacious cooking/dining tent provides plenty of room for preparation of hearty meals and social gatherings in the evening. Most people find camping to be the highlight of their trip and a unique contrast and complement to the comforts of the lodge. The primary advantage of a tent camp is the ability to maximize your fishing time and to truly enjoy the flavour of the Alaskan wilderness.
Bristol Bay Lodge
Anchorage GMT -9 hrs
Flight Time from the UK
London - Seattle: 9 hrs 30 mins
Seattle - Anchorage: 3 hrs 35 mins
Anchorage - Dillingham: 1 hr 30 mins
Visa Requirements for UK Citizens
You will need to register for a 90-day US Visa Waiver under the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) prior to departure. This is an online registration and will be valid for two years or until the date on which your passport expires, which ever comes first.
The five species of Pacific salmon: chinook (King), sockeye, coho (silver), pink and chum; rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic char, Arctic grayling, northern pike, lake trout.
Season to Travel
June - September
Tackle and Kit
We would recommend a 9ft single-handed 8-9 weight rod with varying sink-tip lines for most of the salmon. If you are going for the big Chinook salmon then we suggest also taking a 12-14ft double-handed 9-10 weight rod with a multi-tip line that has fast sink tips or a shooting head system. For the other species use a 9ft single-handed 5-8 weight rod with floating line, 5-30lb leader material, flies, chest waders, waterproof jacket, lifejacket, collapsible wading stick, insect repellent and polarised sunglasses.
Alaska has a variable climate and you should dress with comfortable layers that can be shed or put on accordingly. June and July are generally warm, by August and September the weather can be cooler with frosts in the mornings and evenings. Dress code at all the lodges is informal.
Bristol Bay Lodge
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