of potential float trips
This list is just a suggestion of trip dates on some of the many different waters we can take you on here in Alaska. If you do not see the dates that 'fit' your groups needs, on the water that interests you, please call us. This list is just an starting point or suggestion for many of the trip start dates and no trip or dates are fixed in stone until actually booked and deposits received - Check back often as this page can change at any time!
Alagnak River June Trips
June Dates - Scheduled By Request / The snow is melting off early this spring which means early season trout fishing should be exceptional this year! Let's Go!
If Alaska has another warm winter, and it has been so far, this could be one of the most epic trout weeks of the year. Early each Summer throughout Alaska, the juvenile salmon that have wintered in local lakes begin their sprint to the Sea. After a long Winter this is just the type of bio-mass that voracious Rainbow Trout, Lake trout, and other predator species key on. We’re there with streamers and big fry patterns, targeting Bigger Fish among channels and braids we’ve learned over decades of experience.
Fisherman's Deluxe or Fisherman's Standard style trips available from King Salmon, Alaska
Arolik River Float Trip
June Dates - Scheduled By Request
When guests ask “Where would you go if you could choose?” ~ This might be it! The Arolik is smaller than most of the waters we float and at times she can extract a toll as the Arolik can be low at times especially over the first ten miles or so therefore a bit of work can be required of all participants.. That said the fishing is well worth the extra effort as the best places usually are, that’s what makes them the best.
This trip offers exceptional angling for Chinook in Mid June to Late July, Silvers in August and we are not going to talk about the rainbows, Grayling and Char....Shhhh!! Arolik trips can be booked June through mid to late September depending upon group needs, scheduling and availability or resources. Flexibility on dates strongly encouraged, please call for details and to check availability!
Trips to the Arolik are available as Intimate Rivers or Fisherman's Standard style trips.
June - Early July / Dates - Scheduled By Request
Flowing from Hamersley lake in Katmai National Preserve Alaska, American Creek starts out on this on a high plateau then flows through a long, inaccessible canyon on its way to Lake Colville. The upper section just below the outlet of Hamersley Lake is a spectacular setting, and can provide some outstanding fly-fishing both early and late in the season it is said that the finest Alaska rainbow trout dry fly fishing in the state can be had on this stretch of water and we agree! While American creek is for the most part an easy to wade smaller stream it does have some challenging white water at times as well as rock gardens and sweepers, you can expect the rafts to get hung on rocks and other obstacles, and you will likely have to assist your guides in getting the boat moving again even helping portage boats and gear around log jams so we can get on down the creek to that next great fishing spot!
Only those in good physical condition should consider attempting this adventure! / Available as Intimate Rivers Trip from King Salmon, Alaska
Alagnak River ~ Sockeyefest. An annual tradition, so good it earned its own name.
Trip Dates - July 3-9 Availability, July 15-19 Three Spaces Available and July 20-24 Both Five Day / Four Night trips
It's “Sockeyefest” ~ So much more then just about Sockeye Salmon, there are also amazing leopard rainbows to be had! This is one of our most popular and anticipated trips of the entire season. Join us in the Katmai region of Alaska at the peak of the Bristol Bay sockeye salmon run. Millions, yes, millions of chrome torpedo's, surging up the areas rivers in a seemingly never-ending procession make for Non-Stop, knuckle busting, pole bending, tail walking, holler-until-you’re-hoarse, action. These are the days of multiple species of salmon, beautifully spotted trout, t-shirts, farmers tans, and perma-grins.
Fisherman's Standard or Fisherman's Deluxe style trips available from King Salmon, Alaska
Trip Dates - July 6 to 13 ~ Note: This is a fixed start date for this trip
Nothing says Summer in Alaska like 20 hours of daylight, and some of the best topwater rainbow fishing of the year while they are still looking up! Before the salmon completely flood the river the Kanektok's rainbows are chasing smolt, mice, and nearly any other pattern as long as you get them in the water, none of this eggs n flesh fixation you see later in the year (Not that that is a bad thing) But if you like to fish top water for rainbows this is your trip! Sockeye season is picking up the pace, the longest days and shortest nights of Summer. Miles and miles of mountains, river channels and beauty, with the only thing topping the location is the fishing. Also available later in the trip are good numbers of King and chum salmon as well as dolly varden too. We strongly however suggest that you pack lots of mouse patterns!
Kanektok Style Trip from Bethel, Alaska
Trip Dates - June 30 to July 7 or July 9 to 16
King Salmon runs have been picking up the last few years on the Goodnews, this might be the time to for you to partake. Most of this action is in the lower portion of the river. Between the lake and there look for hungry rainbows, sockeye salmon, grayling and early arriving dolly varden.
Intimate Rivers, Fisherman's Standard, or Fisherman's Deluxe style trip from Bethel, Alaska
Back to the Arolik River
July Dates - These can be scheduled by request / Trips work best with at least three guests
Starting out smaller than most of the waters we float and with some potential for dragging the Aroilk offers excellent fishing even before joining up with the South fork, after which it becomes more like most S.W. Alaska rivers in size. That said the fishing is well worth the effort with the potential of exceptional angling for King Salmon in small water into to late July and you may even find all five species of salmon available as well as plentiful rainbows, grayling and char!
Eight day trips available, call for details and availability from Bethel, Alaska.
Trips to the Arolik are available as Intimate Rivers or Fisherman's Standard style trips.
Trip Dates July 27/28 to August 3 Seven day trip / multiple spaces available / August 6 to 13 Four spaces available
All Five Species of Pacific Salmon, a Sea Run Dolly-Varden Utopia and The Coho Cometh. We return to the Goodnews as the fishing there really begins to turn it up a notch, or twenty. By now some of the earlier run of Chinook and sockeye are beginning to spawn adding a dynamic to the mix that every Alaskan fisherman awaits. Bead nymphing. Here come the droves of Dolly Varden that absolutely saturate this watershed during the latter days of Summer and into Fall. Usually we will begin seeing Coho/Silver Salmon later on in this trip, as our rafts leave the mountains and approach the Bering Sea.
Intimate Rivers, Fisherman's Standard or Fisherman's Deluxe style trips on the Goodnews are available from Bethel, Alaska
Trip Dates - August Trips Scheduled By Request September 1 to 7 and 9 to 15, 2019 Trips work best with at least three to six guests
The Moraine, ~ Where The Dark Ones Are Rainbows, The Red Ones, Sockeye and The Brown ones Da Bears! While the Moraine is somewhat busy by Alaska standards espicially in August, you are there after everyone else leaves and the Moraine more than makes up for it with the sheer number of very large "Wild" Alaska Rainbows available making it a true "World Class" Fly Fishing destination!
For less people and usually spectacular fishing join us for a trip in July or later in the year say, September out of King Salmon, Alaska.
Call to schedule a five or seven day Fisherman's Standard style trip.
Trip Dates - Scheduled By Request
The Togiak River : The Gem Of The Togiak National Wildlife Refuge!
Alaska's fish filled Togiak River flows some 48 miles from Togiak lake to Togiak Bay and is a popular river for all five Pacific salmon. Rising on the western slopes of the Wood River Mountains, the Togiak drains the southeastern quadrant of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. Noted as being arguably the best river in Alaska for it's spectacular silver salmon angling it is also considered one of the top ten waters where one can catch a true "Trophy" rainbow trout in Alaska. Also available Char / Dolly Varden, Large Grayling, and other salmon species.
Fisherman's Standard style trip available from Dillingham, Alaska Seven Days / Six Nights
Trip Dates - August 15 to 22 ~ Sold Out / Pending August 18 to 25 ~ Sold Out / Pending
More Arolik River - Just can't get enough of a good thing!! One of the most fly fish-able waters in Alaska, the Arolik River is remote, abundant, and beautiful as it flows forty five miles through the tundra of far Southwest Alaska and while it is best known for the world class Rainbow that lurk in it's waters it's salmon fishery is nothing to be sneezed about, be it coho's crushing wogs on topwater, beautifully colored dollies or it's world class rainbows the Arolik just plain rocks the angling world!
Fisherman's Standard Style Trips from Bethel, Alaska
Trip Dates - Scheduled By Request, Usually Mid August and we suggest a ten day trip.
Kwethluk River More than "100 miles" of Fish, Fun and Solitude. Beginning with the portage from a small lake to the river, including the winding and twisty shallows of the mountainous upper stretches, through the wood-laden braids and channels, all the way to the slow flowing oxbows as it flows towards the Kuskokwim River, the Kwethluk is a not a river for the inexperienced. This float covers over 100 miles, which is why it is best done as a 10 day trip in order to take full advantage of all the Kwethluk has to offer. Be it Alaskan Leopard Rainbows slamming at mouse flies or Coho Salmon absolutely crushing poppers, August is the month for the best fishing this river sees. We suggest nine or ten days for your trip.
Intimate Rivers or Fisherman's Standard style trip from Bethel, Alaska
Trip Dates - August 28 to September 4
Goodnews River Co-Ho-Ho-Holy C***!!! It's go time ~ Many of our guests consider our last two Goodnews River trips of the season to be arguably the best of the trips we offer on this river each season. By now the Dolly-Varden are coming into their full, stunning, spawning colors, and they -along with the mighty Coho Salmon- are dispersed throughout the entire river system. The long days of Summer are waning and this brings longer, colder nights, which in turn makes the resident Trout and Char begin to feed all the more enthusiastically with the thought of leaner, winter days ahead.
Fisherman's Deluxe or Fisherman's Standard style trips from Bethel, Alaska.
Trip Dates - September 6 to the 13th or 15th
Goodnews River Saving the best for last. By now our Western Alaska Crew has seen this river as many as five times this season, and the anticipation of this final float on the News has been building with every passing week. The Char fishing will be in it's prime, the Rainbow Trout will be hammering everything from beads, to streamers to mice, and the Coho will be everywhere, hitting everything and almost anything you throw at them.. These are true campfire tales type of trips, given that by now we have those wondrous Fall Alaskan nights, with the possibility of Northern Lights and nothing winds down an epic day quite like a popping driftwood fire. The longer nights mean shorter days, and as the season winds down, the fishing inevitably ramps up for resident species gorging themselves with calories for the impending long winter.
Fisherman's Standard style trip from Bethel, Alaska. This trip can be eight to ten days in length.
Trip Start Date - September 10 ~ Note: This is a fixed start date for this trip
The Seasons Final Hurrah in SW Alaska. September 10th to 17 or 19 A truly epic time of year, and a truly epic trip. The banks are littered with the spawned out carcasses of the seasons salmon runs, snow is teasing the mountain peaks, each morning holds the possibility of skims of ice along the shoreline, the once lush green leaves of summer are now golden, fluttering reminders that winter is almost here. What better time to target big, slashing Rainbow Trout who are making their final push to saturate themselves with fat before being locked under the ice for months and months? Late season Coho will still be present, milling in sloughs and deep holes, ready to charge your streamer, or lunge into the air after a pollywog. Our last trip of the season out west is one that never disappoints, and always leaves us and our guests in awe of the fishing, the river, and all it's environment.
Kanektok Style trip from Bethel, Alaska. This trip can be eight or ten days in length.
Moraine Creek / Alagnak Combo Trip
Trip Dates - September 17 to 26 Two Spaces Available
Much 'quieter' in the fall then earlier in the season when the Moraine can be crowded by Alaska standards at this time the Moraine has become a haven for Anglers wanting to get in on the fattest fish of the year, at a time when many of the lodges have closed up and gone home for the season! This is when the Moraine offers up excellent numbers of very fat "Wild" Alaska Rainbows that have been gorging all season making it a true "World Class" Fly Fishing destination! Weather can be a bit iffy but if you hit this one right it can be well worth the trip. After four days it's off to the braids of the Alagnak to chase silver salmon and more fat rainbow fior the remainder of the trip.
Limited Space Remaining Available
Fisherman's Deluxe style trip from King Salmon, Alaska