When many anglers think about travel fly fishing, they picture a place like Alaska. Alaska has millions of fish that run up the river every year and the ecosystems are teeming with life. From Salmon to Trout, part of Alaska’s allure is the uninterrupted wilderness, the limited human interference, and the wild amounts of fish. All of which, by the way, are catchable on a fly rod. If the fish aren’t enough, Alaska offers incredible wildlife viewing opportunities for bears, moose, eagles, and much more. A trip to Alaska, although often remote and logistically difficult, is sure to be one of the most incredible fishing trips of your life.
The beginning of the Alaskan fly fishing season starts in June when large Rainbows come out of the spawning grounds and are looking for a large meal. Streamers, dry flies, mice, and other bugs are prevalent in Alaska during this time and the fish are hungry. This is one of the best times to chase trophy rainbow trout in Alaska. In southwest Alaska, in particular, rainbow trout numbers are extremely high because of the healthy habitat and limited angling pressure. If you’re a trout fishing enthusiast, this is one of the best months to visit Alaska.
As the season progresses into July, Salmon enter the rivers and begin their spawning process. This is a great time to target Sockeye and Silver Salmon and many of the lodges we’re partnered with allow anglers to bring Salmon home with them. If you’re chasing Salmon in Alaska, you’ll have the best chances of flying home with some fish in July. August and September are some of the best months to fish Salmon egg imitations for hungry Rainbow Trout, too and offer the angler prevalent opportunities at Trout over the 25-inch mark. Alaska is truly home to some giant Trout.
Luckily, we’ve partnered with some of the finest lodges in all of Alaska to make sure you get the trip you’ve always dreamed of. Our staff has expert experience guiding, fishing, and visiting Alaska and will be sure to pass along advice and experience with the traveling angler. One such lodge is Intricate Bay Lodge, a relatively new program in southwest Alaska on Lake Iliamna. This lodge is truly one of the finest in the region and was built (brand new) in 2014. The staff is second-to-none and the lodge offers a comfortable, rejuvenating home base.
Floatplanes are a large part of fishing in Alaska, too. Many of the lodges are remote and, to access more fisheries, floatplanes allow lodges to fly to different locations. This opens up a massive expanse of territory that these lodges can fish. If you choose a full fly out package, you’ll never see the same terrain twice during a week of fishing. Early morning and later afternoon commutes in a floatplane are also a great way to see the beautiful landscape that sprawls out over the Alaskan wilderness.
Bottom line, Alaska has so many fishing opportunities it would take a book to describe them all. If you’re thinking about visiting the last frontier and want an individualized, unique experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to provide that. Alaska usually books up years in advance, so book now!