Alaska West is the world-class fishing lodge in Western Alaska – home of legendary fly fishing for rainbow trout, silver salmon, king salmon and more.
You won’t need a coat and tie to wear to dinner, and you won’t have to worry about tracking mud on the carpet. No one will be offended by your cigar smoke or your drink spilled laughing around the campfire. You will catch fish till your arms are sore and your back aches.
You’ll spend quality time with quality people like yourself and you won’t believe what a special river you are fishing. You will leave camp a little heavier than when you arrived and if you’re like the majority of the anglers that visit Alaska West, you will return.
Your host at Alaska West: Alaska West Team: Alaska West is located on the Kanektok River in Western Alaska. We fish for all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as rainbow trout, dolly varden and grayling. Our guests stay with us at the lodge each night and go fishing each day with two anglers per guide fishing out of 18 foot jet boats. Getting to Alaska West means flying to Anchorage and then taking a series of flights from Anchorage to the lodge (which we arrange for you).
Fly-fishing experience at Alaska West: Our fishing for silver salmon is really fast-paced and lots of fun for anglers of all backgrounds. Since we’re targeting them between 1 and 8 miles from the saltwater, they’re bright, very aggressive and fight hard – they’re known for going airborne during a fight. We use floating lines and brightly-colored flies – streamers as well as surface patterns like poppers and pollywogs. Our trout fishing is amazing, with flesh, egg, sculpin and leech patterns all producing at various times. Our river is an excellent place to fish giant dry flies that imitate mice and voles – ‘mousing’ is about as fun as it gets. When fresh king salmon are in the river, we target them with swung flies, and often with two-handed rods. These fish are hot and bright, and they crush swung flies – this fishing is totally different from the upriver nymphing techniques used to target kings in many other parts of Alaska. In late July, many of our guests like to pursue the Salmon Grand Slam – all five species of Pacific salmon, all on flies, all on the same day. We use a variety of fly fishing techniques when we’re going for the Grand Slam, and that’s a big part of the fun – lots of techniques, lots of fish, lots of different water. Click here for quick link country guide.
A typical fly-fishing day at Alaska West: Please contact the host for more information.
Accommodation at Alaska West: We call our accommodations ‘comfortable but casual.’ We pride ourselves on a very high level of service and on delivering a great experience during your stay, but we are not trying to be a ‘luxury lodge.’ The atmosphere is relaxing and a heck of a lot of fun. Click here to view and book your accommodation.
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Directions by car or public transport to Alaska West.
Availability and dates: Please contact the host for more information.
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Permits: It is best to go online to the Alaska Fish & Game Online Store and follow the instructions to purchase your fishing license. Be sure to add on the King stamp if you will be targeting Kings in July. Print out two copies and pack them in different locations. We cannot guide you if you do not have an Alaska fishing license. We do not sell licenses at the lodge. They can be purchased at the airport store.
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