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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 06-27-2008, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Alaska Suggestions?

Hey Gang:

If folks have opinions and experiences with fly fishing lodges in Alaska, I would love to get a list of good places. I am especially interested in kings on spey rods! But, fly fishing exclusive lodges in general...

Thanks. I'm trying to get away from beads on indy rigs or gear places that kill every king they touch (even the bleeders they release after letting them swallow the eggs...).

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I've heard nothing but praise for the operation at Alaska West.
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Ditto. My brother fished for kings w/ Alaska West 2 or 3 times and had a grand time.
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AK West is best. Just got back from a trip.
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I will also cast my vote for Andrew Bennett's Alaska West.

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I've not fished with Alaska West as a client, but I've fished on the Kanektok, sharing the river with AW's guides. I can vouch for their operation from that perspective. I plan to take spey gear to the K for the first time this year, in August targeting silvers. Not sure how useful it will be as we fish for silvers far more in backwaters than in the main channel or in current, but I'll sure give it a whirl.

If anyone has suggestions for how to effectively fish for silvers in the main channels, I'd sure like to hear it. I understand soft inside of bends, which makes sense, but more information would be helpful.

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AlaskaWest is a great operation and The Kanektok is exactly the river you want to fish with a spey for Kings.
went last year, didnt make it up this year. cant wait to go again.
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maybe when the fishing slows down ill post a report for everyone....stay tuned.

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Alaska West can't be beat if you insist on Alaska, but BC West and the lower Dean has the absolutely hottest kings i've ever encountered. huge as well. bonus steelhead during the king weeks, too.

oh, the choices...
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Hi, I can also personally recommend Dave Duncan and Sons. They are a great outfit. Fished with them many times. They mainly fish the Kanectok River. They been around for many, many years.
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Give Jon Kent a shot at Painter Creek.

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O.K. This has been around long enough the originator has (hopefully) been to Alaska and can post a reply. Also fielding comments from anyone else having had good experiences in Alaska.

Hear is my dilema. Having been to Alaska on four previous occasion's, I have come to the conclusion that most of the lodges up there cater mostly to ignorant novice fly fishers. Salmon fishing being defined as snagging, flossing, casting (if you can call lobbing a fly twenty feet out in front of you casting) to staging fish. Or some form of trolling out of a boat for king salmon. Not exactly what I would call great sport.

Resident rainbows, dollies, grayling, forget it. Not interested in going all the way up there to fish for them. Web searches, for Alaska steelhead have come up short. Now & then some brief mention of them, but that's about it. Flyshops? I have also become somewhat sceptical of flyshops promoting "exclusive" bookings at some wonder lodge.

The current situation in B.C. being what it is, as an American, I would rather fish in the U.S.A. That pretty much narrows it down to the O.P, Alaska, or home waters.

Keeping in mind that I live in Oregon. I can, and often do, fish the Rogue five days a week. However, like most rivers in the lower 48, the Rogue's glory days are long gone. The numbers just aren't here. So, based on past experience, can anyone recommend anything in Alaska for chasing steel or even salmon on a two hand rod?

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JD, you definitely need to actually speak to the guys who run Alaska West! They cater to whatever you'd like to do and will put you into places which will challenge your skill level. They specialize in swinging for kings (in season) and can get you into resident rainbows over 24" on a two-hander if you specify. You won't be required to use beads, sinkers or whatever.
I took my son up there two years ago as a graduation present when he got his MS. He was a natural on Salmon, both swinging and stripping once he got the knack, but required more detailed assistance and instruction from the guides re: large rainbows. For me, I told them that I wanted to target large rainbows, swinging with both single and two-handed rods. They put me onto some side channels and I pounded the undercut banks, just as I do in Montana and home and was rewarded with several very large, fat bows up to 27". I used my flies and fished my way and they let me have at it, but did suggest I make a lot of noise to hopefully ward off bears. All but one of the seven rods I brought up there were cane. I've not experienced BC West (yet) but as they're run by the same outfit, I gotta believe they're top drawer. There, you can get into both kings and steelhead. PM Ed Ward for his thoughts regarding Alaska West. He was always sneaking out after dinner, motoring upriver for more than just solace. I think he was stalking the big bows and/or reconnoitering for the next day's outing with clients.


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You won't hear me promote a specific lodge. Owners from the lower 48, guides/employees from hte lower 48.

Here's something different.

Fly up. Rent a motor home with a group of your buds as hard core as you. Fish the Kenai, Kasilof, Clear for Silvers. Eat salmon at night, drink mirobrew. In the morning get Starbucks. Drive the half hour to whatever river is the hottest, or any day hit all... Up to 18# fish.

Go to Homer, catch them from the beach. Take a charter and limit on halibut for the freezer. 60 pounders.

$590 for flight, $250 each for the motor home. Groceries, beer, gas.

Swing by my house and I'll lend you a couple of pontoons for the week. Two guys float, two walk and pick up. Then switch after lunch.

Sorry if it's not what you want to hear. So many people come up here, get their money and leave. Oil comanies, lodges, commercial fishing boats/processors, hard rock miners, tourist companies, cruise boats, etc.

Mister, it's just a suggestion. I've got others too but then involve renting a plane on floats...

Good luck.
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Alaska Steelhead

I have been twice Steelhead fishing in Alaska with Duncan and Sons at their steelhead camp on Kodiak Island. Their camp is on the Karluk Reiver during the fall steelhead run, september and october. It is outstanding steelhead fishing. I would not call it the typical swing style of fishing as the most succes is done dead drifting egg paterns with split shot. I believe it is adaptable to spey fishing using t-14 tips. It is a beautiful small river and is only fished by wading. Fish size is between 24" to 34" with the larger fish( 30" and above) coming during the later part of October. But also the later in the year comes more colder weather and increased possibility of rain and snow.
I would say an average day is 3-4 fish landed. Of course some days may be a skunk or 1 fish and some days may be 7-8 fish. It is the only place where I could safely promise someone will catch a steelhead on a trip.
The camp holds only 6 anglers per week and is a blast.
Duncan and sons also has King salmon camps and rainbow camps on the Kanatok R during the summer. They are one of the original outfitters on that river and have a very noteworthy and highly loyal list of clients that they cater to. They are great people.
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