Alaska’s Best Fly Fishing starts in Bristol Bay

Alaska Rainbow Lodge offers Alaska salmon fishing for all five native species; King salmon, Silver salmon (Coho), Sockeye salmon, Chum salmon and Pink salmon (Humpback). With our vast knowledge and superb location, you will have access to almost every salmon fishing location in Southwestern Alaska. Get ready to live your dream of Alaska Fly Fishing!

Alaska Fly Fishing in Bristol Bay with Alaska Rainbow Lodge

Alaska Fly Fishing in Bristol Bay with Alaska Rainbow Lodge

Experience the Finest in Alaska Fly Fishing

We fish by wading, drifting, casting, or plugging. You can fly fish or use conventional gear; that’s up to you. There are streams that are protected as fly fishing only areas, and there are rivers that allow either fly fishing or the use of spinning tackle. Alaska Rainbow Lodge guides practice fly fishing only for Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, & Grayling, and all are catch and release.

Depending on the river, the season, and the weather – we fish in one of three ways after a short 15-25 minute flight in one of our 3 Beaver float-planes.

Enjoy Alaska’s Best Fly Fishing with Alaska Rainbow Lodge

We hike many of the smaller streams, trying different runs and holes throughout the day. We will find fantastic fishing with short, easy walks or with longer, adventurous hikes for those looking to explore rugged Alaskan beauty.  These are the true wilderness streams where it’s unusual to see another fisherman. We take small rafts on some of the mid-size rivers, which allows floating long sections of river. A scenic float trip with a pick-up 3-5 miles downstream will allow you to cover lots of water while still getting out to wade the best spots. You will experience one of the best fly-fishing trips in Alaska.

On 14 different rivers, we have jet boats stored for quick, easy access. Whether fishing out of the boat or using it for transportation from hole to hole before wade fishing, these rivers are usually good bets to find Rainbow Trout of unbelievable size.

Much of our Alaska salmon fishing, particularly the King salmon, is done by boat – with lures or plugs. You may fly fish for Kings on the Alagnak River where you can sight fish with a fly rod. All other salmon fishing – Silver, Chum, Pink, & Sockeye are accessed by a combination of aircraft, jet boat, and wade or bank fishing.

Alaska's best fly fishing

A beautiful Trophy Rainbow Trout from the Little Ku

Trophy Rainbow Trout fishing is our specialty at Alaska Rainbow Lodge.

The world’s largest Rainbow Trout, some up to 18 pounds, come from Bristol Bay, Alaska. Our home river, the Kvichack, will consistently produce more Rainbow Trout in excess of 28″ than any other river in Alaska.

For true Trophy Rainbow Trout fly-fishing, you will want to be on the Kvichak River in early Summer or Fall. June is a time when we can swing big streamers and leeches on the Kvichack, Kukalak or Naknek for those huge Rainbows. In September, guests catch many over 30″ each year! The most productive rainbow trout fishing is during the months of June, August and September.

Enjoy Alaska Fly Fishing with Alaska Rainbow Lodge

Leopard Rainbow Trout of Katmai National Park

Alaska’s Greatest Dry Fly Sight Fishing

June is the best time for unbelievable dry fly fishing. Dry flies are used to match our early season hatches. Sight fishing with dry flies is always popular and productive this time of the year, as the fish are hungry and aggressive after a long winter. Alaska Rainbow Lodge is one of only 6 lodges allowed to park a jet boat on the American River – this is a special concession. The American is undoubtedly the finest dry fly fishing river for trophy Rainbow Trout in Alaska. Alaska Rainbow Lodge’s guests enjoy this special privilege. [read stories on our Alaska Fishing Blog!]

Arctic Char (June 8 – Oct 1st)

Leopard Rainbow Trout(July 5th-August25th)

The Arctic Char is Alaska’s most beautiful fish when in their spawning colors. They also grow to a great size. We have some spectacular Char fishing during the entire season at Alaska Rainbow Lodge. Our anglers will consistently land fish in the 30″ class and will have days in excess of 25 fish per rod.

Alaska is famous for its King Salmon fishing.

King Salmon are the largest of Alaska’s salmon and are known for their brute strength and wily behavior. This is a voracious predator that will challenge your skills and the best gear. You should be prepared for fights of 15 to 45 minutes to land some of these giants. Our Alaska King Salmon fishing program takes advantage of three different rivers in which we target these massive salmon.

Nushagak River

First, we keep a temporary camp on the Nushagak River, where our guide remains during the King Salmon run. It is a 25 minute plane ride in one of our Beavers. This river system offers a “World Class,” fishing-trip-of-a-lifetime opportunity. The Nushagak River supports the largest run of Alaska King Salmon in the world.

Naknek River

The 2nd river we fish for King salmon is the Naknek – a 15 minute plane ride away from the lodge.

Alagnak River

The final river is only 5 minutes away – it’s the famous Alagnak, our sister river. This is a smaller river, with a smaller run, but often lends itself to bigger fish.

Fall Rainbow Trout (Aug 20 – Sept 30)Alaska Fly Fishing on the Kvichak River

We once again target those big fat Rainbow Trout in September. Every guest can get the opportunity of casting to Rainbows over ten pounds. This is the time of true trophy Rainbow trout, shotgunning and Silver fishing at our remote camp. Colder wetter weather, but action galore. Char are in spawning colors and they are BIG!

The Premier Alaska Salmon Fishing Lodge

Alaska is famous for its salmon fishing. Bristol Bay is at the heart of this world class salmon fishing, and Alaska Rainbow Lodge is in the heart of Bristol Bay. The strategic location of our Alaska salmon fishing lodge enables easy access to the entire Bristol Bay area, offering convenient access to prime salmon fishing in this breathtaking watershed. Fish All 5 Salmon Species – King Salmon , Silver Salmon, Sockeyes, Chum and Pinks! Many of our guests say fishing with us was the best fishing trip in Alaska they had ever taken.

Alaska Fly Fishing, catch Sockeye Salmon along the Kvichak River

Kvichak River Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon (June 28 – July 20)

The Kvichak river has the largest sockeye salmon run in the world.

Our home river, the Kvichack, has the largest sockeye run in the world, three to five million fish every year. These fish average between 6-8 pounds and are the best tasting of all the salmon. Guests will be amazed as they watch 20,000 fish per hour swim right past the lodge. Sockeye salmon enjoy the reputation of being the hardest fighting salmon (pound for pound) of all the Pacific salmon species.

The best place to catch sockeye is the Kvichak River – right out our front door. Sockeye put up a spectacular fight when fly fishing – they empty reels, thrash line, and destroy rods!

Alaska Fly Fishing, Silver Salmon fishing

Alaska Fly Fishing for Silver Salmon

Silver Salmon (July 25 – Sept 25)

Silver salmon are considered by many to be the hardest fighting of all the Alaska salmon, and will run hard and leap high from the water when hooked. Fly fishing for these top predators is our specialty here at Alaska Rainbow Lodge and we are proud to be one of the best Alaska salmon fishing lodges.

July 25 – Sept 10

We start our Silver fishing in the Kvichak then move on to 4 other rivers in Bristol Bay. We fish the Alagnak, Egigik, King Salmon and the Kamishak.

Sept 1 – Sept 25

We follow the run out to the Alaska Peninsula near Port Moller, Alaska. We maintain a remote camp at Ilnik. The Silvers caught at Ilnik are HUGE – they start at 12 pounds and run up to 20 pounds. When fishing Ilnik, an overnight stay is required. Alaskan Silver salmon are fiesty – and a lot of fun!

Alaska Fly Fishing for Chum Salmon

Alaska Fly Fishing for Chum Salmon

Chum Salmon (July 20 – Aug 20)

Fish the Kvichak, Alagnak, and Strike Creek for Chums. Seems to me, every fly fishing area has some sort of under-rated or perhaps overlooked species of fish. Whether right or wrong, these fish are just overshadowed by other species or just misunderstood. That fish in Alaska is the Chum salmon, aka Dog salmon. Quite simply the most under-rated fish I have ever fished for. Like all salmon, Chum salmon turn into their spawning colors and in so doing lose table and fighting quality. However, Chum salmon turn color quicker than any other salmon I know – almost the minute they hit freshwater. As a result, most people catch them far from their ‘prime time’ and make assumptions. Little do many folks know the battles that ensue when hooking a chrome dog in the ocean, especially on the fly!

Chums are known for their fierce strike and powerful, reel-stripping runs. A chrome bright Chum of 12 to 15 pounds hooked on an 8 weight rod will humble the most dedicated fly fisherman.

We fish the Kvichak, Alagnak, and Strike Creek for Chums and Pinks. Chums school up by the hundreds on the Alagnak and there are usually several dozens on every bend. They are very agressive, and will attack your fly or lure with a vengeance.

Pink Salmon (Aug 1 – Aug 25)

We generally fish Pink salmon as a sideline, while Silver, King or Chum fishing. It’s a welcome change to pick up a light 5 weight rod or ultra-light spinning rod and fish for these smallest of all Pacific salmon, which average about 3 pounds. They will hit just about anything you throw at them.

We catch & release Pink Salmon – except for smoking they are not the quality meat as the Sockeye, King or Silver. It’s common to have a 50 fish day hookup. You will have a sore elbow and arm from catching pinks! This is an Alaska Fly Fishing Vacation you don’t want to miss!