ALASKA - ALASKA WEST

Location

5 miles upriver from the Alaska Native village of Quinhagak, Alaska on the banks of the Kanektok River along the coast of the Bering Sea.

The Fishing

You won't believe what a special river you are fishing. The Kanektok is the definition of a fish factory. With runs of all five species of Pacific salmon, rainbow trout, Dolly Varden and grayling, the river provides a great mix of both quantity and variety.

The location of Alaska West is 5.5 miles from the ocean, offering the best of both worlds for the fly angler. Downriver from the camp is the larger water, including long gravel bars where kings hold, deep snaggy channels where big rainbows lie, backwaters that load with silvers and the tidewaters full of all species of salmon fresh from the salt. Upriver from the camp the river makes a transition to smaller water with numerous side channels and tributaries providing hiking up channels for rainbows, sight fishing for salmon in smaller water, making day-long drifts fishing for anything and working extremely productive dolly flats.

The season at Alaska West is only 12 weeks long. Summer in Western Alaska is short! A lot happens on the river between May and September – ice goes out, runoff comes and goes, five salmon species enter the river and spawn, rainbows, dollies and grayling have a feast on salmon eggs. Before you know it, the days are short and the morning frost has returned. River conditions, salmon runs and the fishing activity for different species all change quickly during the season.

If you want to plan a trip to the Kanektok, it's important to understand the river's run timing so be sure to contact us to ensure that you will be on the river at the right time for the fish you are seeking. From mid-June to mid-July, king salmon are the most popular target, with rainbow fishing picking up in July as well. The second half of July provides a shot at the Alaskan salmon grand slam, all five species of salmon taken on a fly in one day and the most varied rainbow fishing. In August and early September, silver mania sweeps the Kanektok and the trout just keep getting fatter as they follow the spawning salmon upstream as fall arrives.

It's at least three fisheries in one – take your pick!



Trip Information

Documents Required

Canadian, British, EU and Australian citizens only need a valid passport for entry to the United States. No visa is required.

Logistics

Guests must book specific flights on a Friday so that the flights interconnect: the 12:12 pm Alaska AIrlines flight arriving in Bethel 1:28 pm., and the 2:15 pm outbound flight arriving in Anchorage at 3:25 pm. The Lodge will arrange connecting flights with Grant Aviation. Guests typically arrive at Alaska West between 4 and 5 pm, and cannot fish that day.

Boats and Equipment

16 to 18 foot flat-bottomed 'john' boats, with 40 h.p. jet pump engines. There are also jet boats utilized on the river as well

Fly and spin casting welcome

Species

Pacific Salmon: chinook (springs or kings), chum (ketas), coho (silvers), pink, sockeye (reds or bluebacks)

Also: dolly varden, rainbow trout, leopard rainbow, and grayling.

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Season

June 10 thru September 1

Capacity

20 anglers

Accommodations

The camp is a fixed-base tent camp, both rustic and civilized at the same time. There are individual double sleeping tents, a lounge tent, dining tent, and drying tent. Tents feature carpets, running water, limited electricity, and outhouses. The dining tent is a spacious 24' x 60' heated structure with wood floors and is always kept neat and clean. The kitchen has state of the art equipment such as gas ranges, convection oven, microwave, refrigerators and freezers. The lounge tent is a great place to relax after a full day of fishing. This large heated tent is furnished with comfortable chairs and tables. At your disposal are a refrigerator with cool soda, juices and mixers, poker chips with cards, board games, dart board, magazines, books, map board, telephone, satellite television and an online camp computer. There is also a fly tying bench with a limited supply of fly tying materials and vises. Serious tiers are advised to bring their own vise and tools. The heated tent cabins are furnished with two single beds with full bedding and pillow, clean shower linen, nightstand, hang-down bug net, lantern, carpeted floor and clothes hangers. The housekeeping staff will come through daily to make beds, empty trash and tidy up to ensure your new home stays neat and clean.

Getting There

Guests must fly to Anchorage by major airline then to Bethel by Alaska Airline and then on to Quinhagak with Grant Aviation. Guests will then be met by lodge staff for a 25 minute jet-boat ride to the Alaska West site.

What's included

  • Number of nights specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking (fly-out weather permitting)
  • All meals
  • Flies and terminal tackle
  • Loaner gear

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Quinhagak
  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • Alcohol

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