ALASKA - GOODNEWS RIVER LODGE

Location

Fly into the village of Iliamna, Alaska near the Cook Inlet where our pilot will meet you for a floatplane flight to your camp.

The Fishing

Fishing is done both by wading and by utilizing one of the many power boats to gain access to both the tidal flats and also the rainbow laden area upstream from the braided area that is formed by the joining together of the 3 branches of the river. Each evening guests will decide what type and location of fishing they choose for the next day from silver salmon to rainbow trout. Your fishing day will start at 8:30am and normally go to 5:00pm with the exception for the angler who wants to fish late into the evening. Weeks run Wednesday to Wednesday from June 16-23 thru September 1-8.

At the end of your week, we seal your fish in waxed, lock boxes for you to take home and share with family and friends.

Early in the season anglers will have the opportunity to fish for the ultimate chromers, the king salmon. At the same time as the kings run you'll find chums and sockeye followed in succession by the aerial acrobatics of the silvers in mid-July. These world famous fish will take streamers and top water flies with reckless abandon and satisfy the angler with 30-50 takes per day.

Rainbow trout are a main staple of the Goodnews River. They are present year round and will take a well placed streamer, flesh fly, bead or later in the season, a floating mouse pattern. There is nothing more exciting than a ferocious rainbow engulfing a mouse pattern to set the anglers heart toward cardiac arrest. These rainbows, averaging 18-26 inches, are on the way to spawning and along the way lie behind the migrating salmon as they deposit their eggs. A well placed egg pattern will give the angler 20-40 "bows" to the net daily with runs and jumps that only the leopard rainbow can provide. For the angler who doesn't need the comfortable amenities of a traditional lodge, Goodnews River Lodge is the perfect introduction to the real fishing Alaska offers.



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.

Boats and Equipment

There are 4 river jet boats, a Cessna 206 float plane, large cabin boat for longer lake runs to other rivers, and rafts for drifting

* Fly fishing only

Species

rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, king, sockeye, chum, pink and silver salmon

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Season

mid-June to early September

Capacity

8 anglers

Accommodations

This is a river camp with guests staying in well-appointed tents erected on wooden platforms, and enjoy the benefits of camp-wide boardwalks, propane heaters, great food and guides, and fishing literally out the front door. Each tent has a metal door with a window in the front, and a frame window in the rear, allowing for cross ventilation. Each tent is supplied with a propane heater, and a propane lamp should any guest wish for light after the generator is turned off at 10:30pm. (It comes on at 5:00am so there is full power to all tents in the morning). The common area consists of a dining tent, which also houses a sitting area, fly tying bench, and a shop for souvenirs. Next to it is the bath facility, with 6 complete baths, each with a shower, water heater, and a chemical toilet. This facility connects to a heated drying tent for guest's and guide's waders, jackets, etc, and is kept warm all night so all clothes are dry for the next day's fishing.

A full breakfast buffet starts the day at 7:00 am. Dinners are a choice of 3 entrees and a fish dish every day. Lunches are a sandwich board with many choices, and there is always hot soup available for anyone who wants to come in for lunch. Shore lunches are provided upon request

Getting There

Guests must fly to Anchorage where they will be met by a Flytreks representative. Guests will then fly into the village of Iliamna, Alaska near the Cook Inlet where our pilot will meet you for a floatplane flight to Goodnews River Lodge. An assistant will ensure that luggage is properly tagged to the correct destination and will help with lost luggage should assistance be necessary

What's included

  • Round trip airfare from Anchorage to Goodnews River Lodge
  • 7 nights deluxe tent accommodations
  • 6 1/2 days of guided fishing
  • All meals
  • Fly outs (weather permitting)
  • Fishing gear
  • Boat service

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Anchorage
  • Gratuities to staff and guides
  • Alcohol
  • Fishing license
  • King salmon tag (if applicable)
  • Native Land Use fee

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