Destination Spotlight – Rapids Camp | Salmon Fly Fishing | Alaska
Rapids Camp Lodge is an easy to reach full service fly-out Alaskan fly fishing lodge with excellent home waters and one of the most diverse and exciting fly fishing programs in Alaska. Seasoned hardcore fly anglers appreciate the wide range of water the lodge frequents. This includes staples like the Moraine, Battle Creek, Contact Creek, Headwaters Creek and the American River. Other prolific “under the radar” rainbow and char fisheries mandate the use of a wheel plane and sturdy walking legs. During the early and late season the lodge concentrates on fly fishing for large rainbows in the “rapids” of the Naknek River near the lodge. The lodge features eight comfortable double occupancy rooms with private baths, a large friendly bar, two gourmet chefs, workout room, state of the art tackle and waders. With three Beavers and a turbine Otter, handsome jet boats for the home water, and a saltwater boat positioned for Halibut and other bottom fish, Rapids Camp has endless options for all who visit.
Where is the Lodge?
Rapids Camp sits on the banks of the famous Naknek River in King Salmon
Where do they fish?
The mighty Naknek River is right out the front door of Rapids Camp and provides some of the biggest Rainbow Trout to be found in this area. Apart from the Naknek River you can also fish the Katmai Park rivers, like Moraine, Battle, Brooks and American Creek. You also get a chance to fish several “unnamed” systems on the peninsula and up to the Nushagak.
How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?
The travel time also depends on where you are going to fish and is mainly taken up by just flights times from Rapids Camp. on arrival at each location their will be boats waiting to take you both up and down stream from your landing point. Most of the travelling is done within 40 mins then you will be fishing.
What fish will I catch?
Depending on what time of year you join us at Rapids Camp will depend what species will be available in the rivers, so please make sure you check out the species information on this tour. Basically throughout the year King salmon, rainbow trout, sockeye and silver salmon, are all on the main menu.
How many fish will I catch?
The amount of fish you will catch at Rapids Camp will depend on the target species.Rainbow trout catch rates are highest in August and around 10 to 15 quality fish a day is good, but at times there can be many more.
How do they fish?
Fishing at Rapids Camp is conducted in many different ways, for customer wanting to target the big Kings & Chum Salmon it is best to swing large flies with Spey rods. For the smaller salmon you can fish with shorter lighter rods like 12ft switch rods which make great both single and double spey fishing. You can then even fish with 5# single handed rods with drys for the many Trout and Grayling. Although you use boats to access the river up and down the majority of the fly fishing is done by wading on foot.
Do the guides speak English?
Currently all the guides speak very good English
Who is best suited to this destination?
To anyone who wants to gets lots of action and catch lots of fish especially Rainbow Trout.
What skill level is required?
With the variety of fishing available at Rapids Camp and with the expert guidance of the guides this lodge is suitable for all levels, so regardless if this is your first time fly fishing we will have you catching lots of fish even on your first day. If you are far more experienced and only want to chase the specimen fish we also cater for that also.
How physically demanding is this trip?
The beauty of the Rapids Camp program is their diversity of venues. They can show you small systems that require a bit of hiking and fitness, but also can help those not willing to hike and even prefer to fish from the boat.
When to go?
Rapids Camp has a very diverse fishing program, so this will depend on the preferred target species. For the largest migratory rainbow trout June/July and September are great but August offers the best catch rates and more diversity in the rainbow trout waters. King salmon fishing is best in June to mid-July, silver salmon in August and even Halibut and other bottom fish can be targeted from June – August.
How to get there?
Upon arrival at the Anchorage airport a lodge representative will meet you at the baggage claim and transfer you to the lodge plane for the flight to King Salmon. Upon arrival in King Salmon a representative will meet you and drive you the short distance to the lodge.
What is the accommodation like?
The lodge houses their guests in eight spacious double occupancy bedrooms with private baths. The ten acre property sits directly on the banks of the Naknek River. Meals are taken in the lodge’s main building adjacent to the comfortable great room equipped with satellite TV, open bar, and high speed wireless internet.
What is the food like?
Compared to other wilderness fishing lodges, RCL has a huge advantage in being connected to town by a road. This accessibility to daily flights from Anchorage allows their world-class chefs to pamper guests with meals of the freshest ingredients. They serve only the finest meats and wild game (duck, Kobe beef, venison, etc.), have access to the freshest salmon and halibut on earth, and have fresh produce delivered weekly. The lodge employs two full time professional chefs that turn out phenomenal meals from fresh seafood to prime rib. Honestly, the meals at Rapids Camp Lodge are perhaps the best we have enjoyed at any fishing lodge . . . anywhere. Desserts are delicious, the bar is always well stocked, and the wine selection is always top notch. Guests help themselves to local draft beer from the bar and the lodge has several excellent California, Chilean, and other imported wines as part of every meal and cocktail hour.
Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?
Rapids Camp has a diverse selection of equipment available at no extra change. From waders/boots to spey rods, they can take care of all your needs. You literally can show up in Anchorage with only your clothing and they can take care of the rest.
Is Internet and phone signal available?
The lodge does have internet, but I would not expect your cell phone to work. The lodge does have a phone to use if needed.
Are there other activities available?
There is some great bear viewing at Brooks Falls and scenic flights to the land of ten thousand smokes or beach combing on the peninsula are always a neat option.
How much does it cost?
Sportquest Holidays offers you the complete package including all flights and transfers; to view all available weeks and prices click HERE
Alternatively if you wish to arrange all our own travel arrangements Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you. If you wish to book or have ANY questions please feel free to call our offices on 01603 407596.