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ATA Lodge | Salmon Fly Fishing | Alaska

Overview

Tour code: ALL040

Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is the perfect wilderness fishing retreat. Boasting a world-famous run of all five species of Pacific Salmon, plus a host of resident fish, such as Leopard Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char and Grayling. This is a well-priced family-owned and run lodge that you will soon feel like it’s your second home.

Location

Alaska Trophy Adventures is Alaska’s Premier fishing and bear viewing lodge since 1988. is located approx. 55 miles upriver from the mouth of the Alagnak River where it drains into Kvichak Bay in the Bristol Bay region of Katmai National Park. The whole complex is based on 160 acres of private prime river frontage in an iconic section of the Alagnak river known as the Upper Braids. The location of this lodge is just perfect, a short 25-minute flight from King Salmon means that the lodge is far enough upstream to be well away from lodges located on the lower sections of the river. This isolation gives access to tons of water providing the real thrill of wilderness fishing without the buzz of other boats from other lodges spoiling your solitude. Make sure to stop by our YouTube Channel to see why Fly Fishing at Alaska Trophy Adventures is so good.

Fishing

Just 6 miles upstream from the Lodge is where two rivers (Kukaklek and Nonvianuk) join to form the Alagnak. Because of the lodge’s prime location and a fleet of jet boats you are able to access all 3 rivers and all the many species that swim through the rivers. Transport up and down the main river systems is by standard boats equipped with powerful 50 or 60hp engines. For anyone who would like a day out to explore the lower sections of the main river, the lodge has a more powerful jetboat with a canopy and seats which can get you (50 miles away) in a little over an hour.

Alagnak and its tributaries are like many other Alaskan rivers as it has a solid run each year of all 5 species of Pacific Salmon. The Sockeye run is the most prolific and the first fish to run quickly followed by the Silvers (Coho salmon), The river also has a good run of King Salmon (Chinooks) in July. Due to the distance, these fish have to travel they will have some colour however, this does not distract from their fighting ability. Along with the Kings also comes in very good numbers (Chum) which are extremely tough fighters. If you connect with any of these Salmon in the powerful currents you going to get a fight of a lifetime. The Trout, Grayling and Arctic Char are what many of the guides love to fish for more than anything else. The Alagnak and its many braids offer countless opportunities to enjoy many hours chasing these species. Below we have given you a little bit more detail on the three main river sections you will be fishing.

Alagnak River (A-lag-nak)

This prestigious river is located within Katmai National Park, with its headwaters in the surrounding mountains and draining into Bristol Bay. It is also known as the Branch River, for its seemingly endless braided river channels. Wading and fishing are made easy on the many small natural islands and gravel bars, which the river flow creates. The Alagnak has world-famous runs of all five species of Pacific Salmon and is home to a host of resident fish. Crystal clear water allows for perfect stalking conditions, whilst slow runs and fast riffles are commonplace, with pools well suited to holding pods of staging Salmon, often 35+ lbs., when targeting the kings. With hatches occurring throughout the season, it is not rare to see a resident Trout or Grayling rise.

Kukaklek River (Ku-ka-click)

Flowing out of Kukaklek Lake the river runs 19-miles through mostly fast-flowing technical water until it reaches the confluence and joins with the Nonvianuk River to form the Alagnak. The Kukaklek is well known for its short section of narrow, class 3 rapids contained by steep canyon walls. When fishing this unique river, we spend most our time either in the lower 5 miles or the upper 6 miles, which are ideal for targeting Rainbow Trout. The upper section near the mouth of the lake is particularly good Trout fishing, in particular as the Salmon start to spawn.

Nonvianuk River (Non-vi-on-uk)

The Nonvianuk River runs 11-miles from its mouth at Nonvianuk Lake to where it meets the Kukaklek River to form the Alagnak. The Nonvianuk river is mostly class 2 technical water, with many bolder gardens and shallow sections. Surrounded by rolling hills of tundra, there is a very “open feel” to the Nonvianuk River and it is a beautiful place to fish. The upper 4 miles of this river is the most productive and much like the Kukaklek it holds an abundance of Trout.

Guiding

Any lodge is only as good as its guides and ATA lodge has a strong regular guide base. All the guides are very knowledgeable about the river, environment and come very well prepared with flies, spare tackle, rods, reels everything you could possibly need for a full days fun on the river.

Fishing each day is based on 2 anglers per guide and each evening you will be debriefed by your guide to ensure you know what to expect and confident that you are prepared for whatever the next day brings.

Other Activities

The wildlife on this trip would be enough for a holiday in its own right, each day you are amongst the wildlife like you are on safari in Alaska. You will see everything from large grizzly Bears, Moose, Elk and Bald Eagles. ATA lodges location on the Alagnak is deep in bear country and there is often bears within sight of the main lodge.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding our Alaska Trophy Adventure holidays or any of our fishing vacations, please feel free to contact us on 01603 407596 and our experienced team will be happy to help with any queries you have. Are you looking to explore more of our fishing holidays? Make sure to view all our alternative fly fishing destinations in Alaska and request a free brochure.

Accommodation
Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge

Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge which is under the new management of Wayne and his family. Wayne loved this lodge and location so much he deicide to purchase it. Wayne and his family take such special care of all our customers many are calling this their second home.

The Lodge

The Lodge itself is on 160 acres of prime river frontage in an iconic section of the Alagnak River known as the upper braids. The only access to the Lodge is via bush plane, landing on a private airstrip located on the property. Welcoming wooden cabins are equipped with running water, heating and power, that will guarantee you a comfortable stay. With an abundance of wildlife and stunning scenery, this trip is sure to live up to the image of Alaska that you have always dreamed of.

The lodge offers two riverfront cabin packages: deluxe cabins or the standard cabins. The deluxe cabins were built with two extra windows and have a private bath and shower for the two guests staying in the cabin. The standard cabins have two cabins sharing one larger bathroom and shower building with outside access nearby.

All of the guest cabins, including main lodge have spectacular views of the Alagnak river. The Dining Lodge is the centre piece of the camp. Its where you take your meals, share stories and socialize after a day on the river. With lounge sofas, a fireplace and a stunning view of the river and surrounding mountains, this building really is the town hall of our little village.

Wooden walkways connect all the private guest cabins to each other and lead down to our naturally sheltered dock where a fleet of jet boats are ready to access all the best fishing spots within minutes of the Lodge. The Swiss Chalet on the hill is perfect for larger parties accommodating up to 8 guests comfortably and in style, not to mention taking in the “Million Dollar View”, where you can survey the rest of the property, river and mountains beyond.

Food & Drink

The lodge offers some of the finest cuisine in the Alaskan wilderness. Each morning begins with a hot breakfast. For lunch, you’ll choose from an array of meats, cheeses, and condiments, so that each person can construct their perfect deli sandwich or shore lunch if you prefer. Your guide will keep your sandwich, along with a variety of snacks and refreshments, in his cooler. Guides can also prepare shore lunches during the Salmon season if this is your preference.

Appetisers are served at 5:30 p.m. daily on the lodge’s deck where you can view the river. Dinner is served between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. and dress is casual. The dinner menu includes fresh steaks, baked Salmon, grilled lemon pepper Chicken, Italian or Mexican night and barbecued baby back ribs. Wine is also included.

If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know in advance, so they can accommodate you.

Alcoholic beverages

Alaska Adventures Lodge does not sell or supply alcoholic beverages, other than wine with dinner. If you wish to have alcoholic beverages during your stay, please purchase them in King Salmon and bring them with you. They can provide you with ice cubes and mixers, such as Coca-Cola, 7UP, tonic water, etc.

Contact Us

For more information about this accommodation, contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin
Internet: Free Wi Fi
Power: 110 Volt
Meals: In lodge dining room
Alcohol: Wine only with meal
Equipment Hire: Rods & reels available for hire
Cash Accepted: US Dollar
Freezer Room: At lodge
Filleting Area: At lodge
Species Information
King / Chinook Salmon
Season: 20 June to 31 July
Peak: 15 July to 31 July
Weight: 10lb to 35lb
Average Weight: 18lb
Chum Salmon
Season: 15 July to 15 August
Peak: 29 July to 15 August
Weight: 9lb to 25lb
Average Weight: 12lb
Sockeye Salmon
Season: 20 June to 31 July
Peak: 1 July to 21 July
Weight: 5lb to 15lb
Average Weight: 9lb
Pink Salmon
Season: 15 July to 15 August
Peak: 1 August to 15 August
Weight: 3lb to 8lb
Average Weight: 4lb
Coho / Silver Salmon
Season: 25 July to 30 September
Peak: 15 August to 15 September
Weight: 3lb to 16lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Rainbow Trout
Season: 1 June to 30 September
Peak: 21 July to 12 September
Weight: 1lb to 17lb
Average Weight: 2.5lb
Arctic Char
Season: 1 June to 30 September
Peak: 1 August to 30 September
Weight: 1lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 2lb

Itinerary

Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days in the beginning or end in Anchorage, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1: (Saturday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Seattle.

Depart from Seattle
Arrive Anchorage

Once you have arrived at Anchorage you will need to head out of the terminal building where you will need to book a taxi to take you to the overnight hotel (taxi not included)

Overnight accommodation: Anchorage Hotel (Twin rooms) R/O

Day 2: (Sunday) 

Early in the morning, you will take a taxi to Anchorage Airport and depart from here to King Salmon.

Depart Anchorage
Arrive King Salmon

On arrival, you will be met by the lodge staff, from there you will be collected and driven a very short drive to the local bush plane hangar. From there you will depart in groups of 4 or 5 at a time with a flight time to the lodge of approx. 35 mins.

On arrival at the lodge, the staff will escort you and your belongings to your cabin and ensure that you have everything you need. After lunch, there will be a brief orientation and then you will be free to relax and spend your afternoon in whatever manner you choose. There is no guided fishing on the day you arrive, but feel free to wade-fish the productive riffles and pools in front of the lodge.

Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (twin rooms) F/B

Days 3 & 4: Fishing Days (Monday & Tuesday)

Each day starts at 7:00 am with breakfast.

After breakfast, the fleet of jet boats will be ready to depart by 8:00 am. All you need to do is discuss with your guide what you would like to fish for.

Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (Twin rooms) F/B

Days 5 & 6: Fishing Days (Wednesday & Thursday)

Fishing each day is based on two anglers to one guide. If you wish we can arrange to fly out trips to various destinations at an additional cost.

Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (Twin rooms) F/B

Days 7 & 8: Fishing Days (Friday & Saturday)

Enjoy your last two days on the river with your guide fishing for the species of your choice. There is no set itinerary as we like to fish for whatever you wish to target,

Overnight accommodation: Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (Twin rooms) F/B

Day 9: (Sunday) 

At a pre-arranged time the fishing guides will transfer you back to King Salmon airport for your internal flight.

Depart King Salmon
Arrive Anchorage

On arrival, you will take a taxi back to the Anchorage Hotel. (taxi not included)

Overnight accommodation: Anchorage Hotel (Twin rooms) R/O

Day 10: (Monday)

Depending on the time of your flight, you will need to arrange a taxi back to the airport for your return flights. Speak to the reception and they will help arrange a taxi. (taxi not included)

Depart Anchorage
Arrive Seattle

Depart Seattle

Day 11: (Tuesday)

Arrive the UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
07/06/2021 15/06/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
12/06/2021 22/06/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
19/06/2021 29/06/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
26/06/2021 06/07/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
03/07/2021 13/07/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
10/07/2021 20/07/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
17/07/2021 27/07/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
24/07/2021 03/08/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
31/07/2021 10/08/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/08/2021 17/08/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
14/08/2021 24/08/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/08/2021 31/08/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
28/08/2021 07/09/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/09/2021 14/09/2021 11 10 6 £7,616 N/A Enquire Now N/A
06/06/2022 14/06/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
11/06/2022 21/06/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/06/2022 28/06/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/06/2022 05/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
26/06/2022 12/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2022 19/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
06/07/2022 26/07/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
11/07/2022 02/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/07/2022 09/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/07/2022 16/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
26/07/2022 23/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
31/07/2022 30/08/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
05/08/2022 06/09/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A
10/08/2022 13/09/2022 11 10 6 £7,820 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation in Anchorage & twin rooms at Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • Internal flight King Salmon to Alaska Trophy Adventures
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at Lodge
  • Complimentary wine with dinner at the lodge
  • 6 days 8 hours fishing via jet boat
  • Nightly fly casting clinics
  • Fly tying seminars,
  • Fishing tackle, excluding waders & wading jacket

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at the Anchorage Hotel
  • Transfers in Anchorage
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Alaska fishing license ($70) King Salmon stamp ($45)
  • Lake and Peninsula Borough bed tax and Katmai NP user fee of $175 per week

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Anchorage

  • Single rooms in Anchorage

  • Fishing tackle hire

Price Supplements

  • N/A

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

Alaska operates a Visa waiver programme (VWP); you are required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no additional airport departure tax when leaving Alaska

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Seattle (approx 9 hrs) Seattle – Anchorage (approx 3 hrs) Anchorage – King Salmon (approx 1 .2 hr)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.

On the private charter flight from King Salmon to the lodge, you’re allowed a maximum of 70 pounds’ total. Due to your international airline limitations (no bag should be more than 50 pounds or 23KG) Soft-sided bags work well. If you bring more than 70 pounds, you will be charged $4.00 per pound to cover the additional freight each way.

Transfer Time

As the landing strip is adjacent to the lodge it is only a 5 min transfer to your accommodation.

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is located in the Bristol Bay region of Katmai National Park and sits on 160 private acres of prime river frontage in an iconic section of the Alagnak River. The Lodge sits in its own private 160-acre estate.

Where will I fish?

As the lodge is located on the upper sections with its many many braids you will be fishing either the main ALAGNAK RIVER (A-LAG-NAK) River or one of the two main tributaries the KUKAKLEK RIVER (KU-KA-CLICK) River and NONVIANUK RIVER (NON-VI-ON-UK) River

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

How long it takes depends on what you wish to fish for on any day as this will normally determine where you and your guide will head for. Transport up and down the main river systems is by standard boats equipped with powerful 50 or 60hp engines, so you can be fishing within 5 mins or up to 50 mins if you wish to run further away up the upper braids. For anyone who would like a day out to explore the lower sections of the main river, the lodge has a more powerful jetboat with a canopy and seats which can get you (50 miles away) in a little over an hour.

What species will I catch?

Depending on what time of year you join us at Alaska Trophy Adventures Fishing Lodge will depend on what species will be available in the rivers, so please make sure you check out the species information on this tour. Throughout the year King Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Sockeye, Chum and Silver Salmon are all on the main menu. Other species include Northern Pike, Dolly Varden and Grayling.

How will I fish?

Again this all depends on what you wish to fish for and target, customers 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. If you wish to fish for the many Trout, Grayling and Char its great to get out the little 5# and even fish with dry flies.

Do the guides speak English?

Yes as all the guides are either American or English nationalities.

What skill level is required?

You can come as either an experienced angler or as a beginner, the lodge caters for all abilities. The guides like nothing more than teaching people and sharing their passion for catching these fish in this amazing environment. If you are far more experienced and only want to chase the specimen fish we also cater for that.

How physically demanding is this trip?

You access all the fishing by jet boats there is not much walking each day. There will be limited walking however you will be standing most of the day while fishing. The waning is easy so everyone should be able to cope. The best thing is Talk to our experienced staff in the office and they will advise you from experience if this trip is for you.

How will I get there?

To get to Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge you will fly to Anchorage in Alaska. After an overnight stay, it’s just a short flight to King Salmon. On arrival, you will be met by the lodge staff, from there you will be collected and driven a very short drive to the local bush plane hangar. From there you will depart in groups of 4 or 5 at a time with a flight time to the lodge of approx. 35 mins.

What is the accommodation like?

All of the guest cabins, including the main lodge have spectacular views of the Alagnak River. The Dining Lodge is the centrepiece of the camp. Its where we everyone takes their meals, share stories and socialise after a day on the river. With lounge sofas, a fireplace and a stunning view of the river and surrounding mountains, this building really is the town hall of the whole lodge. Wooden walkways connect all the private guest cabins (8) to each other and lead down to the naturally sheltered dock where a fleet of jet boats are ready to access all the best fishing spots within minutes of the Lodge. The Swiss Chalet on the hill is perfect for larger parties accommodating up to 8 guests comfortably and in style, not to mention taking in the “Million Dollar View”, where you can survey the rest of the property, river and mountains beyond.

What is the food like?

The food is excellent, each day breakfast and evening meals are held at the lodge with a glass of wine served each evening. For dinner hors d’oeuvres are served prior to a 3-course meal. Guests make packed lunches each day from a wide section of cooked meats, fish and salads along with a wide range of snacks and drinks, however, the guides will be only too happy to cook up a shore lunch with freshly caught fish should you want to do so.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

Yes, the lodge can provide fishing tackle excluding waders and boot. If you would like to use the lodge loaner tackle please make sure you contact us beforehand so we can inform the lodge you wish to use their equipment. This way it will all be ready for you when you arrive.

Is internet and phone signal available?

There is basic free Wifi available in the main lodge, however, due to the lodge remoteness, you will not find any mobile phone signal. For emergencies, the lodge has a satellite phone.

Are there other activities available?

There are many alternative activities as Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is also a very well known lodge for bear watching safaris and also photography trips. The opportunities for both are abundant each and every day. The lodge for additional fees can also organise fly out trips further into the wilderness and rafting trips.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view, all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Blogs

Reviews

Robert

Wayne & family were faultless but the logistics would stop me travelling again. We have friend who fished a lodge lower down the river from us 2 weeks later and they had a great time catching lots of Silvers. Obviously the Silver run was late compared with others

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Robert

As normal thanks for all your feedback and custom as it is all very much appreciated. Shame the fish run was late and yes the travel / transfer to the lodge are not ideal. Glad you all caught a few fish even though they did not turn out to be all bright chrome Silvers.

Again thanks for your continued support and I look forward in organising the next trip with you.

Russell

A one off trip for me, Alaska is a long journey and with 4 flights to just arrive at the destination is very tiring.

Whilst ATA lodge is good and we enjoyed it, it still has many faults.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Russell, thanks for taking the time to both talk to me and return the customer feedback forms.

I will make sure that all the details and comments are passed on directly to the lodge.

In all I am glad that you enjoyed the trip and yes it would be so much better if Alaska was closer to the UK or there was a more direct route to the lodges.

I look forward in dealing with you all again,

Tight lines Peter

Ken

Our accommodation was good but having to share 1 toilet and 1 shower between 6 men is not really ideal and needs looking at.

The transfers from King Salmon to the lodge take too long and too much waiting around.

The staff were fantastic and nothing was to much trouble for them.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ken

Thanks for the feedback and comments, Wayne and his team are working hard on updating the lodge and accommodations and I am sure with time they will just keep improving.

The transfers for this year was a pain as right just before the start of the season the flights that had been planned the flight operator pulled out.

Yes the staff a re great and everyone says good things about them and I am sure I will pass on your kind comments.

Just wanted to thank you again for your continued support and custom as it is always very much appreciated.

I look forward in dealing with you again soon

Tight Lines Peter

Miles

Great place nice people but would prefer better accommodation, also the flights between King Salmon and the lodge are not great as too much waiting around

Staff and guides all first class.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Miles

Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the feedback form as your feedback and comments are always extremely useful.

Also thanks for the little tips about the Maldives I will let you know how I get on

Kind Regards

Peter

Richard

Good Lodge and Great Staff

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Richard thank you again for both your custom and reviews as they are always both very much appreciated. Looking forward in organising your next adventures.

Thomas

Another great trip from Sportquest

John

The Alagnak River is shallow with easy wading. The accommodation is comfortable and the food was good. A family operation very hospitable.

I caught Coho everyday mostly Chums, lots of fish in the river. Rainbows, Grayling, Char also Pinks and Sockeye in my week

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi John

Thanks for both your feedback and custom as it is always appreciated.

Also thanks for taking the time to clear up some issues that had been circulated and that were totally incorrect.

Glad to see that you caught lots of fish and I look forward in seeing all the pictures.

Talk again soon

Peter

Resort Manager

Hi John

It was a real pleasure having you stay with us at ATA Lodge. We are pleased you enjoyed your time with us! We trust your trip back to the UK went well and hope to welcome you back to the Alagnak Wild River again someday soon!

Best Regards

Wayne (Lodge Owner)

Christy

We were fortunate enough to visit the ATA Lodge as a family. (2 Adults & 1 x 9 year old child) We predominantly went for the fishing but little did we know it would be so much more than that....

The accomodation's are surprisingly comfy. They are basic but have everything that you need.
There is no TV's or phone service which we found was part of the charm. Wifi is available if you need it. We choose to stay "off the grid" which we really enjoyed for a week!

Meals are shared in the main dining room & they accomodate to your specific needs if you want but generally it was whatever they were serving up. Which was always delicious. It was nice sitting in the main dining room & chatting to other fishos and the guides!
The Lodge itself is set on a picturesque bend of the Alagnak River and you really feel like you are immersed in the Alaskan wild. The flight in confirms that you are in fact immersed in the Alaskan "wild"!!

As i said, we went for the fishing and never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined it would be so good! We caught MANY species of fish, most predominantly salmon. The sockeye were running, the Kings were about. Chum were plentiful, the pinks were playing and then there were the Grayling, the trout, the Char and so much more!! We used both fly & spin gear. Our 9 year old son learned how to fly cast for the first time & so did I! My husband who has fly fished for years just thoroughly enjoyed every minute and every cast!

Then there were the bears.... Baby bears, mamma bears, papa bears and bears fishing! YES FISHING!
We saw large moose cross the river whilst eating dinner and Wolf one day while pulling into a fishing spot.
Every time we came across a bear it was a BONUS a thrill and a moment we will always remember. We saw a minimum of two bears a day, everyday and we weren't really looking for them, we were looking for fish! NEVER did we feel unsafe or scared. The Guides are amazing.

The boats are fantastic and comfortable and they tackle the fast flowing river with ease.
One day we sacrificed some fishing time to make a trip to the gorge. It was worth it, we also visited a lake, again worth it!
I could go on & on about everything we loved about this trip & lodge but in short. It was magical. It was time for my family to bond & spend quality time together in the Alaskan Wild and it is a week i will cherish forever.

We are already planning on going back.......

The guides have great knowledge of the river & all the gear however we choose to take some of our own gear and use that. The lodge staff that look after your rooms & food are extremely friendly and by the end of the week its like you have known everyone your whole life!

A few tips. If you want to take alcohol buy it in Anchorage as King Salmon is expensive and limited choice. Take layers if travelling in July. It can be very cool in the morning then quite warm by lunch! A good waterproof jacket is a bonus. TAKE A CAMERA!! A Backpack is handy for taking on the boat for the day. A waterproof one is even better!

Resort Manager

Thank you Christy for your review. I'm sure that anyone visiting here will appreciate your insights. Thank you for your enthusiasm about your time with us. We really enjoyed having your family come visit and we look forward to your future visits as well! All the best, and thanks again for choosing ATAL!

Robert

Went salmon fishing with a friend and was overwhelmed by Wayne McGee's operation.

His family and staff took all the hassle out of a destination trip like this and we were able to just have fun fishing. I caught five different species of fish on my first day! I wish I could say it was skill, but it was the quality of their guides.

Great people, awesome location and a fantastic trip. I can't wait to come back...

Resort Manager

Thanks Robert for your review, we certainly enjoyed having you with us as well! We are so happy you had a good time and we too are looking forward to your future return trip! All the best!

Steve

I have experienced dozens of Alaskan lodges over the past 25 years. I've seen the good, bad, and the ugly of housing, food, and fishing operations.
This was ATAL's first full year of operation under the McGee family's management and that made the experience even more impressive. The staff were great. They went beyond cooperative and pleasant, which you hope for at most lodges. They all went out of their way to be actively accommodating....to the point of making you feel like a welcomed family member. Also the housing was very nice, with comforts and finely finished construction you rarely see at a fly-in only location. The location on the Alagnak has abundant wildlife and scenery you could "eat with a spoon". Bring a good camera.
Conditions were tough throughout the Katmai region this summer and most rivers were well above "flood" conditions. This is when quality guides and a diverse river pay off. ATAL still managed to put me on enough trout, char, and grayling to make my arm sore by day's end. I wasn't fishing for salmon, but there were so many in the river, that I still caught several species by accident every day. This is an exceptional lodge.

Resort Manager

Steve, Thank you for your kind review. We really enjoyed having you here with us this season. It was a pleasure to "show you the river" and we are so happy you enjoyed your time with us so much. We look forward to your next visit and making more memories "on the river"!

Scott

Thanks to the hospitality for Wayne and his entire family. The fishing was wonderful from the salmon , to the trout and grayling, and the guides were very knowledgeable. The accommodations were top notch and the food was delicious. We will be back.

Resort Manager

Hi Scott

Thank you for your review - it was our pleasure welcoming you and your group to the Wild Alagnak River! We are so pleased you enjoyed yourself and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Wayne
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