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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.