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Salmon Fly Fishing | Ayakulik River Camp | Alaska

Overview

Tour code: ALL021  

Kodiak Island’s Salmon fishing is done on the Ayakulik River. It is the perfect Alaskan fishing destination to catch big Salmon. The sheer numbers and size of the Salmon shock even the most travelled of fly anglers. Each year the Ayakulik River has a strong return of King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Sockeye Salmon and Pink Salmon as well as a migration of Steelhead and Arctic Char.

Location

The Ayakulik River on Kodiak Island is 30 yards wide with depths of between 3 to 4 feet deep and some stunning pools every 200 yards. This is a slow-moving, clear stream characterized by a series of pools and riffles running over gravel and rocky beds. The crystal- clear water and the lack of vegetation on the banks make it one of the most spectacular rivers for Salmon fishing. The Ayakulik River Camp surrounded by beauty in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. This provides seclusion and a peaceful environment to fully enjoy an Alaskan experience without the crowds.

Fishing

The fishing season on Kodiak Island begins in early June as the Sockeye Salmon return to the Ayakulik River to complete their life-cycle. Our customers have learnt the Sockeye Salmon are the most explosive of all the Pacific Salmon species and are worthy of pursuit with their average size being 6lb. During June the King Salmon also return to the Ayakulik River. July is when we find our customers have caught the best King Salmon with species averaging around 25lbs.

Towards the end of July into mid-August the fishing is extremely fast and action-packed due to Silver Salmon and King Salmon both being highly concentrated in the bait fish spawning grounds. As August progresses the Coho and Silver Salmon begin to mature and by mid-September there are upwards of 30,000 chrome-plated Coho in the Ayakulik River.

You will be in very capable hands, the lodges team will take care of everything you need so all you have to think about is catching fish until your heart is content.

Guides

The guides at this destination have all fished the area many years and have a great knowledge of the surrounding rivers. The guides at this destination all speak good English.

Other Activities

Kodiak Island’s wildlife is phenomenal, especially during the month of July and August where you can go bear viewing. If you are a keen photographer, you will be awe-struck by the opportunities this destination offers.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about our Kodiak Island fishing trips you can contact us in the office or request a free brochure. Alternatively, you can view all our Alaska fishing holiday destinations.

Accommodation
Ayakulik River Camp

At this remote location, on the mouth of the Ayakulik River on the  Southwest coast of Kodiak Island there are two lodges. Each lodge handles six guests and although basic, they are both warm and comfortable meaning that after a hard days fishing you will be able to relax and swap the days fishing stories with the other anglers at the camp.

The main cabin building has the kitchen and dining area where your cook will provide delicious homemade meals for you to enjoy. All bedrooms are for two to three guests with twin size beds and a shared shower room with hot water provided by an on-demand propane heater. There’s a wood stove for heat and the diesel generator provides electricity. There is outside solar lighting around the decking and stairways leading to the outside toilet give you an outstanding view of the ocean. For those that still feel the need to keep in communication with the outside world, the lodge has free wifi available and satellite phone (calls chargeable).

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin & triple available
Telephone: Satellite (chargeable)
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: For nominal charge
Power: 110 Volt generator
Meals: In lodge dining room
Alcohol: Available to purchase
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Species Information
King / Chinook Salmon
Season: June to July
Peak: 3rd June to 15th July
Weight: 15lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Coho / Silver Salmon
Season: July to September
Peak: 20th August to 15th November
Weight: 8lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 12lb
Sockeye / Red Salmon
Season: June to August
Peak: 25th May to 28th August
Weight: 4lb to 10lb
Average Weight: 5lb
Pink Salmon
Season: August to September
Peak: 20th July to 25th September
Weight: 1lb to 6lb
Average Weight: 3lb
Arctic Char
Season: June to November
Peak: 21st June to 15th November
Weight: 1lb to 6lb
Average Weight: 3lb
Steelhead
Season: May to June
Peak: 15th May to 20th June
Weight: 6lb to 9lb
Average Weight: 8lb

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 Kodiak, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive to Seattle.

Depart Seattle
Arrive Anchorage.

On arrival, you will take a taxi to your Anchorage hotel.

Overnight accommodation: Anchorage Hotel B/B.

DAY 2: Fishing Day

Early in the morning, you will take a taxi back to Anchorage airport.

You will depart Anchorage and arrive in Kodiak. On arrival, you will walk across the road to the local airstrip and depart Kodiak by helicopter or seaplane.

On arrival in Ayakulik River Camp , you will be welcomed with drinks and snacks before having time to unpack. Once you are ready, you are free to fish and battle with your first Salmon.

DAYS 3 & 4: Fishing Days

Each day you will depart with your guide to explore and fish various runs/pools for Salmon.

Overnight accommodation: Ayakulik River Camp F/B (Twin Room)

DAYS 5 & 6: Fishing Days

The Ayakulik River is one of the best rivers to fly fish for King, Silver, Sockeye and Pink Salmon – Steelhead and Dolly Varden.

From the novice to expert, our professional guides will help you learn new skills to thoroughly enjoy your Alaskan fishing experience.

DAY 7: Fishing Day

Also, expect to see numerous Kodiak Brown Bears, as they also fish for Salmon in the bountiful Ayakulik River.

Overnight accommodation: Ayakulik River Camp F/B (Twin Room)

 

DAY 8:

In the morning you are free to relax.

Depart Ayakulik by either seaplane/helicopter
Arrive Kodiak

On arrival, you will check into your hotel which is across the road.

Overnight accommodation: Kodiak Comfort Inn B/B (Twin Room)

DAY 9:

In the morning make your way back to Kodiak airport.

Depart Kodiak
Arrive Anchorage

Depart Anchorage

DAY 10

Arrive Seattle

Depart Seattle
Arrive 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. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/06/2020 10/06/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,100 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/06/2020 16/06/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,100 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/06/2020 22/06/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,150 N/A Sold Out N/A
19/06/2020 28/06/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,200 N/A Enquire Now N/A
25/06/2020 04/07/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,200 N/A Sold Out N/A
01/07/2020 10/07/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,200 N/A Enquire Now N/A
07/07/2020 16/07/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,300 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/07/2020 22/07/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,300 N/A Sold Out N/A
19/07/2020 28/07/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,400 N/A Enquire Now N/A
25/07/2020 02/08/2020 9 8 4.5 £6,625 N/A Enquire Now N/A
30/07/2020 07/08/2020 9 8 4.5 £6,675 N/A Enquire Now N/A
04/08/2020 13/08/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,300 N/A Enquire Now N/A
10/08/2020 19/08/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,200 N/A Sold Out N/A
16/08/2020 25/08/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,200 N/A Enquire Now N/A
22/08/2020 31/08/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,611 N/A Enquire Now N/A
28/08/2020 06/09/2020 10 9 5.5 £8,023 N/A Sold Out N/A
03/09/2020 12/09/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,973 N/A Enquire Now N/A
09/09/2020 18/09/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,973 N/A Enquire Now N/A
15/09/2020 24/09/2020 10 9 5.5 £7,973 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and accommodation (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
  • All transfers Helicopter/Seaplane transfer
  • 5.5 Days Fishing
  • Full board accommodation at Fishing Lodge
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Anchorage
  • Overnight Hotel accommodation in Kodiak
  • Fishing license for “King Salmon “

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at the Kodiak & Anchorage Hotels or Bar expenses
  • Transfers in Anchorage
  • Tips

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Anchorage

  • Single rooms in Anchorage

  • Additional nights in Kodiak

  • Single rooms Kodiak Comfort Inn

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 waver 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 – Kodiak (approx 1 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 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 is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights, we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Your only transfer will be a private sea plane / helicopter ride to the camp from Kodiak (approx 60mins)

Questions & Answers

WHERE IS THE DESTINATION?

Ayakulik fishing lodge is located on the southwest coastline of Kodiak Island on over 500 acres of private property beginning at the mouth of the Ayakulik River and surrounded by
the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge.

WHERE WILL I FISH?

You will be fishing on the Ayakulik River for the different species of Salmon that run up this amazing expanse of water.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REACH THE FISHING GROUNDS?

The fishing grounds are just a short journey from the lodge with many beats to be fished.

WHAT FISH WILL I CATCH?

Depending on what time of year you go to this camp you will catch different species of Salmon. During June the King Salmon also return to the Ayakulik River. July is when we find our customers have caught the best King Salmon with species averaging around 25lbs. Towards the end of July into mid-August the fishing is extremely fast and action-packed due to Silver Salmon and King Salmon both highly being concentrated in the bait fish spawning grounds. As August progresses the Coho and Silver Salmon being to mature and by mid-September, there are upwards of 30,000 chrome-plated Coho in the Ayakulik

HOW MANY FISH WILL I CATCH?

All Salmon fishing depends on the week you fish, the current water conditions and weather. However, we have the 5-year averages of all the weeks so we can advise you what are the best weeks for numbers of fish and which weeks on average produce the larger fish. Another factor that affects the number of fish caught is angler ability. In any given week you can expect anything from 1 to 10 fish all depending on the above.

HOW WILL I FISH?

Fishing is all wading and with double handed 13 to 15 ft rod. Lines are normally floating lines with interchangeable tips allowing customers to get to the correct depth.

DO THE GUIDES SPEAK ENGLISH?

Yes the guides all speak very good English.

WHO IS BEST SUITED TO THIS DESTINATION?

Fly anglers with a passion for Salmon fishing are best suited to this destination.

WHAT SKILL LEVEL IS REQUIRED?

A basic knowledge of fly fishing is required at this camp.

HOW PHYSICALLY DEMANDING IS THIS TRIP?

The fishing is not of a physical nature. The only partially physical part of a week at this lodge is that the wading would be regarded as moderate and some care is needed when wading deep.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?

Traditionally the best times to go to this destination are the months of June, July and August when the Salmon run is at its peak.

HOW WILL I GET THERE?

You will fly from the UK to Seattle where you will then fly to Anchorage. Here you will overnight before flying the next day to Kodiak, once in Kodiak you will be flown by helicopter to the Ayakulik river.

WHAT IS THE ACCOMMODATION LIKE?

At this remote location, on the mouth of the Ayakulik River, Southwest coast of Kodiak Island, there are two lodges. Each lodge handles six guests, although basic, they are warm and comfortable.

WHAT IS THE FOOD LIKE?

The main cabin building has the kitchen and dining area, where your cook will provide delicious homemade meals.

DOES THE LODGE PROVIDE FISHING TACKLE?

No the lodge does not provide fishing tackle

IS INTERNET AND PHONE SIGNAL AVAILABLE?

The lodge has free wi-fi but the phone signal is intermittent.

ARE THERE OTHER ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE?

Kodiak Island’s wildlife is phenomenal, especially during the month of July and August where you can go bear viewing. If you are a keen photographer, you will be awe-struck by the opportunities this destination offers.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Sportquest Holidays offers you 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 Sportquest Holidays can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Blogs

Reviews

Percy

Every part of every day was special in some way.

The fishing and wildlife just made the whole trip I would definitely give this holiday a ten out of ten, it was exceptional.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Percy I agree its a special place. Again thanks for the feedback and talking to me. Your group certainly had some great Salmon fishing.

Those Silvers are such great fighters.

I will have to get you on one of my hosted fly fishing trips as it would be a pleasure fishing with you.

Charles

Thanks to everyone for making our trip so enjoyable.

I found the travelling hard at times as I am not the best traveller, but apart from my own weaknesses the trip was all that we could ask.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Charles, I agree travel can take it out of us at times but thats one advantage of business class at least you have more room for the long haul flights.

I will get back to you soon about Canada for next year.

Pleasure as always

Kind Regards

Robin

This was our first trip fishing for pacific salmon so had no real idea what to expect. We did have some rough weather during our trip, however this did not effect the fishing in anyway, just our comfort fishing in it.

Accommodation as others have mentioned is basic but has everything any angler needs. Great home cooked meals more than we could eat each night.

One day while standing in the river playing one of many big salmon a bear came over the ridge, spotted my salmon splashing around in shallow water. next thing i knew the bear ran in the river and grab it. You could say I was now playing a huge bear. What a real laugh.

Love to go back in a couple of years time once we have saved enough pennies again.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Robin, it was nice to catch you on the phone and talk to you personally about the trip. Also a huge thank you for the feedback and holiday scores as they are important to both us, the lodge but also future customers.

Loved the tug away story I bet that was a sight to see.

It will be a pleasure arranging everything for you all when you are ready

Catch up soon

Thomas

We loved the whole trip from start to finish.

What an amazing adventure simple as that.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thomas we will settle for that, for as long as you are all happy so are we.

I have tried to call you on the telephone to chat personally about your trip but keep missing you. Give me a call when you are free as I would love to see if you can share some of your pictures with us.

Regards

Frank

Do not normally offer feedback, but as everything ran so well I thought that I must.

Love the location, accommodation is basic but to me that was one of the attractions. Clean, comfortable, great hosts, food and amazing fishing, what else could our group ask for.

PS thanks to the guide for some tuition on my casting.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Frank thanks for both the feedback and the time talking to us about your trip. So glad you enjoyed it. Its a long way to go but I am sure you now believe us its well worth all the effort.

I have sent you a memory stick so we can get a copy of your pictures

Tight lines

Donna

My partner loved the fishing and I loved the wildlife. I have never seen so many bears before and sometimes they were a little to close, but give them respect and everything seemed all ok.

Roger caught so many salmon it was a pleasure to see him return back each day with a big fat smile.

Thanks to you and all the lodge staff.

Everything is rustic but has everything you need.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Donna glad that you both had a great time, the pictures of the bears are amazing.

Was so good to catch up with you on the phone once you returned, looking forward in assisting you both again soon

Kind regards

Paul

Thanks for such a great trip, not much to say apart from if you want some amazing fishing in true wilderness this is the perfect destination.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Paul it iS always a pleasure, I bet you are now looking forward to your next trip.

Tight lines

Colin

Everything ran smoothly from start to finish and, overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
It is a very long way to travel so I was glad that we went out early to adjust to time changes and hit the river bank running.

There were literally thousands of sockeye in the river but only the one pool in which to catch then and, with 5 anglers things became congested. Unfortunately the commercial fishermen showed up for 52 hours and strung their nets across the mouth if the river, which did not seem to effect the sockeye numbers, but must have taken a good number of kings.

Accommodation was basic, rather than rustic, but was comfortable. The rooms were very small, with no where to put clothes. The hospitality and cooking provided was superb.

Highlights? The weather, which reached 90 at one point and catching king salmon from 10lb to 25lbs

A small double handed rod was so much easier to use to subdue a large fish, than the 10ft single handed rods preferred by the "locals".

All in all, I was glad I did it and would recommend others do it too.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Colin

Thank you so much for completing your feedback as this is alway important to us and future customers to read real customer feedback.

I am so glad you enjoyed the trip, its a shame that the commercial guys came in so close. They are the dread of salmon fishing all over the world. I will be giving you a call in the next few days to get the full report and listen to the stories of the Kings. They are amazing fish to catch.

I hope you got some amazing pictures.

Regards Peter

George

I ventured north to Alaska from my home a little unsure for what I had let myself in for, your staff had done a good job in understanding my desires but was it going to live up to it? In addition, what about fishing pools with wild bears, not sure, if I feel comfortable with that at all. As my journey brought me closer and closer until the last leg of the journey flying out to the lodge my fears started to dwindle, for the sight of the river and lodge as we flew in made me realise that this was going to be a real adventure. If the rest of the week went as smooth as the organisation so far, I was in for a ball and that is just what it turned out to be. One of the highlights to remember was playing a bright King Salmon before a bear charges the pool, grabs my King and runs off then there I am playing a huge bear, good job that is one hook up we did not land. Thanks to David and Denis for a great trip.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello George, we did say that this place was one of the best and i am glad you now agree. You are right, the journey there takes your breathe away.

I could tell you were a little nervous when we were talking about the bears but i knew that you were never going to be in danger as the guides are use to these types of things as they see it every day. I am sure the Bear taking your fish will be a memory that will last you a life time, its not the sort of thing ones sees every day

Look forward to hearing from you next year

Regards

Peter

Janet

Just returned and getting over jet lag… Thanks for organising everything at such short notice, we all enjoyed every minute of the fishing and believe that the fishing, lodge and everything is good value for money, Thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Janet, thanks for choosing Sportquest Holidays to organise your family holiday and hope everything lived up to your expectations

Regards

Mel

Peter

Just a quick thank you to David for his choice of holiday and Dennis plus his staff for making the whole trip so enjoyable. If you consider this location you will find basic but very clean fishing lodge, however I have been to some very upmarket Salmon lodges and I can tell you the fishing is all that counts and this takes some beating.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Peter

Glad you had a great time and look forward to your future bookings and helping you on another adventure

Regards

David

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