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Alaska Steelhead Co | Fly Fishing | Alaska

Overview

Tour code: ALL041

If you are looking for stable river conditions (a rarity for Steelhead fishing) to eliminate those annoying lost fishing days. A destination that has consistent runs of Steelhead that produce multiple opportunities on a normal day. One that allows diverse fishing and tactics over five different rivers, suitable for all skill levels and ages. Combine this with first-class accommodation and food then our joint adventure with Alaska Steelhead Co is the perfect destination.

Deep Creek Lodge

This amazing fishing lodge is located only 1 hour by road from Kenai airport, in a small community of Ninilchik, sitting on an impressive position overlooking Cook Inlet. This envious position provides commanding views of the Aleutian mountain range of active volcanoes as well as the mouth of one of the best Steelhead rivers that’s just below your feet. Head over to our YouTube Channel to explore Deep Creek Lodge, all our fishing lodges in Alaska, and even more beautiful fishing destinations.

Fishing

Here at Deep Creek Lodge, the fly fishing catch rates are fantastic and higher than most destinations, making it an excellent lodge for anglers of all skill levels and ages. It’s the perfect place to introduce someone to Steelhead fishing for the first time.

Over the week fishing, you will have access to five river systems located on the Kenai Peninsula. Normally the guiding at Deep Creek Lodge is based on 2 or 3 customers per guide, who have built up a huge experience of these river systems and are only too keen to show you everything they know. Normally we would name the rivers you will be fishing but as we are intending to try and keep these rivers as pristine and special as possible we try to keep the names out of the public eye.

River One, Two & Three

The three smallest rivers we offer and can only be accessed via foot. In the fall season, these rivers offer relatively stable conditions offering easy wading and smaller more manageable fishing outfits. These rivers are best fished with small nymphs, however, depending on water levels, it is possible to dead drift and skate dry flies as well as swinging flies. Swinging can be done effectively either with a single-handed rod, although we do prefer to swing flies with switch rods using smaller sinking tips or weighted flies. These little rivers have the smallest run of steelhead out of our five rivers however, you wouldn’t know it. As these rivers receive the least pressure from fly fishermen it allows us to have sections of the river all to ourselves.

As it only takes 15 mins by truck to gain access to the rivers from the lodge, it is very convenient and makes the perfect location to fish the first afternoon and last morning on your stay. Many customers find this such an enjoyable river to fish and with lots of action so it’s not uncommon to fish this river 2 or 3 full days during your stay. Be prepared for some coastal off-road adventures to access the mouth of one of these rivers for some epic dry fly fishing for Steelhead at low tide.

River Four

Our fourth river is larger than the first three and it not too dissimilar, the main difference is the sheer numbers of Steelhead in the run of this river. Our guides intimate knowledge of the river is key to this river which is a little more challenging than the first to wade. One of the ways we can combat tougher wading conditions during higher water levels and stronger flows is the unique ability to use our inflatable kayaks. Using these kayaks to cross the river instead of hiking makes things a lot easier plus to use these is extremely good fun.

When the water levels are lower and the flow less strong the hiking and wading is easy and therefore the kayaks are not necessary. To put serious numbers of fish in the net, nymph rigs are again the preferred method. However, this river also offers phenomenal opportunities to get your fish on the swing. Travel time to this river is about 40 minutes from our lodge and cabins. You can expect to fish this river 1-2 days during your stay.

River Five

Saving the most special until last as this river has the largest run of Steelhead in the Kenai Peninsula. This river combined with the expert guides gives us the confidence to say we believe there is not a fly fisherman on the planet that we cannot produce a steelhead for while fishing this river. This river is the jewel of Alaska for unlike the other rivers we concentrate on, this river is not susceptible to the elements. This river is glacial fed from a lake giving it a beautiful turquoise colour and most importantly, means it cannot blow out which is the most concerning of all issues when booking any steelhead trip.

Again, this river is only a 30 min drive from the main lodge and cabins, with your guide to the boat slip where you will launch your boat for the day. Although you can and we do fish from the boat it is mainly used as transportation to access the various hot spots along the river, where you start to wade and fish. Once you reach the wading fishing locations you can choose to continue to fish with nymphs or pick up the Spey rod and swing fly’s to what we believe to be one of the best rivers to swing in the world.

As this river is extremely wide from each bank it offers the aspiring two-handed Spey fisherman an almost guaranteed opportunity to hook their first steelhead on the swing. Most fish are hooked in 2-3 feet of water and even less as the season progresses. Being such a wide river and relatively a shallow river experienced Spey fisherman will find fall in love with this river and find it hard to leave each day. You can expect to fish this river 3 days during your stay with us, but we can arrange for you to fish there more if you are more comfortable in a boat as opposed to wading.

Fishing Methods

The main fishing methods are fishing with nymphs and single-handed rods mainly with floating lines. Indicator tactics can also be employed if you prefer. These methods work extremely well on the two smaller rivers. Alternatively fishing with switch rods using smaller sinking tips or weighted flies is the perfect set up for the smaller rivers to cover more water. If you prefer to use larger double-handed Spey rods combined with a selection of fly lines and sinking heads to swing all sorts of Steelhead flies then you will love the main river. Note: The three small rivers require some hiking and wading.

These rivers are not private so do expect to see some other anglers, but overall the angling pressure here is light and the guides prefer not to fish near others. The public here is very respectful and our guides do have access to areas that other anglers do not.

Guiding

The guides at Deep Creek Lodge are experienced and show a high level of professionalism. They are fun, down to earth and a pleasure to spend the day with. All have many years guiding and many more years fishing for steelhead and Atlantic salmon. They are all good Spey casting instructors, boat handlers, and familiar with all tactics.

Other Activities

The are other activities available in this area but this would mean giving up fishing time. However, if you fancy the lodge can help you arrange day trips to Homer, sightseeing trips from the air in light aircraft even boat tours to go whale watching.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding our Deep Creek Lodge fishing holidays or any of our fishing vacations, please feel free to contact us on 01603 407596. 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
Deep Creek Lodge Alaska

As proud as we are to provide world-class Steelhead fishing, we are just as proud to offer customers a world-class Alaskan fishing lodge experience. Working with our partners Alaska Steelhead Co, we can offer 5 stars rated accommodation at Deep Creek Lodge.

The Lodge

The main lodge and four cabins all perfectly perched on the edge of a 200 ft bluff overlooking Kachemak Bay, Cook Inlet, glaciers, and the famed active volcanoes. The views are absolutely breathtaking morning, day and night. There is nothing better than closing an incredible day of steelhead fishing by watching one of the most beautiful sunsets one can ever see! All while trading stories and pictures over drinks and hors d’oeuvres before dinner in the main lodge.

Each of the 5 cabins has its own fire pit that is restocked daily as well as outdoor seating to enjoy after dinner before you retire to the solitude of your cabin. All cabins consist of a fully equipped kitchen, living room with a flat-screen TV and convertible bed, gas fireplace, very comfortable queen bed in the master bedroom and finally, a bathroom complete with state of the art washer and dryer. No trip to Alaska is complete without wildlife sightings and with the occasional moose dropping by the cabins, bald eagles flying next to the bluff, and seals and whales in the bay, you will not be disappointed.

Food & Drink

Your chefs begin the day before sunrise by preparing good, strong coffee and a hearty breakfast. Everyone then leaves stocked for the day with a custom-packed shore-side lunch, as well as plenty of snacks and drinks to keep you going. On the colder days, guides prepare coffee, hot cider and hot chocolate on the boats. Feel free to bring a flask as well…you’ve got to love a hot cider with a little splash of whiskey to warm you up!

Expect the dinners to be local and fresh, consisting of sushi, scallops, shrimp, halibut, salmon, king crab, clams, oysters, caribou, beef, just to name “a few”. We spare no expense on the finest Alaskan fare there is to offer. Our chefs are always more than happy to accommodate specific dietary needs or even just a request for a specific craving!

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 Wifi
Power: 110 Volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout
Meals: In lodge dining room
Equipment Hire: Free Rods and Reels
Cash Accepted: US Dollar
Freezer Room: At lodge
Species Information
Steelhead
Season: September to November
Peak: October
Weight: 4lb to 25lb
Average Weight: 9lb

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:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Seattle.

Depart Seattle
Arrive Anchorage

On arrival and once you have collected your luggage make your way out of the terminal building and take a taxi to the Anchorage Hotel. (taxi not included)

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

Day 2:

Early in the morning, you will take a taxi to Anchorage Airport where you take a small internal flight with Ravan Air.

Depart Anchorage
Arrive Kenai.

On arrival, an Alaska Steelhead Co guide will be there to greet you. While in Kenai, there will be time to make a quick stop at the liquor store and/or pick up anything you may have forgot to pack. You will then take the scenic 45-minute drive to the lodge and cabins.

Overnight accommodation: Deep Creek Cabins  F/B

Days 3 & 4: Fishing Days

Each day you will depart with your guides to different rivers and sections all subject to your preference and the current weather and water conditions.

Lunch each day will be served on the riverbank

Overnight accommodation: Deep Creek Cabins  F/B

Days 5 & 6: Fishing Days

Remember if there is a certain way you would prefer to fish for Steelhead like with either swinging flies or trying with dry flies, make sure you discuss the previous night with our guides and they will then try to accommodate and make the best plan for the next day on whichever river they think gives the best chances.

You will fish all day and aim to return to the lodge for appetizers are at 4:30 pm and dinner around 6:30 pm.

Overnight accommodation: Deep Creek Cabins  F/B

Day 7: Fishing Day

Spend your last day on our five rivers with your guides chasing that trophy fish of the week.

Overnight accommodation: Deep Creek Cabins  F/B

Day 8:

After breakfast, you will be driven back to the Kenai Airport by our host to catch your Ravn flight back to Anchorage.

Depart Kenai
Arrive Anchorage

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

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

Day 9:

Dependent on your flight time, make your way back to the airport for your homeward flights. The hotel can pre-order you a taxi but this isn’t included.

Depart Anchorage
Arrive Seattle

Depart Seattle

Day: 10

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
06/09/2021 15/09/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
12/09/2021 21/09/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/09/2021 27/09/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
24/09/2021 03/10/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
30/09/2021 09/10/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
06/10/2021 15/10/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
12/10/2021 21/10/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
18/10/2021 27/10/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
24/10/2021 02/11/2021 10 9 5 £6,306 N/A Enquire Now N/A
05/09/2022 14/09/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
11/09/2022 20/09/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
17/09/2022 26/09/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
23/09/2022 02/10/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
29/09/2022 08/10/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
05/10/2022 14/10/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
11/10/2022 20/10/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
17/10/2022 26/10/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 N/A Enquire Now N/A
23/10/2022 01/11/2022 10 9 5 £6,511 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
  • Internal flights Anchorage to Kenai
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals & soft drinks at Lodge
  • 5 days fishing
  • Fly Rods, Reels, and Terminal Tackle.

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • We recommend that you take Emergency Medical Evacuation Insurance
  • Meals at the Anchorage Hotels or Bar expenses
  • Transfer in Anchorage
  • Alcohol
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Fishing license ($55)

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Anchorage

  • Single rooms in Anchorage

  • Additional half days fishing on arrival

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 – Quinhagak (approx 3.5 hrs)

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.

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

Transfer Time

Kenai to Deep Creek (45 Mins) by car

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

The lodge is located in the small community of Ninilchik. It’s perched on a bluff overlooking Cook Inlet with fantastic views of the Aleutian range and four active volcanoes. The mouth of one of the steelhead rivers sits just below the lodge property.

Where do they fish?

The fishing is over five main steelhead rivers all on the Kenai peninsula.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

From five minutes to about a half-hour depending on the river. The lodge is centrally located and ideally suited to access these rivers.

What fish will I catch?

Your main target species each day will be the fantastic Steelhead that runs theses river systems.

How many fish will I catch?

With normal conditions you should hook multiple fish a day, 3 to 5 is about average. However please remember that preferred tactics and skill level will have numbers fluctuating but overall the catch rates for Steelhead here are higher than we see in other destinations.

How do they fish?

Most of the fishing can be done while wading, but mixing some fishing out of the boat on the main river can be productive as well. Tactics include swinging with a switch or spey rods and Indicator fishing with a switch or single-handed rod. Ideal set up is an 11ft 7wt switch rod, 13ft 7wt spey and 10ft 7wt single-handed rod as this will cover the bases. Top flies are Intruders, Mini-Intruders, Hoh Bo Spey, Popsicle, Prom Dress, Pick Your Pocket, Leeches and some sculpin patterns. However, the guides tie a lot of their own flies that have proven to be productive and are willing to share.

Do the guides speak English?

All the guides speak English and are very experienced and show a high level of professionalism. They are fun, down to earth and a pleasure to spend the day with. All have eight or more years guiding and many more years fishing for steelhead and Atlantic salmon.

Who is best suited to this destination?

This is another huge advantage of fishing with our partners Alaska Steelhead Co is that due to the diverse fishing methods this destination suits many types of anglers. This is a great venue to introduce someone to steelhead fishing for the first time, as the catch rates are high and the guides are great instructors. If you are a person who just loves to swing spey rods you will enjoy the main river which is large, easily waded and very productive. The smaller rivers can be great fishing with Spey, switch or single-hand rods. Do expect to see some other anglers, but overall the angling pressure here is light and the guides prefer not to fish near others.

What skill level is required?

The guides have been fishing for many years and they take guiding very seriously. If you are new to fly fishing and need extra help, they can assist or if you are very experienced at this style of fishing but need a little brush up then they will cater. Due to the different rivers available, this destination is suitable for all levels of experience.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The holiday is not that physically demanding as the wading areas are very easy wading with no large boulders.

When to go?

On odd-numbered years the season runs from the 14th September to 1st November, on even-numbered years the season runs from 8th September to 1st November.

How to get there?

The best route is to fly into Anchorage where we will overnight you in a hotel. The next day we will organise a short internal flight from Anchorage to Kenai where the team will transfer you to the camp. This will take around 45 minutes.

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation is perfect and based on 2 customers sharing spacious double occupancy cabins with private baths, gas fireplace, mini bar, satellite TV and sliding glass doors that lead to a deck with scenic views of Cook Inlet and the Aleutian Mountain Range.

What is the food like?

Food is of high quality and made with fresh, never frozen local ingredients as the professionally trained chefs shop for ingredients each and every day. Your breakfast will be made to order with eggs, pancakes, bacon or sausages. If you prefer a lighter start to the day you can choose from yoghurt, granola, fruits and cereal. Your lunch will consist of a sandwich’s with fruit and snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day. Appetizers are set out as guests return from fishing, followed by three-course dinner service. For dinner, seafood is frequently the main course, but beef, chicken or pork dishes may be served depending on what is fresh and available to the chef that day. Please note the lodge can accommodate all dietary restrictions are accommodated.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

The lodge can provide you will all required rods, reels, and terminal tackle if you prefer to leave all yours at home.

Are there other activities available?

The Kenai Peninsula offers so much more than fishing. Please don’t hesitate to bring a loved one who wants to experience Alaska without a rod and reel in their hand! We will provide them with a vehicle and a host (when available) to accompany them to see the sights and partake in some of the many other activities one can enjoy.

Activities include:, Day trips to the quaint town of Homer, Day Fly-in Bear Watching Tours, Whale watching, Helicopter Tours, Clam digging, Hiking, Beachcombing, Photography, Scenic boat tours, Stay on the property! Relax, read, snuggle by the fire, and most of all – enjoy the scenery.

How much does it cost?

Our price includes guided fishing, lodging, meals, loaner gear and flies. Additional costs are travel to Anchorage, round-trip charter to and from the river, Alaska sport-fishing license and gratuities for the staff. To view all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Blogs

Reviews

Eli

My brother-in-law and I just went on the Alaska trip in late September. The fishing was simply amazing. I can’t believe we caught that many steelheads. All six days of fishing were great. I liked that we got to fish four different rivers – this mixed things up and kept things interesting. Changing from drifting one river, to cruising another with the powerboat, to hiking the other rivers really kept things fresh. The two Alaskan guides were excellent and had great knowledge of every river we fished. The chef/host Billy is such a great guy. He took excellent care of us, made sure everybody had what they needed, and made sure all fishing logistics were set every day. His food was off the charts and he did a super job meeting my special dietary needs. The cabins are well-appointed and very comfortable, and the location (between all four rivers) and views absolutely cannot be beaten.

Matt

In every way, this trip exceeded my expectations! I knew from the end of the first day that this ‘once in a lifetime’ trip will probably become an annual trip. The fishing, scenery, accommodations and staff were second to none. Our Alaskan guide was super knowledgable and was probably the most patient instructor I’ve ever had fly fishing. This trip is not just for ‘experienced’ fly fishers as I learned plenty and never felt like I was out of my league. Catching chrome bright steelhead is a total life changer and has consumed my thoughts since my flight home from Alaska. Already planning my trip for next year.

Lou

Matt does it again!
From the lodging to the food, to the exceptional guides. It is certainly a trip for all abilities and would recommend for anyone looking to fall in love with Alaska and the magnificent steelhead. Thanks again

Chris

Dear whoever is thinking about fishing with this team of great people. I have tarpon, redfish, billfish, salmon fished and have the pictures to prove that I have been in the top 5 per cent for those trips. These guys gave me the holy grail of fishing. One cannot believe that people can create a situation where humans and nature mate and we can love that day so in our dreams we can smile about it every night. Can’t wait to make it back. I had such a great time, as close to heaven as I have ever been

Howie

I’ve been on the steelhead trip 2 years in a row and I plan on going back this year. The steelhead fishing is incredible! I’ve never been anywhere that you could consistently catch several steelheads every day. I’ve never been skunked on any day there which is typical for steelhead fishing. The staff are top-notch. The guides are fun and experienced and the lodging staff cater to your every need. The meals are fantastic and the lodging is so much better than your typical fish camp. I can’t say enough about this trip, it’s quite affordable and I plan on going back for many years.

Chris

This truly was the trip of a lifetime. I will NEVER forget catching my first steelhead – and tons more throughout the week. The scenery is unreal, the food was fantastic, and the camaraderie was so much fun. Coming back to the lodge and cabins after an epic day of fishing and sharing pictures and stories with everyone is a blast. I cannot wait to go back

Brad

When people ask me about my steelhead trip to Alaska, I usually am rendered speechless. Matt, the host, said “this trip will change your life” – I thought he was crazy. He was right. I have never been anywhere that has made such an impact on me. And I have never been sadder to leave somewhere. The sheer numbers of fish we caught were reason enough to go. But when you factor in everything else from the fun, EXTREMELY knowledgeable guides to the delicious food, it adds up to one of the best experiences of my life.

Raquel

Having been on multiple trips with Matt and Alex this is by far my favourite. I’m about to book for the third season, and could not be more excited. This trip provides it with all. Great fishing, top-notch accommodations, and the food that a 5-star restaurant would provide. This is a trip that doesn’t make you feel like a customer. You feel like you are part of the team, and like you’re fishing on your home river with friends. This is something I will do every single year no questions asked.

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