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Salmon Fly Fishing | No See Um Lodge | Alaska

Overview

Tour code: ALL026  

The No See Um Lodge is staffed by the finest guides and pilots available. Their willingness to provide the best for their guests has put No See Um in a class by itself this is truly Alaska’s finest. The lodge strives to have one guide for every two anglers and typically a good deal of walking and wading is expected to reach the best spots. Depending on what time of year you join us at No See Um Lodge will depend on what species will be available in the rivers Throughout the year King Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Sockeye and Silver Salmon are all on the main menu for fish captures. Other species include Northern Pike, Chum Salmon, Dolly Varden and Grayling.

Location

Our fly fishing lodge is located in Alaska on a high bank overlooking the Kvichak River. There are endless miles of crystal clear rivers teeming with huge Salmon and wild Rainbows. Since 1975 we’ve been flying and guiding anglers throughout the Bristol Bay. Our fishing guides will help you find the best spots for that day’s fishing and will accommodate your needs.

The main guesthouse has a total of four bedrooms, each with two twin beds and a complete bathroom. There are also two private double occupancy cedar log guesthouses, which have full complimentary bars and each are complete with twin beds and private bathrooms.

Fishing

Fishing at No See Um Lodge is conducted in many different ways. For the customer wanting to target the big Kings and Chum Salmon it is best to swing large flies with Spey rods. For the smaller Salmon you can fish with shorter lighter rods such as 12ft switch rods which make great both single and double Spey fishing. You can then even fish with 5# single handed rods with dry’s 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.

No See Um Lodge only accommodates for up to 10 anglers per week, this means that the guest-to-guide ratio is never more than 2:1. Each evening the owner John Holman, and his excellent team of pilots and guides will give you the best options so you can decide what you would like to do the next day.

Guides

The guides at No See Um lodge are some of the finest you will find anywhere in Alaska add to this the fantastic pilots we have at this camp you will be transported to some of the best areas to catch these fish.

Other Activities

After a long days fishing, you can relax in the bar with a lovely glass of your favourite tipple or even slide into the lodges fantastic hot tub and chat about the excellent days fishing you have just had.

Contact Us

If you have any questions on any of the Alaska fishing trips we offer then contact us in the office, our experienced team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.

You can see all our fly fishing holidays in Alaska here.

Accommodation
No See Um Lodge

The No See Um Lodge is built on a high bank overlooking the Kvichak River. Several buildings comprise the lodge and with a maximum capacity of ten guests, the lodge offers the ultimate fishing experience for couples and small groups.

The main guest house has a total of 4 bedrooms, each with two twin beds and a complete bathroom. There are also two private double occupancy cedar log guest houses, which have full complimentary bars and each complete with twin beds and private bathrooms. As the lodge now only takes 10 rods per week this now means that there are for a small supplement 2 rooms available on a single room basis each week. Please note these two rooms are on a first come first served basis so if you wish to have a single room it is advisable to book early.

The main lodge is centrally heated and each bedroom has an excellent view of the river. In addition to exceptional cuisine, the lodge has 24-hour electricity, phone service, a classic wood fire sauna and a modern hot tub.

After a full day of fishing, you can enjoy the relaxing and friendly atmosphere at the lodge, while sipping a beverage or cocktail of your choice, as you sample delicious appetizers before dinner. Gourmet meals are prepared by their world-class chef and almost any special need, with a little advance notice, can be accommodated.

If you are looking for a quick way to warm up after a cold day on the water, the hot tub is always on! Like all of the other buildings, the river view is important and from the hot tub you have a remarkable view of the river. There’s hardly a better way to end your day then having a glass of wine in the hot tub enjoying the uniquely Alaskan view.

Fresh bread, rolls and desserts are baked daily in the bakery. Selected red and white wines are served with dinner. The wood sauna is fired up daily and the Jacuzzi is always hot. Nightly activities include fishing (in front of the lodge), horseshoes, volleyball, cards, fly tying or videotapes of the day’s fishing. Their willingness to provide for their guests has put the No See Um Lodge in a class by itself.

Board: Full board
Rooms: Twin rooms
Internet: WiFi
Laundry: For nominal charge
Power: 110 Volt
Meals: In lodge dining room
Alcohol: Included
Equipment Hire: Rods & reels
Shop: Pro fly shop
Cards Accepted: Credit & debit cards
Cash Accepted: US Dollars
Freezer Room: At the lodge
Filleting Area: At the lodge
Species Information
King / Chinook Salmon
Season: 20 June to 25 July
Peak: 27 June to 18 July
Weight: 10lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Chum Salmon
Season: 27 June to 25 July
Peak: 4 July to 25 July
Weight: 5lb to 16lb
Average Weight: 10lb
Sockeye Salmon
Season: 4 July to 25 July
Peak: 4 July to 18 July
Weight: 4lb to 12lb
Average Weight: 8lb
Pink Salmon
Season: 12 July to 8 August
Peak: 19 July to 5 August
Weight: 2lb to 15Llb
Average Weight: 4lb
Coho / Silver Salmon
Season: 20 July to 10 September
Peak: 8 August to 1 September
Weight: 6lb to 20lb
Average Weight: 12lb
Rainbow Trout
Season: 20 June to 5 September
Peak: 21 July to 12 September
Weight: 1lb to 12lb
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 at the beginning or end in Anchorage, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1: (Sunday)

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive in Seattle.

Depart Seattle
Arrive in Anchorage

On arrival, you will take a taxi to the Anchorage Hotel.

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

Day 2: Fishing Day (Monday)

Early in the morning, you will take a taxi to Ted Stevens Airport and depart from here to King Salmon. On arrival, you will be met by the Lodge staff and taken to your waiting floatplane for the 30-minute flight to the Lodge.

Once you are checked in you will depart for your first afternoon of fishing.

Overnight accommodation: No See Um Lodge (twin rooms, F/B)

Day 3 & 4: Fishing Day (Tuesday & Wednesday)

You will depart for your first day of fly-out fishing (weather permitting) or local fishing for the species of your choice.

Overnight accommodation: No See Um Lodge (twin rooms, F/B)

Day 5 & 6: Fishing Day (Thursday & Friday)

Talk to your guides the night before and make plans for what you would like to target each day

Overnight accommodation: No See Um Lodge (twin rooms, F/B)

Day 7 & 8: Fishing Day (Saturday & Sunday)

Each day you will have lunch on the riverbank. The guiding is based on 2 anglers to 1 guide.

Overnight accommodation: No See Um Lodge (twin rooms, F/B)

 

Day 9: (Monday)

In the morning you will depart back to Anchorage.

On arrival, you will take a taxi back to the Anchorage Hotel.

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

Day 10: (Tuesday)

You will take a taxi back to Anchorage International Airport

Depart Anchorage
Arrive Seattle

Depart Seattle

Day 11: (Wednesday)

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
07/06/2020 17/06/2020 11 10 6.5 £10,804 N/A Enquire Now N/A
14/06/2020 24/06/2020 11 10 6.5 £10,804 N/A Enquire Now N/A
21/06/2020 01/07/2020 11 10 6.5 £10,954 N/A Enquire Now N/A
28/06/2020 08/07/2020 11 10 6.5 £10,984 N/A Enquire Now N/A
05/07/2020 15/07/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,154 N/A Enquire Now N/A
12/07/2020 22/07/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,254 N/A Enquire Now N/A
19/07/2020 29/07/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,284 N/A Enquire Now N/A
26/07/2020 05/08/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,304 N/A Enquire Now N/A
02/08/2020 12/08/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,304 N/A Enquire Now N/A
09/08/2020 19/08/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,304 N/A Enquire Now N/A
16/08/2020 26/08/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,304 N/A Enquire Now N/A
23/08/2020 02/09/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,154 N/A Enquire Now N/A
30/08/2020 09/09/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,004 N/A Enquire Now N/A
06/09/2020 16/09/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,004 N/A Enquire Now N/A
13/09/2020 23/09/2020 11 10 6.5 £11,004 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.

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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
  • Flights from Anchorage to King Salmon
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals at Lodge
  • All alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • 6 days fishing via boat and plane
  • Fishing tackle
  • Waders & boots

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Meals at the Anchorage Hotels or Bar expenses
  • Transfers in Anchorage
  • Tips for guides and all camp staff
  • Alaska fishing license $55 (available at Lodge)

Options

  • Flight upgrades

  • Additional nights in Anchorage

  • Single rooms in Anchorage

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 – King Salmon (approx 1.2 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 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

King Salmon to No See Um Lodge by float plane (approx 30 mins)

Questions & Answers

Where is the lodge?

You can find the No See Um Lodge right on the banks of the Kvichak River some 30 miles downstream from Lake Iliamna.

Where will I fish?

As No See Um Lodge is a fly out lodge and combined with their great location they can easily get customers to the famous waters of Katmai Park, the mighty Nushagak outside of Dillingham and down to the remote systems on the Alaska Peninsula. Each day you work out where you wish to fish and the program can be changed accordingly.

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 No See Um Lodge. On arrival at each location, there will be boats waiting to take you both up and downstream 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 No See Um 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 and Silver Salmon, are all on the main menu. Other species include Northern Pike, Chum Salmon, Dolly Varden and Grayling.

 

How many fish will I catch?

The amount of fish you will catch at No See Um Lodge will depend on the target species.

  • Kings – a couple of interactions a day on the fly is considered good.
  • Rainbow trout – a dozen quality fish would be expected. Silver fishing should provide double-digit days.

How will I fish?

Fishing at No See Um Lodge is conducted in many different ways. For the customer wanting to target the big Kings and Chum Salmon, it is best to swing large flies with Spey rods. For the smaller Salmon, you can fish with shorter lighter rods such as 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?

All the guides speak very good English.

Who is best suited to this destination?

Anyone who wants lots of action and catch lots of fish.

What skill level is required?

With the variety of fishing available at No See Um Lodge 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 physical demands are not challenging. You should expect to get in and out of small planes and boats on most days with some wading and short hikes.

When is the best time to go?

Each month offers something unique and with the incredible knowledge that the Holman family has acquired over its years in the business, they know where and when. From Kings on the Nushagak to remote systems on the peninsula, they cover all bases.

How will i get there?

To get to No See Um Lodge you arrive in Anchorage on Sunday and overnight. On Monday morning the lodge arranges a charter flight to King Salmon. From King Salmon, the lodge planes transfer you to the lodge.

What is the accommodation like?

Each accommodation at No See Um Lodge has a full complimentary bar, each complete with twin beds and private bathrooms. The lodge is centrally heated, and each bedroom has an excellent view of the river. In addition to exceptional cuisine, the lodge has 24-hour electricity, phone service, a classic wood fire, sauna, and a modern hot tub. Come and experience firsthand the incredible fly fishing and unsurpassed service that have exceeded the expectations of discriminating fly fishers the world over.

What is the food like?

The food is excellent; it is in true Alaskan style with plenty of traditional meat dishes. You will all eat a cooked breakfast before you head out for the day, your guide will bring along a picnic for you to have by the riverbank whilst you are fishing. Evening meals are eaten at the dining table and are three courses.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

No See Um Lodge Does provide rods/reels. I would be prepared to bring your own waders and rubber-soled boots (please no studs as they damage the boats and planes). Please inform us before travel if you wish to use the lodge rods an reels.

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?

Apart from the fishing, your only other options would be bear watching and birds.

How much does it cost?

We 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 we can book just the lodge and fishing for you.

Blogs

Reviews

Jon

I had the opportunity to experience No See Um Lodge during the last week of the season with my girlfriend. I can’t say enough about the entire experience from watching the sunrise from the air on our way to each remote fishing location, the incredible dinner menu at the lodge, relaxing in the sauna and hot tub after a long day of fishing and who could forget the insane fishing! I easily caught 150+ rainbows during the trip of all varying sizes but plenty of fish big enough to put up a lengthy fight.

This trip is perfect for all skill levels

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Jon

Thanks for the feedback it was great to hear that you and your girlfriend had a great time, everyone does seem to love this destination.

Darci

We just returned from another MAGICAL trip to NoSeeUm Lodge on the Kvichak River.

It was my 10th annual trip and my partner’s 21st! I started as a novice and the guides have been patient and kind in teaching me how to catch lots of rainbows and char. We also fish for king salmon during the week we’re there, which is another highlight. We look forward all year long to our annual trip, for the fishing, the wildlife sightings, the spectacular scenery, the lodge’s food, the guides and staff and our other guest friends.

The service is outstanding from start to finish, and the guides ensure you have a wonderful time. The planes are clean and well-maintained and the pilots are extremely safety-conscious and professional.

We weren’t ready to leave and are already looking forward to next summer

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Darci

Thank you for your detailed destination feedback, very much appreciated.

Max

Peter thanks for a fantastic holiday, the 4 of us had an amazing time. Like customer reviews before the attention to detail made the trip all that more special.

Loved the fact that our pilots were also our fishing guides.

I think you can safely say we will be back next year.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Max

So glad you enjoyed the trip it was a pleasure dealing with you as always.

Tight lines

Gregor

What an incredible Alaskan fishing and wilderness experience. The attention to detail is impressive, friendly attentive staff, a high standard of meals and accommodation, and personalised fishing.

With three Beaver Floatplanes, and the fact that the pilots stay with you as fishing guides, the fishing options are endless, and can be easily changed if fishing conditions or weather dictate.

As a commercial pilot it was reassuring to see that the aircraft are maintained and operated to the highest standards of comfort and safety, which is imperative when you are running an operation like this in the wilderness. Fishermen and women of all levels of fitness or fishing experience are catered for. We were able to fish for all five species of salmon (King, Sockeye, Silver, Pink, and Chum), as well as rainbow trout, arctic char and grayling.

The years of experience and family oriented hospitality shine through, and will be remembered for many years to come.

Thank you for a truly amazing experience

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Gregor, thank you for such an amazing detailed destination review, very much appreciated.

Craig

I have been fishing at No See Um Lodge for over 12 years. The lodge, aircraft, staff and yes the fishing are all top shelf.
John Holman and his team run a first class operation (as his father Jack did) working tirelessly to assure that each client has a uniquely enjoyable experience.
The pilot/guides are the best: smart and safe in every way with first class flying and fishing skills.
The aircraft are meticulously maintained for safety and comfort.
Fishing, catching and great fun; the ultimate Alaska experience is No See Um Lodge. I will be back again and again.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you form the Sportquest Team for such a detailed destination review, I am sure everyone will find it helpful.

Lindy and Ed

Once again, we enjoyed another terrific week at No See Um lodge.
The fishery has remained great throughout the six years we’ve been visiting the lodge. No See Um itself is a great place to enjoy the company of other anglers and guides where you can relax, leave the Lower 48 behind and enjoy after-dinner activities.
It’s also a wonderful way to experience the great outdoors of Alaska.
We’ll be looking forward to our next adventure at No See Um Lodge!”

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Lindy and Ed, A big thank you for your destination review, very helpful thanks.

Charlie

No See Um Lodge is my favorite fishing lodge in the World. I have been a fly fisherman all of my 80 years and have fished in North & South America. However, I have been to No See Um more times than I have fingers on my hands. Started fishing at NSL in the early 80’s.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Charlie, Thank you for your amazing testament to such a great lodge, what a valued customer you have been for the lodge over these years.

George

A great place and easily the best lodge in Bristol Bay. The people and accommodations are wonderful and the fishing is spectacular, whether you are a novice or have lots of experience.

I have been to other lodges and none compare to No See Um!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Again thank you for your feedback each year, we do appreciate all the kind comments, I am so glad that you found this one to exceed your expectations. Until next time. Regards mel

Michael

My overall experience at NoSeeUm was excellent in every respect. The flying, fishing, accommodations, and camaraderie were all top notch. The pilots are extremely professional. I felt more comfortable and safe flying in the lodge's Beavers than in the 737's I flew in to reach Anchorage. The guides are top notch and patient, which translates into anglers of every skill level having a great experience. The meals and accommodations were also something to be remembered. And the icing on the cake is the landscape and wildlife. It was enough to make me forget why I was there a few times each day. It was a stunning experience that I hope to share with John and his crew several times in the future.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Michael, thank you for your feedback I will make sure your comments are passed on to John and his team.

Malcolm

John Holman and his team provide a wonderful experience that is unparalleled. I have fished out of other lodges in the area, including Rainbow King, so I have some bases for this perspective. The fishing is superb, the guides are friendly and instructive, the pilots talented and safe, the accommodations comfortable and the food delicious. For the second year in a row, I brought my wife, who has not been fishing for as long as I have. The guides tailor their instruction and fishing locations to ability, and my wife never felt slighted in any way.

The plane, pilot and guides are with you all day for every trip, no drop-offs, so if the fishing is not good and you want to move, you can do it. This is a distinct advantage over other lodges.

We enjoyed the entire staff and will be back again!

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thank you for the fantastic feedback, its a great help and a nice detailed review. Loo forward in dealing with you again.

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