Rapids Camp is one of Alaska’s best Fly Fishing Lodges. Have you ever wanted to visit an easy to reach lodge with unbelievable trophy Trout fishing? Where you can turn up with a bag of clothes and nothing else. Somewhere that provides all the fishing tackle you could need. Prefer to have your own space when returning to the lodge? How about having your private single room? If the answers are yes, then Rapids Camp is the perfect solution.
One of the great beauties of Rapids Camp is that you can show up with just your fishing clothes and not worry about any fishing tackle. The lodge has you covered with everything from breathable waders and rubber-soled boots. Spey rods reels, lines, and flies. Rapids Camp has it all, and it’s all included for free. You are always welcome to bring your tackle and flies but is optional. Another advantage is when you stay at Rapids Camp, you can design your day trips. There are no set itineraries that you have to follow. The Rapids Camp team makes recommendations based on your goals and desires each night. It allows you to choose where you want to go the next day.
Rapids Camp sits right on the bank of the famous Naknek River only 7 miles upstream from the town of King Salmon which is just a 15-minute drive from the airport. The lodge sits on the Naknek River, which in addition to having some excellent Salmon fishing is one of Alaska’s most prolific trophy Rainbow Trout systems. Most importantly, the lodge has a very strategic location when it comes to accessing the enormous range of fishing opportunities. There is everything from the home waters of the Naknek River, plus incredible fishing on Kulik River, Moraine Creek, Battle Creek, Little Ku, The secret Smokey River, and the Nushagak River. Rapids Camp also offers excellent access to the Alaska Peninsula. One of the state’s most remote and intriguing areas. This slender landmass extends nearly 500 miles southwest. Along its westerly course, snowcapped volcanoes rise upwards from sea level. In their shadow, anglers find some of the least-visited Pacific salmon, large Char, and trophy Grayling fisheries in the state.
Salmon fishing is why most anglers come to Alaska. One of the lodge’s favourite things to do is expose anglers to all five species of Alaskan Salmon. As far as the fishing for Rainbow Trout, Fish Alaska Magazine chose the Naknek River as the number 1 Trophy Rainbow River in Alaska. Located just downstream of the famous “rapids” of the Naknek River. Rapids Camp Lodge has some of the most unforgettable trophy Rainbow Trout fly fishing. Just mere minutes from the dock. The local rapids section of the Naknek River is especially good early and late in the season. The camp holds excellent appeal to anglers who like to fly fish in a traditional Steelhead fashion with Spey rods. Naknek River is one of Alaska’s Sockeye superhighways. With annual returns of Sockeye nearing 5,000,000 fish, it supplies the greater Katmai Park region with the biomass to support rainbow Trout of epic proportions.
Each night you will talk to your guide for the following day to make arrangements of where and when you wish to fish. Your guide will make recommendations based on both your target species, how you want to fish, and your abilities. Fishing each day is based on just two anglers per one guide. The fishing venues vary widely from days spent fishing from jet-powered aluminium boats to raft trips. There are also walk and wade venues to remote locations that are best suited to the physically fit. At times you will fish from boats, but the majority is done fly fishing while wading.
Rapids Camp operates a fleet of aircraft which includes three De Havilland Beavers and one De Havilland Turbine Otter. The highest seat to the customer ratio of any fly-out lodge in Alaska means you wait only on the weather. You are given the highest possible number of angling options as detailed below. Kulik River has long been one of the region’s most famous rivers. It is a short, broad, easy-to-wade river system loaded with Rainbow Trout. Battle Creek is an easily waded, low gradient tributary of Kukaklek Lake. Although the lake is small, this does not reflect the size of the fish here. With gin-clear waters and fantastic sight fishing opportunities, it’s easy to see why this river continues to be high on our customer’s priority list.
The Moraine Creek and its principal tributary Funnel Creek receive huge returns of Sockeye Salmon. As a result, it creates impressive numbers of monster Rainbow Trout. The Little Ku River is another Kukaklek tributary that has easy walk-in access and great opportunities to sight fish for Rainbow Trout and Dollies. Rapids Camp also runs trips to one of its secret locations fondly referred to as Smokey. For customers wanting to spey fish and experience the pull of a big King Salmon. With no crowds, fantastic swinging water, and lots of action from willing Kings and Chums, Smokey is a winner.
Depending on where you are fishing each day, lunch is usually sandwiches, salads, hot soup, cookies, fruit, sweets, crisps, etc. Alternatively, you can opt for a classic shore lunch. Just let your guide know the night before. If you are fishing on the Naknek River home water, expect a nice hot lunch back at the lodge.
Although anglers who visit Rapids Camp are targeting Salmon and Trout, there’s a lot more on offer. Let’s say you’ve worn your arms out catching so many fish and are looking for something else to do. You can fly to Geographic Harbour, where boats are waiting to fish Kodiak Island or Geographic Harbour. You will head out into Larsen Bay and catch fresh Herring. After you land some Herring, the guides will take you out to sea for a full day of deep-sea fishing for monster Halibut.
The guides at Rapids Camp all speak perfectly good English and know the area very well. Allowing you to experience the best fishing possible while staying at this lodge. All the lodge guides will have all the fly tippet material and fly that you could require for your days fishing. All our guides are expert casters, more than willing to help with any fishing tuition or questions you may have. All you have to do is ask them, and they will gladly assist.
If you’re looking for more events, Rapids Camp Lodge provides a wide variety of ecotype activities. These include flightseeing of the regions many glaciers, volcanoes and wildlife viewing. There are also activities such as the best bear viewing in the world, clam digging, and beachcombing. These activities make Rapids Camp the ideal location to bring along your non Angling Partner
Contact us if you have any questions regarding our Rapids Camp fly fishing holidays or any of our fly fishing vacations. Please call 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.