Indian Ocean space roundup

January 27th, 2015

The Indian Ocean is a truly unforgettable destination for the intrepid saltwater angler. There are accommodations and operations to suit individual tastes and challenges, from the simplicity of a liveaboard to the sheer luxury of Desroches there is a diverse choice. Along with the wealth of species that all the atolls have to offer ie bonefish, triggerfish, sailfish, bluefin trevellay, barracuda all of the atolls have their ’speciality’ species.

Alphonse has a well deserved repuation as the place to go to target milkfish on fly at the right time of year;
Farquhar has its bumphead parrotfish and Sooty Tern eating GTs;

Cosmoledo and Astove : GT central with large numbers of GTs patrolling their waters;

Desroches: fantastic bluewater sailfish and marlin on fly and Poivre has yet to reveal all of her permit secrets;

St Brandons is home to big Indian Ocean bonefish and its rare, but enomormous GTs who will test your skills and tackle to the limit;

Providence remains a bit of an unknown and still has to reveal her secrets; only a fraction of her fishery has been explored.

There are still rods scattered throughout the weeks on all of the operations so for more details or to hold space please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389

ALPHONSE
Now is the time to book for the 2015/2016 season and we have space in the following excellent weeks throughout November so please don’t delay as this space will fill very quickly. If your preferred dates aren’t showing, please contact us as there may be rods held but so far unconfirmed.

2015/2016 Season
31 October - 7 November 2015
21 - 28 November 2015
28 November - 5 December 2015 - hosted by Charlotte Chilcott

There are still a few rods remaining in the 2014/2015 Season
14 - 21 February - 1 Spot
21 - 28 February -  1 spot
28 February - 7 March - 2 Spots
28 March - 4 April – 1 Spot
4-11 April - 1 Spot

ASTOVE
2 November - 9 November ­ 6 Spots
9 - 16 November 2015 ­ 3 Spots
23 - 30 November 2015  ­ 6 Spots
30 Nov - 7 December 2015  ­ 6 Spots
7 - 14 December 2015  ­ 6 Spots
14 - 21 December 2015  ­ 6 Spots

COSMOLEDO - for 2015 remains a liveaboard operation.

March/April
6-13 March - 12 Spots
13-20 March - 8 Spots
20-27 March - 8 Spots

November/December
6-13 November - 10 Spots
13- 20 November - 12 Spots
20- 27 November - 12 Spots
27 November- 4 December- 12 Spots
4-11 December - 12 Spots

ST BRANDONS
27 April – 6 May - 2 rods
27 May – 6 June - 2 rods

FARQUHAR
11-18 March - 2 spots
1-8 April - 4 spots
4-11 November - 4 spots

PROVIDENCE
16-23 October - 9 rods
23-30 October - 4 rods

For any other space, please don’t hesitate to contact Charlotte Chilcott or call +44(0)1980 847 389 as there may be rods held but unconfirmed.

Atlantic Salmon Reserve - Kharlovka, Eastern Litza and Rynda Availability 2015

January 20th, 2015

We are delighted to announce that we will be now be representing the Atlantic Salmon Reserve (ASR) on the northern Kola Peninsula. The Kharlolovka, Rynda and the Eastern Litza are amongst the world’s premier Atlantic salmon Rivers and the world’s first conservation area for Atlantic Salmon, sea trout, wild brown trout and Arctic char. Their primary aim is to sustain and develop the fantastic salmon and trout fishing within this area, whilst preserving and protecting this pristine and uninhabited wilderness for the benefit of future generations. For the Atlantic salmon community it is the home of giants, and one of the few rivers on the planet where landing a 40 lbs + Atlantic salmon is a real possibility.

The Kharlovka Company (trading name of ASR) owns the fishing rights within the ASR together with two substantial Camp Lodges and two fixed Tented Camps. These facilities are able to accommodate up to 26 salmon fishers (with their own ensuite bathrooms) and 12 trout fishers for a weeks holiday in relative luxury. Over the last decade it has come to set the standard on north coast Kola rivers and if you are looking to catch that salmon of a lifetime then look no further.

The Kharlovka and its sister river the Eastern Litza are two of the most prolific salmon rivers in the world. The combination of awesome big fish and the manageable size of the rivers are great assets when compared to other Kola destinations. Both wild and challenging they can provide some of the biggest silver rewards anywhere. The most productive salmon beats of Kharlovka river are from the lower sea pool up to the first falls which is located approximately 10 kms from the estuary. There are some 15 good sized – well defined pools which have become famous over the years. The river is also blessed with what has been called ‘The finest Home Pool in the World’. Nicely situated in the middle of the river only 100m from the Kharlovka lodge – All the river’s monsters will make a temporary stop here.

Recent Big Salmon Facts:

Largest 3 Kharlovka Salmon – 42, 41, and 38 pounds

In one season there were 49 salmon landed in the 30 pound class (Kharlovka and Litza rivers)

20.3% (1 out of 5) of the salmon landed were 20+ pounds.

The Rynda and Zolotaya Rivers fall through more gentle gradients than the Kharlovka and Litza Rivers. There are some 75 interesting named salmon pools that require the angler to read the water and consider each cast. The successful angler approaches the fishing carefully in intellectual contemplation and, however experienced, listens to the guide. Some say the rivers are reminiscent of Iceland.

Although Kharlovka & Litza have twice the annual water flow of Rynda & Zolotaya – it is a stunning fact that every year Rynda produces nearly as many landed salmon. The difference is that the size of the MSW Atlantic Salmon is likely to be 20% less. A 25lbs fish from the Rynda is more likely to be a 30lbs fish at Kharlovka and so forth. The best fish taken at Rynda was 42 lbs whereas at the Litza it was 47.5 lbs.

The Rynda is a medium sized river that in most heights is ideally suited to a 13ft rod or similar. It has been described as a true fisherman’s river, an intellectual exercise for any salmon angler. Consisting of some 90 pools along its length there are relatively few areas that require long reaching casts but rather a multitude of medium sized pools, pockets, runs and glides. Compared to Scottish Salmon rivers the generally fast flow of the river can be somewhat disconcerting however with the close assistance of the guides you will quickly learn to interpret and read the water and before long it becomes apparent that every boulder or hole, no matter how unlikely, can and usually is a potential salmon lie. As such it is an immensely rewarding and exciting river to fish. Although the Rynda has a strong grilse run it is equalled by an even number of MSW fish and a 30lb + fish is never far away. Hook into anything in the 20lb and over range and you can expect a thrilling fight that is as likely as not to take you down rapids and runs at a distinctly ungentlemanly pace!

Big salmon facts:

Largest 3 Rynda Salmon – 36, 34, 32 pounds.

32% of the salmon were greater that 15 pounds.

The Rynda river produces nearly as many salmon a season as the Kharlovka & Litza rivers combined.

Largest Salmon ever landed was a 42 pounder.

There are still some prime rods available so if you have not considered where you might fish for salmon this year then we would advise that you consider these stunning rivers. Why would you book it with us? You will receive the same unbiased opinion on time of year, availability and fully bonded service that you would for any of our other operations.

2015 Season Availability:

Kharlovka week 23 starting 30 May - 5 rods available - price $7900/rod

Kharlovka week 24 starting 6 June - 2 rods available - price $12900/rod

Kharlovka week 25 starting 13 June - 2 rods available - price $17900/rod

Kharlovka week 36 starting 29 Aug. - 3 rods available - price $6500/rod

Kharlovka week 37 starting 5 Sept. - 5 rods available - price $7900/rod

Rynda week 24 starting 6 June - 4 Rods available - price $5900/rod

Rynda week 25 starting 13 June - 3 Rods available - price $10500/rod

Rynda week 26 starting 20 June - 4 Rods available - price $14900/rod

Rynda week 27 starting 27 June - 4 Rods available - price $13900/rod

Rynda week 28 starting 4 July  - 2 Rods available - price $10900/rod

Rynda week 30 starting 18 July - 3 Rods available - price $5000/rod

Rynda week 32 starting 1 Aug. - 4 Rods available - price $5000/rod

If you would like any further information on any of the above rivers please contact Peter McLeod and Steffan Jones or call our office on +44(0)1980 847389.

Looking for that next trout fishing destination this summer?

January 20th, 2015

There are numerous world class fishing destinations for trout in the Northern Hemisphere but which one is right for you? Whether you are a group of avid anglers or just looking to add a couple of days of fishing on to your family holiday here are several destinations that may work for you.

The American West
This is a wonderful destination for fishers and non-fishers alike, perfect for family trips with a few days fishing included or for the more serious fishing only trips. There is no shortage of rivers and streams in American West, some made famous by films like a River Runs Through it others known for their sheer beauty but most of all they are regarded as some of the finest fly fishing rivers in the World.

The numerous water variety provides visiting anglers with fantastic fishing variety too. From challenging dry fly sipping spring creek trout to terrestrial and streamer munching brown trout on large freestone rivers.

Montana is not just about the fishing though, a destination that can be enjoyed by couples and families alike. Activities include; horseback riding, wildlife tours, hiking trips, rafting expeditions, Western adventures, even dinosaur museums and much more. The variety of landscape provides a plethora of animals and plants including bears, elk, wolves, bison, various birds of prey and, the family favourite, the chipmunk.

There are plenty of lodges in Montana each offering something unique from the one before, some specialise in couples, others in family stays and some are perfect for the exploring angler. The USA lodges pride themselves on their level of service and what is on offer to their guests. You can experience great food standards, extensive wine selections and luxurious bedrooms and lounge areas.

Iceland
Although better known for its salmon fishing Iceland has forged a name for itself as one of the World’s top wild brown trout destinations. There are rivers home to dry-fly hungry browns of up to 10 lbs, even 20 lbs in some cases and lakes where fish of 30 lbs are landed each year.

With regular short haul flights from several airports in the UK and trip options from three days, Iceland has become a great destination for long weekend fishing trips. River options are numerous and depending on your requirements, from numbers of fish to size of fish we can advise you on the best options.

Aside from the fishing Iceland is an adventurer’s playground, the breath-taking landscape is an inspiration to artists and photographers. Countless hiking and drive tours will take you to the heart of what makes this country so beautiful. The surrounding coastline provides opportunities to go whale, puffin and seal watching. Following the geothermal valleys inland you will witness waterfalls jetting through volcanic rock and expansive lava fields until you reach the giant glaciers hugging the sides of volcanoes. As well as hiking, you can take 4×4 tours over the glaciers or take a bird’s eye view on one of the helicopter tours.

Each river is serviced by its own lodge, these are available in all shapes and sizes from small self-catering cottages to larger full service lodges.

Slovenia
Just a two hour flight and you can be nestled in the Julian Alps, a landscape more akin to New Zealand but not so far away. Crystal clear glacial streams tumble down every mountain side combining to make incredibly beautiful and prolific trout and grayling rivers.

Like Iceland, Slovenia offers the option for the shorter fishing trip but it also offers a more diverse range of species. The most common fish encountered are rainbow trout and grayling but you will also see brown trout, brook trout and even marble trout. During the winter months you can also target the huchen (Danube salmon), a close relative of the Mongolian taimen.

A great destination for intact groups of anglers, individual rods and combination trips. For non-fishers Slovenia offers plenty of outdoor activities from walking to cycling. The country also has a rich history that can be explored through museums and tour routes.

We work with various hotels in Slovenia to provide you exactly what you are looking for, from luxury hotels perfect for couples to shared cabins suitable for small to mid-sized groups.

For more information on the American West, Iceland or Slovenia please do not hesitate to contact Alex Jardine on +44(0)1980 847389 or by email.

Alphonse Celebrated The Last Milkfish Of 2014!

January 20th, 2015

Jan hooked, fought and landed a nice Milkfish after a 1 hour 35 minute flight that endured 2 jumps and 6 greyhounds. What a way to finish the year as we look forward to a 2015 full of Milkfish tales/tails.

Now is the time to book for the 2015/2016 season and we have space in the following excellent weeks throughout November so please don’t delay as this space will fill very quickly.

31 October - 7 November 2015
21 - 28 November 2015
28 November - 5 December 2015 - hosted by Charlotte Chilcott

For any other space, please don’t hesitate to contact Charlotte Chilcott or call +44(0)1980 847 389 as there may be rods held but unconfirmed.

Alphonse Island, Seychelles; celebrates Christmas in style

January 20th, 2015

Alphonse Island is known as a destination, which provides amazing fishing opportunities week after week and year after year. During the festive season it’s a place teeming with various activity as family groups don our shores to share in these special times. This year we were at full capacity with 50 guests celebrating not only their great catches but amazing dives and adventures. Santa even turned up and although he missed the “big boys” who were off fishing St Francois, he did make Christmas as memorable one for all the kids. There were flats lunches on both Christmas and New Years day, group snorkels and adventures, the restaurant and bar was festive in the evenings and the pool filled with kids having a great time during the day.

The fishing continued with a run of good size GT’s, the triggerfishing was better than it has been all year and the milkfish turned up for a portion to abuse our tackle. There were big bonefish caught on the white sand flats, the Permit were in the mood and the bluewater fishing was incredible. The festive season can’t get any better when 2014 ended with a milkfish and the New Year started with a permit.

Compliments of the season to you all from the Alphonse Fishing Co team. Tight lines for 2015.

Best Regards Keith Rose-Innes

Now is the time to book for the 2015/2016 season and we have space in the following excellent weeks throughout November so please don’t delay as this space will fill very quickly.

31 October - 7 November 2015
21 - 28 November 2015
28 November - 5 December 2015 - hosted by Charlotte Chilcott

For any other space, please don’t hesitate to contact Charlotte Chilcott or call +44(0)1980 847 389 as there may be rods held but unconfirmed.

Escape to the sun this winter

January 13th, 2015

With the continuing wet and miserable UK winter it is nice to let our minds drift back to moments when the warm orange thing was in the sky. The shooting season is drawing to a close, the children are back at school, so why stop there? There is still time to get away this winter and some fantastic destination for both fishers and non-fishers alike.

Mexico

The Mayan Riviera has long since been a winter sun spot and as it is easily accessed from the UK by direct flights on Virgin or British Airways makes it perfect for break from the monotony of the UKs dreary January weather. Mexico was one of the very first areas to be opened up for saltwater fishing in the late 1960’s and as such has some long standing slick operations. As the fishery up and down the coast is prolific with possibilities to catch all the major grand slam species it is the perfect destination to cut your teeth in the salt or combine a family holiday with some bonefishing. Mexico is also famous for its permit fishing, so if this species is on your hit list or has already got under your skin then Mexico will give you an excellent charge to land one of these black finned devils.

Bahamas

A country consisting of more than 700 islands, cays, and islets and surrounded by the warm shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea, it is no wonder it has established itself as a bonefishing paradise. The joy of the Bahamas is that there are direct flights from the UK into Nassau, from here you can take a small island hopper to various island lodges. Aside from the endless flats fishing options, the Bahamas is also surrounded by beautiful sandy beaches stretching for miles. Lodges often offer spa facilities and a plethora of activities for non-fishers or days when you are not on the water. Whether you are looking for serious fishing trip, a getaway with you partner or a family break there is certainly a lodge for you in the Bahamas.

Cuba

With current political relations between the US and Cuba improving on a daily basis this may be the last opportunity to visit this unique Caribbean island before we see a huge influx of investment into the country and much of its charm lots to the modern era. Aside from the liveabaord operations on the South coast the other primary operations are all based out of 5 star resorts that again can offer great combination trips for fishers and non – fishers. Direct flights from the UK on Virgin can also remove much of the hassle. We can also extensive tailored itineraries to see the rest of the country with private transfers allowing you to see far more of the largest island in the Caribbean.

Belize

Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in Central America. Lush tropical rain forests, pristine beaches, ancient Maya cities, diverse flora and fauna, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere are just a few of the many natural attractions that allure the adventure traveller to visit. It also offers some of the best combination fishing lodges anywhere in the world and some outstanding flats fishing for a huge variety of species. For anyone who loves diving as well as fishing the Turneffe Atoll has direct access to the Blue Hole which is one of the top worldwide dive sites. It is also very easy to combine a jungle experience and spectacular beaches to give you a full flavour of this English speaking country.

There is still space throughout these destinations over the next two or three months so if you are looking for that winter escape please do not hesitate to contact us or call us on +44(0)1980 847389.

Alphonse Island, Seychelles - 2015/2016 bookings now open

January 13th, 2015

The Indian Ocean offers saltwater anglers bonefishing to a consistently high standard as well as a huge variety of species, not least the turbo charged milkfish and aggressive GTs. Alphonse Island combines all of that with first rate accommodation and excellent food to offer saltwater aficionados the ultimate combination of outstanding fishing in an exceptional environment.

Now is the time to book for the 2015/2016 season and we have space in the following excellent weeks throughout November so please don’t delay as this space will fill very quickly.

31 October - 7 November 2015
21 - 28 November 2015
28 November - 5 December 2015 - hosted by Charlotte Chilcott

For any other space, please don’t hesitate to contact Charlotte Chilcott or call +44(0)1980 847 389 as there may be rods held but unconfirmed.

CURRENT SEASON ALPHONSE

If you are hoping to get out to Alphonse before the new season begins, there is still some space available in the following weeks so please don’t hesitate to contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389

17-24 January 2015 x 1 rods
31 January – 7 February 2015 x 1 rod
21-28 February x 1 rod
28 February - 7 March x 3 rods
7-14 March x 3 rods
28 March - 4 April  x 1 rod
4-11 April 2015 x 1 rod
11-18 April 2015 x 3 rods

Alternatively, Astove and Cosmoledo are the most prolific GT fisheries in the Indian Ocean. Astove anglers will be based at the newly built lodge while the Mayas Dugong will continue to be home for Cosmoledo anglers.

ASTOVE
9-16 February 2015 x 2 rods
2 - 9 March 2015 x 2 rods

November / December 2015
2 - 9 November -­ 6 Spots
9 - 16 November -­ 3 Spots  (New Moon 11 November)
23 - 30 November - 6 Spots  (Full Moon 26 November)
30 November - 7 December -­ 6 Spots
7 - 14 December -­ 6 Spots  (New Moon 11 December)
14 - 21 December -­ 6 Spots

COSMOLEDO LIVEABOARD

March/April 2015:
6 - 13 March -12 Spots (Full Moon 5 Mar 15)
13 - 20 March - 8 Spots (Equinox New Moon Spring Tide 20th March)
20 - 27 March - 8 Spots (Equinox New Moon Spring Tide 20th March)

November / December 2015:
6 - 13 November - 10 Spots (New Moon 11th November)
13 - 20 November - 12 Spots
20 - 27 November - 12 Spots  (Full Moon 26th November)
27 November - 4 December - 12 Spots
4 - 11 December - 12 Spots (New Moon 11th December)

DESROCHES ISALND - Poivre Permit Project (Heli Trip):
7 - 14 March 2015 -­ 4 Spots (Full moon on 5th March)
7 ­ 14 April 2015 -­ 4 Spots (Full moon on 4th April)

For more details please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389

Turtle Hatchling Season on Denis Private Island

January 13th, 2015

It has been a great end to 2014, with an early start to the turtle hatchling season. Guests are getting the opportunity to see one of natures’ marvels first hand, with the island’s environmental officer, Mr Andre Labiche, guiding the way.

The Hawksbill season started a bit earlier in 2014, when compared to the previous year. The first nesting female tracks were recorded on the 8th of October 2014 whereas for the Nov 13- February 2014 breeding season, the first tracks were recorded on the 19th of October 2013.  A total of 77 adult females successfully laid eggs around Denis Private Island from the 8th of October to the 31st of November of last year.

Interestingly, the Green Turtles have also been very active during this period, with a total of 47 tracks recorded from the 1st of October to the 31st of November. This, Mr Labiche finds of great interest and worth mentioning as normally October is outside the main peak breeding season for the Green Turtles. Out of the 47 tracks recorded, 13 females successfully laid eggs around Denis Private Island. This data shows the importance of Denis Private Island as a common nesting island for the species.

The first recorded hatchlings were detected on the 11th of December 2014 at Belle Etoile beach, which is located on north Eastern side of the island, and renowned as a great snorkeling site. These eggs, which had been laid 2 months prior, were successfully released into the sea by Mr Labiche and some very lucky guests.

Being at the peak period for hatchlings, there will be many more of them to see in the coming weeks.

For more details on diving on Alphonse or to hold space please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

Alphonse Island Diving Report

January 12th, 2015

The last two weeks have been a busy, fun-filled time for the dive team. During the final week of 2014, we had 2 new fun divers, Radmila and Allan, who hopped on our boat and spent the morning diving the hidden reef, ‘Bijoutier Out’. Strong currents made for an effortless dive, which was enjoyed by all in the water.

What better way to say goodbye to 2014 and hello to a new year but with a snorkelling trip to the beautiful Bijoutier Island with all our Alphonse Island guests. We snorkelled and then had lunch on the beach, after doing a beach clean-up.

To kick start 2015, we had Nedine and Charne Senekal join us and complete their NDL Diver Course (Open Water Course). Congratulations, and we hope you enjoy your future diving all around the world!

Lastly, congratulations to the Barker family for filling our boat for the entire week, 1 or 2 dives a day, totalling 54 Fun Dives, 2 Refresher Courses and 1 Resort Course! Thank you for lovely diving and allowing us to share all that we experienced underwater with you. We are sure the kids will not soon forget seeing all the turtles, eagle rays, massive groupers, bull sharks, nurse sharks and the hammerhead shark! We look forward to having you back soon!

Happy bubbles form Hinton and Danah (Alphonse Island Dive Team).

For more details on diving on Alphonse or to hold space please contact Charlotte Chilcott or call us on 01980 847389.

Which lodge to choose in Alaska?

January 8th, 2015

If you, like us, have all but given up on the salmon fishing at home and are getting tired of countless days and money wasted on fruitless fishing trips then Alaska is the answer. It may seem an extremely bold statement to make, but sport is all but guaranteed.

Elitism is often the barrier that prevents Alaska being a viable alternative. No, they do not have Atlantic salmon, but then they do have other species that not only fight harder but are also still present in healthy numbers. Indeed, forego this species-snobbery and rod-bending, shoulder-aching sport awaits for a plethora of different species. Why confine yourself to one species when you have access to several during your stay, each with their own individual charm? Enabling you to test your wits on several levels and achieving several goals during your stay.

Life’s too short for fishless weeks. Let’s explore some options in Alaska that reminds us there’s also a pleasure in catching with a rod, not just casting…

Closer than you think

Did you know that you can fly to Anchorage from Europe in just 7 hours? With the local time differences taken into account and this relatively short flight time you actually land before you take off!

When to go

As with any location you need to know when best to visit to suit your target species. If you are after a certain species then the run times can be quite specific and we can address this on an individual lodge basis to make sure we perfectly match this up for you. In addition, there are also perfect times to visit for a chance of targetting multiple species during one stay for a wider taste of what Alaska can offer. It would be wise and prudent to have a think of what you want to get from the experience and we can then tailor this accordingly.

As a general overview, the following table highlights run times for the majority of the species you can target and encounter during your stay.

Before you get there; Anchorage

Anchorage is a great place to spend the day and we would really recommend that you do exactly that. Anchorage has some fantastic sights to visit, some amazing restaurants to sample and some tackle shops that are bigger than most of our supermarkets! This includes a recently opened Cabelas and Bass Pro Shop. We will gladly advise you on restaurants, the locations of the tackle shops and also suitable hotels as part of your booking, all at no extra cost.

The Lodges

Great Alaska
Limited time to spend in Alaska? Looking for a flexible schedule or even a day trip? Then Great Alaska is the one for you. Set on the banks of the revered Kenai River, Great Alaska has access to some fantastic fishing literally within a stone’s throw of your bedroom. Best of all, as no fly outs are required, nor are internal flights, Great Alaska provides fantastic value for money. The Kenai offers fantastic mixed species fishing. However, what it is most famous for is its king salmon, where, as luck would have it, one of the best spots on the whole river to target them is immediately in front of the lodge, where a tributary meets the main Kenai. A great place for those with little time on their hands or for those looking for a flexible schedule. It’s also a great place to take non-anglers as they can go wildlife spotting or even go into the local town as this is a more urban experience than the others on offer. Indeed, river traffic can be busy, so don’t expect too much solitude – the river is large so you will never feel that it’s overcrowded. They do also fish other rivers within easy reach of the lodge; beautiful, smaller rivers, some of which have a decent run of steelhead too.

Bristol Bay Lodge
Never been to Alaska before? This is the perfect starting place. Extremely homely lodge, fantastic guide team and a set programme that rotates you through a myriad of different rivers, each one offering a different experience and most offering different species to target. A great place for complete beginners through to experienced anglers alike – they really do have something for everyone. Fly outs are included in the schedule and waters near and far are explored. The perfect place to take a newcomer to the sport, someone travelling on their own, or someone looking to take a family member on a memorable experience. Located just a short flight from Anchorage. The perfect place to start your Alaskan adventure.

Mission Lodge
Located very near Bristol Bay Lodge but offering a very different experience. Mission is a very large lodge with all the mod-cons. This is probably the fanciest lodge you can visit in Alaska whilst still having access to prime fishing, which, of course, is still their main focus. They have access to a huge variety of waters and the schedule is dictated by you – you call the shots on what you target and where you fish on a daily basis. Best of all, this totally flexible itinerary comes at no extra cost; the daily fly-outs are included in the package cost. The perfect choice for those that like their creature comforts and for smaller parties.

Alaska West
Alaska West presents a greater wilderness experience compared to those that have a lodge within easy reach of civilisation. Due to the remoteness of the operation it is classified as a ‘deluxe tent lodge’, where you sleep in very comfortable and spacious tents (two anglers per tent) – the tents are heated (when required) and the floors are wooden and carpet covered. They have fishing right on their doorstep and no fly-outs are required; they are located in this remoteness for a reason i.e. they don’t need to go any further to find better fishing, it’s right outside the front door. Indeed, as a result of this the costs are kept low, which makes the operation fantastic value for money.

Goodnews River Lodge
Located on the edge of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge Goodnews offers a remote experience complimented with fantastic fishing on the Goodnews River system, which is one of the finest mixed species river systems in the whole of Alaska. They have access to over 490 miles of fishable water with the lodge itself being located just above the tide making it strategically placed for some of the best action available for fresh salmon. The lodge is cabin/tent based, with the bedrooms having carpeted hardwood floors – they are extremely comfortable and spacious rooms. The Goodnews is revered for its runs of king and silver salmon; definitely one to consider if you are looking to target them in particular. No daily fly outs required, as fantastic water is easily reached from the lodge by boat. As such, this helps bring down the cost of the package and does make it good value for money.

Rapids Camp
A lodge where you call the shots on a daily basis. Whether it be fishing on the Naknek river immediately in front of the lodge that produces some huge rainbow trout or fly out to a remote river where you get that true feeling of exploration and escaping civilisation. They have several float planes ready to take you on your journey and your daily schedule is planned and discussed in detail to make sure you target what you want to target and see on a daily basis. They also have a halibut fishing operation, for those looking for something different; these have even been caught on the fly! A really relaxed, informal lodge and from the same company that controls Alaska West. Certainly one to consider for a family break or even as a single angler – you will be made to feel right at home.

Hoodoo River Lodge
Looking to go truly remote and off the grid? Experience the true Alaskan outback? Want to feel like you’re exploring uncharted and unexplored rivers? Want truly spectacular fishing to compliment the experience? With amazing runs of both king salmon and silver salmon? Then look no further than Hoodoo Lodge. The lodge is located on the extreme north-west tip of the Aleutian Peninsula, pretty much as remote as you can get. Indeed, there are no competing lodges and you really do escape during your stay with just your fellow anglers and the wildlife to keep you company. With this remoteness one would expect a tent based operation, but not so. They have a natural wood lodge based overlooking the Hoodoo River – you keep your creature comforts in the extreme wilderness. THE lodge if you want to target king salmon of silver salmon in particular. However, the lodge does also offer and target a myriad of other species. A great location for smaller groups and for those looking to target a specific species.

Wildman Lake Lodge
Wildman Lake Lodge is another operation that offers that ‘off the grid’ experience and perhaps the true Alaskan experience, far removed from the competition of other lodges and civilisation in general. A true location where one can escape for a week and enjoy the rivers and wildlife as nature intended. Wildman offers a myriad of species to target, depending on when you choose to visit. They even have steelhead present, for that little added extra. They have fantastic fishing on their doorstep and the location was well chosen for this reason. However, they also fly-out to other rivers, to access even remoter rivers – indeed, within a 30 minute flight of the lodge you have no fewer than a dozen remote salmon rivers to explore. Amazingly the lodge, yet again, is of a very high standard and is of solid construction, so you’re never too far from your creature comforts. Definitely one for the more adventurous at heart and for those looking to lose their mobile signal for a week…

2014 Trip Reports

If you would like some insight into how these trips operate then take a look at Steffan Jones’ trip report from his Alaskan adventure during the 2014 season HERE. You can also see some of the fishing and scenery that awaits you in his image trip report HERE.

Want to find out more? Not sure what may suit you best? For further details, please contact Steffan Jones or call +44(0)1980 847 389+44(0)1980 847 389.