Wilderness Fly Fishing at its Best
Alaska West is a superb destination for anglers wishing to target all five Pacific salmon species. The camp itself is located right on top of one of the most productive fisheries in the world, with the average run time to the fishing just 10 to 15 minutes depending on the time of year.
Exceptional Fly Fishing
Fishermen are taken out on the Kanektok in pairs with a guide on an 18 foot, jet-powered skiff each morning. The angler should not be surprised to be landing over 20 fish a day. Heading downriver from Alaska West is the larger water, fishing tide bright, sea-liced salmon on the long gravel bars. Cast to the king salmon holding back before their long journey back up the river to spawn, or try to tempt one of the enormous rainbow trout which like to lie in the deeper channels. Upriver from Alaska West the river makes a transition to smaller water with side channels and tributaries. These channels allow the fisherman to hike up and fly fish for rainbows, targeting salmon in smaller water and making day long drifts.
Fishing on the Kanektok River varies throughout the season; early June is prime time for king salmon, mid-season offers the fisherman an excellent chance for a grand slam (all five salmon species) and later in the season, fly fishing for trout is good. The rainbows, dollies and grayling are always present and make for excellent fishing throughout the season. An extended run of sockeye, chums and pinks guarantees the fly fisherman will always be busy.
Luxury Tents Await
Accommodation at Alaska West is in comfortable heated tents. Dinner is served in the communal dining tent, with everyone sitting down together to exchange stories at the end of the day. The food is excellent, and fishermen can request a lunch by the river with your guide cooking your freshly caught fish on the riverbank. At the end of the fishing day the guides relax in the lounge tent with you, tying flies and showing off pictures of what has been caught that day.
“An amazing place; my son is just getting into fishing and I wanted him to have the opportunity to catch as much as possible. We both caught our fair share and look forward to going back for a father / son rematch.” R.B. – UK
resting on the bank of the Kanektok River
Alaska West is a remote fishing lodge on the banks of the Kanektok River. The river runs 110 miles from Kagati Lake to the Bering Sea in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. Alaska West is not for the faint hearted: this is wilderness fishing at its best and the camp owes its abundance of Pacific salmon species to the fact that its location is on the extreme outskirts of civilization.
The location of Alaska West on the Kanektok, just five and a half miles from its mouth at the Bering Sea, ensures the camp has a steady stream of huge sea-fresh salmon, bright, well fed and tireless fighters. All five species of Pacific salmon (king, silver, dog, humpies and red) will head upstream past the lodge, along with dolly varden, arctic char and grayling.