Wilderness Fly Fishing at its Best
Alaska West is undeniably one of the best destinations in the world for the sheer abundance and variety of Pacific salmon species. We offer great holidays in the Alaska West fly fishing lodge.
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 at landing over twenty fish in a day and will get used to having sore arms at dinnertime. Heading downriver from Alaska West is the larger water, fishing for salmon who are tide bright and sea-liced fresh from the sea on the long gravel bars. Cast to the king salmon who are holding back before their long journey back up the river to spawn, or try to tempt one of the enormous rainbow trout who like to lie in the deeper channels. Upriver from the 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.
On the Kanektok River, the fishing varies throughout the season; early June is prime time fishing 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. The rainbows, dollies and grayling are always present in the river 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 your days fishing 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 which lies on the bank 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 salmon fresh from the sea, 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.