After You Book
Overnight accommodations in King Salmon and Naknek are extremely limited so the overnight stay in Anchorage is usually the better choice.
Most guests arrive into Anchorage in the late afternoon or early evening. They usually stay near the airport then take an early morning flight to King Salmon. On departure most guests fly out from King Salmon mid afternoon or early evening then depart from Anchorage in the evening or night then fly overnight to their home destination. Some spend an additional day or two in Anchorage or other destinations within Alaska.
To get to the lodge, you will need to travel to Anchorage, Alaska, and then to southwest Alaska’s regional airport in the town of King Salmon. There are no direct flights from outside Alaska directly to King Salmon.
Peninsula Airlines (PenAir) is the main airline serving the Anchorage (ANC) to King Salmon (AKN) route. Alaska Airlines flies a 737 from ANC to AKN during July in the late afternoon. Ravn Alaska started serving this route in 2018. The PenAir flights can be booked through the Alaska Airlines web site.
Once you arrive at the King Salmon airport you will be met by our flying service, Branch River Air (BRA) (907-246-3437), often given the ability to make quick purchases at the local general store, then driven to the river office. Once all the income passengers are assembled and a float plane is available, you will be flown 25 miles north to the Alagnak Lodge dock. Departing guests will then board the floatplane and be returned to King Salmon. The flight time is about 20 minutes.
Heavy fog and weather events can disrupt air service. BRA follows visual flight rules and they have to play it safe. For this reason, we like the incoming passengers to arrive in King Salmon by 11AM and departing passengers to depart no earlier than 2PM. A missed flight can be a really big problem, particularly in parts of July
The lodge has two digital mobile phone lines for use by the staff and clients. The numbers are 907-287-1265 and 907-287-1266. You are encouraged to bring prepaid phone cards.
We have satellite internet service for sending and receiving e-mails and limited data. It is slow and touchy by today’s broadband standards, but this is the wilderness and you are on vacation.
It is best to go online to the Alaska Fish & Game Online Store and follow the instructions to purchase your fishing license. Be sure to add on the King stamp if you will be targeting Kings in July. Print out two copies and pack them in different locations. We cannot guide you if you do not have an Alaska fishing license. We do not sell licenses at the lodge. They can be purchased at the airport store.
- Waterproof hooded jacket
- Waterproof pants
- Layered clothing
- Thermal underwear
- Waders and wading boots (or use ours)
- Gloves and hat
- Insect repellent and sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Fishing equipment (or use ours)
- Camera and charger
- Suitable footwear
- Fishing License
- Checks or cash
We have a good supply of quality waders and boots in good condition. We are adding to this inventory every year. Those who book AND supply the relevant guest information can have these reserved for their use during their stay.
We have sufficient casting rods and casting reels to accommodate all guests. We have a somewhat limited number of number of rods and spinning reels for those wishing to fish in this manner. We also have a limited number of fly rods and reels of varying weights and line configurations. We also have a very limited supply of Spey rods, reels and the specialty lines used with them. Our supply of all these usually meets the needs of all guests, but if the guest information forms alert us to a potential shortage, we will take steps to ensure everyone’s needs are met.
If you have fishing equipment you are comfortable with and fits you correctly, you really should bring it. While our equipment is of good quality, it may not fit your preferences or be your exact size. Our fishing related inventory is intended to fill the needs of the casual fisherman or adventurer traveler. It allows them to participate without making a large investment. We do not expect you to have a casting rod and reel strong enough to handle kings, so we have enough of those to supply the full lodge. We also do not expect you to have the terminal lines and the tackle and flies we find to be most effective in fishing the Alagnak River, so the lodge and your guide will be prepared to provide these.
The lodge will provide the rods, reels and lines you need. If you want to bring your own you should do so. Here is a broad overview of what is appropriate for fishing the lower Alagnak.
- Rod: 8-11 weight
- Reel: High quality with dependable disc drag system, min. 200 yards of 30lb backing
- Line: 24ft, 300-400 grain sink tip. Shooting head systems are also popular.
- Spey Rod: 12.5 to 14ft; 8 to 10 weight
- Spey Reel: Min. 100 yards of 30lb backing
- Spey Line: Skagit belly line with 300-400 grain sink tip
Silvers, Chum, Sockeyes, Pinks
- Rod: 8.5 or 9ft, 8-9 weight
- Reel: Single action with good drag system
- Line: Floating lines and 13ft sinking tip Type III lines are most productive
- Spey Rod: 12.5 to 14ft; 8 weight
- Spey Line: Windcutter type line or full floating Skagit line
- Rod: 8.5 or 9ft, 5-7 weight
- Reel: Single action with min. 75 yards of 20lb backing
- Line: 13ft Type V sink tip for streamer, sculpin or leech patterns. Weight forward floater (dry) for dead drifting dry flies and egg patterns, skated dry flies, and deer hair mice.
Guides tie and provide their own flies as part of their service to you. However, many of our guests like to tie and use their own flies. This is of course just fine with us. At the Alagnak Lodge we maintain a well- stocked fly tying area available to all at no additional charge. Enjoy the instant gratification of tying a fly then using it catch a great fish.
We use various lures and spinners for the casting and spinning rods. We supply these, but you can always try out some of your own.