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 (ANC) in the late afternoon or early evening. They usually stay near the airport then take a morning flight to King Salmon (AKN). 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, (ANC) and then to southwest Alaska’s regional airport in the town of King Salmon (AKN). There are no direct flights from outside Alaska directly to King Salmon.
Peninsula Airlines (PenAir) is the main airline serving the ANC to 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 and in October was the high bidder to purchase Pen Air in bankruptcy court. All these flights are available on 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 incoming 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 25 minutes in the air plus the time to taxi on the water at both ends. Under special circumstances and with advance approval, clients may arrive in the afternoon and be flown to the lodge, but these flights must leave King Salmon before 6PM.
Heavy fog and weather events can, and often do, disrupt air service. Both Pen Air and Branch River Air follow visual flight rules, and they have to play it safe. For this reason, we like the incoming passengers to arrive in King Salmon between 9:30 AM and 11 AM and departing passengers to depart no earlier than 3 PM. A missed flight can be a really big problem, particularly in July when the commercial fishermen and fish processors are flying in and out. If you try to arrive too early in the morning, there is a greater chance of a weather delay than an arrival scheduled later in the morning. You may also need to wait for later arrivals for the flight to the lodge. Attempting to leave AKN before 3pm is tempting fate. Too much has to go right to catch an earlier flight and the change fees are expensive.
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 free to use our phones for calls of reasonable length, You can also receive calls on these lines.
We have satellite internet service and a wi-fi router 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. This is the 20 year old HughesNet satellite system. It was not designed for today’s broadband world. At this time we do not see a viable option. We too are frustrated and would love to find a solution.
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 also 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.
We have sufficient casting rods and casting reels to accommodate all guests. We have both spinning rods and reels and fly rods and reels for those wishing to fish in this manner. These are not as tough as the casting equipment and the guides have to book them in advance. Please let us know in advance through the guest information form if you want to use our fly and spinning rods and reels.
We have a well stocked fly tying area and a good selection of terminal tackle available for the use of our clients. We expect to supply all needed terminal tackle.
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.
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.