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Simply put, this may be the single best Alaska Fly Fishing Trip opportunity Global Sporting Safaris has ever offered! One of the most reputable outfitters in the industry is now offering exclusive guided and unguided float trips down several of Alaska’s least-pressured river systems. Fishermen interested in experiencing the best this great state has to offer—whether they want the most intense Alaska fly fishing trips possible, with fast-biting and hard-fighting salmon, or simply a relaxing spin fishing float—will not be disappointed on these six-day to two-week wilderness float trips, each of which offers a variety of game fish. All five species of Pacific salmon are available as well as TROPHY rainbow trout, arctic grayling and arctic char. Fly fisherman and spin fishermen alike will have the rare opportunity to fish several exclusive guide areas no other regional operators have access to while experiencing a true Alaskan wilderness landscape.
Clients will be responsible for transportation to Bethel, Alaska. Bethel is located in the southwest, approximately 400 air miles from Anchorage. Several local air carriers, including Alaska Air, serve Bethel on a regular basis. Upon arrival clients will be picked up by the outfitter and flown into one of three exclusive guide areas where they will begin their trip. Should clients request to stay the night in Bethel at the beginning or end of their trip, we can arrange a stay at a local bed and breakfast for approximately $100 per night at the client’s expense.
Alaska’s weather is, by nature, very unpredictable for anglers all season long. Typically, the fishing season will start in June of each year and progress into late summer. Anglers undertaking their Alaska wilderness fishing adventure in June often experience cooler weather in the 40s, 50s and 60s (Fahrenheit) during the day and near-freezing temperatures at night. Rainfall is very common and should be expected. July and August offer the most favorable weather with temperatures often reaching 70 °F or higher; however, cool to cold conditions should be anticipated, particularly at night. Quality sleeping bags and sleeping pads, as well as ample cool- and wet-weather clothing, are required for these trips.
Anglers should expect a true Alaska fly fishing trip experience. Due to the nature and location of these trips portable equipment, including cook stoves and high-quality tents, is used exclusively. Camp will be set up each evening and taken down every morning at the discretion of your professional guide. All gear must be taken with you during your float trip; therefore, it is very important for anglers to take what is needed and to leave what is unnecessary. There is NO fancy lodge anglers will return to each evening—this is a WILDERNESS experience and anglers must prepare accordingly.
Clients will experience the beauty of unspoiled Alaska while floating the Kisaralik, Kwethluk or the Aniak river systems over the course of their trip. All float trips begin in semi-rugged mountainous areas and are completed nearly 100 miles downstream in the tundra. The rivers and topography will gradually become less rugged, giving way to more gentle water and rolling hills as the anglers travel farther downstream. In any of these rivers, clients will journey over river bottoms composed entirely of rock and gravel, so they won’t need to worry about frequently snagging their lines on vegetation. They will also have excellent chances of viewing brown bears, black bears, moose, bald eagles, foxes, wolves and other animals that all inhabit the immediate area.
The Kwethluk River is the home of some of the best Alaska fly fishing trips to be found. The journey usually begins at Boundary Lake, with a quick portage of less than 500 feet to reach the river. Alternatively, it can begin at Crooked Creek, which provides great opportunities for rainbow trout. Either way, clients will travel through glorious scenery, passing between the Green Stone Ridge and the Great Ridge, on a relatively small river that’s better suited to novice rafters than the other two. The upper part of the river features excellent fishing for arctic char and grayling. This gets even better once it meets up with Crooked Creak about 25 miles downstream, and clients can expect it to stay that way to the end of the trip.
On the Aniak River, clients will float north from the Aniak Lake to the Kuskokwim River, a 90-mile journey through foothills and mountains. It’s a thrilling challenge for the experienced rafter. Numerous log jams and low-leaning trees can pose a danger to those who aren’t prepared to deal with them—yet for those who are, it only adds to the excitement. Gravel bars braid the full length of the river, and the fishing is fantastic, with every species of salmon native to Alaska swimming these waters alongside arctic char, rainbow trout, and arctic grayling. Clients will also have absolutely no trouble finding suitable camping spots on the riverside. Another option for the veteran rafter is the Kisaralik River. Beginning in Kisaralik Lake, it takes the angler through incredible mountain landscapes in the shadow of the Kilbucks. The trip starts out easy for a day or two with light fishing and glorious views. Then come the upper falls: a pair of drops totaling about 20 feet. More adventurous clients can opt to run the first drop, but it can also be portaged around, and it’s necessary to portage or line the second. Once the falls have been passed, the fishing only gets better and better as the river becomes increasingly braided. All the same species found on the Aniak can also be caught here.
Trophy rainbow trout are perhaps the most popular species sport anglers target here, averaging 20–24 inches in length with trophy-class fish up to and exceeding 28 inches taken on a regular basis. King salmon are typically the first of the salmon species to enter the river systems and can be caught from late June through July. Sockeye and chum salmon can be caught during the month of July. Pink salmon arrive in late July through early August and the best fishing for the aggressive silver salmon (a favorite species among many veterans of Alaska fly fishing trips) is during the month of August. Rainbow trout, char, grayling and even northern pike can be caught all season long.
We recommend that anglers bring two packable rods. Those who are planning Alaska fly fishing trips should consider one rod in the five- or six-weight range for trout, char and grayling and a second eight-weight rod for larger species of salmon and pike, each in the 8.5’ to 9.5’ range. For spin fishermen, 6.5’ to 7.5’medium- to medium heavy–action spinning rods with 15- to 20-pound test braided lines are recommended. Anglers must ensure they take ample leader material, terminal tackle, spare spools and line, flies and lures, etc., as everything will need to last for the duration of their trip. Chest waders with quality wading boots, polarized sunglasses and rain gear are mandatory. Wading sticks and dry bags are recommended.
All transportation to the wilderness fishing destination from Bethel, Alaska by boat, wheeled aircraft or float aircraft; all guiding services on a one guide per two-fisherman basis; all food during the trip; accommodations in walled tents; and camp amenities are included in the package price.
Airfare to Bethel, Alaska; accommodations in Bethel if needed; any/all fishing rods, reels, tackle and equipment, alcoholic beverages; Alaska non-resident fishing license; gratuities to your guide; optional fish packaging/shipping.
In addition to the above, clients are responsible for their own personal equipment including sleeping bags, rain gear, clothing, toiletries, cameras, a day pack, chest waders, personal items, and satellite phone (optional). Limited quantities of flies and lures are available for purchase at the main camp.
$5,500 per person with a two-person minimum for a fully-guided eight-day float trip. The length of the trip can vary; seven to 10 days are recommended, but trip schedules are somewhat flexible. They can be arranged to last as little as six days or as much as two weeks or longer. Additional charges may apply for trips longer than 10 days. Group trips with as many as 12 anglers may be accommodated. Please contact Global Sporting Safaris for unguided pricing. We look forward to helping you plan the Alaska wilderness fishing trip of a lifetime!
Terms: Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in Alaska Fly Fishing Trip Packages above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All fishing trips are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your trip date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the fishing trips are fixed. There will be no refunds for any fisherman leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details.
Alaska Fly Fishing has never been better. Book your fishing trip soon to get the time slot you’re looking for!
Terms: Global Sporting Safaris accepts payment by business check and personal check. American Express, Visa, and MasterCard credit card payments are also accepted, but they do incur a surcharge of 3.5% in addition to the price listed in Fishing Trip Packages above.
A 50% deposit is required upon booking to reserve your spot. In some cases, we can split your deposit into 3 payments, please inquire. Global Sporting Safaris will provide a Disclaimer & Waiver of Liability which must be sighed and returned. All Fishing trips are in U.S. dollars. Final 50% payment is due no less than 75 days prior to your trip date. Trips booked within 75 days of arrival require payment in full. Total costs of the fishing trips are fixed. There will be no refunds for any fisherman leaving early. See our Terms & Conditions for further details. Global Sporting Safaris recommends the purchase trip cancellation insurance. Click here for travel insurance.
Fishing has never been better. Book your fishing trip soon to get the time slot you’re looking for!