Steelhead Fishing Alaska
These wilderness float trips take place on remote coastal streams only accessible by small bush planes upstream from the Bering Sea in small river valley’s holding one of the Peninsula’s largest concentrations of Steelhead & Ptarmigan. The Float trip river camp offers 4 anglers per week world class Fly Fishing for ocean run Steelhead up to 42 inches with the average fish 12-14 lbs. Our guests have averaged 3 fish landed daily with the best days reaching into double digits. A healthy resident Rainbow & Char population make for some added fun along with a few Silver salmon held over.
The float trip expedition is staffed with 2 fulltime licensed guides who stay there throughout the Steelhead season, and know every inch of the river. We have Aire and Achilles Rafts for getting around the river ,Comforts at the camp include a private 10×10 bomb shelter tents for each 2 guest’s , and a Satellite Phone for your safety.
Alaska Steelhead Fishing the Sandy
The steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) is a rainbow trout that has spent a part of its life in the sea. There are no major physical differences between rainbow and steelhead trout; however, the nature of their differing lifestyles has resulted in subtle differences in color, shape, and general appearance and a strong will to survive. The fishing in this part of Alaska has a prehistoric appearance and is nothing short of exhilarating. If you want to fish for wild runs of Aleutian Steelhead , you found the right place. We have access to 20 miles of river, with our camps located 75 ft off the river, which offers unlimited fishing till sun down if you have the extra energy after a full 8 hours of guided fishing. This river is fairly small to Alaska standards. It’s just right to throw a full fly line. An 8 wt with a couple of sink tips, and a spare floating line will work just fine for the week. The fishing is varied, with large traditional holding pools and mixed pocket water available. Commonly used fly patterns are large brightly colored Purple, Pink and Black Marabou Streamers, as well as Egg Sucking Leaches for the Steelhead. Egg patterns work well for the Char & Dollies using a 7wt fly rod and a floating line.
Spring Alaska Steelhead fishing Trips
The spring fishing in late April through mid May offers Anglers the opportunity to fish over Wild Steelhead in a small pristine river setting with fairly low water conditions. Many of the fish are spotted and then fished to with dead drift techniques of egg patterns, beads and articulating leach patterns. The days are long, and the water is warming up each day. you can expect 60% colored holdover fish and 40% fresh run bright silver fish. We also have some resident Char and Rainbows to fish for while testing your nerves for the Steelhead.
Fall Alaska Steelhead fishing Trips
The fall fishing in October features some awesome fly fishing over ocean bright fish. The fish average 12-14lbs with giants caught up to 20lbs each fall. If you like traditional fly fishing over very aggressive bright fish, this is the place for you. All of our fishing is 100% catch-n-release for these truly wild Steelhead. During the fall we get frequent storms that can move through with rain and high winds, No whiners allowed . This time of year only true metal heads looking for the best wild steelhead on the planet need join us.
A.T.A/ Lodge Travel Logistics
Travel to this remote part of Alaska is fairly simple since we arrange for the private air charters from King Salmon to the river. You will need to make arrangements with your local travel agent Travel to arrive in King Salmon on the start day of your trip Sunday morning around 9am or the night before and stay over. You will then transfer to an awaiting charter flight for the 1-1/2-2 hour flight to our starting point Air Strip. The air charter cost from King Salmon to the river is approximately $600pp rd trip.
All guests will have to fly to Anchorage or King Salmon the previous day before your Alaska Steelhead fishing trip and spend the night to catch the early morning flight with Penn air. At the end of your trip we will return you to the local airport in King Salmon and you will catch a return Alaska Air or Peninsula air flight to Anchorage getting in around 6-7pm. Due to the commercial airline schedules, many guests may wish to stay over again in Anchorage catching a morning flight back to their home airport. If for any reason you miss the flights to Port Moller, you will have to charter your own flight, or wait until the following day in King Salmon at a hotel at your expense.
A.T.A Alaska Lodge Deposit Amount
To initiate a reservation for our Steelhead float trip a 50% deposit of the package price per person is required. Final payments are due 90 days prior to arrival Reservations are only confirmed when deposits are received.
Included in Steelhead float trip :
- Pickup and return at River airstrip from charter from King Salmon.
- 2×1 Private bomb shelter tents 2 guest’s to a tent)
- 3 Alaskan Bush meals daily
- Complimentary-Wind, Rain, and high water with 3 meals daily
- Pink & Purple sparsely stocked fly tying material
- Alaska Sauna ! yea right
- 8 hours fully guided fishing on the water
- Nightly fly casting clinics in the wind
- Two rafts
Not included in the Alaska Steelhead Fishing Package
rd trip Airfare to start of the trip, to include rd trip flight to King Salmon AK, 1000-1200pp, 2 hour rd trip charter flight from King Salmon to River strip $600pp , staff gratuities and BYO Alcoholic drinks $50 fishing license, overnight stays and/or meals in Anchorage/King Salmon before or after start of trip. (if necessary)
Steelhead Fishing Season
Spring fishing April-20th-May 15th, Fall fishing Sept 27-October 18th
The trips can accommodate 4-6 guests
Accommodations while Steelhead fishing
The wilderness camps are made up of bombshelter tent cabins with floors, cots with mattresse for the guest’s So No whiners allowed just hard core Metal Heads this s a great place to just step out of everyday pressures and relax. At the end of the day we will sit around in the kitchen tent and tell stories.
The weather in this part of Alaska is unpredictable, and during the fall season it can vary from rain to sleet with high winds and even light snow. Be mentally prepared for the worst,- everything else will be a bonus. During October the average daily temperatures range from 38-50 degrees with a few real nice days reaching the mid 50′s. Morning temperatures can dip into the mid 30′s. Everyone should pack and dress accordingly with layers of Polar fleece and a good rain and wind shell for the outer layer. Don’t forget a warm hat, gloves and sleeping bag.
Expect it to be windy as the average wind blows 12-15mph. Some days the wind can top 25mph. This does not slow us down as we have gotten used to it. Be prepared to make adjustments in your fishing techniques. If planning to fly out to one of our other remote camps, or an exploratory trip, please remember that if the winds exceed 30 mph, we will not fly our small planes with passengers aboard for safety reasons. There is no fish or game worth jeapordizing the safety of our guests.
Dining Out with Alaska Trophy
We take Alaska Steelhead Fishing to a whole new level. Casual attire is appropriate as the standard dress code is polar fleece with your favorite head-wear. The resident Chef/guide, is a culinary magician his resume reads like a who’s who in world wide fine Bush dining. Our Appetizers before dinner compliment the menu that includes fresh steaks, grilled halibut, baked Salmon, Grilled lemon pepper chicken, Italian or Mexican night and my favorite Barbequed baby back ribs..
Most meals are served family style before your day of Alaska Steelhead fishing with all you can eat being a standard table fare. Our breakfast include wild blueberry pancakes, 3 egg ham-Cheese Omelets, French toast, hot biscuits and gravy or fried eggs- bagels and bacon or sausage. We always have Cold cereal fresh fruit/bagels and lots of hot coffee & cold juices if you prefer a light breakfast. It is amazing what mouth-watering surprises come forth from this humble kitchen in the bush.
Acclaimed restaurants in cities around the world would be envious of our fresh grilled salmon and halibut diners. In Short no one goes hungry and most guest’s put on weight during the week.
Steelhead Fishing Alaska with ATA
Alaska Steelhead fishing Exploratory Trips with ATA are continually looking for new Alaska Steelhead fishing resources, we offer exploratory Steelhead trips during the spring and fall for 2 anglers per week. These Steelhead trips consist of flying out and camping in other remote areas of the Aleutian Islands and nearby Alaska Peninsula. The only thing we guarantee is solitude and a chance to fish in virgin waters for the last great Wild runs of Alaskan Steelhead. These are custom trips. The Itineraries vary as does the price. If you are ready to talk more about Steelhead Fishing, my true Passion, give me a call or email.
AK TROPHY GUIDES
At first glance, their faces would blend into the crowd on a street corner in New York or Montana. Some look like generation-Xers fly fishing on steroids, Scruffy partially shaven faces, eyes obscured by hip-looking dark sunglasses, sun bleached clothing and shoes worn to tatters. The whole ensemble complete with the baggy pants, second glance would reveal the well tanned faces of fly fishermen spending entire too much time on the water. The faded clothing sport labels from Sage, Orvis, Gander Mtn, Patagonia, Simms and other makers of the finest technical outerwear money can buy. The glasses are equipped with the best optically ground polarized lenses available. The baggy pants are state of the art Gore-tex breathable waders. The well worn look comes from incredibly hard working professionals who stop at nothing short of “making it happen” for our angling clientele. The equipment, although an integral part of the ensemble, second only to the can do attitude, enthusiasm and expertise of this exceptional group of individuals. Alaska Trophy Adventures is very proud of it’s staff. The full time crew is comprised of year round Professional fishing guides all motivated, dedicated and highly skilled in teaching all types of fishing. Each of our guides will give you a truly %110 effort each and every day, there Commitment to a good job well done is seldom equaled in any other lodge in Alaska . These Professional Guides are the true backbone in AK Trophy Adventures.