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If rivers could talk.
Legendary—this is the only way to describe fly fishing in Alaska. Whether fly fishing or spin casting, streamside or on the river, like everything here the experience is larger than life. The midnight sun means you never have to call it a day—it is not unusual for guests to still be casting at 1 a.m.—and the resource-rich river systems offer fishing for world-class trout, grayling five species of explosive, record-breaking salmon fresh from the sea, King Salmon, Silver Salmon, Chum Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, feisty dolly varden, arctic char, and of course the elusive leopard Rainbow Trout known for its aggressive nature.
It is no coincidence that Alaska fly fishing trips are what first put us on the map. In addition to our guides being from Alaska—most of them have been fishing these waters since they were old enough to set up their own line—today our administrative offices are in Girdwood, Alaska, just 45 minutes south of Anchorage in the heart of the 5.4 million-acre Chugach National Forest.
The riverine sub-region on the mainland of Southwest Alaska includes countless rivers, streams and tributaries that are part of the waterway network created by the famous Yukon, Kuskokwim and Nushagak Rivers, the Yukon being one of the longest rivers in North America. For more than 8,000 years, the fish here have supported those who live off the land, including Alaska Native Yup’ik Eskimos who were the first inhabitants of this area known as the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta and who still live off this land.
Working with the local Yup’ik people, Alaska Fishing Expeditions handpicks remote rivers that are in many cases virtually unheard of. Typically, we fish American Creek, Aniak River, Kanektok River, Kipchuk River, Kwethluk River, Little King Salmon River, Salmon River and the Upper Nushagak. All of these offer exceptional fishing conditions and the finest specimen of each species, the result of crystal clear water, deep cut banks, and rocky river beds that provide the ideal habitat for the millions of fish that swim through these waters, including some of the world’s largest runs of sockeye salmon and unsurpassed runs of king salmon.
The areas we fish offer hundreds of miles of excellent water for rainbows, char and salmon allowing you to walk from gravel bar to gravel bar and from one braid to the next. It is not uncommon to hook up to 50 fish in about two hours, with the average rainbow ranging from 18-24 inches and many trophy fish coming in at 32 inches. This is also one of the best wildlife viewing regions in the country, where you can expect to see grizzly bears, ptarmigan, caribou, moose, tundra swans, and bald eagles.
At each stop on the itinerary on our float fishing trip, comfortable wilderness camping and dining is handled by Alaska Fishing Expeditions guides. Large four-man, weatherproof tents accommodate two people and single tents are also available. The kitchen tent—or what we call the k-tent—is where hardy, homemade, family style meals are freshly prepared daily and, with advance notice, we will try to accommodate any special dietary considerations. We also provide snacks and hot and cold beverages throughout the trip.
Southwest Alaska’s weather is as varied as the land and the culture. Between June and September, inland temperatures west of the Gulf of Alaska typically have a maritime climate, heavily influenced by the nearby Bering Sea, and summers are cool, cloudy, foggy and breezy, with warmer temperatures being more prevalent in areas away from the coast. Dramatic shifts in the weather are possible any time. Almost all travel is by air and water, and changing weather can change schedules. Make sure and bring hardy rain gear and warm clothes for layering. Please refer to our suggested packing list and our staff can make recommendations so you are prepared.
In the world of angling, Alaska Fishing Expeditions is known among serious fishers for its multi-day float fishing trips that offer unrivaled professional guide services along the most pristine and productive rivers in Alaska and on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia. Besides fly and spin cast fishing for five species of Pacific salmon, trophy rainbow trout, dolly varden and arctic grayling, itineraries include breathtaking scenery and wildlife viewing along untamed, remote rivers where the only thing you won’t see is other people.
From trip planning to casting the first fly, the Alaska Fishing Expeditions team works with you or your group to develop a six- to 10-day itinerary that suits your interests, budget and schedule. We have more than 30 years of Alaska guiding experience and all of our trip leaders are Alaskans whose local knowledge of the rivers and fish is a natural fit on the Kamchatka Peninsula, an area we have been discovering since 1998 and is the perfect compliment to our Alaska itineraries.
Our Green Commitment
Alaska Fishing Expeditions approaches every trip with the idea of sustainability so that decisions made today will not result in depriving future generations of enjoying the streams and rivers that we have fished for decades. Our catch-and-release policy is enforced on every trip, we travel to the rivers by float or small-wheel planes, and boats are oar powered. Small groups and no-trace camping limit impact on the wildlands so the use of areas we visit can be sustainable. Green principles built into our itineraries include:
Reducing Environmental Impacts
Alaska Fishing Expeditions gives back to the communities in the areas where we do business by supporting conservation-minded and non-profit organizations. We encourage clients to add an additional $2 per day to their itineraries, which will be matched by Alaska Fishing Expeditions and donated to a charitable cause. Organizations we support include the Alaska Conservation Foundation, Alaska Center for the Environment, the Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited and the Kamchatka Ecotourism Society.
KAMCHATKA RUSSIA FISHING TRIPS
There are two places on earth.
As far as we’re concerned there are two places on earth: Alaska and the Kamchatka Peninsula. Located south of Siberia in the Russian Far East, it is one of the most spectacular regions in Russia, bordered by the Bering Sea, Pacific Ocean and on the west coast, by the Okhotsk Sea. Four mountain ridges—Sredinny, Valaginsky, Ganalsky and Kumroch—stretch from the north to the south giving the Peninsula the shape of a giant fish. There are more than 160 volcanoes, including 29 active ones, resulting in breathtaking peaks and calderas, stone sculpture areas, lakes in craters, geysers and mineral springs.
Since 1998, when we first started fishing these waters the vast land and limitless resources continue to amaze our clients and even our guides who have fished all over the world. Hundreds of virgin rivers offer some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the world and the stark beauty and untouched, isolated land add to the enormity of the experience.
RUSSIAN FISHING GUIDES AND KAMCHATKA FISHING TRIPS
By MI-8 helicopter, we travel from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky into the wilderness on the southern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula, before launching rafts from the banks of some of our favorite waterways. Most of our rivers flow into the Okhotsk Sea, and are about 100 miles long and flow through breathtaking, wild backcountry where the river boils with salmon and there are natural thermal baths along the banks. It is also common for us to see 30-40 brown bears on a trip. Kamchatka is known for some of the largest bear populations in the world. Fox, lynx, wolverine, sable, mink, beaver and wolves are also spotted frequently, as well as Steller’s sea eagle, one of the largest birds in the world, with a wing span of eight feet.
At each stop on the itinerary, comfortable wilderness camping and dining is handled by Alaska Fishing Expeditions guides and a local cook. Large four-man, weatherproof tents accommodate two people and single tents are also available. The kitchen tent—or what we call the k-tent—is where hardy, homemade, family style meals are freshly prepared daily and, with advance notice, we will try to accommodate any special dietary considerations. Snacks and hot and cold beverages are also provided throughout the day. We also provide snacks and hot and cold beverages throughout the trip.
WEATHER IN KAMCHATKA RUSSIA
Part of the lush beauty on the Peninsula comes from the heavy precipitation, which typically averages about 100 inches annually. Summers are cooler, though the weather changes quickly, dramatically, and frequently and you need to be prepared for temperatures that range from 20 to 60 degrees F, with the possibility of evening temperatures dipping into the teens. Make sure and bring hardy rain gear and warm clothes for layering. Please refer to our suggested packing list and our staff can also make recommendations.