Deneki Outdoors owns and operates this destination on the banks of the Kanektok River, and has spared no expense to make it one of the most nicely appointed camps in Alaska.
Real beds and linens, oil heaters, full-on, separate hot water shower rooms, drying tent; all features one would expect in a standard lodge, but which are considered unheard of luxuries in a rustic wilderness camp environment. As well, Deneki hires the best guiding talent they can can find, many of whom are full time guides before and after the short Alaska season (and
many of whom return to guide at Alaska West, season after season). This is a great adventure for the angler looking for angling diversity (the river gets all 5 species of salmon, as well as resident populations of rainbow trout, sea run dolly varden and Arctic grayling), wild country, and a well-run and organized camp, all at a reasonable rate.
Reservations & Rates
We have been traveling to and fishing the Kanektok River for decades; we can tell you all you need to know about this superb destination.
We've been there, understand these travel details, and no-one is better suited to walking you through the process, and getting you to this amazing place on schedule. Tackle, flies, clothing, itinerary, whatever – we're happy to talk you through what to expect. Feel free to call us at 800-669-3474, or email email@example.com , and one of our travel specialists will respond promptly.
After a verbal confirmation of your reservation you'll receive a short confirmation letter or e-message showing the dates of your stay, terms of the booking and an invoice showing the cost of the trip. A 50% deposit is normally due within two weeks of deposit. Final payments are due 60 days prior to arrival. Deposits and final payments can be made with either a credit card or check.
Package Cost: The cost of the week-long Alaska West package is $6,395 per person.
Inclusions: Included in your angling package at the Alaska West is transportation to and from camp from Quinhagak, meals, sodas, lodging, leaders and flies, and guiding services on the river.
Non-Inclusions: Not included in your angling package at Alaska West are roundtrip transportation from Anchorage to Quinhagak, fishing licenses,
any favorite alcoholic beverages, and gratuities.
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Alaska West is uniquely located to enjoy both ocean-bright runs of king, sockeye, chum and silver salmon, sea-run Dolly Varden, and strong populations of resident leopard rainbows.
So often one has to choose a lodge located near trout water, then fly to the coast to catch fresh salmon…making this river a rare exception.
June - July
The king salmon run heats up on the Kanektok in June, and lasts well into July. The lower river is fairly wide – spey rods are recommended - and comprised of a series of long, deep beautiful runs, perfect for swing fishing to these brutes. An average king here will be 20-25 pounds, with fish over 40 an everyday possibility. As well, the river's sockeye and chum salmon runs overlap the kings, and offer good sport for those looking for a bit smaller game – sockeyes average 6-8 pounds, and the chums 8-12 pounds. This same early season stretch will also see the river's big leopard rainbows aggressively chasing large streamers – trout in the 2-4 pound range are common, and even larger fish are routinely hooked. Look for the annual upstream migration of sea run dollies to begin
in this same time period, making this is a great mixed bag time of year.
July - August
As July segues into August, two major events occur. First, hordes of chrome silver salmon invade the river, their sheer numbers inundating every slow pool and calm backwater in the river. These aggressive-to-the-fly battlers are a flyrodder's dream, averaging 6-12 pounds, and willing to take surface poppers as well as streamers. Secondly, as all of the earlier-run salmon are now laying eggs, or dying and decomposing, the river's trout populations are taking up sharply defined feeding positions; anglers can either catch big numbers of good-sized rainbows (and dollies) in shallow spawning redds behind procreating salmon, or plop heavy flesh patterns against the banks behind drowned alders in search of fewer, but larger specimens. This will remain the drill into September, when the camps close down.
Getting To Alaska West
For the next week you'll be fishing in one of the most beautiful and pristine regions of Alaska.
Anchorage to Quinhagak Flights
Alaska West has a private charter flight, operated by ERA Aviation. Guests fly from Anchorage to Quinhagak. The flights from Anchorage to Quinhagak cost? approximately? $?750 per person, round trip.
Booking Flights to the Lodge
There is room on these flights for all of the lodge guests - ERA specifically holds space on the flights for all lodge guests. If you have confirmed your spot on the flight with us at Alaska West, you do not need to contact ERA at all prior to your trip. We will contact you to collect payment for the flights.
These flights leave Anchorage at 9:30 am on Friday – see below for the check-in procedure. The return flight from Quinhagak to Anchorage is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage at 2:30 pm on Friday, weather permitting. Guests leaving Alaska West on this charter should schedule their connecting flights to leave Anchorage any time after 5:00 pm.
Guests headed to Alaska West must check in
at the ERA Alaska ticket counter on the 2nd level of the South Terminal no later than 8:00 am. ERA Alaska ticket agents will have a manifest for the Alaska West charter flight. Bags will be checked at the ticket counter – we request that travelers arrive with no more than 90 pounds of baggage for the flight to camp. Ticketed passengers will be directed to the appropriate departure gate in the downstairs A concourse.
Quinhagak to Alaska West
When you arrive in Quinhagak, you will be met on the airstrip by representatives from Alaska West. You will board a jet boat for the 25-minute ride upriver to the camp. Be sure to pack your raingear in an accessible spot – if it's raining you'll want it for the ride upriver. Guests will typically arrive at Alaska West between 4:00 and 5:00pm on Friday. This does not allow time for fishing on your arrival day, but it provides a great opportunity to unpack, relax, get your gear rigged and enjoy an extended happy hour. Please remember that travel in bush Alaska requires flexibility and that a variety of factors, including weather, may impact your travel and therefore your arrival time.
Lodging at Alaska West
At the conclusion of every fish-filled day, guests can relax in the camp's game room and/or take advantage of the raised deck above it to take in the amazing view of the river valley.
This camp is a short, 20-minute run upstream from the little Native village of Quinhagak, and concentrates on the lower 15 miles of river. While the salmon fishing is wonderful at this Camp due to its proximity to the ocean, there is also more than enough rainbow and dolly varden fishing to keep even the most enthusiastic trout angler happy. The camp features comfortable Weatherport tents built onto solid wood, raised platforms, both
guest quarters and a separate tent in which to take your meals. Unusual for such camps, Alaska West has real beds (with real linens) in each tent, and they have also erected very nice shower/toilet buildings, allowing for long, hot showers, and vanity sinks with hot and cold running water. Typical of most such camps, breakfasts and dinners are taken in camp, while lunches are typically served streamside.
Fishing Day at Alaska West
Alaska West uses jet sleds to access the fishing grounds each day; sometimes they will have anglers fish from the boats (they have set them up to be rowed), and sometimes they will beach the boats and have guests wade the shallower runs and riffles.
The former is especially useful when targeting big rainbows in deep water, the latter when salmon fishing or fishing for trout behind spawning salmon. Right after breakfast each day guests will be split up, two to a boat and guide, and whisked off to the type of fishing they have requested. If you are to fish the Arolik, you will be transported there first by boat, then vehicle, then boat again. Due to the prolific and varied nature of the fishery it is not unusual to be catching bright salmon all morning, then
spend the afternoon catching trout, dollies and grayling. On the Kanektok, guides can custom-tailor the day to your wishes – hunt for fewer and larger rainbows, or smaller and more numerous specimens; swing 10-weights and sinking lines in June for monster king salmon, or pop Pink Pollywogs across the surface for silvers in August. The guide will work with each angler, sharpening their skills and explaining the fishing, and will stay with them all day.
Making Reservations to Alaska West
To make a reservation, please give us a call at 800-669-3474 during business hours any day of the week. We can give you the answers you need, detailed explanations to questions you might have, or check on availability and confirm your reservation in minutes.