Located on the remote banks of the Aniak River, it's jam packed with rainbows, dollies, grayling, salmon, sheefish and northern pike. It's a fish factory. Talk about a complete fly fishing experience!
Aniak River Lodge is unique among Alaska lodges in several ways. First, their accommodations, instead of being either an established lodge or a wilderness tent camp, are actually both. Guests travel from Anchorage to the outpost village of Aniak, where they are met by lodge staff, and transferred upstream 30 miles to their lovely new wood lodge on the remote banks of the river. Here they'll stay for 4 nights and days, using jet boats for transportation (and in some cases to fish from, if so desired), for rainbows, dollies, grayling, salmon (in August), sheefish and northern pike. After the first 4 days at the main lodge, anglers will be jet-boated about 10 miles upriver (fishing all the way), arriving at the Wilderness Tent Camp in time for hors d’oeuvres, a great meal and a hot shower. The next 2 days and nights will be spent here, targeting big rainbows, char, Dolly Varden and grayling (and silver salmon, in August). Another feature setting ARL apart is the large amount of fishing water you will have all to yourself! Other than the occasional private rafter passing through, anglers will have near-exclusive use of the upper/middle reaches of the Aniak.
The upper/middle reaches of the river are heavily braided and utterly jam-packed with fish! Jet boats are used to access the many miles of river either upstream of the lodge or downstream. Anglers return each night to a great dinner, warm bunk and that all important shower. Finally, in these upper reaches of the river lurk many large, heavy-shouldered leopard rainbow trout, many of which will never be hooked, or even see a fly. These big rainbow trout are more than willing to come to the surface and attack skated mouse flies, one of the great thrills of the freshwater angling experience. And unlike some rivers where the mouse fishing is strictly a June and September, hit-and-miss opportunity, Aniak River rainbows will come to the surface with some predictability all season long. The subsurface fishing is amazing! Big rainbows, char, dolly varden and grayling will clobber swung and dead-drifted flesh-flies, egg patterns, leeches and sculpins. Even the water in front of camp awaits for more potential hookups!
Reservations & Rates
This is a one-of-a kind flyfishing experience, set within pristine Alaskan scenery, just the way Mother Nature made it.
Aniak River Lodge is a taste of "Old Alaska" and reminiscent of when we began fishing there in the 70's. Anglers have jet-boat access to endless miles of untouched river, side channels, and tributaries stuffed with rainbows, dolly varden, grayling, and silvers. Possibly the very best mousing in all of Alaska. Feel free to call us at 800-669-3474, or email us, 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.
The cost of the 7-night/6-day Aniak River Lodge package is $5,895 per person.
Included in your angling package at the Aniak River Lodge is lodging at both the proper Aniak River Lodge and the wilderness tent camp (tent camp offers hot showers, running water, two bathrooms, weatherproof tents with carpeted floors, propane heaters, cots, sleeping bags, blankets, mosquito nets, linens and towels, and daily room cleaning). Also, an experienced, Coast Guard licensed guide for each 2 anglers, jet sleds for transportation to daily fishing, and all meals, snacks, and drinks (water, coffee and soft drinks – alcohol is not provided, as Aniak is a damp village, so alcohol cannot legally be sold).
Not included in your angling package at Aniak River Lodge are flights to and from the village of Aniak, airfare to the village of Iliamna, fishing license, gratuities, alcohol, fishing gear, or items of a personal nature.
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These big trout are more than willing to come to the surface and attack skated mouse flies.
By late June through July one of the biggest runs of king and chum salmon enters the Kuskokwim River. Many of those salmon are headed for the Aniak. If the fishing for kings and chums isn't enough for you, then the rainbows garbaging mouse patterns, streamers and eggs will keep your fly rod busy. You will also find chum and sockeye salmon in the Aniak through early August. The numbers of Dolly Varden in the river and tributaries is almost beyond belief. This is the best time of year to target sheefish and the rivers large population of northern pike in the lower river.
In early August immense regiments of silver salmon enter the Aniak River, and change the fisheries dramatically. Suddenly, every backwater is flooded with these chrome sea-runs, and they are eating both streamers and surface poppers. The month of August is the time to come for
anglers wanting to fish for both rainbows and silver salmon. The silver salmon tend to average 7-10 pounds, and the Aniak harbors excellent numbers of 18-23 inch trout all season long. Millions of Dolly Varden!
By early September silver salmon are still prominent throughout the Aniak. Anglers still do well on egg patterns as well as streamers emulating chunks of rotting salmon flesh that routinely produce the biggest rainbows. The changing colors are spectacular this time of year, and the Aniak River is full of some of the biggest rainbows of the year, many of whom are again on the prowl for a skated mouse fly.
This is a one-of-a kind flyfishing experience, set within pristine Alaskan scenery, just the way Mother Nature made it. Please give us a call if we can assist in arranging dates or answering any additional questions for you.
Getting To Aniak River Lodge
Arrival into Anchorage is always on Friday, with the overnight spent there at one of the many fine hotel options, followed by the flight to the lodge on Saturday; the procedure is reversed on your day of departure, with guests flying back to Anchorage from Aniak the following Saturday.
Lodging at Aniak River Lodge
Aniak River Wilderness Camp is countrified, comfortable, rustic.
The brand new Aniak River Lodge facility is comfortable, well-appointed, and adjacent to miles of great salmon and trout water.
Fishing Day at Aniak River Lodge
One of the great benefits of a river-based operation is flexibility in the daily fishing program…since you are right on the water, travel time does not factor into your day on the water.
at Aniak River Lodge, if you prefer to sleep in, or get up extra early... no problem, the Aniak River Lodge crew will make it happen. The level of personalized service is awesome. Once you have gotten up and enjoyed your choice of breakfast options, you will meet your guide down at the boats (2 anglers per boat/guide), and be off in your jet boat for a day covering the many gorgeous miles of the Aniak River. This river is the perfect size to accommodate the lodge's jet-
powered skiffs, and easily waded after arriving to the various fishing runs and braids. Lunches are normally taken streamside, allowing for maximum fishing hours. Each day you will find new favorite pools, and have the option of returning to them, or exploring for new adventures. As each day draws to a close, tired anglers are boated back to the lodge, and the awaiting hot showers, appetizers and amazing dinner entrées.
Making Reservations to Aniak River Lodge
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.