Of all the attributes that make Royal Coachman Lodge attractive, none are so obvious as their location, and the quality of their staff.
The lodge itself is located on the banks of a wilderness river in the remote Togiak/Tikchik region of Alaska, an area where lodges are few and far between, and most of the fisheries lightly hit. Their staff is top-notch, with customer service obviously paramount; from the guides, to the camp staff, it permeates the entire operation. They fly their 12 weekly guests to new rivers and streams each day, unless of course they would
prefer to repeat... and they even hold a private lease permit on a small coastal river that loads up with kings, chums and silvers each season. Their emphasis is on variety; each week they normally have anglers catching rainbows, salmon, grayling, dollies, pike, and even a special strain of large and gorgeously-marked char found only in one lake system. There truly is something for every fly fisherman!
Reservations & Rates
We have been traveling to and fishing with Royal Coachman Lodge for decades; we know the lodge, the rivers, the staff... and can tell you all you need to know about this superb destination.
Package Cost: The cost of the week-long Royal Coachman Lodge package is $8,650.00 per person
Inclusions: Included in your angling package at the Royal Coachman Lodge is all accommodations and meals, licenses and taxes, the roundtrip flight from Dillingham to the lodge, flies, and guide service.
Non-Inclusions: Not included in your angling package at Royal Coachman Lodge are airfare from Anchorage to Dillingham, gratuities, liquor, fishing
license and fishing tackle.
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Early season is a great time at RCL; the trout are hungry after a long winter under the ice, and are absolute suckers for streamers. As well, a few of the streams they fish will be good for mousing, which has to be one of the most exciting methods ever to hook Alaska 'bows. This is one of the best times of the season for grayling on dry flies, as most of the insect hatches occur in the brief, warm early summer days. The sea run dollies will begin showing up in the streams connecting the lake system, and the guides can fly you to a special little lake they know of for oversized Arctic char. Finally, for anyone interested in hooking some big northern pike on surface (or near surface) patterns, the lodge has some fun backwaters on which to do this... and it's a blast!
As the summer matures, the various salmon species make an appearance. First to arrive are the kings and chums, and the lodge's private permit stream gets plenty of both, making for some memorable days with a 9 weight. Next comes the sockeyes and
pinks, and while many anglers don't actually fish for these salmon, the amount of eggs they lay and the poundage of decomposing flesh their post-spawn carcasses provide the indigenous trout is unbelievable. Almost overnight the area's leopard trout put on prodigious weight, some even doubling in size! It is a time of plenty, and fly fishers should plan on dead drifting egg patterns, primarily, and catching large numbers of good-sized rainbows, dollies, and grayling.
August gives way to the crisp nights and cool days of September, and the rainbows continue to gorge and fatten on drifting chunks of yesterday's salmon. This is the number one time of the year for hunting trophy trout, with rivers like the Kvichak and the Nuyakuk offering daily opportunities for the fish of a lifetime. Mid-August through much of September also finds a heavy run of silver salmon in the lodge's permit river – these chrome rockets will often take surface poppers, and are a handful on an 8 weight, fresh from the ocean.
Getting To Royal Coachman Lodge
On Saturday, the day prior to your arrival into camp you should plan on travelling to Anchorage and overnighting.
Please make your flight reservations into Anchorage and Dillingham and hotel arrangements early, as space fill quickly during the short Alaskan summer and fall.
Arrive Dillingham on Sunday, in the afternoon, on Peninsula Air (PenAir) Flt #253, departing Anchorage at 11:45 pm, and arriving Dillingham at 1:15 pm., where a lodge representative will meet you at the airport and transport you to their floatplane base for the trip to the lodge. This beautiful flight covers a greater part of the Wood River/Tikchik State Park, one of the more heavily wooded and beautiful portions of the Alaskan Bush. For the next six days you'll be fishing in one of the most famous flyfishing regions of Alaska. From its location in the heart of the Bristol Bay
drainage, the float-equipped aircraft of Royal Coachman Lodge will fly you to a variety of streams and rivers that are often literally choked with fish.
On your day of departure, the lodge will get you back out to Dillingham by late morning to catch your connecting flight - Peninsula Air (PenAir) Flight 254 - leaving Dillingham at 1:45 pm, arriving Anchorage at 4:00 pm. As with the flight in, you need to book and pay for this flight yourself, and make sure and tell the booking agent that you are with Royal Coachman Lodge. Depending on the air schedules in effect during 2009, you may be able to continue on to your home destination this night, or you can always choose to overnight before heading home.
Lodging at Royal Coachman Lodge
The Royal Coachman Lodge sits on the banks of the Nuyakuk River overlooking a gorgeous home pool, and caters to a maximum of 10-12 anglers per week.
It also has a staff of 10-12 persons - this small number of guests and large staff helps to ensure that you will have the maximum amount of personal service and attention that this truly world class fishing adventure offers. The fishing lodge houses the kitchen, dining room and lounge, library corner, and fly-tying bench. Comfortable and cozy, this is where you will plan each following days excursions.
The lodge has four finely furnished guest cottages, each with living rooms, one and two bedrooms, and private baths. We also have two well-appointed bedrooms in the main lodge. Each cabin or room has modern bath facilities, independent heat, excellent beds, and all the creature comforts of home, along with spectacular views of the river, the rapids, and the snowcapped peaks.
Fishing Day at Royal Coachman Lodge
You and your guides will sit around the fire or the tying bench each night, decide what type of fishing you would like to do, and plan the details of the next day's outing.
There is no pre-scheduled fishing program here. Custom-tailoring each day's fishing is one of the major advantages to RCL's small and personal approach to sportfishing. The Royal Coachman Lodge in Alaska has been serving guests since 1970. Their philosophy and attention to detail is their trademark, and they're proud of it! Plan on flying to a new fishery each day, and
experiencing some of the best this area has to offer. After a long day on the water you'll be picked back up and returned to the lodge, tired of hooking fish. You'll be met with hors d' oeuvres, a cold drink, and given some time to shower and relax before diving into a wonderful dinner. Then its time to plan another day!
Making Reservations to Royal Coachman 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.