Choosing from among the best fly fishing lodges & camps in Alaska

Alaska is larger than Texas, Montana, and California combined.  The state sells over 237,000 out-of-state fishing licenses each year and another 315,000-plus to residents.  Fishing there is legendary and the understandable focal point for every serious trout fisherman at some time in his or her life.  But, as any Alaskan will tell you, if there’s a road to any river in the state, it’ll be as crowded as any spot in the lower 48.

The solution is to add a plane to your tool kit, and Alaska is full of fly-in lodges that cater to anglers.  Every one of those places will tell you they’re “the best”.  Of course, only a few are correct.

The Fly Shop travel team is the recognized authority on Alaska fly fishing, and we have a terrific portfolio of lodges and camps, with something for everyone.  They represent a wonderful cross-section of angling interests and a broad range of price options.

New on Alaska’s king and salmon horizon in 2018 is Lava Creek Lodge, a small camp on one of our 49th state’s most isolated and productive sea run fisheries.  You can smell the sea salt from this unpretentious riverside lodge and the silver bright fish arriving on every tide are red hot!

Alaska Wilderness Safari

Tent Camp

Located on the uninhabited Pacific coast of the Alaska Peninsula, AWS has a sterling reputation for delivering a high quality fly fishing experience despite the daunting logistics associated with their wilderness setting.
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Alaska West

Tent Camp

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. For the next week you'll be fishing in one of the most beautiful...
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Aniak River Lodge

Tent Camp

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!
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Ayakulik Outpost

Tent Camp

For many years Dave Jones has been operating this isolated tent camp operation on the banks of Kodiak Island's Ayakulik River, the only outfitter licensed to operate on the upper stretches of this watershed.
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Baranof Wilderness Float

Float Trip

Accessible only by floatplane, the headwaters lake of the river you'll be floating (the Kanektok) will be the jumping off spot for a week of fishing through a hundred miles of remote Alaskan outback.
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Baranof Wilderness Lodge

River Lodge

The fishing at Baranof Lodge is tremendously varied, and includes fishing for the regions parade of salmon species both in local rivers and out of boats in the saltwater, searun dollies in the streams, rising cutthroats in local lakes...
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Big Ku Lodge

River Lodge

Big Ku Lodge is nestled on a bluff above its namesake river – the Kukaklek overlooking a spectacular vista of river, lake and sweeping Alaskan wilderness. Built several years ago on privately-leased Native land within the Katmai Preserve.
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Bob Cusack's Alaska Lodge

Fly-Out Lodge

Look up "classic Alaskan fly fishing lodge" in the dictionary, and there is a picture of Bob and Lula Cusack's operation. Situated in a protected cove on the shores of famous Lake Iliamna, you couldn't ask for a more idyllic setting.
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Bristol Bay Sportfishing Lodge

Fly-Out Lodge

Owner and head pilot Jerry Jacques operates one of the most unique fly out lodges in the Iliamna area, combining small occupancy and multiple aircraft to give guests a wide range of angling options. Bristol Bay Sportfishing can show you...
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Copper River Lodge

River Lodge

Located right on the banks of the famed Copper River near Iliamna, Alaska, this is, arguably, the most beautiful location and one of the finer fishing locations for rainbow trout in our 49th state. It is Alaska the way most anglers imagine it to be...
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Duncan & Sons Floats

Float Trip

The float is based on the Kanektok River, which flows directly into Kuskokwim Bay. Famous for its beautifully-marked "Leopard" rainbows, the river also hosts superb runs of all 5 species of Pacific salmon, as well as sea run Dolly Varden and...
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Duncan & Sons River Camp

Tent Camp

The Duncans use 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.
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Egdorf's Nushagak Camp

Tent Camp

The "Nush" is a fish bum's dream come true. Rise as early or late as you please 'cause there's no competition to race to the pool. Fish hard all day on 50 miles of accessible river, come back to camp and recharge with a hearty meal and a few fish stories.
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Goodnews River Lodge

Tent Camp

Mike Gorton's remote outpost camp on the Goodnews River has been popular with hardcore anglers for decades. This midrange-sized river is far enough off the beaten track so as to have very few free floaters, meaning most of the many miles...
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Hidden Cove Camp

River Lodge

"Affordable, no frills, wilderness silver salmon fishing" would well describe this wonderful operation near Cordova. Custom made for the self-sufficient salmon angler that values numbers of big, bright silver salmon in a wilderness setting...
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Hoodoo's Sandy River

River Lodge

For the hardcore fly-rodder that wants immediate access to some of the best swung-fly water on this storied Alaskan river, Hoodoo's small lodge fits the bill. The Sandy River is the perfect size to access from the Lodge with jet boats and is easily waded.
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Hoodoo Sportfishing

River Lodge

We all dream, I think, of being the first to discover a remote Alaskan river, a stream so far off the charts, it has only been acknowledged, vaguely, by a few intrepid explorers. A river so distant that even its actual name is in question.
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Lava Creek Lodge

Fly-Out Lodge

Some of the best salmon fishing we’ve found in Alaska, at a super intimate little fly out lodge taking only 2-4 guests a week! Wilderness rivers reached only by floatplane, filled with huge numbers of kings in June and July, and silvers in August and...
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Rapids Camp Lodge

Fly-Out Lodge

Rapids Camp Lodge, an easy to reach, full service fly-out lodge with excellent home water and one of the most diverse and exciting fly fishing programs in Alaska. The lodge is located on the Naknek River, near King Salmon, just an eighty minute flight...
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Royal Coachman Lodge

Fly-Out Lodge

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...
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Royal Wolf Lodge

Fly-Out Lodge

Royal Wolf Lodge is remote, only accommodates 12 anglers a week in a true wilderness setting, and boasts one of the finest, most tastefully-appointed lodge and cabin complexes in its genre. Chris and Linda Branham own and operate what is,...
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Talaheim Lodge

Fly-Out Lodge

Imagine being in an Alaskan wilderness only a short 45-minute flight from Anchorage, in a comfortable lodge (that only takes 6-8 guests/week) on the banks of a great trout and salmon river, with superb guides and wonderful food.
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Wilderness Place Lodge

River Lodge

Wilderness Place Lodge has been taking care of anglers on Alaska's Lake Creek for decades, sending them home with happy smiles and arms tired from catching fish. WPL is very well run, affordable, and located on a wonderful and productive fishery.
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