Space will fill quickly...call or email us today!
For the summer of 2020, Lava Creek Lodge will be offering this deal to anglers in the weeks beginning July 12 and stretching through August 16th – five weeks of fish-filled angling with shots at king salmon, chum salmon, pink salmon, sockeye salmon, silver salmon, and sea run Dolly Varden. These weeks are perfect for serious fly fishers who love swing fishing for salmon, and families, corporate groups and young anglers wanting lots of action on ocean-bright salmon and large Dolly Varden. For those booking into the July openings, expect to hook king salmon (gorgeous big fish in the 20-30 pound range); chum salmon that attack swung flies before using their size to put angler’s reels to the test; sockeye salmon that are possibly the strongest salmon, pound for pound; the chance to hook a fourth salmon species, the pink; and the opportunity to catch large sea run Dolly Varden, often on skated dry flies. In August, the species list remains much the same, though kings and sockeyes become less common, while the fishing for chums and dollies remains strong and there is now a daily possibility to hook a few early silver salmon. The early August dates will typically be the best chance for the difficult Pacific salmon slam, where an angler lands at least one each of all five salmon species during their week.
Lava Creek Lodge is one of the most remote fishing lodges in Alaska, which means it is very rare for guests to ever see other lodge’s anglers on any of the rivers they fish. Even in Alaska, that is becoming increasingly rare. There is no need to get up early to beat others to the best water – it will always be there waiting for you! Located in a beautiful setting between the mountains and the sea, it is a small operation limited to a maximum of eight anglers per week. This translates into flexibility with the daily fishing program. With so few anglers, the fish remain happy and aggressive to the fly, meaning plenty of fish hooked each day.
Daily fishing is accessed by jet boat on the amazing home river, or, weather permitting, limited bush plane access. This puts guests on some of the best salmon rivers on the planet, and because you are not dependent on flying to daily fishing, you are assured to be on the water all day, every day, regardless of the weather. The rivers fished are relatively shallow and easily-waded rivers, with classic swing water. Light sinking tip lines are standard for the kings and chums, and floating lines are about all that is needed for the other species. This makes casting and fishing all day - even for such impressive numbers of large fish - much less tiring and more enjoyable. The wading is easy and straightforward, a perfect fishery for anglers that don’t like to wade to their armpits in fast water with a slippery bottom, chucking heavy lines.
Accommodations are comfortable, with each two guests sharing a cabin complete with its own bathroom and shower. The main lodge is a warm and welcoming environment where guests gather before and after the daily fishing, both to share hearty, savory meals, and to re-live each day’s exciting experiences. As a part of the package there are some fascinating non-angling options, as well, for those wanting to take advantage. There is a large walrus colony a short flight away, and owner Phil Byrd is happy to fly guests over and land on the beach to observe them and take photographs. The ocean beaches are all quite remote and pristine, and are rarely if ever walked by human beings; this can make for some remarkable beachcombing opportunities. Phil can also land in the crater of a nearby volcano, where a lake has formed – an incredibly scenic and desolate environment.
New for 2020, the round trip air charter between Anchorage and the lodge is included in the package rate! This makes the trip logistics simple. Fly to Anchorage the day before your trip begins and overnight, then get on a plane the next morning and fly straight to the lodge. Reverse the process coming home, sometimes with the option to take a red-eye flight home the same evening to avoid another night’s stay in Anchorage.
Best of all, you are hosted by a seasoned owner/operator, with years of experience operating in the Alaskan bush. He and his guides know all the details that help turn a good trip into a great one. All you need to do is fish and have a great time - the rest of your trip is taken care of and well-orchestrated, which is impressive in such an isolated and challenging part of the Alaskan bush.
7 night/6 day package (Sunday - Sunday) (2:1 angler/guide ratio)
GRAND SLAM SEASON: JUL 12 - AUG 16, 2020 ($5,100 per person - 25% savings of $1,700!
Inclusions: Seven nights double occupancy lodging and six days guided fishing (a mix of fishing on the home river and some limited fly-out fishing, weather permitting), all meals, (limited wine and beer), round trip air charter between Anchorage, Alaska, and the lodge, flies and leaders, as well as the use of lodge fly rods and reels, if needed.
Non Inclusions: Alaska State Sport Fishing License, and King Salmon Stamp (the latter only needed in June and July) available online to purchase before your trip, fly fishing equipment (though there is some loaner gear at the lodge where needed), gratuities, alcohol (limited wine and beer, otherwise BYOB, usually purchased in Anchorage or brought from home), and items of a personal nature.