This family owned Alaska fishing lodge is located in the Bristol Bay area near the southern boundary of the Wood-Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in the nation. On this adventure, you will have the opportunity to fish for king salmon, silver salmon, sockeye salmon, pink salmon, chum salmon, native rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, Dolly Varden and northern pike. There is also the option of traveling to a fly-in camp located on the Nushagak River. The Nushagak River has the largest run of kings of any other river in the state. The run usually exceeds 100,000 kings.
In August the crystal clear streams and rivers of the Bristol Bay region abound with a variety of species of fish. We will depart daily from the lodge by boat to head to the Wood River system. A large part of the Wood River system is located within the boundaries of the Wood-Tikchik State Park and consists of five interconnected lakes surrounded by the magnificent Wood River Mountains with hundreds of miles of scenic shoreline. Most of our fishing, done while drifting, is concentrated on the lower two lakes focusing on small tributaries and connecting rivers. Two rivers of significance are the Agulowak and the Agulukpak Rivers, known for the best dry fly fishing in the state for rainbow trout and grayling.
Over 1.5 million sockeye salmon (red salmon) from 6-10 pounds make their way up the Wood River system swimming right past the lodge each summer providing some of the best sockeye fishing in Alaska.Our Alaska fly fishing trip offers many opportunities to enjoy not only world-class fly fishing, but also the activities, friendships, and moments of solitude which will make your Alaska Fly Fishing Adventure the experience of a lifetime.
- Bristol Bay is the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, at 57° to 59° North 157° to 162° West in Southwest Alaska.
- A number of rivers flow into the bay, including the Cinder, Egegik, Igushik, Kvichak, Meshik, Nushagak, Naknek, Togiak, and Ugashik.
- In ancient times, much of Bristol Bay was dry and arable, along with much of the Bering Sea Land Bridge. More recently, its proximity to mineral, animal and seafood riches provided incentive for human habitation along its shoreline. Early Russian and English exploration provided most of the non-native influences of the area. During his voyage through the area in 1778, the famed British navigator and explorer, Captain James Cook named the area “in honor of the Admiral Earl of Bristol” in England.
- Bristol Bay is home to the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery as well as strong runs of chum salmon, silver salmon and king salmon, each occurring seasonally. Kings are usually the first to run up the river followed by reds and chums. Silvers and Pinks are the last to run up the river.
- Wood-Tikchik State Park is a state park in the U.S. state of Alaska north of Dillingham. Over 1.6 million acres (6,500 km²) in area—about the size of the state of Delaware, it is the largest state park in Alaska.
- The Coho salmon, is a species of anadromous fish in the salmon family. Coho salmon are also known as silver salmon or “silvers”.
Day 1: Travel from your home airport to Dillingham, AK. Upon arrival, you will be met at the Dillingham airport by one of our staff and transported by van, then by covered jet boat 35 miles northwest to Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge. Settle into the lodge and prepare for the great week of fishing ahead.
Days 2-6: Each evening, you’ll get together and plan your fishing location for the next day. Breakfast is at 8:00am. Gear up and head out for a full day of guided fly-fishing on the Wood River System. There are 2 clients and 1 guide per boat each day. You will have lunch on the water. Arrive back at the lodge before 6:00pm for cocktail hour. Dinner is at 7:00pm. There is plenty of free time in the evening to fish by kayak or just to relax and share stories and photos of the day’s catch.
Day 7: Travel from Bearclaw Lodge back to Dillingham Airport and back home.
Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and water conditions, travel, health and well-being of the trip participants, and interests of the group.
The best way to stay comfortable on any active adventure is going lightweight. Wearing the right versatile layers will insure a system with great ventilation and maximum protection in any conditions. The items on this list are just suggestions, however traveling with these items will give you the best chance for comfort and protection while in Alaska against any and all conditions. Your local Backwoods employee would be glad to help determine which product is right for you!
Gear and Clothing
✓ Fleece jacket or wool sweater.
✓ Fleece pants
✓ Synthetic or wool long underwear – tops and bottoms.
✓ Wading jacket
✓ Wool / synthetic warm socks
✓ Warm hat or balaclava
✓ Waterproof light hiking shoes.
✓ Gloves – wind-proof fingerless and regular.
✓ Comfortable shoes for house.
✓ Synthetic fishing shirts.
✓ Synthetic fishing pants
✓ Comfortable clothes for non-fishing times.
✓ Bug repellant
✓ Lip Balm
✓ Personal toiletries
✓ 8 wt 4 pc fly rod for Salmon
✓ 6 wt 4 pc fly rod trout and grayling (5wt rods are often too light for the size of fish caught).
✓ A back up 6, 7, or 8wt can be useful.
✓ 8 wt large arbor reels with good drag (Saltwater style reel)
✓ Spare spool for above reel or extra reel
✓ 6wt large arbor reel with good drag
✓ Spare spool for above reel or extra reel
Lines and leaders
✓ 250 Grain fast full sink 24 ft. tip line (Rio) Silver salmon in deeper pools
✓ 8Wt salmon and steelhead weight forward floating line
✓ 6wt sink tip type 4 line
✓ 6wt trout and salmon weight forward floating line
✓ 6ft 16lb salmon leaders – 3
✓ 7 1/2 ft. 1X 13 lbs-3
✓ 9ft 3X 8.2lbs-3
✓ 0 x 15lbs tippet-1
✓ 1 x 13 lb. tippet-1
✓ 4 x 6.4 lb. tippet-1
Waders, boots, pack
✓ Good quality gore tex breathable waders in good condition
✓ Wading boots – comfortable with good grip without studs. (Felt soled boots are now banned in Alaska)
✓ Wading staff collapsible
✓ Brown polarized sunglasses
✓ Stripping fingers
✓ Fly vest / chest pack/ back pack for fly out and hike in trips on foot
✓ Boat bag and lanyard for days on boat
✓ Silver, Pink, Sockeye salmon
✓ Size 1 pink lead eyed rabbit and marabou streamer flies
✓ Size 2 Pink polliwogs
✓ Size 1 egg sucking leeches purple and pink or black and pink
✓ Size 1/0 – 4 black streamer flies
✓ Size 3/0 Pike fly.
✓ Size 2-4 Double bunnys in olive and tan
Grayling, Rainbow trout and Dolly Varden
✓ Size 12 -16 black or olive Elk hair caddis
✓ Size 12-14 tan brown or olive
✓ Size 14 – 16 Klinkhammers
✓ Size 14 – 16 parachute blue Winged Olive
✓ Size 8 – 10 Chernobyl style black ants
✓ Size 14 – 16 tung teasers, prince nymphs, flash back pheasant tail nymphs
✓ Size 12 thin mints
✓ Size 8 black slumpbusters
✓ Size 10 – 14 egg patters
✓ Strike indicators
✓ Split shot (bb and smaller)
✓ Knot tying tools
✓ Leader straightener
✓ Landing net
Airport transfer from Dillingham airport to the lodge
5 days/6 nights at Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge (double occupancy)
Professional, friendly, expert, USCC licensed guides (2:1 guide to client ratio)
Internet and phone communication
Fish cleaning, vacuum packing, freezing and packaging for your trip home
Chef prepared meals for the duration of your stay at the lodge
Beer and wine (not liquor)
Airfare to and from Dillingham, AK
Alaska Fishing License
Personal gear and clothing
Gratuities for fishing guides
Additional activities outside the designated trip
Travel and evacuation insurance, medical costs, and any costs associated with leaving the trip early by your choice.
All meals are included in the cost of the trip. Guests are treated to the finest entrees prepared by a chef in the full-service lodge kitchen. Besides hot and hearty breakfasts, take-along shore lunches, and savory evening meals, guests delight in our fresh homemade breads, cookies, pies, and cakes.
Alaska’s Bearclaw Lodge is a full-service, family-owned lodge that offers the finest amenities for your Alaska Fly Fishing Adventure. With a great reputation for delivering exceptional service for our guests; you won’t find a better value or more professional, friendly and experienced service anywhere in Alaska.
Within the lodge we have five private bedrooms designed for double occupancy with shared, full size bath rooms complete with hot showers. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated and fully furnished. Decks surrounding the lodge offer guests views of our beautiful crystal clear lakefront setting, surrounded by mountains and forests.
Amenities include full electricity powered by generators, batteries and inverter systems which allow power to always be on, laundry facilities and lounging/reading areas — all the comforts of home in a wilderness setting.
You will arrive and depart from the Dillingham airport, where a Bearclaw Lodge representative will pick you up. Backwoods Adventures will provide a suggested date and time for your arrival to ensure your trip does not experience any interruptions.
FROM OUR TRAVELERS
“Thanks for being the best guide ever. Your encouragement, concern, and professionalism has made this trip a truly wonderful experience. I wish you all he very best in all that you do and hope to see you soon. “
“I hope this weekend goes as well as last week. You, Joe and Billy were excellent hosts and instructors. I had a wonderful time. Thanks again for all your patient coaching and kind words. “
“Thank you for offering such an amazing life experience. From the beginning with Joe and Mike’s emails, to the store’s support on outfitting, to the actual trip, it was an overall very positive experience. I highly recommend this trip to those with a passion for wanting the challenge of this mountain.”