Alaska - Bristol Bay, USA
Bristol Bay Lodge represents the classic Alaskan experience. Fishermen stay either in the main lodge or in one of the four cosy, cedar cabins dotted among the fir trees around the lodge. All overlook the majestic Lake Aleknagik and through the huge panoramic window in the lodge, guests witness a breathtaking scene as the sun rises and sets over the mountains. Part of the Bristol Bay Lodge experience are one or two overnights in outpost camps.
If you want the full Alaska experience, seeing lots of different rivers, catching the many of the species available (sometimes many of them in one day) then Bristol Bay Lodge may be the one for you.
Each day's fishing is scheduled the evening before and the destination board is posted showing your pilot, guide, destination, species available, time of departure and your fishing companions for the day.
In addition, Bristol Bay Lodge guests have the opportunity to fish two of Alaska’s most renowned rivers, the Agulowak and the Agulopak, inside Wood-TikChik Park. These rivers provide productive fishing for rainbows, grayling, char, and dolly varden all summer long. They are also host to the single largest sockeye run anywhere in the world. On average, several million fish return to the Wood-TikChik lakes system and associated rivers each year. The first sockeye are usually caught around the 4 July. Dry fly fishing, nymphing, and streamer fishing are all productive techniques at different times during the summer.
The main lodge houses the dining room, large living room with bar area, the library, a huge fly-tying bench laden with everything one needs and the fully equipped professional kitchen. The fireplace is fronted by a panoramic view of Lake Aleknagik.
There are eight bedrooms in the main lodge and set around the lodge, but private in every regard, are four cedar cabins, often used for small groups or families.
In warm weather the lodge’s decks are the favourite gathering places for appetizers, cocktails and weekly barbecues. The hot tub and sauna get lots of use after fishing – relaxing sore muscles.