REEL WILDERNESS ADVENTURES - ALASKA

 

REEL WILDERNESS ADVENTURES - ALASKA

If you’re looking for a fish-until-you-drop, high-value, fishing-focused, back-country wilderness Alaskan operation at a great price point, then this might be the option for you. This wilderness tent-camp offering, located at Iris Point in a remote area of Wood-Tikchik State Park utilizes jet boats (instead of float planes) in a location that is absolutely loaded with trout, char, Dolly Varden, and salmon. This is a hard-core fishing operation, with no fixed schedule and a program that is focused on the longest fishing days possible. One of Reel Wilderness Adventures' specialties is catching big 'bows on dry flies, and this area offers very consistent surface action from the last week in June all the way through mid-August. The late season (from mid-August through September) means trophy rainbows on streamers and egg patterns. Camp accommodations are in comfortable, heated Weatherport tents, and the food is as good and as plentiful as anything you’ll find in Alaska.

Typical Length of Stay

These six day trips begin with guests arriving into Dillingham, Alaska on Saturday afternoon, and returning to Dillingham the following Friday in the early afternoon.

Accommodations and Lodging

Reel Wilderness AdventuresReel Wilderness Adventures' main camp, located at Iris Point in Wood-Tikchik State Park, is a very comfortable back-country set up, with top quality equipment including 8' x 10' Weatherport tents set on carpeted platforms. Each heated Weatherport tent accommodates two guests and has lighting for reading in the evening. The camp provides warm, clean sleeping bags, blankets and pillows atop large padded cots for a comfortable nights sleep. The shower house is large and roomy with an on-demand water heater for all the hot water you need for a hot shower after a day of great fishing. The bathroom facilities have flush toilets.

The site at Iris Point is ideally located to take advantage of the awesome fishing throughout the region. Jet-powered river boats are used to travel over the miles and miles of this vast lake and river system. A couple of the rivers near the camp site are home to some of the highest concentrations of rainbow trout in Alaska. This is Alaska wilderness fly fishing at its best, and with one of the best price points around, it is a great option for those seeking a great value coupled some of the best fishing in Alaska.

Food and Beverages

All of your meals are included and will be prepared by R.W.A.'s professional chef. Each morning you can expect to wake up after a warm, comfortable nights sleep to a beautiful Alaska summer morning, a fresh-brewed cup of coffee and a hearty family-style breakfast. Lunches are typically taken on the water each day, and dinner each night is both hearty and delicious. If you have a particular meal or dish you would like to request, no problem. The chef will be happy to make it happen. Meals are family-style affairs consisting of steak, chicken, fish, pasta, ribs, salads, pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee, etc. You definitely won't go hungry during your stay with Reel Wilderness Adventures.

Fishing Information

Reel Wilderness RainbowThe Wood-Tikchik State Park - home to Reel Wilderness Adventures - consists of a chain of large lakes that are interconnected by rivers. The lakes and rivers in this region are quite literally teaming with fish. The river nearest to R.W.A.'s camp, the Agulukpak, is home to one of the highest concentrations of rainbow trout in Alaska, and was voted as one of the "Top Ten Rainbow Trout Rivers" in the nation. This river is hands-down one of the finest rivers in the state for consistently catching large rainbow trout on dry flies.

To ensure great fishing and large amounts of fresh, unfished water, R.W.A. limits weekly group size to eight anglers or less to insure that you receive the personalized attention and uncrowded feeling so vital for a fulfilling Alaska wilderness fly fishing adventure. Of course singles and couples are welcome. This small group size also allows R.W.A. to customize the trip to your specific wants and needs. If you want to fish longer days than average, for example, then that's what you'll do. Would you like to go out after dinner to check out the evening action? No problem at all. The guides will take you!

Typically, the season at R.W.A. starts in late June, when the action in the area is highlighted by the out-migration of salmon smolt. Smolt are two-year-old salmon that are migrating to the sea. Big, hungry Arctic Char literally line up by the hundreds at the outlets of the rivers and lakes waiting for the smolt to arrive. The fishing can be fast and furious, and large, hungry Char chasing schools of salmon smolt is a sight to see. This is some truly wild action that lasts into the first part of July. Fishing for big rainbows is also very good at this time, with effective patterns including streamers, leeches, nymphs and - depending upon water temperature - dry flies. Late June also sees the start of the Sockeye salmon run. The Sockeye start arriving by late June in the hundreds of thousands and can be caught through the rest of the season and into September. Sockeye are a terrific game fish that run from 6 to 14 pounds and are very strong.

July sees the start of some of the best dry fly action in the state of Alaska. This exceptional dry fly fishing starts the last week of June and continues through the entire month of July and into the first couple of weeks of August. One of R.W.A.'s specialties is catching big 'bows on dry flies. Watching a rainbow as long as your arm rise to a dry fly is something that all fly fishers should experience.

By mid-August the salmon have started spawning by the tens of thousands, and the rainbows, Char and grayling are gorging on salmon eggs. Fat rainbows and big, hungry Char are caught on egg patterns and beads from mid-August through September. Egg patterns and flesh flies are the name of the game in late August and September. The largest fish of the season will be caught from mid-August through September. This is some truly great fly fishing.

Boats and Equipment

Reel Wilderness Adventures utilizes jet-powered riverboats to travel over the miles and miles of this vast lake and river system. Anglers are encouraged to bring all of their own gear and equipment, and Yellow Dog will provide detailed packing lists and equipment lists for your trip. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.

** Alaska is now enforcing a ban on felt-soled wading boots to help prevent the spread of potential waterborne parasites and diseases. Please keep this in mind while planning for your trip.

Non-Angling Activities and Options

Although this is a fishing-focused, backcountry wilderness operation, the staff of R.W.A. is fantastic about accommodating non-anglers and family members when necessary. Please contact Yellow Dog for more details on activities and options for non-anglers.

How To Get There

Your trip starts upon arrival in Dillingham, Alaska. Several major airlines serve Alaska from the lower 48 with connections to Anchorage. Connections can be made through Alaska Airlines or Pen Air. It is recommended that guests overnight in Anchorage the day before your trip begins and connect to Dillingham the following morning.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times

Reel Wilderness Adventures JetYour six-day trip begins with your arrival into Dillingham, Alaska on Saturday afternoon. You will be returning to Dillingham, at the end of your stay, the following Friday in the early afternoon.

Arrival time into Dillingham should be before 2:00 PM. You will be flown into camp from Dillingham by chartered float plane. The chartered float plane service will meet you upon your arrival at the Dillingham airport and bring you into camp around 3:00 PM or later on Saturday afternoon.

The float plane will pick you up at camp around 1:00 PM on the following Friday for your return to Dillingham at the end of your trip. Please arrange your flight schedule to depart from Dillingham on Friday afternoon or early evening.

2013 Fishing Package Rates

Price listed here is per person. Please call Yellow Dog for details.

6 Nights / 6 Fishing Days ------------------------------------------------------------ $4,500.00

* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.

What's Included

  • Meet-and-greet upon arrival at Dillingham Airport
  • Transfer from Dillingham to the lodge via float plane
  • Comfortable and roomy, heated accommodations that include warm, clean sleeping bags and blanket on comfortable padded cots with pillows
  • All meals in camp
  • Six full days of guided fishing
  • Amenities include hot showers and flush toilets
  • Beer and wine
  • Flies

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Anchorage and Dillingham, Alaska
  • Liquor and specialty alcohol (available in Anchorage or Dillingham)
  • Alaskan state fishing license
  • Gratuities for guides and camp staff

Travel Arrangements

Yellow Dog has a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or info@yellowdogflyfishing.com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Other Information

Take the time to do some fly-casting practice before you leave on your fishing adventure of a lifetime. You are traveling all the way to Alaska for some world-class wilderness fly-fishing. You are going to be there for just a week, maybe less. Don't waste your valuable time on the water brushing up on your casting skills when you could be fishing! Arrive ready.

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