The Aniak River has been a well-kept secret and is a most "unique and technical river" located 318 miles WNW of Anchorage. It flows with the typical Alaska diversity with approximately 11 species of fish. Depending on the week of your stay, you should see somewhere around 7 and 10 species of fish available for your angling pleasure. The Aniak provides all 5 species of Pacific Salmon, Leopard Rainbow Trout, Arctic Char, Grayling, Sheefish, and Northern Pike. A great highlight to this expedition is that Aniak River Lodge is the only major Lodge on the Aniak River system.
Aniak River Lodge caters to small fly fishing groups who travel the world to renowned fly destinations. The river is an especially good fishery for mousing large Alaska rainbow trout. Certain weeks are more suited for mousing than others. Your day starts when you are ready to get on the water. We access our fishing using jet boats. Fish from the boat, or get out and wade if you like. There are many braids to explore and smaller tributaries to fish.
Aniak River Lodge encourages catch-and-release fishing at all times. In the event that you wish to pack your legal limit of salmon to take home, they are prepared to process, vacuum-seal, and freeze pack up to 50 lbs. of your allowed catches to escort you home.
The newly built Aniak mid-river lodge is 25 miles up the Aniak River. It consists of a new main lodge building complete with a gourmet kitchen and dining room, along with 7 new spacious guest cabins. Each cabin offers more amenities than ever before. Private bathrooms with hot running water, showers, vanities, flushable toilets, daylight sitting areas in the main lodge, are just a few of the great new additions.
The Aniak River Lodge complex also includes an upper river tent camp. A stay at the deluxe outpost can be the highlight of the week for guests. In addition to hot/cold running water & excellent shower facilities; you’ll enjoy many other comforts of home. The main dining tent is a welcoming area to sit back and relax on plush couches to rehash the days catch. Here you will also find hot coffee, snacks, and a fridge full of cold sodas for the taking, as well as, outlets for charging camera batteries. Didn’t get enough time outside in the land of the Midnight Sun? Head out to the fire ring for more fish stories, and bask in the view of wild Alaska from your comfortable adirondak chair. Camp also includes a drying tent for waders, jackets, etc. The individual Weather Port tents are outfitted with real beds and linens, carpets, heaters, and offer a wonderful place to rest your head after a day of incredible fishing.
The meals at Aniak River Lodge are as hearty as the fish stories. The breakfasts can include all the American classics – bacon, eggs, toast, cereal, hash browns, etc. Lunch during your fishing day will consist of fresh caught fish, hot soup, deluxe sandwiches, or other warm items prepared by your guide. Shore lunches often include grilled or pan-fried Salmon, potatoes, onions, an additional veggie, soda/water, cookies, or candy snacks. For dinner, the Aniak River Lodge executive Chef will prepare a combination of various meats and seafood, including a special week-ending feast.
Arrival into Anchorage is always on Friday, with the overnight spent there at one of the many fine hotel options. The following day you will need to fly to Aniak, Alaska via commerical flight. The lodge staff will meet you at the Aniak terminal and drive you to their base lodge in town to get oriented. That day, you will fish your way up river to Aniak River Lodge's newly built mid-river lodge. The procedure is reversed on your day of departure, with guests flying back to Anchorage from Aniak the following Saturday.
• All meals and lodging
• 6-days guided fishing
• USCG licensed guides and jet boats
• Pick-up and transfer from the Aniak Airport
• Daily housekeeping service
• Non-alcoholic beverages