We were fortunate enough to spend another amazing week at Iliamna River Lodge for some fishing and filming. This time, the weather cooperated wonderfully, . . . and so did the fish! IRL is a fantastic lodge in a phenomenal location. Watch in HD – Comment, Share, Enjoy!
That's not a typo. It's "Rainbo" Camp. And, if you've been there, you know what a special place it is. It's an edge of the Earth fishery, less than a mile from the Bering Sea. The wildness of the landscape is only matched by the fierce salmon that enter the river each fishing season. It's an angler's dream, and you can only experience Rainbo Camp via Bristol Bay Lodge.
Fly fishing and adventure go together like pizza and beer. By nature, an adventure is not defined by some pre-canned success story. Adventure is defined by an unknown outcome. And, as it turns out, the Alaska wilderness is a perfect canvas for genuine adventure and the unexpected. In the words of one of Alaska’s great explorers and bush pilots Paul Claus, “Everything here is bigger, larger, harder and tougher than it looks. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or how great shape you are in, if you come here, you’ll contend with the Alaskan factor.” For this group of anglers, that’s exactly what the doctor ordered.
The goal of this expedition was simple – to use packrafts as a tool to explore and fish an extremely remote and braided river system, much of which is not accessible with larger rafts. The simple and no frills nature of packrafting offers the ultimate in flexibility and mobility. In climbing, they call it going alpine style – lightweight, fast, efficient. For an angler, this means accessing countless small channels and mouse-eating trout without the worry of dead ends, portages, and extra baggage.
This trip was not a first descent on an unnamed river. It was not some epic of mankind’s quest through the uncharted. But, after going 100 river miles without seeing another human soul, it felt like it. To revel in the unknown is the greatest thrill for an angler. And when it’s all over, the fishing, the adventure, and the solitude all culminate into a shared experience with the company you keep.
For a limited time, a helicopter will be at Redoubt Mountain Lodge to take guests on a variety of "Only in Alaska" adventures. These helicopter tours & adventures will be available to guests visiting for multi-night stays between June 10 - July 2, 2018. A myriad of fly out heli activities are being offered including an exclusive bear viewing experience, flight seeing Lake Clark National Park, rafting/kayaking, fishing, and more. See package offerings below:
* 2-Day/2-Night Stay (Includes 1 Heli Fly Out) | $2,680 Per Person * 3-Day/3-Night Stay (Includes 2 Heli Fly Out) | $3,595 Per Person * 4-Day/4-Night Stay (Includes 2 Heli Fly Out) | $4,550 Per Person * 5-Day/5-Night Stay (Includes 3 Heli Fly Out) | $5,445 Per Person
From glaciers to wildlife to enchanted forests, the Pacific Northwest is a truly amazing part of our planet. These are some of my favorite moments from my recent trip along the Alaskan coast with UnCruise in May 2017. Music: "Conrad" by Ben Howard, used with the permission of the artist.
Pioneered through multiple years of research, this tour is unlike anything offered throughout Alaska. Redoubt Mountain Lodge holds exclusive rights for access into this area during this limited window of intense bear activity. They will not be sharing this location with anyone except the bears! The location has been closely watched for several years documenting the abundance of Alaskan coastal brown bears, their behavior and migratory patterns. Finally they have the logistics arranged, transportation in place and the approval granted and are ready to begin taking adventurous enthusiasts on a bear viewing experience truly unique to anything offered around the world.
This is a coastal area rich in sedge grass, vibrant salt marches and tidal flats littered with clams. Watch enormous boars (males), adolescences, sows with cubs and solitary bears as they go about their daily lives foraging, breeding and being bears.
This tour has it all! Your day will begin with a short helicopter flight from the lodge with an amazing aerial tour viewing numerous bears from the air. Typical flight see tours see 30 or more bears. Helicopter transportation and aerial tour will be followed by a mix of walking and boating throughout a beautiful untouched landscape. The ability to walk 2-3 miles (minimum) is required for all interested guests. Terrain in relatively flat; however, there will be small creeks and muddy areas to traverse. A Redoubt Mountain Lodge guide will be with you the entire day. Daily group sizes are small at only 2 - 4 guests per trip.
We had the pleasure of working with Alaska Sportsman's Lodge on this short film. The rainbow trout of the Iliamna drainage are the hottest trout on planet Earth. Even avid steelheaders admit that these fish are on par with their chrome pursuits. The immediate chaos that these larger rainbows cause in the boat is pure comedy, and sometimes tragedy (as many anglers lose the largest trout of their lives here). Any guide who has worked in the region will never forget the first time they witnessed the "Trout of Steel" at full force.
For Leighan Falley, Alaska is more than home — it’s a calling. Leighan spent years as a ski guide and climber on the Alaskan range, focusing much of her energy on Denali. But after becoming a mother, she found herself unwilling to pursue guiding (and the dangers that come with it), instead taking to the skies as mountain pilot. Follow Leighan on the Alaskan adventures that enrich her life and legacy in Denali’s Raven.
We had the opportunity to spend a week with Talaheim Lodge in the summer of 2016. Everyday offered incredible sight fishing for trout, char, and silver salmon. Our last day we had the opportunity to throw poppers to voracious Dolly Varden Char and Rainbow Trout. As the saying goes, "Once You Pop, You Can't Stop"!