It's not all glory for Alaska fishing guides and lodge staff who work the short summer season. Most of the time, they really bust their tails off. Just ask any fishing guide if they get to fish a lot. We got the rare opportunity to spend a few days with guide staff at Royal Coachman Lodge during their pre-season. Let's just say most everyone got a chance to cut away from work and have a day off!
“How do you describe something as majestic as what we flew through? That’s the thing. I don’t really have the words for it.” Join Alaskan bush pilot*, Lynn Ellis in breathtaking Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest protected wilderness in America.
Flying is essential for most of Alaska. Bush planes and other aircraft allow the AK fishing lodges, guides and outfitters to access the most remote and wild fisheries. And, along the way, you get to see some of the most spectacular scenery on planet Earth. Flying is part of the experience in Alaska. This short reel shows the allure of our namesake "Fly Out".
In this video you can see many of our recommended lodges and air taxis - Ultima Thule Lodge, Royal Coachman Lodge, Iliamna Air Taxi, Crystal Creek Lodge, Regal Air, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, Talaheim Lodge, Mission Lodge, Tikchik Narrows Lodge, and Sportsman's Air Service.
We had a fantastic opportunity to fish and film at the Copper River Lodge this past August. We really enjoyed the intimate setting with the close knit and friendly guides and staff. A big thank you to Joe Hyde (Lodge Manager) for taking good care of us throughout the week. The trout fishing was exceptional, with the bead/egg drop really hitting it's peak during the week. I can't begin to count how many large Alaska rainbows were caught, but I can say, it was impressive even for AK standards. If you're looking for a small lodge (8 guests per week) whose focus is on world-class trout fishing and first rate service, look no further than the Copper River Lodge.
When was the last time you were truly in awe, completely astonished at the brilliance of it all? For many of us, the predictability of adulthood has dulled our sense of wonder. We have eyes that do not see, ears that do not hear, and a heart that does not feel. We’re jaded. The “been there’s” and “done that’s” cripple our ability to see life as it really is – truly amazing.
How do we take back the freedom that we enjoyed in our youth? Where can we see the wonders of our existence through the eyes of a child?
Every year in Alaska, millions upon millions of sockeye salmon migrate back to their natal rivers to spawn. Often following these salmon are hungry, aggressive, meat eating Alaska Rainbow Trout. When the salmon spawn, these trout stage behind their redds, voraciously eating their eggs. Filmed at the Copper River Lodge. Call or email about booking.
Jim Teeny is a fine example of humility and generosity in the fly fishing industry. If you know Jim Teeny, you know the spirit of a true sportsman. May we all set down our egos, walk forward, evolve, and progress this beautiful sport of fly fishing.