Alaska Rainbow Adventures is a float trip outfitter operating multi-day excursions into the bush. Anglers are presented the unique opportunity to experience the Alaskan wilderness like no other! Alaska Rainbow Adventures provides one of the best Alaska fly fishing float trips in the state to fish some of the most fabled Alaskan waters, as well as provide anglers who want to get “off-the-grid” with an intimate knowledge of an entire watershed that is unmatched by most operations. Owner Paul Hansen has used his nearly thirty years of guiding experience and floating knowledge to design trips that are tailored to the angler seeking that intangible “something more” from their Alaskan adventure. Without a doubt, Paul and his crew adeptly accomplish, taking anglers into the Alaskan wilderness in a way that some of us have only dreamt about.
LOCATION: Bristol Bay Region, Alaska
SEASON: June through September
CAPACITY: Maximum of 12 guests per week
CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB: Anchorage, AK (ANC)
TARGET SPECIES: Rainbow trout, all five species of Pacific salmon, char, Dolly Varden, and grayling
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: Photo identification for airlines and Alaskan fishing license
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
Lodging during your stay with Alaska Rainbow Adventures is provided in high-end water/wind-proof tents, custom-built in Alaska specifically for this operation. Each of these custom tents are equipped with comfortable cots and chairs and will keep you dry and warm during your visit. A custom-built tent is built for each trip, capable of holding the entire group for dining or for general socializing. All guests are welcome to hang out in this common space for drinks, fly tying and socializing. Each day after fishing, you will arrive at your designated campsite for the evening, where you may assist the Alaska Rainbow Adventures staff make camp while they prepare all the additional amenities for your evening stay. A private portable bathroom will be set up each night, which includes a shower. While this is a rustic camping trip for anglers seeking a true backcountry experience, the staff takes all necessary steps to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your stay.
Food and Beverages
Breakfast includes hearty scrambles, Eggs Benedict and pancakes, along with camp coffee/tea to kick off your day. Lunch is provided each day on the water by your guides, with dinner held each evening after you have arrived to camp. Dinners include hearty portions of fresh caught salmon, meats, pasta dishes, burgers and stir fries, leaving you full and ready for the next day on the water. Alaska Rainbow Adventures can also accommodate menu preferences and vegetarian diets if mentioned in advance.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard float trips are seven (7) nights / seven (7) fishing days, but shorter or extended trips can be accommodated. Please call Yellow Dog for details and scheduling.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While Alaska Rainbow Adventures is primarily a fishing operation, the staff does offer bear viewing float trips and scenic floats based on preferences and time frame for your group. Please contact Yellow Dog to learn more.
Internet / Communications
There is no internet connection during your on-river adventure with Alaska Rainbow Adventures. The staff is equipped with satellite phones in case of an emergency.
With years of experience on many of the best waters in the entire state, Alaska Rainbow Adventures offers programs on rivers that will leave you wanting more each day. With trips on some of the big-named rivers including the Goodnews, Alagnak, Togiak, American, Moraine Creek, Lake Creek and Talachulitna, each trip is custom-tailored to focus on what you would like to accomplish during your visit. You will have the option to choose from three different float trip packages during your stay. Each package offers different levels of service and amenities on your float. On some waters all three service levels are available, while on others, due to accessibility and logistics, only what is called the "Intimate Rivers" trips are offered.
Fisherman's Deluxe Package
This package features a two-to-one guest-to-guide ratio, with two anglers and their guide floating the river in custom-built drifter rafts. A separate gear boat precedes you downriver, carrying much of the gear and setting up camp before you arrive.
Standard Deluxe Package
The Standard Deluxe option offers the same excellent accommodations outlined in the Fisherman's Deluxe, but with a two or three-to-one guest-to-guide ratio. With this package, there is no gear boat and everyone helps set up camp.
Intimate Rivers Package
The Intimate Rivers float trips are usually on smaller waters and provide fewer creature comforts than the other packages. Availability depends on the particular river you choose to float.
Boats and Equipment
After years of experience running Alaskan river drainages, Alaska Rainbow Adventures is outfitted with only the best rafts and catarafts for your multi-day float. Vessels used include great crafts from top names like Sotar and Aire, ranging from 14 to 18 feet, depending on the chosen river for your trip. Each raft is equipped with a custom-built frame, floor and padded high back seats for your comfort. It is recommended that anglers bring all of their own gear and equipment, including rods, reels, wading boots, flies and all terminal tackle.
How To Get There
Your trip starts upon arrival into Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC), whereupon you will then take a short flight to King Salmon, Dillingham, Illiamna or Bethel for your charter flight. Upon arrival to the airports listed, you will board a smaller charter float plane that will transfer you to your launching point with Alaska Rainbow Adventures.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
In Anchorage, you will take your flight out to King Salmon, Dillingham, Bethel or Illiamna typically on the morning of your float trip departure. If you cannot arrive to Anchorage until later in the day (which can occur with cross-country flights), Yellow Dog can assist you with overnight accommodations for the evening prior to your trip. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Photo identification is required by airlines and to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased on the first day of your trip, or online prior to your trip, by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Yellow Dog offers 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 travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.
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. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars. Trips of any length can be arranged, so please call Yellow Dog for details and custom package pricing.
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"The Moraine Creek float trip I took with Alaska Rainbow Adventures was the best Alaska fly fishing trip I have ever been on. I caught my personal record rainbow and there were lots of big fish. Of the 50 or so fish I caught, only two were smaller than 20 inches. Seeing all of those bears was also one of the most memorable experiences of my life. We must have seen 200 bears during the week. The fact that there is still a place on earth where you can experience both fantastic fishing and see so many bears up close makes this a must-do trip. I loved the food and your camp equipment was first rate. What a great trip, and for only half the price of a lodge! I'll be setting up my next trip soon!."
- Paul Z.