While there are literally hundreds of fishing lodges scattered throughout Alaska, there are only a handful of truly great ones, the cream of the crop that are the absolute best at everything they do. Brian Kraft’s Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge is easily one of the best – a full-service, fly-out lodge with an amazing location, a world-class team of guides, and a line-up of amenities, accommodations, and equipment that’s as good – if not better – than anything you’ll find anywhere in the world. Nestled high on the riverbank of the world-famous Kvichak River, Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is ideally situated in the very heart of the Bristol Bay region. The fishing is excellent on the Lodge’s home water, and the location is very close to many of Alaska’s most famous fly-out rivers, as well. All daily fly-outs are included in the package price. Spend a week at Sportsman’s, and the only thing that you’ll worry about is how soon you can re-book for the following year!
LOCATION: Kvichak River - Bristol Bay, Alaska
SEASON: Early June through Early October
CAPACITY: 16 anglers 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 Alaska fishing license
CONTACT US FOR MORE INFO 888-777-5060 INTL 01-1-406-585-8667 info [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com
The Lodge can accommodate a maximum of 16 guests per week. All cabins provide hot and cold running water and 24-hour-a-day electrical service from the generator plant. The guest cabins were designed for comfort and look out to breathtaking views of the Kvichak River. Each double-occupancy room is complete with a private bathroom, shower, and two very comfortable full beds with linens and comforters. The Iliamna Cabin comfortably sleeps four guests and is perfect for small groups or families. This cabin has its own living room, loft with a reading area, a kitchenette, and a private bath. The Main Lodge is characterized by a hardwood-floored dining room, a comfortable living room with a fireplace, couches and rockers, a wet bar, fly tying area, a tackle/guides room, a loft with a reading area and map room, and a laundry room. The Main Lodge is spacious enough for all of the guests to stretch out and relax, yet it is intimate enough to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow guests and guides.
Food and Beverages
The Lodge chef will prepare three hearty meals each day. Breakfast includes hot and cold cereals, muffins, breads, fruits, eggs, French toast, pancakes, bacon, sausage, reindeer sausage, juices, and coffee. Lunch usually consists of sandwiches and soups packed for your day on the water. A shore lunch can be arranged with your guide and adds a nice experience to a warm Alaskan day. Dinners at the Lodge include Alaskan style appetizers, NY strips, prime rib, crab legs, fresh salmon, halibut, shrimp, chicken, and pork all followed by delicious desserts. The Lodge does not supply any hard liquor, but they do provide beer and wine. Feel free to bring a bottle of your favorite liquor, and the Lodge will provide common mixers.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard Alaska Sportsman's Lodge package is seven (7) nights / sevent (7) fishing days, although shorter lengths of stay are offered. Call Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
For non-anglers, the Lodge offers a variety of activities including scenic flights, wildlife viewing, boat tours, and seasonal bird hunting. The Lodge staff is fantastic about accommodating non-anglers and family members.
Internet / Communications
The Lodge does have Wi-Fi available. Cell phones will not work at the Lodge.
Fishing at a lodge like Alaska Sportsman's, located on a trophy river such as the Kvichak, you can be assured that you will have the opportunity to fish every day during your stay. The fishing is excellent on the "home river", and the location is very close to many “fly-out” rivers. Many times throughout the season, especially when targeting big rainbow trout, the Kvichak is the river of choice. But, throughout the Bristol Bay and Lake Iliamna area, there are other tremendous fishing opportunities. The Lodge wants clients to have the chance to see and experience the flavor of this great area.
With that in mind, the Lodge owns several private float planes and employs expert pilots to take guests to different rivers throughout the area to fish for salmon, Arctic Char, and rainbow trout. The central location makes many of the remote streams very accessible; most are literally only a short flight away. Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge is also near Katmai National Park and Preserve and holds permits to operate on several "limited access" rivers.
The benefit of choosing to visit Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is that whether you decide to fly-out to fish a nearby stream or stay and experience the wonders that the home river offers, your fishing day will be filled with adventure and excitement.
Boats and Equipment
Two DeHavilland Beavers and one Cessna 180 (all on floats) provide fishing access throughout the region. The Lodge also utilizes a large fleet of aluminum boats equipped with Yamaha jet motors - some based at the Lodge itself and many others strategically scattered throughout the region on numerous rivers. The Lodge does include all rods, reels, flies and all terminal tackle if guests want to travel light.
How To Get There
Several major airlines serve Alaska from the Lower 48 with direct connections to Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC). Your direct flight from Anchorage to Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is included in the price of your trip package. Most anglers arrive into Anchorage the day before their departure to the Lodge, stay overnight in the city, and then fly to the lodge the following day.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
It is recommended that guests overnight in Anchorage the day before the trip begins. On the day that you fly to the Lodge, you will check in at the airport and board a classic DC-3 that will fly directly to the small airstrip that is close to the lodge. Upon arrival, you will be welcomed by the staff of Alaska Sportsman's Lodge and transferred to the Lodge.
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, based on double occupancy, and quoted in US dollars.
7 Nights / 7 Fishing Days = $11,175.00
4 Nights / 4 Fishing Days = $7,475.00
3 Nights / 3 Fishing Days = $4,975.00
- Airfare between Anchorage (ANC) and the Lodge on a lodge-chartered flight
- Double occupancy cabin room with two comfortable beds, linens, comforter, private bath with hot and cold running water, and daily maid service
- All daily fly-outs in Lodge aircraft
- Daily guided fishing with US Coast Guard and ADF&G licensed guides
- All necessary fishing gear, all flies, and access to a fully stocked fly tying bench
- Alaskan fishing license and Salmon stamp
- Meals, beverages, beer, and wine
- Professional vacuum sealing and preparation of salmon for shipment home
- Shipment of your salmon back to Anchorage
What's Not Included
- Airfare to Anchorage
- Hotel and meals in Anchorage
- Alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine (Bring your own)
- Guide and staff gratuities
"Just returned from ASL. Brian Kraft and staff were excellent. They anticipated every desire. Very professional outfit! Tops in Alaska lodges/guide trips. Gourmet food, comfortable warm cabins with down bedding, relaxing lodge, friendly/helpful staff, knowledgeable guides whose concern is for your safety as well as to put you on lots of fish and on site bush pilots who whisk you off on daily fly-outs. I've been to Alaska and the pacific northwest numerous times...they rank as the very best!"
- Mark (Cedar Rapids, IA)