Authentic Western Alaska Sportfishing Experience
Western Alaska Sport Fishing is an “on the spot” tent camp that has been in continuous operation since 1982. This is a high-value, wilderness tent-camp operation that focuses on fly fishing in a pristine, isolated wilderness setting. This riverside camp experience is enhanced by regular sightings of wildlife and great home water pools for more after dinner angling opportunities in a location that is well away from crowds and other lodges. Over the years, the Edgorf’s have built a reputation for operating one of the finest wilderness camps in Alaska, a program that is often referred to as “the real Alaska experience.”
Although “tented,” the camp has all the basic essentials for a comfortable Alaskan fishing vacation, including a full kitchen and dining area, showers, privy latrines, and comfortable tented guest quarters. Sleeping arrangements are two guests per 8’ x 10’ Weatherport tent, with mattresses on sleeping cots and electrical outlets. Sleeping bags are provided, along with clean linens, pillows, washcloths, towels, etc. Bottled water is also provided in each tent cabin.
Food and Beverages
All meals are cooked home-style and include fresh-baked bread prepared each day by chef-extraordinaire, Kim Egdorf. Throughout the course of the week, dinner entrées include grilled steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, prime rib, and fresh salmon. Delectable dessert treats to top off every meal. Breakfast includes all the usual meats, eggs to order, hot or cold cereals, and pancakes. A packed lunch that is sent out on the river typically includes sandwiches, chips, treats, and choice of drinks. Hors d’ oeuvres are served upon arrival to camp after the fishing day. Wine, beer, and sodas are available for purchase at any time. You may also choose to bring your favorite spirits with you for your week-long stay. Bottled water is provided in camp and on the river during the day.
Typical Length of Stay
The standard fishing package is seven (7) nights / seven (7) fishing days, arriving and departing from camp on Thursdays. Non-standard, customized packages are possible on a space-available status. Please contact Yellow Dog for details.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
Birdwatching, photography, and hiking activities are limitless. Berry picking is available and is exceptionally productive from early August through the end of the season.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi in camp is available for emergency use only, as service bandwidth is easily exceeded. Cell phones will not work during your week in camp.
How To Get There
All anglers should plan on flying up to Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) the day before their trip begins to overnight for the first evening (Wednesday). On the day of your trip departure, anglers will charter with Iliamna Air Taxi from Anchorage to Iliamna via private charter on Thursday morning. The cost of the charter is not included in your package and can be arranged by calling Iliamna Air Taxi directly. After the week of fishing with the Egdorf’s, anglers will charter back to Iliamna and Anchorage for the final evening or begin making their way back home on Thursday night.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
From Anchorage (ANC), guests will travel to Iliamna Airport (ILI) with Iliamna Air Taxi to begin their trip. Once in Iliamna, you will charter privately via floatplane out to the Egdorf’s camp on the Upper Nushagak River. It is recommended that guests arrive in Anchorage on a Wednesday and overnight at a local hotel. Travel to and from camp via Iliamna will commence on Thursday mornings.
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 works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
The Nushagak River is home to all five species of Pacific salmon: Chinook, sockeye, chum, coho, and pink salmon. Combined with rainbow trout, arctic grayling, and Dolly Varden, “prolific” is an understatement when describing this fishery. The term “fish factory” might actually be more fitting. Salmon migrate to the uppermost regions of the Nushagak to spawn and it just so happens that the Egdorf camp is in the heart of the most prolific spawning area on the river. Four species of salmon annually spawn throughout July, August, and into part of September, providing a food base that supports very strong numbers of rainbow trout, grayling, and char. Collectively, this activity creates a fabulous destination for visiting anglers. The Egdorfs’ operation places you in the middle of the action, with some of the finest access and hardest-working guides in Southwest Alaska.
Boats and Equipment
Guests are brought into camp via a float-equipped Cessna 185. Once there, you will be transported via 18-foot aluminum jet boats to access different sections of the river each day. Guests should bring their own fishing gear and equipment.
Rates and Terms
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.
2021 Season Pricing
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days = $6,595.00 per person
- Seven nights lodging at Nushagak Camp
- Six days of fully guided fishing (two anglers per boat)
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Round-trip floatplane aircraft transfers from Iliamna, AK to camp
What’s Not Included:
- Flights to Anchorage (ANC) and on to Iliamna, Alaska (ILI)
- Overnight accommodations in Anchorage, Alaska
- Alaska fishing license
- Alcohol is not provided (beer and wine available for purchase)
- Gratuities for staff and guides
- Flies, terminal tackle, and fishing equipment
- Daily fly-outs (available weather dependent)
- Global Rescue emergency medical services coverage is optional but recommended
Western Alaska Sportfishing (Nushagak River, Alaska)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A non-refundable deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. For cancellations, all deposits and payments are non-refundable. In no event will the outfitter or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays or flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the outfitter. The operator will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the operator and Yellow Dog are not responsible for alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals and any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, and because of Western Alaska Sportfishing’s no refund and no credit policy, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a cancelled package is resold by either the operator or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund will be issued minus a $100.00 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for these Alaska packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
In order to lock in your trip reservation, we ask that you please remit payment within 10 days of receipt of invoice. For your convenience, Yellow Dog accepts on-line payments via a direct and secure ACH platform – a quick and easy way to complete your trip reservation. Note that all Yellow Dog invoices include a live link that takes you directly to the Yellow Dog ACH platform for fast and easy payment. For open and existing invoices with a remaining balance, payment reminders also include this easy link to the ACH page.
Other customary forms of payment that are accepted are checks or wire transfers. If you would like to pay in a different way or have any questions about alternate payment methods, please contact Yellow Dog at (888) 777-5060 or (406) 585-8667. We are available Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Beginning September 1st, 2020, Yellow Dog will apply a 2% convenience fee for all American Express credit card transactions, and a 3% convenience fee for Visa, MasterCard and Discover transactions.
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures Standard Forms For Payment
- ACH online payments (for US banking institutions only).
- Traditional checks (sent via mail)
- Electronic wire payments (client is responsible for any wiring fees)
*Please contact us if you prefer or require a different payment option. Convenience fees may apply for other payment methods.
**Please be aware that the ACH platform is only available for US financial institutions and bank accounts. International payments can be made via wire or with a credit card.
Yellow Dog Customer Reviews
“This was my second trip to Egdorf’s. Dave and Kim provide a comfortable camp with good food and excellent guides and staff. The camp uses jet boats to go up and down the river so you don’t waste fishing time loading, flying out to the fishing, unloading…loading, flying back to the lodge and unloading each day. You walk out, step in the boats and are fishing in minutes. In 6 full days of fishing we saw one float plane in the distance and not a single person that wasn’t from our camp. This year we were able to target Silver and Rainbows with as many Dollies and Grayling thrown in as you would care to catch. This is a camp where the serious angler can get their fill of fishing and catching. I fish a lot and I had to take the occasional break to give my forearm a break. Listen to your guides and you will have the fishing of your dreams.” – Mark P.
“I had literally dreamed about a trip like this since I was a kid with a fishing pole and can of worms. I used to check out books from the library on Alaska fishing and pour over the pictures, promising myself that one day I would go there. It took almost 40 years for that day to come and incredibly it was everything I had dreamed it would be and more. The week started out rough with the weather preventing us from being able to do the fly out to camp on time but Dave Egdorf diligently watched the weather and got us in there as quickly as possible without sacrificing safety. He is a living legend. The camp and operation is so unique it is in a class by itself. This trip exceeded my expectations and left an impression on me that I will carry for the rest of my life. Sounds sappy, but it is indeed true.” – Mark M.
“Amazing and addicting. Already checking the Yellow Dog site for future trips, but would love to return to Egdorfs in the near future. The guides were great and Dave and Kim are some of the friendliest and most genuine people Ive ever met. The camp was above and beyond what I expected for the Alaska bush and Ive been in a mild depression since we left. I have to look at pictures from the trip on a daily basis to cheer myself up. Yellow Dog was more than helpful in planning and made the trip even more enjoyable by taking away all of the stress. I cant thank everyone enough for making this trip such a great experience.” – Nicholas S.
“Honestly, the best fishing trip that I have ever been on! Easily exceeded my expectations! I cannot wait to go back!” – Adam B.