Fly Fish The Fabled Sandy River For Trophy Steelhead and Kings
This modest wilderness lodge, located 600 miles southwest of Anchorage on the end of Alaska’s Aleutian Peninsula, provides comfortable riverside accommodations and world-class fly fishing in one of the more remote areas of the state. It would be difficult to find a river more suited to swinging flies for King salmon and fresh steelhead than the Sandy. This fishery offers what is arguably the best – and most consistent – King Salmon and steelhead opportunities in the world, all set in a remote, uncrowded and untouched region of the Alaskan peninsula.
The lodge is located directly on the banks of the Sandy River, allowing for easy and immediate access to the river as well as the coastal zones. Each rooming arrangement is a heavy-duty Weatherport tent, comfortably set up for double occupancy accommodations and bedding (all linens are supplied), shared shower facilities and daily housekeeping. The camp also features a separate tent that serves as a wader and equipment drying room for the week. A small, quiet generator, as well as solar panels, provide power to operate the camp throughout your stay. While the lodge is more of a remote, fishing-focused operation, they offer everything needed to make your stay extremely comfortable.
Food and Beverages
A hearty breakfast is served early before your day’s fishing to keep you going out on the water. Lunch will be brought with you on the river in order to maximize your fishing day, including a selection of sandwiches, snacks, and beverages. However, if your group wishes to return to the lodge for lunch to relax and warm up, arrangements can be made. After your days fishing there will be a nice selection of appetizers for you to snack on before you are served a hearty family-style dinner with the rest of the group including local seafood, meats, and sides. Alcoholic beverages are not provided but can be purchased for you on request. You can also purchase any alcohol in Anchorage and bring it with you on the charter flight to camp.
Typical Length of Stay
All Sandy River Lodge trips are run on a Sunday – Sunday itinerary throughout the best fishing weeks of the season (7 nights / 6 fishing days).
Non-Angling Activities and Options
While the Sandy is a fishing-focused operation, the lodge does offer other non-angling activities such as bird watching, hiking, bird hunting (when in season) and photography.
Internet / Communications
Wi-Fi is available free of charge for lodge guests. Please bring your own laptop or PDA to access the internet. Depending on your service plan, some cell phones may also work at the lodge and definitely in Anchorage before and after your trip.
How To Get There
Guests should plan on arriving into Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC) on the Saturday before their trip is scheduled to depart. After a quick overnight in Anchorage (Yellow Dog can assist with recommendations), anglers will travel to the Sandy via charter by Alaska Air Transit the following morning. The aircraft used is a Pilatus PC-12, which is among one of the safest aircraft used today in Alaska.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
The Sandy River Lodge charter flight departs each Sunday at 10:00 AM from the Anchorage International Airport. All anglers are required to arrive one hour early for check-in.
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.
Located on the banks of the Sandy River, the program is based around the incredible runs of king salmon, silvers and steelhead found in the fishery and coastal areas. One of the great aspects of the Sandy River fishing program is the lodge will only operate during the peak season of runs for kings, silvers, and steelhead, so all anglers should expect the best fishing conditions and options during their stay. One of Sandy River’s specialties is swinging flies to the freshest, brightest and hottest salmon and steelhead, and they have the location to do just that! Due to the short, peak runs of each species throughout the summer, small group size each week and the lodge and staff’s stellar reputation, the Sandy is an operation that has an incredible number of return guests and limited availability. Anglers should plan on booking there trip well in advance to guarantee openings for their stay.
Boats and Equipment
The lodge utilizes aluminum jet boats to access each stretch of the river and coastline. Anglers should plan on bringing all of their own gear, rods, flies, and waders for their stay.
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.
7 Nights / 6 Fishing Days (Sunday to Sunday) = $7,900.00 per person
- Round trip air transportation from Anchorage to Sandy River Lodge
- All meals while in camp
- All non-alcoholic beverages
- Seven (7) nights of accommodations (double occupancy) at Sandy River Lodge
- Six (6) days of fully guided fishing (two anglers per guide)
- Taxes and fees
What’s Not Included:
- Flights to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC)
- Fishing license and King stamp (if needed)
- Gratuities for guides and camp staff
- Alcoholic beverages (BYO on the charter from Anchorage)
- Fishing equipment, flies and terminal tackle