A Unique Alaskan Heli-Fishing Operation
Set at the base of one of the most geographically diverse mountain ranges in all of Alaska, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge is one of the finest and most unique operations we have come across in Alaska – if not the world. Located at the foothills of the Tordrillo Mountain range on the beautiful Judd Lake and outlet of the Talachulitna River, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge offers anglers and outdoor enthusiasts numerous options for fishing and adventure – all in a beautiful, high-end, relaxed environment. A quick 40-minute floatplane charter from Anchorage delivers you to the Lodge, with great home water and tons of angling and non-angling options for all group members. Equipped with access to an arsenal of helicopters and watercraft, you will be fishing each day on different waters that have primarily remained untouched due to rugged terrain and little room for conventional floatplane aircraft. The Lodge also offers one of the most exclusive fishing/heli-skiing combo package trips in the entire U.S. called “Cast and Carve,” where you can cast to running king salmon and ski untracked corn snow all in one day!
Just 40 minutes from Anchorage via float plane, the Lodge sits on the bank of the beautiful Judd Lake and outlet of the Talachulitna River. The remote lodge has panoramic views of the Tordrillo Mountain range, as well as two 11,000-foot volcanoes and Mt. McKinley, America’s tallest peak at 20,320 feet. The 5,600 square foot Lodge itself has all the amenities and comforts for your Alaskan vacation and will serve as your haven after a long day of fishing the remote rivers and streams of the area. The Lodge is equipped with a full bar with local beers on tap, an “Alaskan-style” hot-tub, large dining area, lounge, and beautiful surroundings to explore when you are back from your daily excursions. Each two-bedroom is equipped with a private bathroom, hot shower, and comfortable bedding and sheets.
Food and Beverages
All meals at Tordrillo are prepared by a world-class chef and staff who cater to your needs each day. Breakfast each morning consists of fresh fruits, pastries, hot dishes, international coffees and teas to get you going before your day. Lunches in the field include homemade soups, gourmet sandwiches, snacks and treats to keep you going until dinner. The Lodge’s “field-to-table” belief means that menus each night are paired with fresh herbs and produce from the garden, Alaskan seafood, regional game dishes and courses that leave you full and ready for the next day on the water. Special diets can be accommodated during your stay if mentioned in advance.
Typical Length of Stay
Trips of any length can be arranged during your stay with Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. Guests should plan on arriving in Anchorage the day prior to your trip start date with T.M.L. to catch the early morning charter flight to Judd Lake the following morning. For the Cast and Carve program, trip lengths are six-day packages through August and are custom lengths beginning and through September and the rest of the year.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
A true outdoor enthusiasts dream, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge offers numerous options beyond their world-class fishing opportunities. Non-angling activities at the Lodge include heli-skiing (seasonal), heli-hiking, single day and overnight rafting trips, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, wildlife viewing, bird watching and much, much more. The Lodge also has an “Alaskan Style” hot tub, sauna, massage services and a great lounge to relax and watch movies when you are back from your daily activities.
Internet / Communications
Internet access is available during your stay and cell phones will not work during your visit.
How To Get There
Your trip with Tordrillo Mountain Lodge begins upon arrival into Anchorage’s Ted Stevens International Airport (ANC). From there, guests will typically spend their first night in Anchorage before departing early the following morning via float plane to Judd Lake and Tordrillo Mountain Lodge. The float plane flight to Judd Lake is included in your package price. Yellow Dog’s full in-house travel service can assist you in setting up hotel accommodations for your first night’s stay in Anchorage. Please call Yellow Dog for details.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
All Lodge trips can be customized to fit any packaging request. Whether it be a quick one or two-day add-on to a longer Alaskan visit or a seven to ten days-long adventure, the Lodge will provide custom packages to meet your needs. Guests should plan on arriving into Anchorage the day prior to the beginning of their trip dates, where you will stay one evening before departing early the following day for the Lodge. If you plan on flying out of Anchorage the same day as your departure from Tordrillo Mountain Lodge, you will want to schedule a late afternoon flight.
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.
Tordrillo Mountain Lodge sits at the outlet of the Talachulitna River at Judd Lake. “The Tal”, as it is called by the Lodge guides, offers guests incredible access to great home water fishing right off the back deck. The Tal has an excellent population of resident rainbow trout, along with healthy runs of king, chum, sockeye salmon and huge Arctic Char. The Tal is a smaller stream where you will find easy wading opportunities, pocket water, shelves and hole after hole absolutely stacked with rainbows and arctic char.
The Lodge also has access to numerous helicopters, which can be added on to any package for a truly remote fishing day. In almost 20 years of fishing the surrounding rivers and lakes, Tordrillo Mountain Lodge has rarely had to compete with any other angling outfit in the area. Most of the rivers fished from the helicopters are too rugged and remote to access by conventional aircraft or off-road vehicle, leaving the waters untouched for you and your group. Each stream is accessed by helicopter only, so you will not be competing for casting room – or fish for that matter. Also, because of this limited access, days begin after a relaxed breakfast where you do not find yourself racing to the float plane to be the first on the water!
Unique to the Lodge is the Cast-and-Carve program offered each June and early July during the famed king salmon runs. Days begin after breakfast, where you will depart via helicopter to ski untracked lines of spring snow in the stunning Tordrillo Mountain Range. After a day on the slopes and mountain-top margaritas, you will return to the Lodge for a quick lunch before swapping gear and heading out to cast to king salmon in the surrounding area. Kings at this time usually weigh in between 35to 50 pounds, with the occasional shot at the true monsters occurring daily. This timeframe also gives the angler great shots at rainbow trout, fresh out of the winter season and willing to eat almost anything presented in front of them. For an angling/adventure experience, the Cast-and-Carve program is unmatched by any outfit that we know of in Alaska.
Boats and Equipment
Tordrillo offers access to numerous helicopters as well as jet boats, 13-foot rafts with fishing frames, one man inflatable kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and other numerous watercraft. For accessing the remote waters of the area, the Lodge will pick and choose the right helicopter that can get you in to the stream that no other outfit in the area can. Each well-equipped helicopter is piloted by seasoned guides with countless hours operating in the Alaskan wilderness. Tordrillo Mountain Lodge also provides smaller one-man inflatable kayaks that will allow you to float tight water and access hundreds of runs, holes and shelves in a single day on the surrounding streams.
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 based on double occupancy. Below are outlined rates for Cast-and Carve and Standard Fishing Packages.
STANDARD FISHING PACKAGES (July – September 2020)
3 Nights / 3 Days (includes 2 heli-excursions) = $6,000.00 per person
4 Nights / 4 Days (includes 2 heli-excursions) = $7,650.00 per person
5 Nights / 5 Days (includes 3 heli-excursions) = $9,300.00 per person
What’s Included – Standard Fishing Package:
- Float plane flight from Anchorage’s Lake Hood to Judd Lake
- Lodging at Tordrillo
- All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
- Professional guide services each day
- Fishing tackle, flies, lures and tippet
- Fishing gear and recreational equipment
- 1 complimentary massage per person
- All sporting equipment for lake based and remote activites
What’s Not Included – Standard Fishing Package:
- Additional Heli-flights for fishing, hiking and sightseeing
- Retail merchandise at lodge gift shop
- Additional massage services
- Bar tab and alcoholic beverages
- Airfare from original destination to Anchorage
- Overnight accommodations in Anchorage on first night
- Meals in Anchorage
- Alaskan fishing license
- Gratuities for guides and lodge staff (15-20% recommended)