How To Choose The Right Alaska Lodge

An Alaska fishing trip is a dream than haunts the minds of anglers all over the world. Some have the means to plan an Alaska trip every year; for others, an Alaska fishing trip might be a once-in-a-lifetime event. If you’re looking to stay at a lodge, to make the most of your Alaska fishing trip it is helpful to have an idea of how to choose the right Alaska lodge for your trip. In this video, Nick Speer of Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge shares insights to help you make the right choice for your Alaska fishing trip.

Nick points out two key considerations: What do you want to do, and what can you afford? You could book a walk-and-wade flyfishing trip for a couple hundred dollars, or a week-long remote lodge trip that might cost $6000 or $7000. 

For your fishing trip, a good starting point is to narrow down exactly what you want from your trip. For example, do you want to catch a rainbow trout over 30 inches long?  Or do you want to catch lots of rainbows and grayling and don’t really care about size? Do you want to catch big numbers of king salmon, or are you more geared towards the chance at a king over 50 pounds? Do you want to catch silver salmon in freshwater, or out in saltwater?  Is fishing the priority, or is sightseeing and wildlife viewing important as well? By answering these questions, it will narrow down what your choices are regarding location and timing. Then you can look up specific operations that might be able to meet your needs.

If you know what you want to catch, you can research the best times to pursue those species. You can’t catch everything all summer long. There are definite peaks regarding some species and locations. By doing your research you’ll narrow down the locations and timing for your Alaska fishing trip.

Once you have the location and general timing worked out for your Alaska fishing trip, and assuming you have a budget in mind, it’s time to compare operations that might meet your needs. Ask questions; focus on what is offered for the price. Ask questions about the gear used, safety, how many fishing days you get, how long the guides have been there, is transportation to the lodge provided, and so on. Find out what is included, as the “sticker price” might not tell the whole story. 

These are just a few of the considerations for an Alaska fishing trip. Watch the video to learn even more.

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