Rapids Camp Lodge is located in King Salmon Alaska and is our fly out lodge offering access into the countless backcountry river’s of Bristol Bay. During the month of September however, it can be difficult to get into the float plane and leave the river that flows right out our backdoor, the famous Naknek. Draining west out of the Naknek Lake, the Naknek River offers anglers a chance at some of the largest and strongest Rainbow Trout on the planet.
The Naknek gets runs of Salmon and some very underrated early seasons “Smolt Busts” but our favorite time to fish our homewater is towards the end of the season. Our preferred way to fish it is with a two handed rod in a stretch called “the Rapids”. RCL is conveniently located at the bottom end of the Rapids, offering our guests easy access to this special stretch of water. The fishing wont be easy, the river is big and fast causing it to be difficult to wade and land fish, but for those who are dedicated, every year this stretch gives up multiple Rainbows in the 30” range. Your gear and your confidence will be tested, but stay after and you might be the next to land a Naknek Giant! Here are some of our favorite set up’s for taming these Naknek Beasts on the swing.