This page gives a short overview of Alaska West and our spey instruction program. There’s much more information about all these topics available on our web site – but this page and the links at the bottom are a great place to start.
Alaska West Introduction
Alaska West is located on the Kanektok River in Western Alaska. We fish for all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as rainbow trout, dolly varden and grayling. Our guests stay with us at the lodge each night and go fishing each day with two anglers per guide fishing out of 16 foot jet boats.
For the first 4 weeks of our season, we swing flies for king and chum salmon, and run our spey instruction program. Several different guest spey instructors join us in camp, and help our guests with their spey casting in both group and one-on-one formats. Our instructors are the best in the business – Jeff Hickman, Charles St. Pierre, Tom Larimer and Brian Niska.
First-time spey casters in our schools learn the ropes quickly, and experienced spey casters polish their skills by working with the real experts. The beauty of the program is that it combines great instruction with a world-class fishery, so you get to use your skills to get out there and catch fish! Our king salmon fishing is unique in the state of Alaska – we’re swinging flies, winter steelhead-style, for hot, chrome fish.
Our season runs from the second week of June through the end of August each summer. Our fishery is incredibly productive and is often referred to as a ‘fish factory’.
Most of our guests are interested in catching a variety of fish species – all season long there are trout, dolly varden and grayling available, and various salmon species as well. King salmon are available from the second week of June through end middle of July, and silver salmon are a target from late July through the end of August.
We call our accommodations ‘comfortable but casual’. We pride ourselves on a very high level of service and on delivering a great experience during your stay, but we are not trying to be a ‘luxury lodge’. The atmosphere is relaxing and we’re not too worried about formalities.
Getting to Alaska West means flying to Anchorage and then taking a charter flight that we run direct from Anchorage to the lodge.
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