From June through September as many as a quarter of the world’s wild salmon return to the Bristol Bay region to spawn. The Becharof
Lake drainages receives a vast percentage of them. Besides all five species of salmon, Kings, Sockeye, Chums, Pinks and Coho, incalculable
numbers of Rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, Artic Char, Graying and Lake Trout turn up to prey on the eggs and smolt. It is the fishing equivalent of
the Serengeti plains in Africa.
Due to the remote local our trips are a week in length and usually run from Saturday to Saturday. The majority of our fishing guests are
repeat clients who book a year in advance but we usually have a few weeks available until early spring.
Most of our fishermen use fly fishing equipment but there are always some who prefer spinning or casting gear and children typically do
well with simpler gear. We insist on barbless hooks as it is entirely possible to catch over a hundred fish per day and, except for the fish that we
keep for meals, we practice catch and release.
If needed we have quality rods for loan but most avid fishermen prefer to bring their own.
Necessary equipment you will need to bring:
Light sleeping bag and/or fleece liner: Our bunks are clean
and comfortable but we are not a full service lodge with a
staff of dozens so do not supply basic sleeping gear, we
do provide pillows and extra blankets.
Rain coat, sweater, jacket and small day pack to carry them
will allow us to explore remote, seldom fished holes.
Personal gear, camera, batteries, and small flashlight. If you require constant charges on cell phones
Laptops or cameras we suggest you bring a supplemental charging device
Spinning rods: Medium weight capable of utilizing 6-15 pound
test line and throwing 1/2 oz lures. Orange and red
spinners and spoons are most effective. Pixie, Blue Fox, Little
Cleos and Mepps are good designs.
Fly Rods; 5 to 8 weight rods with floating line are most useful.
As we travel in small bush planes multi piece rods are much
easier to deal with.
Flys and lures Many store bought flies are tied with overly large hooks that
often damage and kill fish, even if they are released. Smaller
hooks catch them just as well and, since they are easier to
release, it is often easier to catch more fish in a day with them.
can be purchased from Tia if she is given prior notice.
Otherwise globugs, pinkies, beads and other egg patterns are a
virtual requirement. Leech patterns - especially the
ubiquitous “purple-egg-sucking leech - as well as wolly
buggers of various colors. Later in the season flesh patterns
work exceptionally well.
For Salmon bright flash patterns and large pink “fuscia”
bunnies work well,
deer hair mice tied on small barbless hooks.
Waders: Felt soles are illegal As we will primarily be fishing spawning waters the
majority of the creeks are not deep and easily waded. Some
of the very best fishing requires walking across 1/2 mile of
tundra so consider that when choosing wading shoes. Many
times we prefer to wear ankle fit hip boots.
Kings: Bristol Bay kings average 20-30 pounds with the
Largest reaching 50 pounds. - fishing is best in July.
Sockeye: Most abundant and considered by most to be the best
tasting. Available from late June till Sept.
Coho and Pinks: willing plentiful and fun - Late July till Sept
Silvers: Aggressive, popular and great table fare. Mid Aug. thru
Rainbows, Dollies and Grayling: abundant and willing June
You can order licenses from the state F&G over the web but we
are state license vendors and all licenses can be purchased