Here you will find all the necessary information for planning your Alaska fly fishing trip with us. Of course, please contact us if you have ANY questions.
The most popular question we receive is “when is the best time to go?” The answer is such a subjective issue, so we’ve created this graphical explanation in hopes of concisely explaining the difference between mid-June vs. mid-July.
We did our best to make this chart accurate, but please take into account the variability induced by Mother Nature. Please let us know if you have any questions.
- $4,450 – 8 days/7 nights (certain dates only)
- $3,950 – 7 days/6 nights (certain dates only)
Pricing per person, 4 guests max. per week, mid June through late July
- Round-trip air charter from King Salmon to camp via helicopter
- Guided fishing for 6.5 or 5.5 days
- Rustic camp accommodations*
- Limited complimentary drinks
- Flies and terminal tackle
- Transportation to King Salmon, AK
- Hotel in King Salmon or Anchorage
- Fishing license ($55 for 7 day non-resident; $30 for 7 day King Salmon stamp)
- Fishing Equipment**
*Guest tents include bedding (sleeping bag, bag liner, pillow & cot).
**We do have a limited supply of loaner and backup fly fishing equipment (and ultra-light spin). Please let us know ahead of time if you need to borrow a rod or reel for the week.
Want a more sophisticated, comfortable camp? Check out our Alaska Wilderness SAFARI operation.
Or consider a shorter (prorated daily) stay at OUTPOST camp. This option is available for groups of 3 or more during the first or last week of each season (dates vary each year). Certain constraints do apply. Please contact us for more information on this option.
NOTE: We suggest 250 pounds as a maximum guest weight limit on this adventure. Please contact us for more details.
2021 prices are to be determined.
A 50% deposit per person is required to secure your reservation. Payments are not refundable unless that space can be refilled, but they are transferable to another person or to any open date within that season. Final payment is due 90 days prior to arrival. Travel insurance may be purchased through major carriers, like Sportsman’s Travel Insurance through Travel Guard.
Please contact us for available dates.
ALASKA WILDERNESS OUTPOST operates from mid/late June to mid/late July.
Please download our gear list PDF for information about clothing, tackle and equipment appropriate for this adventure. Contact us for a hard copy if you are unable to download the electronic version.
Most anglers prefer to bring their own rods/reels, but we do have a limited supply of loaner and backup fly fishing equipment (and ultra-light spin). Please let us know ahead of time if you need to borrow a rod or reel for the week.
A few important comments about waders and wading boots – without question, guests are most comfortable throughout the week in breathable, Gore-Tex type waders. In fact, for your comfort we insist that you absolutely do NOT bring neoprene waders to the Outpost camp. We do not provide waders or wading boots, so please exercise care in finding a comfortable and appropriate pair prior to your arrival at camp.
NOTE: The State of Alaska is banning felt-soled wading boots in 2012.
If you need a satellite phone for personal use during your visit, please rent one prior to your arrival at camp from Outfitter Satellite. They may be reached at (877) 436-2255 or through their website. There is a satellite phone available at camp for emergency use only.
We do see bears throughout the season, but please DO NOT bring personal firearms to camp.
Travel logistics between our OUTPOST camp and King Salmon are much simpler compared to our SAFARI camp. Because of the helicopter transport to/from camp and camp’s closer proximity to King Salmon, you are far less likely to experience weather-related delays (compared to the SAFARI camp or many other Alaska fly-in lodges). Under most conditions, you can expect predictable travel between camp and King Salmon on Saturdays. Hopefully you’re not the first, but no guest has ever missed their connecting flight back to Anchorage!
To King Salmon
We highly recommend that guests travel all the way to King Salmon, AK and overnight the day before your departure to camp.
Most major commercial airlines fly to Anchorage from the lower 48. Currently for the 2021 season, only Alaska Air offers 1 daily commercial flight between Anchorage and King Salmon. Departure time is 3:50 p.m. If you can’t make this connection you may have to arrive Anchorage one day early and overnight.
Katmai Air may be offering flights between Anchorage and King Salmon. And supposedly Ravn Air will start offering flights again to King Salmon, but until they reestablish themselves after bankruptcy, we’d recommend using Alaska Air.
Once in King Salmon, contact our charter company, Egli Air Haul at (907) 246-3554 to let them know you have arrived in King Salmon, or you may press #20 at the airport call terminal. If you are overnighting in King Salmon, call your lodging provider for shuttle service from the airport.
The next morning, Egli Air Haul will shuttle your party to their hanger then transport you from King Salmon to the camp via helicopter. The flight is a ½ hour.
Departing King Salmon
Egli Air Haul will return for you on the final day of your trip with us.
For your return flight to Anchorage that day, currently for the 2021 season, there’s only one daily commercial option – a 5:50 p.m. departure on Alaska Air. More flight options may be added at a later date.
Soft-side luggage is mandatory (two medium duffel bags is better than one large bag). Do not over pack and do not bring large hard-sided roller bags, as the helicopter has very limited cargo space. There is a strictly enforced 60 pound per person weight restriction (including rods/reels, day packs and duffel bags). Yes, you can get everything within 60 pounds. And you can safely leave extraneous items in the Egli Air Haul hanger.
We prefer that guests avoid bringing large “bazooka-type” rod carries; 3 and 4 piece fly rods and 2 piece spinning rods travel best on the helicopter.
Air between Anchorage and King Salmon
- Alaska Airlines at (800) 252-7522
- Katmai Air (maybe)
- New Ravn (maybe, but we don’t recommend at this time)
Lodging in Anchorage
- Lakeshore Inn & Suites* (a cute, clean 3-star hotel) at (907) 248-3485
- The Lakefront Anchorage (a “nicer” hotel) at (907) 243-2300
- Alex Hotel & Suites* (a very basic hotel) (907) 243-3131
All 3 hotels above are located conveniently close to the Anchorage airport. (There are many lodging options in Anchorage, so don’t hesitate to shop around.)
- Antlers Inn* at (888) 735-8525 or (907) 246-8525
- Blue Fly B&B at (907) 246-2030
- “Little House” (two bedroom house)
- “The Grotto” (one bedroom apartment)
- The Suites at King Salmon at (907) 891-1111
- King Salmon Lodge may have upscale rooms available for single nights late August through September
*Be sure to declare that you are an EPIC client when making phone reservations at Lakeshore Inn & Suites, Alex Hotel & Suites or Antlers Inn, as you should receive a reduced rate. Email us to receive a discount code if you book Antlers Inn online.
SEE OUR BLOG FOR THE FOLLOWING:
- More detailed description of the King Salmon lodging options
- Things to do in King Salmon, AK
- Things to do in Anchorage, AK
Please contact us if you have any questions about air or hotel reservations.
ALASKA WILDERNESS OUTPOST or EPIC ANGLING & ADVENTURE, LLC will not be responsible for damage or injury to participants or personal property. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred from delays as a result of weather, transportation or other conditions over which we have no control.
Please note that we DO NOT have licenses available for purchase at camp and they MUST be purchased prior to your charter flight to camp. You may buy your license in King Salmon or Anchorage, however we strongly suggest that you pre-purchase them online several weeks prior to your trip.
You should buy a “7 day nonresident sport fishing license” ($70 in 2020), plus:
If you are fishing at the OUTPOST camp in late June or anytime in July, DO NOT forget your “7 day nonresident king salmon stamp” ($45 in 2020).
Please take some time to review the state of Alaska Fishing Regulations for the Bristol Bay region.
Expect temperatures from the low 40s to the high 70s. Please note, however, that temps mid to late June occasionally fall into the 30’s on calm, clear nights.
Don’t forget, IT CAN RAIN ANYTIME IN ALASKA.
Be mentally prepared. Rain squalls and wind are likely to occur sometime during your week, so high quality hooded rain gear is essential. Remember to dress in layers – the conditions can change from rainy and windy to sunny and calm, and back, in the same afternoon.
Please remember that you are traveling in a very remote area and weather-related flying delays, although very rare at the OUTPOST camp, can occur. And even though a helicopter does a better job in poor weather than a plane, we appreciate your patience in dealing with any possible delays.
If you check the weather forecast prior to arriving at camp, weather information from King Salmon, AK is a reasonable representation of camp’s weather.
A Typical Day
Since we do not have to rise early to race against other lodges trying to compete for the best waters, a typical day begins around 7:00 a.m. with a steaming cup of coffee or hot tea. A hearty camp breakfast is served at 8:00, with a departure from camp between 8:30 and 9:00, depending on when guests are ready to go. The guides pack the lunches and they are typically served on the water. We generally return to camp around 6:oo or 6:15 for refreshments and rehydration. Dinner begins around 7:00.
A Typical Week
The first day of arrival acquaints guests with the layout and basic rules of the camp. Guests unpack their bags and move into their tent, then grab equipment for rigging. After a quick lunch we’ll take the shortest hike across the tundra for a half day of fishing. Depending on your trip length, the next 5 or 6 days of the trip are full days of fishing; the final day at camp has no fishing.
If you’re up for the adventure, generally 1 day out of the week, maybe another half day, we’ll take the jet boat to access other creeks down river from base camp.
Your level of fitness is so important to the success of this adventure we dedicated an entire page to it.
This is a physical week requiring 15 to 100+ minute hikes across uneven and spongy tundra. The distances are not that far. It’s the uneven and soft footing that challenges most folks. There is almost no elevation change, but walking on tundra can be like walking through soft sand or a field of thick, wet sponges… 1 tundra mile equals 2 to 3 pavement miles in effort.
The lower and middle stretches of the creek are a 15 to 35 minute walk across the tundra, and are not too bad for outdoorsy folks in better than average physical shape.
However, guests must be in excellent cardiovascular and physical shape to reach the upper stretches of our home river (45 to 100+ min. hike). You should be able to walk several pavement miles and multiple flights of stairs without being winded.
Forgive our bluntness, but please do not show up at camp in poor physical condition – it could make a long and possibly unenjoyable week. And please do not count frequent golfing or walking around the block as proper training for this adventure, or the tundra will definitely humble you!
Any questions? Please contact us.
NOTE: We suggest 250 pounds as a maximum guest weight limit on this adventure.