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.
- $4,250 – mid June through 3rd or 4th week of July
Pricing per person, Saturday to Saturday, 4 guests max. per week
- Round-trip air charter from King Salmon to camp via helicopter
- Guided fishing for 6.5 full 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.
2020 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.
Check out our blog for some good info and discussion on your Alaska fishing trip gear and clothing.
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 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.
To King Salmon
We prefer that guests travel all the way to King Salmon, AK and overnight the Friday before your departure to camp. You may stay in Anchorage Friday night but must arrange your air travel for the next morning (Saturday) for an arrival in King Salmon NO LATER THAN 10:00 a.m.
Most major commercial airlines fly to Anchorage. PenAir, Alaska Air, and as of 2018 Ravn Air, fly between Anchorage and King Salmon.
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 Friday night, call your lodging provider for shuttle service from the airport.
The next morning (Saturday), 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 the following Saturday. Your flight that departs from King Salmon on that Saturday should be arranged to leave NO EARLIER THAN 3:00 p.m.
Soft-side luggage is mandatory (two medium duffle 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 50 pound per person weight restriction (including rods/reels, lures and any hand-carried items). Yes, you can get everything within 50 pounds.
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
- PenAir at (800) 448-4226*
- PenAir in King Salmon at (907) 246-3372
- Ravn Air at (800) 866-8394
- Note: Ravn Air, a long-time regional air carrier in Alaska, added King Salmon as a new destination in 2018. As their schedule stands in early 2018, the Anchorage to King Salmon flight is direct, but the return has 1 stop (and probably not very practical for our guests). Current published prices are cheaper than Alaska and PenAir.
*Please email us for a Promo Code to use when making reservations on PenAir.
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 2017), 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 2017).
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 Saturday 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. Then Sunday through Friday are full days of 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 we dedicated an entire page to it.
This is a physical week requiring 15 to 100+ minute hikes across uneven and spongy tundra. 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 or 3 pavement miles.
Guests must be in excellent cardiovascular shape to reach the upper stretches (45 to 100+ min. hike) of our home river. You should be able to walk 5+ flights of stairs without being winded.
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.