Orvis Week at Alaska's Crystal Creek Lodge

Fish for salmon, big rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden in Alaska's famous Bristol Bay region.

Orvis Week at Alaska's Crystal Creek Lodge

Overview

Join us in Alaska's famous Bristol Bay region next summer for an opportunity to fish some of the most productive trout and salmon rivers in the world. We'll be staying at one of our favorite places, Crystal Creek Lodge, only 5 miles from King Salmon, Alaska on the banks of the Naknek River. Guests will enjoy daily fly-out fishing excursions, great food, and very comfortable modern accommodations.

Crystal Creek Lodge offers the whole package - world class fly fishing, a variety of outdoor adventures, a modern upscale lodge, and a cadre of expert guides.

Each of these special Alaska fly fishing trips will led by an Orvis Travel fly fishing expert, who will work with the friendly lodge staff and expert local guides to make sure everyone has a great experience. Browse our Crystal Creek Lodge reviews to read more about this Alaska fly fishing trip.

The Location

Crystal Creek Lodge is located just 5 miles from King Salmon Alaska, on the banks of the Naknek River, a destination fishery famous for salmon runs and trophy rainbow trout, just minutes from Bristol Bay. This area offers some of the world's best fly fishing for salmon and trout, and Crystal Creek Lodge is the area's best choice for discriminating anglers that want an authentic Alaskan experience, without having to "rough it."

Most guests overnight in Anchorage the night prior to flying to the lodge. You are free to stay anywhere you choose in Anchorage, and Orvis Travel will be happy to make some recommendations. There are regularly scheduled commuter flights from Anchorage to King Salmon, and Orvis Travel will help make a reservation. We recommend waiting to book your flights and make hotel arrangements until the commuter flight schedules and fares are announced in mid-January. Your Orvis package includes complimentary shuttle service from the King Salmon airport to the lodge.

The variety and abundance of trout and salmon in the region makes this Alaska fly fishing trip a perfect choice for anglers of all skill levels and interests. Late July and August provides opportunities for rainbow trout and silver salmon, as well as sockeye, pink and chum salmon, and the occasional Arctic Grayling.

Location is an important consideration when choosing a fly out camp in Alaska. Crystal Creek guests fly out daily in a fleet of immaculate DeHavilland Beaver sea planes to access wild and remote water teaming with fish, but the lodge's location and fleet of boats allows for a great angling experience, even on those rare days when the planes are grounded. Crystal Creek Lodge's close proximity to the airport in King Salmon means travel to and from the lodge isn't likely to be impacted by inclement weather, and you'll be able to bring more luggage than if you were traveling to a more remote lodge, requiring a flight in a small plane.

Itinerary

Itinerary At A Glance

Saturday | Travel Day
Evening Most guests will arrive in Anchorage this evening and overnight at the hotel of their choice.  Hotel and meals are not included in your package today, but Orvis Travel will be happy to make some recommendations.
 
Sunday | Fly to King Salmon
3:00 PM Guests will arrive in King Salmon on a PenAir flight from Anchorage. They will be met upon arrival and transferred to the lodge. Fishing on the arrival day is not included in your package, but can be arranged ahead of time and added to your reservation. If you plan to book fishing for your arrival day you may want to arrive on an earlier flight to get in a full day.
5:00 PM Welcome reception and introductions hosted by your Orvis Travel trip leader at the main lodge, with a brief overview of the week's activities.
6:30 PM Gourmet dinner in a casual atmosphere as you visit with new friends. Dinners are included in your package.
8:30 PM Meet your guide and discuss the following day's adventure.
 
Monday-Saturday | Guided Fishing
6:30 AM Breakfast service begins. Breakfasts are included in your package and are served in the lodge.
7:30 AM Anglers depart for a full day of fly fishing on a variety of waters in the area. All guests will enjoy a nice lunch in the field.
6:30 PM Cocktail hour with appetizers each evening.
7:30 PM Dinner is served in the Lodge dining room.
 
Sunday | Departure Day
6:30 AM Breakfast service begins in the lodge's dining room.
8:00 AM Check-out of the lodge. You will be transferred back to the airport in King Salmon to catch your flight back to Anchorage.
12:00 PM Approximate arrival in Anchorage. Please give yourself at least a couple hours to make your connecting flight.

Activities

Fly Fishing at Crystal Creek Lodge

Crystal Creek is the ultimate “fly out” lodge where you head off in a classic DeHavilland Beaver to wilderness fishing spots in the Katmai/Bristol Bay region. Located on the banks of the Naknek River, a river with a reputation for the best trophy-class rainbow trout fishing in the world, although there are 8 species of salmon, char, grayling and trout in abundance. If you like wade fishing streams and sightfishing to large trout and salmon, Crystal Creek may be your version of heaven.

The variety of trout and salmon is impressive. There are rainbow trout, arctic char, Dolly Varden, grayling, lake trout and northern pike. Rainbows in the 20-30 inch-class are common.

The salmon runs are stunning as the fish travel from Bristol Bay into local spawning streams. Most of the salmon fishing at Crystal Creek is done near tidewater in the lower reaches of rivers, which the guides can reach in 18-20 ft. riverboats.

Fly Fishing Equipment

Each angler will receive a free Helios II rod of their choice for this trip, plus a $300 Orvis Gift Card. We will send the rod and gift card shortly after we have collected your final balance, around 90 days prior to the trip. While you are welcome to bring your new rod and favorite gear, each guest on this trip will also have access to complimentary Orvis equipment, so all you have to bring is yourself. We will fully outfit you with loaner rod/reel, boots, waders and complimentary flies, as well as all terminal tackle.

Orvis Travel will provide you with complete trip planning material and packing lists, should you choose to bring your own gear. You will also receive an Orvis Travel VIP Merchandise Discount Card when you book your trip, good for 15% off of Orvis purchases made through the end of the year.

Lodging

The Lodge, Cabins, and Gourmet Dining

Crystal Creek Lodge is a beautiful and modern log and river rock building overlooking the Naknek River. It accommodates a maximum of only 14 guests with a combination of main lodge rooms and 2 private cabins. Most of the rooms have two queen beds, and all rooms are well suited to couples.

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Crystal Creek Lodge

July 27 - August 3, 2014 | August 3 - August 10, 2014
7 nights, 6 days of guided fishing

$9350 per angler

Orvis Travel Special Offer:

Book early and each angler will receive a Helios 2 fly rod, a $300 Orvis Gift Card, and a discount card good for 15% off of Orvis merchandise!

Each package includes:

  • Helios 2 9-foot 7-wt or 8-wt rod
  • $300 Orvis Gift Card
  • 7 nights deluxe room or cabin accommodations
  • 6 days guided fishing, including daily transportation by boat or aircraft to rivers, streams and lakes
  • Daily housekeeping and midweek laundry service
  • 3 meals a day, including breakfast & dinner menus, and lunch in the field
  • Use of lodge’s fishing equipment (waders, fly rods, fly reels, spin gear, flies, lures and all tackle)
  • Day use permits in State & National Parks and Wildlife Refuges
  • Wireless Internet
  • Airport transfers from King Salmon airport

Not included in your package:

  • Airfare to King Salmon (approx $450 from Anchorage)
  • Fishing licenses and stamps (approx $70)
  • Lodge staff & guide gratuities (average $200-$300 per angler, per night)
  • Liquor, beer, wine (a wide selection is available for purchase at the lodge bar)
  • Fishing on arrival or departure days may be arranged at an extra charge ($500 per guide)
  • Trip Cancellation insurance
  • Telephone calls and items of a personal nature

Booking terms specific to Crystal Creek Lodge:

  • A $500 deposit is required to confirm your reservation if booking prior to January 1st of the year you are traveling
  • The remainder of your 50% deposit is due January 1st of the year you are traveling
  • Final payment is due 90 days prior to your trip
  • All charges will be automatically billed to the credit card on file unless other arrangements have been made
  • All payments are completely non-refundable for any reason (health, air problems, weather, etc.)
  • We strongly encourage you to purchase trip insurance to protect your investment
  • Guests paying a reduced rate for booking more than a year in advance are subject a reasonable fuel surcharge if there is a marked increase in fuel costs prior to your arrival
  • Orvis Travel's standard terms and conditions also apply, and will be accepted when confirming you reservation at www.orvis.com/resform.

Reviews

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  • 5/5

    wonderful experience - 3/4/2013
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    Having experienced Crystal Creek Lodge,its location and staff for the past 11 years, it is one of the best fishing lodges I have ever seen. The staff are very knowledgable and professional..Knowing they were associated with ORVIS I am very pleased to see ORVIS present the orvis week at this lodge.they always presented the orvis equipment and clothing

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Jeremy Kehrein
Crystal Creek Lodge
800-547-4322
Mon-Fri, 9am - 5pm (ET)

Orvis Travel special offer:

Book early and each angler will receive a Helios 2 fly rod, a $300 Orvis Gift Card, and a discount card good for 15% off of Orvis merchandise!

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800-547-4322 | 802-362-8790
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