Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Anchorage, Alaska.

Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK


Built in 1997, this full-service world-class fly-fishing lodge, on the Kvichak (kwee-jack) River just 4 miles downstream from Lake Iliamna, sets the standards for a quality Alaska fishing experience. It's located in the heart of Alaska's designated trophy rainbow trout area, where guests fish for all five species of Pacific salmon, giant rainbow trout, northern pike, Dolly Varden, and arctic grayling. Trophy fishing is right out our front door. Guests will have the option of fly-outs in our float-equipped aircraft or fishing our home river. All-inclusive packages include air transportation between Anchorage and the lodge, fly-outs, unlimited guided fishing time (two guests per guide), fishing license, meals, beverages, all necessary fishing equipment, and flies. Contact Brian for additional information. Cabin accommodations, each with private bath.

Date Range

Season opens on June 8 and our last day of fishing is October 8.

What is Provided to Customer

Air transportation between Anchorage and the lodge, 1 guide per 2 anglers, cabin accommodations with private bath, meals, ADF&G license and salmon stamp, National Park Service day use, private land access, all necessary fishing gear, rods, reels, flies, processing of any salmon kept, and shipment of the frozen fish back to Anchorage. We have Orvis waders for guests to use but prefer for them to bring their own.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Lake Iliamna / Bristol Bay rivers

Typical Weather by Season

June 40-60°
July 50-65°
August 45-70°
September 35-60°
October 35-50°


Sample of Typical Itinerary

Packages all start in Anchorage and include the round-trip air transportation between Anchorage and the lodge. You will be greeted at our air strip and then taken the 4 miles down stream by boat to our remote location where you will be welcomed by the staff, given an orientation meeting, meet the guides and pilots, and get prepared for your fishing adventure. Days start with a breakfast made to order in the main lodge. You will either fish our home river by boat or will be flown by floatplane to a variety of nearby streams for the day. Appetizer and cocktails hour is followed by a delicious main course dinner that will rival any 5-star restaurant.


On-site Activities

Fishing, fly-fishing lessons, horseshoe pit, massage therapist, and skeet shooting.

Off-site Activities

Fishing, bear viewing, photography, rafting trips, some hiking.


Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Double occupancy in cabins overlooking the Kvichak River with a private bath. Breakfast is made to order each morning. Lunch is served streamside. Appetizers are served 1 hour prior to dinnertime. The main course consists of fresh wild salmon, halibut, king crab, ahi, all-natural filet mignon, elk, venison, duck, prime rib, and ribeye. A delicious homemade dessert follows all dinners.


Species You Fish for by Season

King salmon - June/July
Sockeye salmon - late June/July
Chum salmon - July/August
Silver salmon - late July/August/September
Rainbow trout - June/July/August/September/October
Arctic char - August/September/October
Arctic grayling - June/July/August/September/October
Northern pike - June/July/August/September/October


What Should Customers Bring?

Waders, rain jacket, polarized glasses, and comfortable clothing to wear around the lodge.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many "new" guides do you have?
A. We have had the same guide staff for multiple years.

Q. Why is the lodge located where it is?
A. We built our lodge on a trophy class river with tremendous world-class fishing opportunities right in front of the lodge. The largest wild salmon run in the world migrates right past our lodge. In addition, we have excellent remote fly-out streams that we can easily access within 12-25 minutes from the lodge.

Q. What is NOT included in the package price?
A. Liquor and gratuities. We include everything else.


Overall: 5.0/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 94 reviews

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94 of 94 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Each day was better than the day before - 8/14/2014
    By: from New Jersey, USA

    Positively the best fishing trip of my life. Every successive day was the best day fishing I have ever had. The lodge was top notch, the staff wonderful, the guides knowledgeable and friendly. Each location we fished was different from the other and the fishing was sensational. Can't wait to go back!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Top of the Heap - 8/5/2014
    By: from Seattle, WA, USA

    A first class experience all around. Fish, food, service, accommodations and scenery

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    BEST IN CLASS!!!!!! - 8/5/2014
    By: from Anchorage AK

    I just spent a phenomenal four days at the lodge 7-31 thru 8-4. Mr. Kraft hasn't let us down one time with his top notch staff all the way around from pilots, guides, cooks, and accommodations. Really one of my favorite trips every year. The 5th year in a row Ive been fortunate to experience it. Haven't been let down once. Recommend this place over the rest.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    repeatable - 7/29/2014
    By: from Houston Texas

    The sportsman lodge is incredible from the lodge staff, to guides, cook( chef), to the owner. They immediately know your name, likes and dislikes and do everything to make the stay outstanding. I have fished with their main competitor and they win hands down. The facilities, guides,food, etc.are all first class. They allow you to do what you want like useing lighter weight rods than they recommend,but most of all for their total integrity in all they do. This year, 2014, was the third year in a row that I have fished with them and am planning to take my daughter and wife next year.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Best in Class Alaskan Fishing! - 7/28/2014

    I simply wanted to say thank you to Brian and his entire team for a great trip this July. The fishing, hospitality, food and facilities are world class and second to none!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Best Experience Ever - 7/24/2014
    By: from Anchorage, AK, USA

    The sportsman lodge and staff surpasses anywhere I have been for hunting or fishing. The staff was amazing along with the food too. The Orvis fishing gear that was provided to use was some of the best quality that I have ever used. The fishing guides put us on fish everywhere we went and some of the best gentlemen I have come across. A must visit place for a great fishing experience.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    excellent!!!! - 7/22/2014
    By: from Anchorage, AK, USA

    wonderful stay,accomodations, staff, food, guide services and flights. truly a 5 star lodge that treats all guest "top cabin".

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Amazing from start to finish - 7/22/2014
    By: from Anchorage, AK, USA

    The staff and guides were professional, friendly, and over all outstanding! The experiences, friendship, and memories will forever be a part of how I will remember my tour here in Alaska. I’ve never really fished before and I had a blast, catching Kings to Rainbows these people know what they are doing and they do it right.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Premier services, fantastic adventure! - 7/15/2014
    By: from Seattle, WA

    I have experienced many fishing lodges over the years, and can say with conviction that ASL tops them all. Brian with his great staff and experienced guides provided incredible fishing excursions in some of the most beautiful areas of AK. The service, logistics, amenities and cuisine of ASL are absolutely top notch. Highly recommend!

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Great Trip - 7/11/2014
    By: from Yorktown, VA, USA

    Recently spent a week at the Lodge. This was my fifth trip and each year has been great. Brain continues to operate the best Lodge in Alaska. The staff is outstanding and work very hard to make your trip "one to remember". Looking forward to 2015.

Alaska Sportsman's Lodge
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Brian Kraft
PO Box 231985
Anchorage, AK 99523

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