Bristol Bay Lodge, AK
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska
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Frequently Asked Questions
We require a deposit of 50% per person to confirm a reservation. The balance of payment is due 60 days prior to arrival. Payments are fully refundable only if the space in question can be fully filled by another party prior to 60 days before arrival. At that time, space will be offered at the remaining balance price and the original deposit will be forfeited.
Traveling to Bristol Bay Lodge
If your reservation at the lodge is a Saturday-to-Saturday stay, you need to be in Anchorage on Friday in order to make the departing flight to Dillingham on Saturday morning. If your reservation for the lodge is Monday to Monday, you must be in Anchorage by Sunday in order to make the departing flight to Dillingham on Monday morning. This is a must for both domestic and international guests. It is imperative that you are on the following flights detailed below in order to connect with the scheduled transfers to and from the lodge on your days of arrival and departure. Both Saturday-to-Saturday and Monday-to-Monday bookings should be on these flights:
En Route to the lodge – Alaska Airlines flight #261 (operated by PenAir)
Departs Anchorage at 8:15 am and arrives Dillingham at 9:45 am
Departing the lodge – Alaska Airlines flight #262 (operated by PenAir)
Departs Dillingham at 10:15 am and arrives Anchorage at 11:45 am
Reservations at Bristol Bay Lodge will not be fully confirmed until these flights are booked. Sorry, no exceptions can be made.
Flights will book up fast. We suggest that you contact PenAir at 1-800-448-4226 and ask about their special sportfishing fare which has no restrictions. Be sure to mention that you are fishing with Bristol Bay Lodge because the lodge holds group space with PenAir.
Upon arrival in the port city of Dillingham, you will be greeted by Bristol Bay Lodge staff. At the airport it is required that you claim your luggage which will be loaded and accounted for prior to departing for the lodge. Bristol Bay Lodge is roughly 35 miles inland. Guests are transported down the lake road (40 minutes - roughly 20 miles), then board large covered boats for the stunning ride up Lake Aleknagik to the lodge. Upon arrival you will be escorted to the main lodge where you will be offered lunch. Afterward there will be an orientation, following which, you will be shown to your room or cabin. Every guest will have the opportunity to go fishing on his or her arrival day.
What Should Customers Bring
- Important Personal Items/Clothing/Miscellaneous
- Airline tickets
- Trip itinerary with contact numbers, important personal contacts and phone numbers.
- Traveler’s checks, credit cards, checkbook — it is wise to carry as few credit cards or personal blank checks with you as possible. Take only those you know you will need.
- Shoes — comfortable waterproof boots (muddy conditions can exist around camp). We recommend wearing rubber-soled boots on the days you fly to/from the lodge to accommodate the notoriously muddy parking lots in Dillingham and to comfortably negotiate getting aboard the boats and float planes.
- Slacks/pants — 2 or 3 pairs
- Heavy-weight wool or poly-blend socks
- Light/mid-weight long underwear tops and bottoms — at least two pairs polypropylene or capilene
- Long-sleeved shirts
- Sweater and/or pullover
- Raingear (high quality!)
- Fishing hat — bring two, one for warmer days and one with ear flaps
- Neoprene or knitted wool fingerless fishing gloves
- Wading boots — felt-soled but no cleats! (comfort and ankle support key considerations)
- Waders — breathable stocking-foot models
- Waterproof gear bag
- Insect repellentBenadryl or calamine lotion
- Small first-aid kit
- Camera — waterproof bag, camera body/lens/film, polarizing filter, lens tissue and cleaner, flash attachment; start with fresh batteries and take an extra set.
- Flashlight (if traveling in September)
FOR FLY FISHERMEN ONLY
Rods and reels — A stiff/fast action, 9-foot, 5- or 6-weight rod matched with a fly reel capable of holding at least 150 yards of backing for trout, grayling and char. For salmon, a 9-foot, 7- or 8-weight rod matched with a reel holding at least 200-yards of backing. “King” fishermen should bring a 9-foot, 9-weight rod matched with a reel holding at least 250 yards of backing.
Fly lines — Weight-forward full floating lines are recommended for trout, char, and grayling fishing. Should you wish to buy sink-tip lines prior to your trip, make sure to consult us for water condition specifics.
Flies — We recommend that you buy flies at camp if possible.
Leader material — Leaders and tippet should be purchased at the lodge
Reel covers — reels can get banged up in transport
Fly-tying equipment — We have a fully equipped tying bench available.
Split shot or lead putty
Species you Fish for by Season
The fish runs begin at Bristol Bay Lodge after ice-out in mid-May, and excellent fishing is possible until ice fills your rod guides in late October. The resident freshwater fish, rainbow trout, arctic char, dolly varden, lake trout and northern pike -- are available all season long. The salmon return to the rivers of their birth to spawn and die at varying times during the summer beginning with the chinook (king) and the chum (dog) in June, the sockeye (red) and the pink (humpy) in July, and the coho (silver) in August. The anadromous dolly varden run in our rivers in June, July, August and September. Twelve species of fish either inhabit the waters or return here to spawn, making the Wood-TikChik/Togiak area a true angler’s paradise with good, reliable fishing at all times during the season. The salmon are normally running fresh for 5- to 6-week periods, making it possible to fish for more than one anadromous species during many weeks of the season.
Sample of Typical Trip
After spending an evening at the lodge, you will depart for one of two fishing destinations that will later involve an overnight experience at one of BBL’s two outpost camps. Spending the first day fishing one location, you will then be transferred by plane to either Birch or Rainbo Camp. Planes and passengers depart the lodge at 7:45 am to either the Togiak or Kemuk for the day. Between 4 and 4:30 pm (pilots will determine exact departure time) guests will be transferred to one of the overnight outpost camps. Upon arrival at Birch or Rainbo Camp, you will be greeted by a permanent staff consisting of two guides and a cook who will offer you a light snack and beverages. Dinner is typically served at 7 pm, allowing for several hours of fishing time before dinner if you are so inclined. After a meal served in the dining tent, guests can enjoy some time to relax or make a few last casts on the river that runs only yards in front of camp.
Lodging & Accommodations
Catering to up to 26 guests per week who desire the finest freshwater angling available, the lodge’s well-appointed facility offers casually elegant wilderness living filled with creature comforts and an atmosphere of camaraderie. The main lodge houses our completely equipped professional kitchen, the dining room, our large living room with bar area, the library and a huge fly tying bench laden with everything one needs to tie quality flies suited to the surrounding rivers. The famous see-through fireplace is fronted by a panoramic view of Lake Aleknagik.
We have eight bedrooms in the main lodge as well as a fully equipped fly and tackle shop. Our guests can arrive with nothing but a waterproof jacket and be fully outfitted. In warm weather the lodge’s decks are the favorite gathering places for appetizers, cocktails and weekly barbecues. The hot tub and sauna get lots of use after fishing – relaxing sore muscles. Set around the lodge, but private in every regard, are four cedar cabins, often used for small groups or families. Each cabin is different offering its own character, yet all offer scenic views of Lake Aleknagik, slightly fragrant with the scent of cedar as you would expect of true wilderness cabins.
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