Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Lake Iliamna, Alaska

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Intricate Bay Lodge

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge


Phone icon412-527-9346 Phone icon907-571-1757 (summer season) Email iconbrian@intricatebaylodge.com Link iconintricatebaylodge.com
Iliamna, AK

The Story

Inspirational Alaskan luxury designed for you. Meet the NEW Intricate Bay Lodge.

The adventure begins with a 20 minute float plane ride into a private cove on Lake Iliamna. You'll fly over the unspoiled wilderness of Bristol Bay with breathtaking vistas and wide open spaces. When you arrive at Intricate Bay Lodge, you'll immediately feel the camaraderie and anticipation for a grand adventure.

Intricate Bay Lodge was rebuilt in 2015 after a devastating fire. It's new immense windows open to the same awe-inspiring views, where bears and the occasional moose make a surprise visit on the prime location on Lake Iliamna. The home waters of Intricate Bay Lodge include two world-class rivers: the Copper and the Gibraltar.

Here, you get the best of both worlds; not only is the fishing excellent nearby, but the location is also very close to many "fly-out" rivers, and that means shorter flights. We can land you on the rivers and streams of Katmai National Park including the Moraine, Funnel, Battle, American Rivers, also Kvichak River, New Halen River and Talarik River. Of course, the Copper and Gibraltar are the most famous, especially when targeting big rainbow trout, but we believe our guests should have the chance to see and experience the tremendous fishing diversity of the entire Bristol Bay / Lake Iliamna area; consequently, we frequently make trips to target species like rainbow trout, arctic char, grayling, lake trout, pike, and Pacific salmon.

There's nothing "standard" about Intricate Bay Lodge accommodations. You won't miss the old funky Alaska style lodge, when you walk into this architectural dream lodge. The clean lines, tall ceilings, giant fireplace and views that won't quit. The stunning main lodge houses 5 guest suites, each with their own full bathroom, a kitchen with a full time gourmet chef, a dining room, bar, fireplace, and cozy couches you can flop onto ready to swap fish tales, that, for once, require no embellishment. While many other lodges tout how "big" they are, the strength of Intricate Bay Lodge is it's only takes 10 guests, you do the math, it all adds up to more fun for you and your friends and family. In fact it's quite frequent we get groups that book out the entire lodge.

Rated as one of the top 3 lodges in Alaska in 2017, discover where personal service and the depth of experience are as important as your comfort. You will experience unrivaled personal service and attention, along with all the amenities you'd expect in a fine hotel including wireless internet and satellite TV. Despite its remote location (after all, we're here for the fish), the lodge has 24-hour electricity, courtesy of an eco-friendly inverter system that reduces generator use.

On the deck, soak in a wood-fired hot tub and marvel at the magnificent view of the sun setting over Lake Iliamna while enjoying cocktails and appetizers.

Move to the dining room and savor a delicious meal prepared to perfection by the full time, professional chef. When you're finished, tie a few flies on the well-equipped bench, locate tomorrow's secret spot on the big wall map or retire to the spacious common room, sink into a comfortable chair and swap stories with friends new and old. Camaraderie, comfort, great food, quiet beauty and the anticipation of a new adventure tomorrow... that's Intricate Bay Lodge.

Why Choose Us?

  • Alaska's Best Small Lodge, capable of handling up to 10 guests.
  • A fabulous gourmet kitchen worthy of our gourmet chef.
  • A unique bar and a dining area capable of slaking thirsts and sating the ravenous appetites of fishermen who have spent the day wrestling oversized trout and salmon.
  • Intimate, personal, and quality experience found at Intricate Bay Lodge.
  • World Renown Home Water

Accolades

President Carter and wife spent a week with Intricate Bay July 2017

Fly Rod and Reel magazine listed Intricate Bay Lodge as one of three best lodges in Alaska.

2021 Rates:

Executive Package: From $9,250
Combo Package: From $7,750
Land Package: From $6,250

More details on pricing can be found at intricatebaylodge.com

Species:

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

Season:

Early season conditions can vary depending upon the size of the previous winter. A heavy snow pack produces higher water, while a light one means low, clear conditions. Either way, June is a great time to target rainbows in the Illiamna region. Coming out of their winter dormancy and spawning period, the rainbows are anxious to fill their empty bellies. A favorite style of fishing this time of year is sight-fishing for large trout, using dry flies and mouse patterns. Early July produces epic days of dry fly fishing. Historically, by the second week of July, the largest sockeye salmon runs found anywhere in the world occur in this region. The sockeye – rated by many anglers as the strongest salmon pound for pound – will make for countless fish-fighting memories. Nymphs and streamers can be productive during July, with many of the larger fish taken on bugger and sculpin patterns. August: Rainbow feeding frenzy begins! Sockeye salmon start to spawn, leaving a scent in the water that ignites voracious rainbow trout. As the spawning accelerates throughout the month, more and more food invites brutish, big-shouldered rainbows from Lake Illiamna to stack up in the rivers. As if that weren’t enough line-ripping excitement, this is also silver salmon time, with the run beginning in early August and finishing in September. September is probably the best month in all of Alaska to really go after trophy trout. While the weather can be challenging, this is when the largest numbers of big lake rainbows come into area rivers. The fish know this is their last chance to pack on weight for the long winter ahead. The rainbows are still extremely aggressive toward salmon eggs and will chase a flesh fly with reckless abandon. In fact, they are willing to gorge themselves on just about anything you pass in front of them.

Region/Terrain:

Lake Iliamna / Bristol Bay rivers - Capping off the great new lodge, mouth watering meals, amazing fishing, unrivaled customer service is the surrounding beauty of the landscape. Heavily treed rolling hills combined with open tundra, marshy low lands and a series of water ways and islands makes the region around the lodge standout as nothing short of magical.

Typical Weather:

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

What is Provided:

Included: All guided actives advertised in your selected package. Daily housekeeping, three meals per day, transfers between the Iliamna Airport and the Lodge. Use of chest waders, fly rods & reels, King Salmon rods & reels; spinning rods & reels and all flies, lures and tackle. Preparation of all harvested fish in an airline-approved non-insulated shipping container. All local taxes.

Not Included: Airfare between your home and Iliamna, staff gratuities, liquor, fishing license and king stamp.

What to Bring:

A detailed pre-trip information document regarding travel and packing is provided for all guests upon making a reservation and beforehand upon request. It is also available by request. or please click on the link below:
Packing List

Gear Recommendations:

Please see:
Packing List

We provide all rods and reels, flies, beads, weights, tippet, fly tying vise…the works. With that said, speaking as a fish fanatic, we understand completely if you want to bring your own gear.

Here’s what we recommend:

  • Rainbow fishing: 6-8 weight
  • Grayling/Dolly/Char fishing: 4-5 weight
  • Sockeye Salmon fishing: 8 weight
  • Line – weight forward floating line
  • A 8.5'-9.5' rod is ideal
  • Ten foot leaders are the best choice with 8 to 10 lb. tippets
  • Strike indicators work best in order to pick up Trout and Char

Additional Activities:

On-Site Activities:

Fishing, fly-fishing lessons, skeet shooting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, hot tubing and swimming.

Off-Site Activities:

Fishing, bear viewing, photography, rafting trip and hiking.

Other:

Travel to Iliamna, Alaska: Intricate Bay Lodge is located on the South shores of Lake Iliamna 18 miles southeast of the village of Iliamna and 215 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.

The lodge sits just minutes from the world renowned Copper River and the first designated trophy trout region of Alaska. The lodge is just north of Katmai National Park and just south of Lake Clark National Park which allows easy access to famous freshwater fishing; float trips for fishing, wildlife and incredible scenery.

When traveling to Intricate Bay Lodge you must purchase commercial airfare from your home to Iliamna, Alaska (PAIL). The details of booking flights in and out of Iliamna will be provided when you make a reservation. The village of Iliamna is extremely remote there are no roads or water access, fly in only.

Guests living in the western half of the United States, may be able to travel from their city of origin to Iliamna in one day. The majority of our guests need a Saturday overnight stay in Anchorage. A list of suggested hotels and restaurants will be provided when you make a reservation.

Iliamna Airport has 4 paved runways the longest being over 5000ft. The airport offers parking for private aircraft and has jet fuel available.

We will meet you at the Iliamna Airport and provide transportation to the lake in our passenger van. The drive from the airport to the lake takes just a few minutes. Once at the lake we will load up in the floatplanes for a 20-minute flight across the lake.

The main lodge is a beautiful 3,500 sq. ft. custom cedar building. Lodge capacity is 10 guests within the 5 main lodge guests rooms. Private groups of up to 14 can be accommodated by prior request.

Amenities include a mud room with lockers, laundry service, a bar and game room, and large common area. There is a grand deck facing the lake with an outdoor wood fueled hot tub.

About the Guest Rooms: Five guest rooms are within the main lodge, all have private baths. Three rooms have one queen and one full, 1 room has queen and full bunk beds and 1 room has one full and 2 full bunk beds.

Kitchen: First class dream kitchen for our chef, designed for function and performance. Breakfast served to order including a buffet of fresh fruit daily. Lunches are served stream side and are accompanied by hot beverages of choice. Appetizers and dinners include the finest Alaskan king crab, filet mignon, prime rib, Alaskan shrimp, Alaskan halibut, chicken and baby back ribs. The meals are well balanced, so you needn’t feel guilty when you devour the homemade breads, delicious pastries and gourmet delights served with each lodge meal.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Phenomenal Absolutely the best fishing trip I’ve ever experienced. Guides were outstanding, everyone caught plenty of fish with all of us catching our personal best trout. Lots of wildlife and beautiful scenery, and at the end of the day we had excellent food prepared by a warm and friendly lodge staff. I can’t think of a single thing that could’ve been improved upon. Definitely coming back. Brian does an incredible job and all of his staff are exceptional.
Date published: 2020-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Incredible! Simply Incredible! I'm still coming down from my Alaskan fly fishing high! My CGCG group has been fishing together for the past 20 years, and our recent trip to Intricate Bay Lodge was beyond awesome. The fishing was amazing -- voracious 20 to 28" rainbow trout aggressively feeding on sockeye salmon eggs and our fly imitations. My arms got fatigued from reeling in so many of those beautiful trophies! The guides were really great, and became true friends by the end of the week. Monte, Casey, Nick, Sam, Liam and Joey were so knowledgeable, happy, personable, eager to please and fun to be around. The flyouts were super cool, and the pilots Brian and Mark were professional but also really great guys. The Alaskan scenery is breathtaking, and when we weren't reeling in big fish, we were spotting the occasional grizzly bear or moose. It was amazing to recognize the legendary Monte Becker on the dock when we first arrived at the Lodge. We had the pleasure of fishing with Monte at the Magic Waters Lodge in Patagonia, Chile two years ago. What a small world when it comes to avid fly fishermen and world class lodges! The Intricate Bay Lodge is a gorgeous facility on beautiful Bristol Bay. The rooms are spacious, and the living room, dining room and bar are well appointed and very comfortable. The food was simply spectacular! Ryan the chef is supremely talented, with made to order hot breakfast and fabulous dinners. The lovely Chloe always greeted us with a smile, while warming up our coffee and running the dining room. Our last evening meal of Alaskan king crab and bacon wrapped filet was truly amazing. What really makes the operation stand out is the do-everything owner/manager Brian Harry. Brian first greeted us at the Illiamna Air Taxi service with his handsome smile and welcoming eyes. It is abundantly clear Brian is 'all in' as he pours his heart and soul into every aspect needed to make the lodge such a phenomenal success. Brian, thank you sincerely for sharing your slice of Heaven with all of us. We now have memories to last a lifetime, and can't wait to go back! Tom
Date published: 2019-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic fishing, fabulous food and great guides The Intricate Bay Lodge team exceeded my expectations for the fly fishing, lodge, and food. The service was wonderful and made the trip an even better experience. The fishing was fantastic, guides were very knowledgeable, I had truly enjoyed the entire fishing experience and became better from it. We enjoyed meeting new friends and I hope to return soon.
Date published: 2019-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best fishing experience I've ever had. I'm generally not a review guy but felt compelled to share my experience and honestly, there really are not enough great things I can say about Intricate Bay Lodge. In my opinion, IBL represents the flawless execution of the vision of owner Brian Harry. Brian has created a distinctive fishing experience that exceeded my expectations. The accommodations, staff, food and service are all best-in-class, the boats and planes were very well maintained/felt safe and all of the staff are bought-in to Brian's vision. I was there two weeks before the end of the season and expected the staff and guides would show signs of fatigue. This was absolutely not the case. Everyone's energy levels, demeanor, attention to detail and execution were what I would expect from people just starting the season. The fishing is epic. I fished with 4 different guides and each day (6 days in all) I was on a new piece of productive water. Every guide was best-in-class and where I fished each day was based on where Brian and his crew expected the fish to be that day....it was not predetermined before I arrived. This kind of tailored experience is a perfect example of Brian's vision for IBL and my results, as well as the other guests that week, reflected it (see pics). Everyone was routinely catching 21 - 24 inch rainbows with my best being a 27-incher. You know you're in the right place when you stop taking pictures of 22 inch trout due to the volume you're getting to the net! During the week, two other guests caught a 28 and 29 inch trout as well! It just does not get any better than catching big, hard-fighting trout in the Alaskan wilderness. Intricate Bay Lodge is a very special place that I would strongly recommend to anyone looking for a distinctive fishing experience.
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Trip of a Lifetime - Hope to go again! This fly fishing lodge on Lake Iliamna, Alaska, provided our group of six fishermen with a first class fly fishing trip. We fished via jet-boat and floatplane. When we flew in to a river or lake, fishing rafts were waiting for us. The guides were excellent, and helped us catch lots of sockeye salmon, silver salmon, dolly varden, and rainbow trout. What a thrill to see 9 brown bears (grizzlies) in 5 days of fishing. Package price was also better than other lodges I had researched. Would go again in a minute! Copper River float includes the whitewater rafting and beautiful waterfalls. Also fished the Gibralter River, Kamishak, and Moraine. Great fishing! Room Tip: This is a fly-in wilderness fishing lodge - perfect for a true wilderness experience with all the comforts of home at the lodge.
Date published: 2018-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC TRIP! (look no further!) Everything about Intricate Bay Lodge was fantastic: 1. Fishing-we fished numerous rivers and consistently caught world-class rainbows. 2. Lodging-a new lodge in a fantastic location with incredible amenities and comfort 3. Adventure-each day we took a plane or jet boat to remote rivers and saw amazing wildlife and scenery 4. Guides-had the pleasure to fish with 5 different guides and they were all fantastic...knowledgeable, fun, enthusiastic, hard-working and relentless at putting us on big fish. 5. Food- The chef, Skylar and staff were terrific. Ate 5 star meals every night and they made adjustments to the menu for specific (fussy) friends in our crew. 6. Owner-Brian was great to work with, provided great advice and was very accommodative.
Date published: 2018-09-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't Get Any Better Than This! For my 5th trip to Alaska in the Iliamna Lake region, I have to rate this one the best. So many factors influenced my rating ...here are just a few: EXCELLENCE: the Lodge just oozes excellence from appearance, service, accommodations, personality, etc.. This clearly begins with the leadership and tone set by Lodge Manager, Brian Harry. ALL the major and minor things to make a lodge and all the services "sing" have been considered and taken care of. For example, when you step off the float plane upon arrival, the whole staff is their to welcome you, shake your hand, and, you step onto a dock that does not rock! The lodge functions like you're in your own house (mud room and all), and, has all the comforts you're use to. Yes, the lodge is named after the Lake Iliamna bay it sits on. But, one of the definitions of the word intricate means "very elaborate detail". And, THAT this lodge has! PERSONABLE: the staff make you feel welcome and, in turn, you feel like they love what they do. They are professional and take pride in working with you and for you. That includes from the manager, to the pilots, to the guides, to the kitchen chef/staff, to the "whatever you need to have done" staff member available! When you ask them ...they just do it "with a smile". THAT, in and of itself, makes for a fun and wonderful week. RESPECTFUL: probably the most important to me is that they talk to you, get to know you and your likes/dislikes. And, they LISTEN. They really listen to you! In summary, the overall lodge experience could not have been better. It clearly exceeded my expectations on all fronts. Considering it's only their 3rd year since the rebuilt lodge has been opened, that's saying something. Thanks, Brian & staff. We appreciate all you did for us last week. Keep doing what you're doing. Hope to see you again some time in the near future. Bob PS: Did I mention that the fishing was OUTSTANDING!
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Alaskan Adventure! Two weeks have passed since returning from Intricate Bay Lodge, and I am still on a high.... The good times began from the get go. The float plane pilot who picked us up, and the welcoming crew at the lodge set the tone: warm, friendly, excited to quickly get us out on the water. The lodge is brand spanking new, clean and comfortable, with a beautiful view of Lake Iliamna. The fishing on the home rivers, and fly outs, was amazing. The guides were knowledgeable, friendly, and fun loving. Thanks to their patient instruction, my casting improved daily. During the week, we caught 3 species of hard fighting Salmon, as well as Grayling, Lake Trout, and large, feisty Rainbows. After long days on the water, and the resulting sore shoulders and forearms, we returned to the lodge to warm showers, or a dunk in the hot tub, a cold beer, and a group dinner, where we talked and joked about our daily fishing adventures. The food was outstanding, and abundant. After dinner, there were dart games, and games of corn hole with the guests and staff. I can't say enough about the Intricate Bay staff, from top to bottom, they went out of their way, to create a pleasurable, fun filled, fantastic Alaskan fly fishing adventure, which managed to exceed my high expectations.
Date published: 2018-07-30
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