Top 100 Places to fly fish, Bristol Bay, The royal coachman lodge, Alaska
Here we go whieldon fly fishing’s top 100 places to fly fish in the world, these are in no particular order but for reasons of fly fishing excellence have made it to our list.
N99 Bristol Bay and the Royal Coachman Lodge, Alaska.
The Bristol Bay Region has the largest salmon runs in the world! Nowhere else on earth will you find such a wide variety of sportfish. The sheer numbers of fish that this fishery supports is mind-boggling. The area around the Royal Coachman lodge in Alaska that we fish contains all five species of Pacific Salmon: Kings, Silvers, Sockeye, Chum, and Pinks, along with seven species of freshwater gamefish, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, and Sheefish. The Nuyakuk is their home river. the royal coachman lodge sits on a grand-fathered property in the Wood Tikchik State Park. They have a class 5 rapid above and below our lodge, and no roads within 60 miles. You can only get to the lodge by floatplane (not by boat or car). This means that, if the weather prohibits flying, you will still enjoy great fishing. It also means that when you are sitting around there fire pit looking over the river watching the sunset, you will never see another boat go by.
It is routine to see schools of spawning salmon from the Lodge, and Grayling rise in the Lodge pool almost constantly. On there home river you will see other anglers only once or twice a season, usually rafters passing by from some remote location, and it offers the guests exceptional fishing right from the Lodge. They keep a number of boats at the Lodge, and downstream below the falls. They can access 75 miles of wilderness rivers right from the front door. With no large lake and four- foot whitecaps to contend with on rainy and blustery days, you and your guide will have great fishing on those rare days that weather makes for unsafe fly-outs. This means that they do NOT push the weather. This is a major consideration when choosing your angling destination. You never lose valuable fishing time to weather, and you and yours are NOT placed in potentially dangerous situations. There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting out a storm at a fishing lodge in Alaska while NOT fishing! It just doesn’t happen at the Royal Coachman Lodge.
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