Location
Bristol Bay
Alaska, United States
Fly-in Access
All-Inclusive?
All-inclusive lodges include:
  • accommodation
  • all equipment/gear/tackle
  • boats and fuel
  • guiding
  • all meals
  • fish processing (unless fishing is catch-and-release only)
See below to find out exactly what is included in the price.
Fishing
freshwater (rivers),
Guided
10 hours/day
2:1 guest-to-guide ratio
Fly fishing
RATING
Avg.
/5

Overview

Alaska Rainbow Adventures is a highly regarded, experienced Alaska fly fishing guide service offering float fishing trips to some of Alaska’s most productive rivers like the Goodnews, Arolik, Kanektok and other waters in southwest Alaska for over three decades.

Here are some reasons why you might consider taking a guided fly fishing float trip with us:

Experienced Guides: We have a team of professional and knowledgeable guides passionate about fly fishing and intimately familiar with the rivers and streams we fish. Our guides are skilled at helping anglers of all skill levels catch fish while ensuring safety and comfort are a top priority and ensure your trip is much more enjoyable than renting gear and endeavoring to do it independently.

Access to remote locations: All of Alaska Rainbow Adventures’ guided float trips take place in remote and pristine areas of Alaska that are inaccessible by road and must be flown into, taking along everything you will need. By taking a guided float trip, you’ll have the opportunity to fish in regions rarely visited by other anglers, giving you a unique and unforgettable experience.

Top-of-the-line equipment: Alaska Rainbow Adventures utilizes top-of-the-line equipment for all our guided float trips, including rafts and camping equipment for your safety and comfort.

Scenic beauty: Alaska is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, and a guided float trip with us is a great way to take in Alaska’s stunning landscapes and wildlife. Whether casting for fish or simply taking in the views, a guided float trip will surely be a memorable and enjoyable experience.

Great fishing: Last but not least, Alaska Rainbow Adventures is renowned for the exceptional fly fishing opportunities with the locations we can take you to. With access to some of the best fishing rivers in Alaska, our guided float trips allow anglers to catch trophy-size fish in some of the most productive waters in the state.

If you’re looking for a memorable and rewarding fly fishing experience in Alaska, a guided float trip with us to the Goodnews, Kanektok or any of the other waters we offer here at Alaska Rainbow Adventures is the go-to experience!

Come with us on one of our multi-day wilderness float fishing trips and experience Alaska’s World Class float trip waters, such as the Arolik, Kanektok, Goodnews, Togiak, Alagnak, Moraine, and more, each offering a unique experience for traveling anglers no matter your level of experience, all the while being escorted by some of the finest guides in the business. This combination of select locations, the variety of experiences, extraordinary people, and attention to detail makes these trips an exceptional choice for you, the traveling angler. We are on the rivers at the peak of the salmon runs or during times when availability is highest for native species like the rainbow trout, for which our trips are famous. Of course, other species such as dolly varden/arctic char, sheefish, pike, and grayling may too be available.

On float trips, you also have increased time on the water; after all, you couldn’t be any closer to the fishing as we camp right on the river at the best available fishing holes. Think about it this way: you are out on the river catching fish and having a great time, and your guide says, Reel ’em in time to head in for dinner or happy hour ‘back at the lodge’… Well, keep on fishing because, with us, you do not need to go anywhere because you are ‘already there’, camped right on the river in one of our deluxe or intimate float fishing lodge camps where you are more than welcome to fish as much as you like and many of our guests join us for this reason alone!

We can put you on the best fishing holes, one after another, all day long as you present your hook to fish most effectively from one of our custom inflatable boats or while wading. We cover a lot of water on our trips, much of it where jet boats and airplanes simply can not or never go. Our guides will lead you through about six to ten miles of river daily, just the right balance of wade fishing from the bank as we stop at hole after hole and drift fishing from the boats.

Our float trips also give you more opportunities for relaxing and seeing wildlife in their natural surroundings without being run off by the sound of an approaching outboard engine.

The experience shared by a group of people on an adventure through remote, breathtaking wilderness is something that you will remember forever, and many of our guests return year after year, renewing friendships formed on the river with their guides and other guests they met on an Alaska Rainbow Adventures float trip.

What makes us unique:

  1. We offer the Premier Multi-Day Wilderness Float Fishing Trips on Alaska's Best waters for Float Fishing!
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What We Catch

List
Species Availability Calendar
  • 20218 1Arctic Char
  • 20219 2Arctic Grayling
  • 20220 3Dolly Varden
  • 20221 4Salmon - Chinook (King)
  • 20222 5Salmon - Coho (Silver)
  • 20223 6Salmon - Chum (Dog)
  • 20224 7Salmon - Pink (Humpback)
  • 20225 8Salmon - Sockeye (Red)
  • 20226 9Trout - Rainbow
  • 20228 10Northern Pike
  • 20229 11Trout - Lake
  • Sheefish
SpeciesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Arctic Char
Arctic Grayling
Dolly Varden
Salmon - Chinook (King)
Salmon - Coho (Silver)
Salmon - Chum (Dog)
Salmon - Pink (Humpback)
Salmon - Sockeye (Red)
Trout - Rainbow
Northern Pike
Trout - Lake

Our season runs from June 8 to Sept 30.

Packages/prices

Estimated PER-DAY fishing vacation rate:

US$699.50
CA$963.87
£562.84
€657.50

PER PERSON

6 nights / 7 days fishingKanektok River Deluxe

August 21 to 27 ~ Seven days / Six nights

US$6,995.00
CA$9,638.67
£5,628.44
€6,574.98
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7 nights / 8 days fishingKanektok River Deluxe

July 2 to 9 ~ Eight days / Seven nights
July 12 to 19 ~ Eight days / Seven nights
July 24 to 31 ~ Eight days / Seven nights
August 29 to September 5 ~ Eight days / Seven nights
September 8 to 15 ~ Eight days / Seven nights

US$6,995.00
CA$9,638.67
£5,628.44
€6,574.98
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6 nights / 7 days fishingGoodnews River Deluxe

Departs from Bethel, Alaska
July 31 to August 6~ Seven Days / Six Nights
August 8 to 14~ Seven Days / Six Nights

US$6,995.00
CA$9,638.67
£5,628.44
€6,574.98
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7 nights / 8 days fishingGoodnews River Deluxe

Departs from Bethel, Alaska
July 22 to July 29~ Eight Days / Seven Nights
August 16 to 23~ Eight Days / Seven Nights
August 25 to September 1~ Eight Days / Seven Nights

US$6,995.00
CA$9,638.67
£5,628.44
€6,574.98
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9 nights / 10 days fishingGoodnews River Deluxe

Departs from Bethel, Alaska
September 3 to 12, 2024
Limited Availability

US$7,695.00
CA$10,603.23
£6,191.69
€7,232.95
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7 nights / 8 days fishingAniak River Intimate Rivers Minimalist Style Trip

Departs from Bethel, Alaska

US$6,795.00
CA$9,363.08
£5,467.52
€6,386.99
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9 nights / 10 days fishingKisaralik River Intimate Rivers

Departs from Bethel, Alaska

US$6,995.00
CA$9,638.67
£5,628.44
€6,574.98
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7 nights / 8 days fishingArolik River Intimate Rivers Minimalist Style Trip

Departs from Bethel, Alaska
Limited Availabilty

US$7,495.00
CA$10,327.64
£6,030.76
€7,044.96
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4 nights / 5 days fishingTalachulitna River Intimate Rivers

Departs from Anchorage.

US$5,495.00
CA$7,571.76
£4,421.49
€5,165.05
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6 nights / 7 days fishingTalachulitna River Intimate Rivers

Departs from Anchorage.

US$5,995.00
CA$8,260.73
£4,823.80
€5,635.02
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6 nights / 7 days fishingAlagnak River Deluxe

Late June through September by request from King Salmon, Alaska

US$5,995.00
CA$8,260.73
£4,823.80
€5,635.02
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6 nights / 7 days fishingMoraine Creek, Deluxe

August through September from King Salmon, Alaska, scheduled by request.

US$5,995.00
CA$8,260.73
£4,823.80
€5,635.02
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6 nights / 7 days fishingTogiak River Deluxe

Scheduled by request, late July through early September from Dillingham, Alaska

US$7,495.00
CA$10,327.64
£6,030.76
€7,044.96
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NOTES

  • There are few places in the world where you can enjoy the diversity and quality of fishing offered on an Alaska Float Trip. 
  • Our approach is straightforward: fish the most productive of Alaska’s float trip waters with the most knowledgeable guides and the best equipment at the best times.
  • Let us know your vision of an Alaska float trip adventure, and we will help you make it happen!
  • Our Deluxe Program

    Our deluxe fishing program upgrades your experience and comfort level over our Intimate Rivers style program, and the latter is only available on select waters.

    With three decades of experience behind them, our “Deluxe Alaska Fishing Program” is for those of you whose days of tent camping in little tents and sleeping on the ground are behind you. They feature amenities that ensure a safe and comfortable Alaska experience, showers on a limited basis, toilet facilities with a privacy tent, and the fishing is pretty good, too!

    The “accommodations” are like no other you will find anywhere on an Alaska float trip! Each of these tents houses two anglers and is spacious enough to provide ample space for your gear and a comfortable retreat should the weather become inclement. We equip these tents with chairs and comfortable cots, a welcome luxury after a day of fishing. Just toss on “your bag” and enjoy a good night’s sleep.

    The deluxe program features a custom-built dining tent and screened area both can hold the entire group for dining or as a gathering area. Tents on these trips are all made in Alaska for its extreme conditions.

    We feature a 2-1 guest-to-guide ratio in the rafts with front and rear seating. All trips require some participation and group effort. Your participation in unloading your bags from the rafts and setting up and taking down your tent is greatly appreciated. Anglers can rotate guides daily, enabling everyone to fish with each staff member if desired.

    Intimate Rivers

    Our Intimate Rivers program encompasses a couple of ideas: travel to “smaller streams” that offer a more intimate overall experience or can be a less expensive option on some waters, typically listed as our deluxe or standard style trips. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for availability.

    On some waters, this style of trip is necessary due to the river not having direct access to a lake or just because the size of the stream is such that the larger rafts used on our deluxe trips are impractical.

    These trips allow you to get up close and personal with trophy salmon, trout, char, and other species on smaller streams. You still get the same personal service and attention to detail that has long been a hallmark of an Alaska Rainbow Adventures Alaska fly fishing float trip.

    This level of service is our least expensive option utilizing smaller rafts and fewer amenities than our other trips to save weight and the required aircraft numbers. It is comparable to what most other operators offer as “standard” Alaska float trip fare and not to be confused with our deluxe style trips. It is a roughing-it, bare-bones adventure without seats in the rafts or, in some cases, cots in the tents.

    For 2024 we feature a larger Alaska Made tent for two persons with cots or the option for persons wanting a tent to themselves, our Everest expedition tents with a pad but no cot. These tents, however, are large enough that you do not feel crammed into one like a sardine without the oil as you might in the one or two-person tents other operations offer.

Unless otherwise stated, prices do not include taxes, gratuities, or fishing license/stamp.

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What's Included?

How many hours of guided fishing?

10 hours

Return transportation:

If YES, the lodge covers all transportation costs to and from the Travel Destination. If NO, you are responsible for all costs getting to and from the lodge.

Equipment / gear / tackle / bait:

Fish processing:

Cleaning, filleting, vacuum packing and refrigerated (or frozen) storage.

All meals / snacks / non-alcoholic drinks:

Alcohol:

Other:

Alaska Rainbow Adventures also supplies life jackets for your comfort and safety.

What is not included: Overnight accommodations and meals at the starting or ending point of your trip, fishing license and tackle, gratuities, or items of a personal nature, your own sleeping bag and pad or dry bags for use on trip, alcoholic beverages of any kind, park fees, taxes, travel / extraction insurance. Note: As we are not an fixed operation such as a camp or lodge, and in part during the season we are out traveling throughout the Bristol Bay and South West region of Alaska and away from normal supply sources we can not have on hand many of the items that one might find available included or as extras at a fixed operation, such as fishing licenses, waders, sleeping bags and pads, tackle, or for your guides to have on hand a substantial selection of extra available flies and lures, it is for this reason we ask that you supply those items.

Deposit required: 50%

Balance due: 60 days prior to the start date of your adventure or June 1st whichever comes first.


Once confirmed by receipt of initial payment / deposit you are responsible for the entire full balance even if you do not participate in the trip for any reason due to the short booking season and loss of revenue this represents. Deposits are due within seven days of requesting space on any trip, please note however that during this time the spaces remain available for sale. Please note that all payments are non-refundable. Payment of balance in full is due no later than 60 days prior to the start date of your adventure or June 1st whichever comes first even if you are unable to participate for any reason due to the short season. If you are unable to participate for any reason you may transfer your interest to someone else who is able to participate, while we may be able to help fill the space for you, do not assume that we will.

The purchase of trip insurance is strongly recommended. In the event that you cancel or fail to participate in the trip, all monies received are not refundable. Receipt of deposit by Alaska Rainbow Adventures means you agree to these terms and conditions. All reservations made within 60 days of departure require that payment be made in full at the time of booking. “Special offers” must be paid in full at the time of booking , unless other arrangements have been made, and can not be applied to trips already under contract. If for any reason payment has not been made in full prior to the trip start date participation on the trip will not be allowed and no monies will be refunded.

In the event that Alaska Rainbow Adventures cancels for reasons within our control, and the trip cannot be rescheduled, a full refund will be made as soon as possible. If we cancel for reasons out of our control we will be happy to reschedule for the earliest available date. Travel Insurance Information Under some circumstances we will try and offer a fishable alternate, however doing so can incur additional costs to reset your trip location. Rates and terms are subject to change without notice unless they have been confirmed by receipt of deposit(s) by Alaska Rainbow Adventures. No refunds or credits will be given for any reason.

Alaska Rainbow Adventures is not responsible for any loss, damage, or injury to persons or property however caused or for any costs of accommodations and associated services caused by weather, transportation problems and other events beyond Alaska Rainbow Adventures control. When necessary for the safety or comfort of our guests, Alaska Rainbow Adventures has the right to cancel or make reasonable schedule changes of all or a portion of your trip. While we make every attempt to have all the items we promise for any particular trip, due to operations and the logistics of operating in remote areas of Alaska some services may be subject to change without notice. Again, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance. It is your responsibility to ascertain that you are fit enough to participate in this type of activity and in doing so accept any and all risks and costs involved should it be deemed you are unable to at any time before or during your trip with Alaska Rainbow Adventures. Due to budget cuts in Alaska limiting the availability of State Trooper and Air Guard resources, we now strongly recommend the purchase of travel insurance including policies that cover extraction via helicopter if the need arises. If you choose to not purchase a policy and need extraction services, you are responsible for any and all associated costs. We do not recommend any particular carrier, that choice is yours.

You are responsible for purchasing your fishing license before your trip and then having it on your person at all times while fishing. If you forget it, you will not be able to fish on the trip as we do not sell fishing licenses and they are not available on the river. If you are on a trip where you plan on targeting King Salmon you will need to also purchase a king stamp.

Trips can be scheduled for groups of 2 to 12 persons in size on some waters. If you are a single angler, couple or pair, please ask about joining one of our existing trips we can let you know what is available and put you on our email list that keeps you up to date on availabilities and help put a trip together. Togiak river trips are limited to six guests by permit, Goodnews and Kanektok river trips to eight. Available spaces on scheduled trips subject to change, there are weight limits on all trips usually 250 pounds per person your weight including gear due to aircraft capacity restrictions, if we can accommodate any gear above that amount within the scheduled aircraft capacity for the trip we will, if not one’s excess gear can usually be accommodated at additional charge.


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Weather

°C / MM
°F / IN.

Temperature, °C

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

mm

Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015.
Jan
12
0
0.43
Feb
20
6
0.44
Mar
22
6
0.35
Apr
36
20
0.34
May
51
34
0.7
Jun
61
44
1.05
Jul
63
49
1.7
Aug
60
47
2.38
Sep
52
39
1.86
Oct
37
25
1.03
Nov
23
11
1
Dec
17
3
0.71

Temperature, °F

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

inches

Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015.
Jan
-11
-18
10.9
Feb
-7
-15
11.2
Mar
-6
-14
8.8
Apr
2
-6
8.6
May
11
1
17.9
Jun
16
7
26.7
Jul
17
9
43.3
Aug
15
8
60.4
Sep
11
4
47.3
Oct
3
-4
26.2
Nov
-5
-11
25.4
Dec
-9
-16
18

ACCOMMODATIONS

Description

LODGINGS
    • Our deluxe programs utilize the highest quality tents designed for Alaska’s extremes and manufactured here in Alaska.
    • Each tent houses two anglers with six-foot ceilings, cots, and chairs and is a comfortable retreat after a day of exceptional fishing.
    • We also feature a large custom-built communal gathering tent where meals get prepared and taken and provide a comfortable retreat in inclement weather.
  • Our intimate rivers program utilizes the highest quality tents designed for Alaska’s extremes and manufactured here in Alaska.
  • Each tent houses two anglers but is somewhat smaller than the tents used on our deluxe trips, but this option has cots, and chairs and is a comfortable retreat after a day of exceptional fishing.
  • There is an option for individuals who desire their own tent to have a high-quality Everest-style mountaineering tent without cots, just bring your own sleeping pad. These tents, however, are much larger than the small one-person tents used by several other operations.
  • We also feature a custom-built communal gathering tent where meals are prepared, which provides a comfortable retreat in inclement weather.

Details

Corporate buyout:

A corporate buyout is a single group booking the entire lodge. Often done for executive retreats.

WiFi available:

Maximum capacity:

8

Average travel time to fishing grounds:

None, fish right at the camp.

Meals

Meals are served home style and offer generous portions of traditional entrees prepared with choice cuts of meat and fresh fish. These come with all the trimmings.

At midday, a hearty lunch is prepared on the bank, and should you need an extra bit of energy to help you land that big one, snacks usually chips and cookies are available. You are invited to make menu suggestions for your trip and we will try to accommodate them whenever possible. We recommend you drink only filtered water, which we will provide throughout the trip, you might want to bring along your favorite water enhancer.

“The food was outstanding-steaks, shrimp and crab, eggs, bacon and French toast just to name a few” ~ Wade Gastin

“Fresh salmon cooked on the grill at the side of the river can’t be beat, The food was outstanding!” ~ Greg Sharp

“The food was excellent; it was just first class all the way.” ~ Harrison Paul Anderson

“The cuisine never ceased to amaze me, filet minion to shrimp scampi. A month prior to the trip I’d left Paul a message regarding menu items I’d like. I was pleased these items were easily incorporated into his planning.” ~ Rob Gillette

“The food is excellent, as well. I’ll put your float operation up against any in Alaska, Great Job!!” ~ Justin Tackett

BOATS

Description

One of the things about floating with any type of raft that is loaded down with camping gear and anglers is that they do not allow you true access to all the available water that a smaller lightly loaded raft can get to. Therefore we now have available an option that provides for each two guests a guide with a custom built inflatable drifter raft. This is a specially built raft with casting stations front and rear, maneuverable enough to scoot across or back up some runs (perfect for mousing big bows on the Alagnak or tossing wogs at ‘silvers’ on the Goodnews!!) allowing great access to the best water. We can do this because the boats are first off specially built to do just this and are only lightly loaded with lunch, beverages and essential gear you need for the day.

On all of our Alaska float trips state of the art 14′ self bailing rafts from the largest producers of whitewater craft in America are utilized to get you safely down the river in comfort. Each raft is equipped with a custom rowing frame, solid air floor, and for angler comfort on our standard and fisherman’s deluxe trips, high back seats, on our intimate rivers style and kanektok river trips we utilize a different frame configuration which does not feature seats, however all of these craft provide a safe, comfortable platform for fishing and relaxing while drifting downstream in search of what action awaits around the next bend.

Details

Bathroom:

n/a

Heated cabins:

n/a

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Travel destination:

The last significant city or town before the final leg of the journey to the lodge. If you are flying, this is where you'll fly to.

Bethel, Alaska

Transportation to/from the lodge and here is included in all packages.
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Trips leave from different locations depending on the trip. Travel destinations include:

  • King Salmon
  • Iliamna
  • Bethel
  • Anchorage
  • Dillingham

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