Location
Kodiak Island
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 (lakes), freshwater (rivers),
Guided
8 hours/day
2:1 guest-to-guide ratio
Fly fishing
RATING
Avg.
5/5
66 reviews

Overview

FishHound Expeditions is a guide owned, guide operated company offering Alaska Fly Fishing Trips on some of Alaskas’ best rivers. With over 30 years of combined guiding experience we are truly FishHounds! We have taken our years of experience and found the best Alaska fishing for our clients through countless fishing trips and have gained permits for our most favorite and remote rivers. These are “the guides choice” rivers. No matter the length of your trip, from one day to ten our experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate guides will “guide” you to your Alaska fishing trip of a lifetime.

Our owners are the guides, the guides are the owners. This means excellent spot on information for you – our guest, on when & where to fish. We live & fish in Alaska year round, not just the summer like so many others. This gives us a full picture and intimate knowledge on Alaska’s ever changing river conditions & fish run timings. We specialize in fly fishing but encourage all forms of angling as long as it is done with a smile or occasional cuss word. Our passion is in trout, but our addiction is salmon. Fortunately for us these work in balance and benefit our guests no matter when life deals you your Alaska fishing vacation or its length.

Alaska river fishing is one of the best, most sought after experiences in all of angling. Here at FishHound Expeditions, our main goal is to provide our guests with the best possible fishing experience that Alaska river fishing has to offer. All of our river locations meet our standards of receiving very limited pressure, clear healthy water, and wild fish whether you choose to fish one day or ten! Our experienced guides and staff will do everything we can to make sure you have an incredible trip. In addition to our standard of great Alaska river fishing we utilize the best gear out there to make everything more comfortable.

Heli-Fishing: Single & Multi Day Trip Options

There is no greater access to Alaska’s wild rivers than via a helicopter! We run heli-fishing on multiple rivers throughout south-central Alaska, which is easily accessible from the Anchorage area. This type of trip provides an amazing remote Alaskan river experience with much more ease than some of the further location we operate on.

This is a perfect trip for folks who want a wilderness trip/experience but don’t want to spend their whole time in Alaska in one remote location.

Float Expedition Trips

With our experience as guides and seeing what works and what doesn’t we have tailored our multi-day Alaska Fishing trips to our guests needs.  This means that you get the best equipment for our ever changing Alaskan environment. We supply you with almost everything you will need for an amazing, comfortable fishing trip in to the Alaska Wild.

Kodiak Steelhead Fishing at Kodiak Brown Bear Center

The Karluk River has one of the largest fall steelhead runs in the state. However, unlike most of our “expedition” style trips the Karluk trips will be utilizing the incredibly beautiful and luxurious Brown Bear Center Lodge as well as their on-river cabins!

The lodge itself is truly a backcountry marvel! Comfy individual rooms, amazing food, and even a sauna! To make it even more amazing it is on an island all to itself offering incredible views of Karluk lake and the surrounding mountains. Guests can take in views of Mountain Goats, Black Tail Deer, and of course the incredible Kodiak Brown Bear! All from the deck of the lodge enjoying a drink! The Cabins on the river itself are more rustic than the lodge but still feature creature comforts that make the fall on Kodiak very comfortable.

 

What makes us unique:

  1. Truly wild Alaska river float trips. We supply you with almost everything you will need for an amazing, comfortable fishing trip in to the Alaska Wild.
  2. Our owners are the guides, the guides are the owners.
  3. All of our river locations meet our standards of receiving very limited pressure, clear healthy water, and wild fish whether you choose to fish one day or ten!
  4. Our gear is handmade or purchased specifically to fit in helicopters, which allows us to bring incredible freshly prepared food, great comfortable camp scenes with cots & pads, separate sleeping tents for clients, specific cooking/eating shelters, and lots of room for beer/wine.

What We Catch

List
Species Availability Calendar
  • Steelhead
  • Trout - Rainbow
  • Dolly Varden
  • Arctic Grayling
  • Salmon - Coho (Silver)
  • Salmon - Chinook (King)
  • Salmon - Chum (Dog)
  • Salmon - Pink (Humpback)
  • Salmon - Sockeye (Red)
  • Arctic Char
SpeciesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Steelhead
Trout - Rainbow
Dolly Varden
Arctic Grayling
Salmon - Coho (Silver)
Salmon - Chinook (King)
Salmon - Chum (Dog)
Salmon - Pink (Humpback)
Salmon - Sockeye (Red)
Arctic Char

Our season runs from June 10 to Oct 1.

Packages/prices

PER-DAY fishing vacation packages start at:

US$580.00
CA$761.67
£444.60
€488.94

PER PERSON

5 nights / 6 days fishingArolik River Fishing Trip (June 20 - August 31)
US$4,800.00
CA$6,303.48
£3,679.43
€4,046.37
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $192.00 per person
7 nights / 8 days fishingArolik River Fishing Trip (June 20 - August 31)
US$5,300.00
CA$6,960.09
£4,062.70
€4,467.86
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $212.00 per person
9 nights / 10 days fishingArolik River Fishing Trip (June 20 - August 31)
US$5,800.00
CA$7,616.71
£4,445.98
€4,889.36
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $232.00 per person
7 nights / 8 days fishingKwethluk River Float Fishing Trip (July 1 - Sept 30)
US$5,300.00
CA$6,960.09
£4,062.70
€4,467.86
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $212.00 per person
9 nights / 10 days fishingKwethluk River Float Fishing Trip (July 1 - Sept 30)
US$5,800.00
CA$7,616.71
£4,445.98
€4,889.36
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $232.00 per person
1 nights / 1 days fishingClear Creek (June 10 - Oct 1)
US$675.00
CA$886.43
£517.42
€569.02
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $27.00 per person
1 nights / 2 days fishingClear Creek (June 10 - Oct 1)
US$1,350.00
CA$1,772.85
£1,034.84
€1,138.04
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $54.00 per person
2 nights / 3 days fishingClear Creek (June 10 - Oct 1)
US$2,025.00
CA$2,659.28
£1,552.26
€1,707.06
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $81.00 per person
3 nights / 4 days fishingClear Creek (June 10 - Oct 1)
US$2,700.00
CA$3,545.71
£2,069.68
€2,276.08
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $108.00 per person
4 nights / 5 days fishingClear Creek (June 10 - Oct 1)
US$3,375.00
CA$4,432.13
£2,587.10
€2,845.10
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $135.00 per person
5 nights / 6 days fishingClear Creek (June 10 - Oct 1)
US$4,050.00
CA$5,318.56
£3,104.52
€3,414.12
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $162.00 per person
7 nights / 8 days fishingKisaralik Fishing & Fly Fishing Trips (July 1 - Sept 15)
US$5,300.00
CA$6,960.09
£4,062.70
€4,467.86
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $212.00 per person
5 nights / 6 days fishingKodiak Steelhead at Kodiak Brown Bear Center
US$6,000.00
CA$7,879.35
£4,599.29
€5,057.96
Inquire BOOK NOW and save $240.00 per person

NOTES

We also offer fishing trips on the Talachulitna River. Pricing for this river varies on length of trip, contact us for details.

The gear boat deluxe special is an additional boat & guide that accompanies you down the river to stay one step ahead preparing hot meals, hors d’oeurve’s , & setting up camp ahead of you, your guide, & the rest of the group. In addition we provide one night of fresh Alaskan King Crab to add to your Alaskan trip of a lifetime as well as an additional cold cooler to keep your beverages extra frosty. Cost of this upgrade varies from river to river based on trip logistics.

We support and thank our members of the civil services. To the men and women in active & retired military service, Police, Firemen, and EMS we are glad to extend a discount to you for your trip with us.

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?

8 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:

A reasonable amount of beer and wine is also included.

Deposit required: $1500

Balance due: One month prior to trip launch


Deposits can be transferred to other trip dates & are partially refundable minus processing.


Payment Methods Accepted
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Weather

°C / MM
°F / IN.

Temperature, °C

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

mm

Weather data based on closest weather station which is 57 miles from the lodge, so the actual climate at the lodge can vary a bit. Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015.
Jan
2
-3
156.8
Feb
3
-3
118.9
Mar
3
-3
85.5
Apr
6
0
108.5
May
10
4
84.9
Jun
13
7
89.2
Jul
16
10
67
Aug
16
10
75.2
Sep
13
6
122.9
Oct
9
2
137.1
Nov
4
-2
108.4
Dec
3
-3
160.8

Temperature, °F

Avg HIGH

Avg LOW

Avg. Accumulated Precipitation

inches

Weather data based on closest weather station which is 57 miles from the lodge, so the actual climate at the lodge can vary a bit. Based on weather reports collected during 1985–2015.
Jan
36
26
6.17
Feb
37
27
4.68
Mar
38
27
3.37
Apr
43
33
4.27
May
50
39
3.34
Jun
55
45
3.51
Jul
60
49
2.64
Aug
62
49
2.96
Sep
56
43
4.84
Oct
47
35
5.4
Nov
40
29
4.27
Dec
37
26
6.33

ACCOMMODATIONS

Description

Float Expeditions

All FishHound trips provide you with our moveable lodge—a custom made wall tent that provides an ideal environment for riverside dinners & drinks.

What we provide:

  • Dry bags of assorted sides
  • High quality sleeping pads
  • Tents
  • Sleeping cots

On our expedition trips we provide you with large dry bags for your personal gear, as well as a smaller ‘day’ dry bag for keeping important items (like additional layers or cameras) safe from the elements and close at hand.  We provide top quality thick sleeping pads which are placed on our ultra-light supportive cots inside our single or double occupancy name brand tents that have been tested tried & trued. Single or double occupancy tents are based on you, the client’s preference and not whats ‘best for trip weight’.

On our river trips, you’ll be fishing and staying on any of 5 different rivers on Kodiak Island:

Arolik River

One of Alaska’s most sacred & pristine rivers that blows away any preconceived notions of Alaskan beauty. The Arolik flows out of the Ahklun Mountains and is one of Alaska’s most intimate small to medium size rivers. A very user friendly & easily wade-able river that we can access from two different put-ins depending on the length of the trip. River levels and time of year pending we can offer shorter floats of 6 days or our standard length of 8 to 10 days. This river is so naturally gifted that no matter if you target this river early on in the season starting the middle of June for throwing huge mice patterns to native Leopard Rainbows and stripping streamers for huge Kings (season depending on ADF&G regulations), or come with us later in the year to swing for fresh coastal Silvers coated in sea lice this is a river worthy for fishing trips year after year.

This Alaska fishing trip begins by leaving Bethel in a wheeled bush plane then flying to the river and expertly landing on a gravel bar to start our trip down. We float roughly 60 miles on 6 day guided fishing trips and longer on our standard guided fishing trips (river conditions permitting) all the way down to where the river becomes tidal near the village of Quinhagak from there we take a 207 airplane back to Bethel.

Kwethluk River

One of Alaska’s best rivers that encompasses all that it is: big, beautiful, & remote! An Alaska float fishing trip best suited for 8-10 day trips, the Kwethluk starts high in the Kilbuck Mountains where we land on tundra and begin our descent down river. This float fishing trip is unique in that you get two rivers in one! We start on a small creek that is easily wade-able & full of Rainbows & Grayling that eagerly look to feed on the surface. A truly amazing small creek experience not found in many other places. Down river at the confluence, the Kwethluk becomes larger and is a great place to practice swing presentations or throw streamers at the banks as our experience takes you down secret braids to stalk monster Leopard Bow’s as well as all five species of Salmon & Arctic-Char depending on the time of year. We recommend this series of rivers from the first of July through the second week of September. King fishing is incredible in July (season depending on ADF&G regulations) with Chum Salmon and Arctic-Char entering the system and of course native Bows. If stalking huge silvers and flesh eating Rainbows is your kind of thing, or if that sounds like you want it to be your kind of thing, then the dates are mid-August through September.

The adventure begins by leaving Bethel in a wheeled bush plane. We fly high to the mountains and land on Alaskan tundra where our journey begins as we float a 100 miles of wild river down to our pickup. We are met by large power boats that transport us down to the Kuskowim and back to Bethel.

Clear Creek

Truly one of the finest rivers in Alaska! Clear Creek offers amazing fishing for Rainbows, Arctic Grayling, Dolly Varden, and all 5 species of Pacific Salmon. This river is clear water fishing at it’s finest. Come fish this river early in the season for mouse eating Rainbows and reel crushing Kings, or come in the fall for flesh hungry Rainbows and Silver Salmon that annihilate top water flies! Clear Creek offers trips from as short as 2 days to as long as 8 days. We utilize helicopters to gain access to many different points on the river depending the length of your trip.

Kisaralik River

This river personifies western Alaska with its amazing views, crystal clear water and of course, amazing fishing & fly fishing for all 5 species of Alaska Salmon, along with Trout, Arctic-Char & Grayling. Like most of our rivers this fishing trip is ideally suited for 8-10 day trips. After we land on Kisaralik Lake we will start our float trip down river. The Kisaralik starts small, but gains size making its’ way down river to where there is a large falls/rapid and depending on water flow boats may need to be lined & clients walk down & fish. Below this we find stunning scenery and amazing runs to fish. We start fishing & fly fishing trips on this river from the end of June chasing massive slabs of native Bows and Alaska King Salmon (pending ADF&G regulations) on this stunning river. The Kisaralik supports large amounts of other Salmon that make for excellent bead fishing later in the season as well as aggressive Silvers that gulp surface Polli-wogs!

We start by leaving Bethel in a float plane where we fly to Kisaralik Lake to start our 80 mile river journey of wild Alaskan water to our pickup point. We meet large power boats that will transport us back to Bethel quickly and efficiently.

Talachulitna River

Known as the ‘Tal’ to guides, the Talachulitna River provides some of the best fly-in-fishing in south-central AK. This beautiful river starts on Judd Lake as we begin our trek down-river, stalking monster Alaska King Salmon and gorgeous Bows. More than just an amazing river to fish, the Tal brings some of the most enjoyable & safe white water rafting around, in a stunning steep canyon rivaled only by the Black & Grand Canyons of the lower forty-eight. One of our owners has been running the Tal since 85′ and knows every rock & bend on that river.

Best suited for 4-6 day trips starting at the end of June (King season depending ADF&G regulations) through the end of August for Silvers.

Kodiak Brown Bear Center

The Kodiak Brown Bear Center lodge is truly a backcountry marvel! Comfy individual rooms, amazing food, and even a sauna! To make it even more amazing it is on an island all to itself offering incredible views of Karluk lake and the surrounding mountains. Guests can take in views of Mountain Goats, Black Tail Deer, and of course the incredible Kodiak Brown Bear! All from the deck of the lodge enjoying a drink! The Cabins on the river itself are more rustic than the lodge but still feature creature comforts that make the fall on Kodiak very comfortable.

The modern guest cabins incorporate all the luxuries of a five-star resort. Each guest cabin has its own private deck overlooking Karluk Lake. Our cabins have electricity, full bathroom facilities, wireless internet access, and comfortable beds with fresh linens. Delicious meals prepared by our talented and friendly staff are just a short walk away in our dining cabin.

Details

Corporate buyout:

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

WiFi available:

Maximum capacity:

6

Average travel time to fishing grounds:

15 mins

Amenities

Kodiak Brown Bear Center

  • Full Bathroom Facilities
  • Towels & Toiletries
  • Toyo Stove
  • Toyotomi On Demand Hot Water Heater
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee maker
  • 24hr Electricity
  • Quality linens, comforters and thoughtful furnishings
  • Books on Alutiiq culture
  • Free Land Line Phone Service
  • Video Conferencing Capabilities
  • Commercial Grade Laundry Equipment
  • Outdoor Fire Pit
  • Banya (Sauna)

Meals

Kodiak Brown Bear Center

We are very proud of our new gourmet kitchen and our two cook Wanda and Lisa. We work hard to provide our clients with delicious meals and of course tantalizing desserts. With advance notice we will make every effort to accommodate special diets. Meals are served family style in our dining room overlooking a spectacular view of Karluk Lake and the surrounding mountains. It is not uncommon to observe four-legged explorers on the lawn outside while you enjoy your meal.

Float Expeditions

Fishing guides obviously control the weather, but if we do drop the ball when you’re here- at least we can provide you with some amazing food! We eat this food a lot more than you ever will so we strive to keep it truly back-country gourmet. From fresh blueberry pancakes & egg soufflé for breakfast, to fresh surf n’ turf for dinner; we do more than freeze dried even on day 8!

Other Activities

Kayaking

BOATS

Description

Most of our rafts are designed right here in our great state of Alaska, our boat frames are custom built and have chairs incorporated into the frames and set-ups which is way more comfortable than sitting on a tube or cooler hours on end. The gear that we provide for our trips is continually updated so that it is more comfortable, modern, and efficient for the remoteness of our rivers.

We also supply all the fishing tackle at no additional cost! We understand that having the variety of rods sometimes needed for the plethora of fish that Alaska river fishing has to offer is not in every angler’s quiver. From lighter rods meant for pursuing Arctic Grayling, to broomsticks for handling monster King salmon, we have you covered. No one likes to be nickel and dimed last minute so all flies, leader material, and even split shots are also included.

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n/a

Heated cabins:

n/a

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