Alaska Rainbow Lodge
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $8,000 to $9,000 Per Person
    4 - 5 Days: $6,000 to $7,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing

Hosts Ron and Sharon Hayes built Alaska Rainbow Lodge in 1982 to take advantage of its location on the Kvichak River, 230 air miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska in the Bristol Bay region. The Kvichak is home to the largest salmon run in the world; Sockeyes swim past the lodge’s front door by the millions each summer. This excellent location ensures that guests have the opportunity to fish every day, regardless of the weather. Ron Hayes has been in the sport fishing business in Alaska for 50 years. With a capacity of only 16 guests, he and his staff are able to provide personal attention for each guest.

Our guests catch-and-release more big Rainbows than anyone, period…

As the name implies, Rainbow Trout are the lodge's specialty, since these feisty fish swim past the front door by the millions each year. The lodge’s home river, the Kvichack, consistently produces more Rainbow Trout in excess of 28 inches than any other river in Alaska. Gigantic Rainbows as large as 34 inches are caught each season, some up to 18 pounds. You’ll also be within a 25 minute plane ride of every premier Rainbow Trout stream in Bristol Bay, guided by a certified, Coast Guard licensed Alaska fishing guide on a two-to-one ratio.

Premier Alaska fly fishing lodge

The lodge is one of few able to offer both fly-out fishing to nearby streams and unbelievable trophy fishing on its home river. Find Rainbows and Sockeyes by the front door, or take a 15-25 minute flight to fly fish the most famous Rainbow Trout streams in Bristol Bay. Fly fish for King Salmon on the Alagnak River by sight. The lodge has a fully equipped fly-tying bench ready for you. Not a fly fisherman? Not a problem. Guides will teach you how to fly fish, or use any method you’re interested in. You can also fish by wading, drifting, casting, or plugging.

Fly-outs every day

Three float-equipped, six-passenger DeHavilland Beaver aircraft are inspected and maintained by an on-site mechanic. With these planes, and their fleet of boats, the lodge can get you access to more than 30 different rivers and streams across 3,000 square miles of the Bristol Bay region. This area is renowned for its trophy Rainbow Trout, Silver Salmon, King Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Grayling and more. There’s also spectacular char fishing during the entire season. Clients consistently hook fish in the 30 inch class, and sometimes more than 25 fish per person. The lodge is also one of only six allowed to park a jet boat on the American River, allowing guests to angle in seldom-fished waters.

Flightseeing and photo outings

Flightseeing and photo outings are part and parcel of your fishing adventures. The lodge is located a mere 20 minutes by floatplane from the famous Katmai National Park, providing ample opportunity for spotting and photographing wildlife. Watch in amazement as majestic brown bears chase down fish at Brooks Falls. Glide over glaciers and active volcanoes, and visit the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, scene of the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century.
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Alaskan Fishing Excursion
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 9, 2017
  • I had the time of my life! The staff was very friendly and helpful. I was treated like a Queen. The food was delicious, especially the Seafood Extravaganza with King Crab legs! As someone new to fly...
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Thoughts on an Alaskan fishing trip, by Chelsea
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Reviewed By on September 7, 2017
  • First, a few explanatory notes: this was partially a work trip. We're photographers and we shot a private portrait session, and then also did photos & video for ARL. But Mack also fished every day...
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Fly fishing
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Reviewed By on August 26, 2017
  • My wife and I have just enjoyed another magnificent week fly fishing at Alaska Rainbow Lodge. This is our fourth consecutive year with them and my comment would be that if you are looking for the...
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