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  • My wife and I are celebrating 50 years of marriage this year. We started our courtship by going on fishing trips in the Florida keys. Fishing has been a big part of our life! We have never been on a fishing trip in Alaska, and was wondering if anyone could help in recommending a comfortable, laid back fishing lodge with high quality accomations that would work well for seniors. We don't think we want to handle the big halibut or king salmon adventures. We are accomplished spin casting fishermen, and love to eat what we catch. Any help would be appreciated.

    - Ray

  • Glad to hear that you'll be visiting Alaska this summer, and that you want to go fishing while you are here. Any interest in flyfishing or learning to fly fish while you are here? I own a fly fishing guide service that could help the two of you to do just that. See

    If you would prefer to fish with conventional gear, then I would recommend that you visit the web site of Katmailand Fishing Lodges. That company has three nice lodges that I think might provide the type of trip you are looking for. I have stayed at all of them, and was not disappointed. There is some great bear viewing at Brooks Lodge if you're interested in some great wildlife watching.

    Good Luck! Pudge

    Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf - The owner of Women's Flyfishing®, a Trout Unlimited Endorsed business, "Pudge" Kleinkauf, is Alaska's leading woman fly fishing instructor, fly tier and guide.
  • Ray,

    First, let me congratulate you on 50 years of Marriage! If you have any secrets to longevity, I'd love to hear them!

    There are several all-inclusive lodges within Alaska that I'm confident will best suit your needs. My personal recommendation would be a lodge in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, particularly in King Salmon, AK. This would require a flight that is a little over an hour from Anchorage out to the Alaska Peninsula, but being off the road system and having the limited accessibility, will give you an excellent Alaskan experience. There are several lodges from which to choose, with a variety of offerings--from fly outs to remote creeks for some of the most beautiful rainbow trout you're likely to see in your lifetime to spin-fishing the Naknek River for most species of salmon--which can then be prepared for you at the lodge the very same evening for dinner. Most lodges will package and ship your catch to your home for you, if you don't wish to take it as luggage.

    Alaska Sportsman's Bear Trail Lodge, run by Heath and Nanci Lyon, would be the best place to start. It is a spectacular, reputable lodge, with high-quality accommodations and professional staff; they will treat you with the utmost hospitality and ensure your trip is planned around what you want.

    Of course, the Kenai Peninsula has All-Inclusive offerings as well. You may want to look into the Princess Wilderness Lodge and Heavenly Lodge here in Cooper Landing. Aside from great accommodations, Princess Lodge and Heavenly Lodge also offer a wide variety of fishing and non-fishing activities. As far as the fishing goes, both the Kenai River and Kasilof River are easily accessed with the help of experienced guides by way of relaxing drift boat fishing trips. Salmon fishing can be pretty hot in mid-summer and early fall.

    Once again, congratulations on 50 years and we look forward to seeing you in Alaska this summer!

    We look forward to seeing you in Alaska!

    Dave Lisi - Owner/Guide for Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC located in the small mountain town of Cooper Landing, Alaska where he is a year-round resident, guide, carpenter and trout bum. On any given day, you will most likely find Dave on the banks of the Kenai swinging for trout with his best friend and future wife, Jackie. Cooper Landing Fishing Guide, LLC was built in early 2017 with the goal of sharing the love and passion Dave and Jackie have for the Kenai Peninsula and the fish that live there.
  • Here are a couple options that may fit what you are looking for.

    Drifters Lodge is located in Cooper Landing, Alaska, about 1-1/2 hrs South of Anchorage. Alaska Sportsman Lodge has 3 locations, all located in Bristol Bay, Alaska. I think either lodge can accommodate what you are looking for. Sportsman will be very remote compared to Drifters being on the road system.

    Anything I can do or more questions, please let me know.

    Mike Brown - Owner of Mossy's Fly Shop in Anchorage, Alaska
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