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Talaheim Lodge

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Talaheim Lodge
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Talaheim Lodge is the only Alaska fishing lodge with two helicopters for their guests’ exclusive use. Bush-planes are a wonderful way to travel, but their accessibility is limited to streams with enough water depth, or gravel bars with sufficient runway length. And with Alaska having the largest population of bush pilots in the world, a known bush-plane accessible fishing hole will undoubtedly mean you'll have company

Talaheim has access to over 100 miles of great fishing waters within a 15-minute helicopter flight from the lodge,. Tributaries that are so remote that if you see a foot print, it was likely your guides from the week prior. Not only do guests of Talaheim fish streams rarely shared by other anglers, the lodge itself is located 80 air miles from Anchorage, in an area only accessible via their private airstrip, thus further limiting the competition. With over forty years in business, Talaheim Lodge is known throughout the world as a premiere fly fishing destination, and lodge founder and owner, Mark Miller, an Alaskan pioneer, expert bush pilot, and teller of many incredible stories.

Talaheim's Alaska Fishing Lodge offers one week all-inclusive fly-fishing adventures that typically run from early Sunday morning to Saturday evening.

Just arrive in Anchorage, and Talaheim takes care of the rest:
- Round trip travel out to Talaheim via bush plane
- 6 daily helicopter trips
- 1 day exploring local waters via jet boat
- 7 days with a personal fly fishing guide
- 6 nights in a personal guest cabin
- 1 glacier tour & picnic via helicopter (Optional)
- Gourmet meals, including beer & wine
- Lures, flies, rods, reels & waders

Total cost per person: $9,600

  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing

Nestled in the foothills of the Alaska Range, Talaheim Lodge lies 80 miles west of Anchorage and 50 miles from the nearest road. Located on the Talachulitna River, one of the first hook-and-release Alaska trout fisheries in the state, it's a prime location for a remote Alaska fly-in fishing lodge. Massachusetts native and forester Mark Miller pitched a tent at this site in 1974, naming it Talaheim Lodge. Mark now has 34 years of experience flying and fishing Alaska's wilderness, and the tent is now a luxurious facility with modern appliances, solar powered electricity, a private airstrip, two helicopters, and a professional staff. With the owners' children on the staff, the family atmosphere is palpable. Half of the bookings at this cozy getaway are repeat clientele.

The owner Mark Miller has over 40 years experience flying and fishing from Talaheim Lodge. Their lodge and fishing destinations are remote...and you will enjoy a stretch of water each day to yourselves!

Talaheim Lodge is the only Alaska fishing lodge that owns two helicopters for their guest’s exclusive use

Talaheim has chosen to buck the standard bush-plane in favor of a more flexible mode of travel. While bush planes are limited to landing on deep streams and long gravel bar runways, Talaheim uses helicopters for maximum flexibility. With helicopter fishing, Talaheim can follow the King Salmon as they migrate north. The lodge typically targets these Kings, as well as Sockeyes and Silver Salmon.

Sockeyes are a lovely metallic green when first arrive in the area, but turn pink as they enter fresh water, and are in great condition when they reach Talaheim. Pinks enter the Talachulitna in large numbers. These aggressive fellows will attack any correctly-presented lure or fly. No matter your fishing method, you can expect to catch a lot of these during your outings. Chum Salmon follow close behind the Alaska Pink run. With their vertical stripes, large teeth, and fierce strikes, these fish have earned the nickname 'Tiger Salmon'. Silver Salmon are very popular with fly fishermen. The Talachulitna is also crowded with Rainbow Trout for you to catch and release; dozens of them can be caught daily. One guest has even described them as 'fat as footballs'. Grayling are aggressive top water feeders that are easy to catch, making them a great target for anglers of all levels. While the famed Northern Pike don't enter the Talachulitna, they can be found in abundance in nearby lakes.

Personal service in a wilderness environment only exists in small numbers

Hosting only six to eight guests per week, the lodge is able to provide exceptional hospitality, and the staff has top notch experience in their fields. The helicopter pilots are lifelong staff members who have flown Talaheim's guests for the last 15 years. They're also licensed mechanics who maintain the aircraft on-site. There's a two-guest-to-one-guide ratio, allowing for personalization of your itinerary. Go ahead and change your plans, doing as the day's conditions dictate '“ go from wading to canoeing, or follow the fish.

Expert Alaska fishing guides lead guests to streams rarely ever fished by other anglers.

The lodge's two helicopters can fly you out to fish a different stream every day. While most are wade-able, you can fish by canoe if you wish. Helicopter power means you can skip over the known, crowded fishing holes accessed by bush plane, and spend your time at productive streams rarely shared by other anglers. What's more, the lodge itself is located in an area only accessible via its private airstrip. These arrangements mean you hunt fish that aren't used to human predators, making for easier fly fishing.

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