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Talstar Lodge - King Salmon
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $3,000 to $4,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing

Talstar Lodge sits on the shores of the Talachulitna River in Southcentral Alaska. The Talachulitna River passes just south of the beautiful Alaska Range. The river runs for 33 miles before it joins the Skwentna River. This is Rainbow Trout country, and this world-class fishery can be accessed through the Talstar Lodge.

The lodge is a series of backwoods cabins that sleep between three and five guests. Cabins are equipped with twin beds, linens, and flush toilets. There is hot water for showering too. The main lodge is where guests gather for meals and to tell stories about the one that got away.

Fishing with Talstar Lodge

This area of Alaska is blessed with an abundance of fish. Guests of Talstar Lodge have access to all five species of Pacific Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Arctic Grayling, and Arctic Char.

Fishermen are advised to pay attention to the time of year and the fish run calendars when making reservations.

The Chinook or King Salmon make an appearance beginning in mid-June. Chinook are easiest to catch with a spinning reel and spinning lure.

The Sockeye Salmon or Red Salmon hit the water by mid- to late June.

The Chum and Pink Salmon arrive during the third and fourth week of July. Pink Salmon only spawn on during the even numbered years.

Silver or Coho Salmon show up in August and then peak. Silver salmon are awesome sports fish because they fight like crazy. Expect a hard strike followed by a wild ride. These fish breach the water and display amazing aerial techniques.

Rainbow Trout are present year round, but during the King Salmon run they become aggressive eaters. These beautiful speckled fish follow the Kings gobbling up stay salmon roe.

The Arctic Grayling pair with the Silver Salmon and you can target Grayling in the 14-18 inch range. The Char follow the Silver Salmon so if you are fishing for Silvers, you can also target Char. The Char are good fighters, and they come close to rivaling the Silvers in fighting.

How to Target the Big Fish?

One trick when fishing for larger fish is to use slightly larger hooks, especially when the water is shared with smaller fish with which you are not interested in fishing. This lets you keep your line in the water longer. The Guides at Talstar Lodge can help you find the big fish. If what you want is the biggest fish possible then target the King Salmon. These are the largest fish that grace the Talachulitna River. Expect 50 plus pound King Salmon. Rainbows too are large, and they grow to the 22-26 inch range, which is 15 or more pounds. The lodge uses jet boats to ferry fishermen to the deeper and more remote fishing holes.

What To Expect at Talstar Lodge

Expect to find a wonderful diversity of fish that you can target. Many of these rivers you seldom see another fisherman. The smaller, clear bottom streams make the best location to find salmon, trout, and char. Bright fly patterns work best for salmon and trout. If targeting Rainbows, think brightly colored egg pattern flies.

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