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The Royal Coachman Lodge

3 Reviews - TripAdvisor® Traveler Rating
Royal Coachman Lodge
  • Approximate Cost:
    6 - 7 Days: $7,000 to $8,000 Per Person
  • Type: Lodges
  • Fishing: Fly Fishing Freshwater Fishing Guided Fishing

Royal Coachman Lodge is perched on the Nuyakuk River in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. It specializes in guiding guests to unbelievable fly fishing on uncrowded waters. The lodge fishes the Nushagak, Agulapak, and Kvichak Rivers, as well as several other rivers and streams. The Nuyakuk is a great home river that will not disappoint on the occasional no-fly-out day. Wonderful Rainbow fishing is available right in front of the lodge in the spring and fall. Schools of salmon are often seen from the lodge, and grayling are consistently plentiful in the lodge pool. Catch five salmon species, trophy Rainbow Trout, char, Dolly Varden, huge pike, grayling, and even the elusive Sheefish. Over 95% of clients in 2013 were either repeat guests or word of mouth referrals.

Our fisheries are uncrowded; you'll have the river all to yourself!

With the isolated Nyuakuk as its home river, two exclusive permits in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, and one private trout fishery permit, you’ll have one of the most private wilderness fishing experiences possible. The lodge holds additional permits as well, giving guests a wide variety of angling options. Wrestle with massive Pike, search for ocean fresh salmon near the coast, fish for Rainbows and Dolly Varden on your choice of rivers, or net grayling, Lake Trout and Rainbows on the home river.
While Rainbow Trout are found in nearly all waters fished, you can spend evening time or no-fly days hunting them on the home river. They respond to a variety of fishing methods. Whether it’s dry flies or nymphing early in the season, egg imitation around spawning, mouse flies, or streamers, knowledgeable guides can coach you on technique.

We are flexible and go where the fishing is the best

The lodges fishes a 250-mile long area. With 25-30 fisheries, two DeHavilland Beaver planes, permits to fish Katmai National Park and Wood-Tikchik State Park, and decades of local expertise, you’ll have a wide variety of options. Guides have on average 10 years of experience guiding in Alaska. Your day will be determined by your preferences and where the fishing is best, not a predetermined schedule.
Sight fish for King Salmon, drift fish for rotund Rainbows, fight with an ornery pike, or catch a rare Sheefish. Sheefish are seldom-seen whitefish that make for excellent eating. Historically they’ve been a subsistence food for Alaska Natives and their dogs. Ones taken on summer feeding grounds put up the best fight. While the lodge doesn’t focus on Sheefish, they catch several of these large, feisty fighters each year. Just let the staff know if you want to snag a Sheefish, and they’ll do their best to make it happen.

We are the only lodge on the Nuyakuk River

The lodge sits on grandfathered property in Wood-Tikchik State Park. Its serenity and seclusion are ensured by rapids above and below the property, and an absence of roads for 60 miles. This means you’ll never see another boat go by as you gaze out at the river. The lodge hosts just 10-12 guests per week, so staff can focus on providing the best possible service during your stay.

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Endless fish
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on September 15, 2015
  • Just returned from my 5th trip to this lodge. Caught rainbows, Dolly's, char, grayling, chum, sockeye, silvers and pike. The whole staff was fantastic-guides, chefs, pilots all fantastic. If you are...
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If you like catching fish this is the place
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on April 22, 2015
  • I have been here 5 or 6 times. Very nice lodge for the remoteness of the location. The fishing is tremendous. Fishing the Agulupak is a must. My friend and I caught over 100 2-5lb rainbows and char...
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Planning next years trip to RCL and Alaska. We had an awesome time!
5.0 Star Rating
Reviewed By on August 16, 2011
  • The guides were wonderful, all different in their approaches but each teaching you something important or helping you bring in that big fish in the best way. The food was exceptional and meal time...
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