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Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK

Built in 1997, this full-service world-class fly-fishing lodge, on the Kvichak (kwee-jack) River just 4 miles downstream from Lake Iliamna, sets the standards for a quality Alaska fishing experience. It's located in the heart of Alaska's designated trophy rainbow trout area, where guests fish for all five species of Pacific salmon, giant rainbow trout, northern pike, Dolly Varden, and arctic grayling. Trophy fishing is right out our front door. Guests will have the option of fly-outs in our float-equipped aircraft or fishing our home river. All-inclusive packages include air transportation between Anchorage and the lodge, fly-outs, unlimited guided fishing time (two guests per guide), fishing license, meals, beverages, all necessary fishing equipment, and flies. Contact Brian for additional information. Cabin accommodations, each with private bath.
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124 of 124(100%)customers would recommend this to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
Review 1 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Great Trip,
August 26, 2015
By: SoCalBob
from Southern California
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Additional Thoughts:Using a variety of guides enhances the experience.
"As in past years, this trip was beyond compare. Everything about the experience was excellent from the fishing to the hospitality from the lodge personnel. The guides were absolutely excellent and consistently put us on fish, rainbows and silver salmon. I can't say enough about how well this lodge is managed, the fishing program and the lodge amenities, though somewhat primitive out of necessity. All aspects of the experience were absolutely beyond compare."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Best friends,
August 24, 2015
By: HollywoodJax
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
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Additional Thoughts:They are devoted to their profession.
"The staff will become your friends in minutes. From your first step off the plane until they bid you goodbye with a hug and a handshake. The smallest details are taken care of with gusto each and everyday. Be prepared to gain a pound or two as you will be fed like royalty. Truly a treat in life experiences."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Amazing Week!,
August 20, 2015
By: MattCole
from Los Angeles, CA, USA
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"Just returned from Alaska Sportsman's Lodge. Amazing fishing, amazing lodge, amazing staff and amazing food. Highly recommend this lodge. 1st class operation."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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incredible experinece,
July 31, 2015
By: ibloomer
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"I have never been to Alaska before and could not have asked for a better way to explore it. Food, staff, and location were all top quality. Each day was a once in a lifetime adventure."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Finest Lodge Ever!!,
July 29, 2015
By: HDKING
from Anchorage, AK, USA
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Additional Thoughts:True Professionals and they all had a lot of patience
"Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is without a doubt the finest lodge ever!!
The Guides and the pilots are outstanding and the lodge and staff are incredible!!!
Can't say enough about this Lodge!!
Brian and his entire staff are true Professionals!!!
"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Top Notch,
July 28, 2015
By: BobCalaska
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"Great facilities, fantastic staff, wonderful food. Could not be more pleased with the entire experience."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Outstanding fishing, service and accomodations!,
July 27, 2015
By: SummitJBJ
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"It's hard to anticipate the quality of this experience without seeing it in person. Located in a very remote area of the state, Alaska Sportsman's Lodge has managed to bring together some of the best personal guides, pilots, and staff with a beautiful and luxurious facility. The fishing is awesome. The entire staff is professional and helpful. I can't imagine a better way to enjoy the summertime Alaska experience!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Great Location, Great Staff,
July 27, 2015
By: finchbirdPC
from Park City, UT, USA
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"We could not have asked for a better experience. Great staff, great fishing.
Thanks!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Amazing Experience,
July 27, 2015
By: BWAlaska
from Anchorage, AK, USA
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"The fishing offered by Western Alaska is absolutely amazing. Combined with a lodge staff that is second to none and sincerely eager to meet your every accommodation and a guide staff that are kind, knowledgeable and passionate, you have the most superior fishing lodges not only in Alaska, but the world. I was amazed by the quality of the stay and fishing and would highly recommend it."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Best Fly fishing on the planet,
July 23, 2015
By: ChrisTU
from Arlington VA
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"Brian Kraft has put together one of the finest fly fishing lodges on the planet. His staff have been with him for a long time and know the rivers cold. Great people. The food is plentiful and excellent. Wine and beer abound. Brian keeps making changes to make the lodge better. A spa, sauna, cocktails as you leave the river. Are you kidding me?
Brian was a leader in opposing the proposed Pebble Mine, and is a huge conservation advocate."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Outstanding!,
July 14, 2015
By: CraigF
from Maple Valley, WA
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"Brian and his team run an outstanding operation. The experience of being in roadless wild Alaska and enjoying 1st class accommodations is wonderful. The fishing was outstanding and the guides are extremely patient, helpful and absolutely know where the fish are."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Unbeatable!,
July 10, 2015
By: GraceG
from Girdwood, AK
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Additional Thoughts:Exceptional!
"Wow. From the moment you depart for Alaska Sportsman's lodge, you know that you are in for something special. The opportunity to fly to such an amazing place and fish some of the best waters on the planet should be on everyone's bucket list. ASL's staff, Guides and especially Brian and his family, make you feel welcome from the first minute and deliver an unbeatable, first-class experience. Everyone should strive to get out to ASL at some point in their lives, and then try to go back year after year! Huge thanks to ASL for a phenomenal trip - simply the best."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Amazing,
July 7, 2015
By: Newbyfisherwoman
from Alaska
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"Never fished for salmon before and they made it so easy. Great accommodations, food and the nicest staff. Caught my first King!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Top of the Line Guides and Lodge,
July 5, 2015
By: Torap
from Tacoma,WA
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Additional Thoughts:Very good at their craft and great instructors
"In the almost 20 years of fishing in Alaska including over a dozen trips to Western Alaska this is by far the most professional set of guides and comfortable (luxury)lodging I have experienced. My only regret is not having used Sportsman's sooner."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Great Trip Once again,
June 25, 2015
By: Dryfly3x
from McAllister, MT 59729, USA
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Additional Thoughts:They were the best!
"Everything was perfect...fishing, guides, food and all your wonderful staff. We hope to return again soon!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Couldn't be any better!,
June 25, 2015
By: beneppes
from Brooklyn, NY
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"After a seven-day stay at the Alaska Sportsman Lodge, I cannot think of anything about the trip that could have been any better. The staff at the lodge felt like family after only one dinner. The guides were extremely smart, and were great teachers. They put my dad and I on fish even in a slower fishing season (mid June). One day, when the fishing was bad in the morning, our guide/pilot had us hop in the Beaver and we flew to another river where the fish were biting! The food was incredible, the service was incredible, the guides were incredible, the whole experience was absolutely incredible. I'd go every year if I could. Thanks so much to everyone at the Alaska Sportsman Lodge for one of the most memorable trips of my life!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Complete Professionals,
June 25, 2015
By: MMartensen
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"You practically can't help but catch fish in the remote places that AK Sportsman's Lodge has access to. That being said if you aren't catching fish the guides will figure out what's not working and correct your bait, fly, etc. so you do catch fish. Everyone at the lodge from the pilots, guides, chefs and lodge staff are complete professionals!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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The Best,
June 17, 2015
By: MikePolarek
from Kingwood, Houston, TX, USA
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"I have been to quite a few places over the years and I can honestly say they are "The Best". Brian Kraft and his crew pay attention to every detail. Amazing!
If there is a better lodge in Alaska, I haven't found or heard of it.
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Amazing experience,
October 3, 2014
By: FishBP
from Dallas, TX, USA
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"This was my 5th visit to Alaska with Alaska Sportsman's Lodge and each trip has been great and they just keep getting better. Beautiful scenery, great fishing, variety of fishing, incredible service and meals.......all adds to an amazing week full of amazing memories."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Alaska Sportsman's Lodge,
September 22, 2014
By: divermsk
from St. Louis, MO, USA
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Additional Thoughts:I cannot say enough nice things about them all. They lived for you to catch fish. They were all terrific.
"Best fishing trip of my life!
The resort was fantastic. The cabins were clean and comfortable. The staff tidied up every day and even did your laundry if needed.
The facility was first class with access to boats, planes, rods and any equipment you could want.
The food was delicious. The Chef’s prepared meals beyond any expectations I had before I arrived.
The staff and guides were exceptional and took service to a new level. I still can't believe how hard they work from early morning until well into the night, every single day.
The owner (Brian) was always around making sure everything was being done to make your trip exceptional. You cannot ask for more service than what his lodge delivered."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes