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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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76 of 76(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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Best Fishing Lodge in Alaska,
November 6, 2013
By: alaskalee
from New Kensington, PA, USA
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"I've been fishing in the Iliamna area for over 50 years and have stayed at many lodges. I can assure you that ASL offers the best fishing, the best accommodations,the best equipmant and the best staff. My son and I fished the last week of this year and fishing was excellent, especially the Char fishing at Ugashik. The staff showed no evidence of "burn out" even though this was the end of the season. This is a real tribute to Brian. You can't find a better experience in Alaska."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 2 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Best Fly Fishing Trip of my Life,
October 2, 2013
By: Ed2ski
from Jericho, VT, USA
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"Outstanding fly out trips with excellent guide service provide a scenic and safe trip to a variety of rivers to fish and observe wildlife.
The staff, food and lodging exceeded my expectations!
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 3 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Bucket Trip,
September 30, 2013
By: AllanF
from Wheat Ridge, Colorado
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"Fantastic experience A to Z. Amazing scenery, outstanding guides, gourmet food, every day was something different and always amazing, chasing bows to 30" and silvers over 15 lbs. Thanks to all for the dream trip of a lifetime."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 4 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Big, fat Rainbows,
September 30, 2013
By: Larry1703
from Oklahoma, USA
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"Visited Sportsman's in mid-Sept, 2013. Missed the rain, temps pretty cold in am., but mostly sunny. Food was awfully good, especially the soups and salads, some of the entrees a little overcooked. Cabins space a little tight with all the gear, but adequate, and the bedding was outstanding. Guides, lodge staff, and pilots excellent. Aircraft appeared well-maintained (gotta love Beavers. Rainbows on Kvichak were still taking egg patterns and are they hot. Last day our boat netted around 10 in the 20-25" range; last was 27+" Brian has a jewel and runs it well."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 5 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Cannot get any better,
September 30, 2013
By: Fishingfool2
from Tracy, CA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:All guides where great thought Jeff and Ryan where fantastic
"Just wanted to thank Brian and his staff for a great fishing experience have been fishing all over the world and Alaska sportsman lodge is the best place i have ever experience Lodge itself is spectacular, the staff was very accomadating, the guide are great and the chefs are world class not mention the location and quality of fish. I would highly recommend Alaska Sportsman Lodge to anyone interested in truly great fishing experence. Steve Spence"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 6 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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It's my third time back,
September 29, 2013
By: FMMMD
from Denver, CO, USA
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"Returning three times should say it all. What's most impressive is the staff's TOTAL commitment towards making absolutely everything under their control operate for the pleasure and comfort of their guests. Add in their focus on aircraft safety, Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is as good as it gets."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 7 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Great Trip,
September 20, 2013
By: iflyhdg
from Houston, TX, USA
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"Went back to the Sportsman's Lodge for the 8th year and it just gets better every year. From the fishing to the guides to the food it is the best."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 8 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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ASL Experience,
September 19, 2013
By: JuneBug200
from Houston, Texas
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"The Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is the best Lodge in Alaska and caters to all types of fishing. The food and service at the lodge are outstanding and the guides are first class. The guides are willing to help with technique or allow you to fish the way you are most comfortable. We have been to this lodge for the last 9 years and just re-upped for next year."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 9 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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First Class Operation in World Class Setting,
September 16, 2013
By: KlondikeKate
from Anchorage, AK
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"The Alaska Sportman's Lodge is five stars across the board. If you want supreme client service, incredible food, the best fishing experience you've ever had, and top it off with one heck of a massage - book your trip now. You won't regret it."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 10 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Fishing on the Kvichak,
September 16, 2013
By: ManosGrande
from Anchorage, AK
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Additional Thoughts:Each one was unbelievable to fish with
"I've been to this lodge probably 6 times and have never had anything but a good time and been treated great. The staff is always top notch and on their game, the fishing is always good, the guides are the best I've ever seen and the food is great.
What else can I say. A great place
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 11 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Awesome outfit,
September 16, 2013
By: JTW4425
from Texas
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"Just returned from a five day stay and in every respect this is a five star operation. My group agreed that we couldn't think of one thing that could be improved. Great food, guides and fishing. What more could you ask for?"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 12 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Another great experience!,
September 16, 2013
By: RolandS
from Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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"This was the fourth time at the Alaska Sportsmans Lodge for my dad and me. Our first visit was in 2002. We were made feel very welcome (again). Brian has managed to keep up and improve on his already high standards. All this would almost make me forget to mention the fishing was awesome and so were the bears. The trout are bigger in september (on previous visits more over 25 inch) but seemed more plentiful in august (most still around 23 inches!)"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 13 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Top Notch,
September 9, 2013
By: GFish25
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Additional Thoughts:All top notch
"The ASL is a top notch fishing lodge that offers a real Alaskan adventure. From the greeting on arrival, to the experienced and friendly guides and staff, room and board, and all the comforts of home...and most of all the excellent fishing opportunities. You provide the staff your preference and they make it happen!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 14 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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We Keep Coming Back,
September 4, 2013
By: Wilkie1
from NJ
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"5 years and always the best experience!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 15 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Still dreaming of ASL,
September 4, 2013
By: Hookedonfishing
from Newport, Vt
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"The lodge and the whole fishing experience was everything that I was told it would be and more. It was all great: the wilderness, the fishing, the guides and staff. Looking forward to going back."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 16 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Fantastic,
September 4, 2013
By: keesstorm
from The Netherlands
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"Now I know again why we came back for the 4th time .
Well worth a very long trip ! Thanks Brian and excellent staff !
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Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 17 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Unbelievable fishing experience,
September 3, 2013
By: FlyRodNewbie
from Newport, VT 05855, USA
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"Having never actually fished with a fly rod (lessons on grass only), I was a little nervous heading to Alaska. The guides at ASL were unbelievably helpful and patient. Within a day I was casting confidently and lost track of the number of trophy sized (in my mind) fish I caught. The lodge, accommodations, guides, pilots, chefs, and staff were all top-notch. I will be back!"
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 18 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Best of Class,
September 3, 2013
By: IliamaGroupie
from Anchorage, AK, USA
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Additional Thoughts:Fantastic professionals
"Brian and his staff are world-class. Never a negative experience. Quite the opposite, their flexibility and attention to personal details is amazing. Going on a decade of trips and the lodge only keeps improving."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 19 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Great Trip,
August 25, 2013
By: DougandJack
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"It was our first time to Alaska and to the Sportsman Lodge. The team at the Lodge made the trip a great experience. Lots of different days trips each with its own beauty and always plenty of fish. Each day I picked up at least one tip from our guide that improved my fly casting skills and by the end of the week I was much more comfortable and effective."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes
Review 20 for Alaska Sportsman's Lodge, AK
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Simply the best,
August 23, 2013
By: BrayandJoe
from Natchitoches, LA, USA
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Additional Thoughts:all were great fun to fish with and consumate professionals. When my dad needed help getting in and out of the boat, they were always there. They each provided helpful tips on fishing technique without being obtrusive. They all were genuinely excited when we caught fish. Great guys.
"My father and I, lifelong fishermen, have been extremely fortunate to visit ASL twice, in July 2012 and August 2013. Without a doubt, both trips were the greatest sporting experiences we have ever had. The fishing and scenery are unparalleled. The guides are true professionals in every sense: very knowledgeable, easy going and attentive. The pilots are first class. The lodge staff will make you feel like royalty while you enjoy great food and company. The lodge and accommodations will spoil you rotten. Brian Kraft's Alaska Sportsman's Lodge is simply the best."
Would you recommend this experience or trip to a friend? Yes