Fly Fishing the Karluk River, Kodiak Island, Alaska
We offer guided fly fishing trips to Alaska's Karluk River on Kodiak Island. We are back on board for steelheading on the Karluk River in ALASKA.Our trips are the first three weeks of October, steelhead prime time. Expect lots of steelhead, big silvers, and excellent fishing for arctic char and dolly varden. The river also produces a scattering of rainbows and a few late run sockeye. We only take 4 rods per week so get your name on the list early. This is likely the best steelhead fishing in the world in terms of numbers of grabs. We get more grabs per client in a day than most British Columbia rivers produce in a week. This is eight weight, floating line stuff so no slinging heavy sink tips. Another bonus... about three quarters of the river is easy to wade.
In a typical season you can expect to hook 5 to 15 steelhead per day. In addition, you should land 3 silvers for every steelhead. In the upper part of the river we target rainbows, char, and dollies as well. We use 5 weights to catch char up to 28 inches, and rainbows up to 24 inches. There is a scattering of rainbows and you can catch char “at will”.
You have to be reasonably fit to enjoy this river, as we often hike 45 minutes or more to the lower beats. There are also good runs just downriver from the yurt camp….an easy walk of less than ¼ mile.
We only take 4 clients per week. If you have already experienced steelhead, you will wonder why you have not been to this river before.
Pescador Solitario leases a heated yurt on the banks of the river. Koniag, Inc., an Alaskan tribal corporation, owns almost the entire Karluk River. The Karluk Portage Camp is located in about the middle of the 22 mile or so length of the river and is accessible only by float plane. The camp is comprised of a cabin style dining/kitchen and shower facility and a large, insulated yurt divided into four bedrooms and a living area. It is insulated and heated. Full service electric and hot water are available and a generator provides electricity.
We have a full time camp manager and cook on-site at all times. The chef prepares simple and hearty meals. The menu includes everything from fresh grilled silver salmon to steaks to barbequed brisket. Special dietary needs can be accommodated. Beer and wine is included in the package.
One of the attractions of the Karluk River is wildlife viewing. On your flight over you will likely see mountain goats on the cliff sides and whales in the bays. Upon arrival on the river you will begin to see the vast quantities of local wildlife including Kodiak brown bears, silver fox (3 color phases), bald eagles, tundra swans, deer, otters, beaver and ermine. Fishermen sometimes get so caught up in viewing the wildlife they can’t seem to put the camera down and pick up the fly rod.
Some clients like an extra day in Kodiak. This town once had the largest fishing fleet in the world. The history and scenery are spectacular and the local seafood excellent. I personally just like hanging out at the wharf watching the antics of the sea lions.