Guest Reviews

An Absolutely Terrific Time
“Dear John, Sandy and I want to sincerely thank you for a wonderful week.  You and your guides/pilots are terrific.  The chef produced magnificent meals and the ladies are just absolutely wonderful.  The accommodations were everything we anticipated and hoped they would be.  We had an absolutely terrific time. The fishing of course was spectacular!  Sandy pretty much said it all on the 4th or 5th day.  Prior to arriving at your lodge, Sandy was a terrific sport and a great partner who is not necessarily as avid a fisherman as I am.  She mentioned while flying to NoSeeUm that she probably would not fish all the time.  She said she would like to stay in at least one day to read and relax.  I told her I thought that would be great, whatever she wanted to do as this was for us to enjoy.  Then she said she might stay in two days, and I said she can stay back as many days as she wanted, it was perfectly fine.  As I said, by the 4th or 5th day, however when I reminded her that she had not stayed in as of yet and there were only a couple of days left and did she want to stay in one or two days, Sandy replied absolutely not, she did not want to miss a single day.  At that point, she asked when we were coming to Alaska again.  Suffice it to say, we both very much enjoyed and appreciated the experience at your lodge. Thank you again and please pass along our regards to all your fabulous people there. Sincerely, Jim Julia”

A Trip of a Lifetime
“My son and I experienced a trip of a lifetime. The fishing, the amenities and the staff that run the lodge could not do a better job. You are in great hands with the guides, the pilots and the chef. I have been lucky enough to fish at many lodges and I can easily say this lodge rates at the top. There is no reason to book elsewhere…you will not be disappointed by the experience No See UM lodge provides. If anything, you will eagerly plan you return visit as soon as you arrive home. Jonathan Kravitz”

Charlie James, WI
“No See Um Lodge is my favorite fishing lodge in the World. I have been a fly fisherman all of my 80 years and have fished in North & South America. However, I have been to No See Um more times than I have fingers on my hands. Started fishing at NSL in the early 80’s.”

Lindy and Ed
“Once again, we enjoyed another terrific week at No See Um lodge. The fishery has remained great throughout the six years we’ve been visiting the lodge. No See Um itself is a great place to enjoy the company of other anglers and guides where you can relax, leave the Lower 48 behind and enjoy after-dinner activities. It’s also a wonderful way to experience the great outdoors of Alaska. We’ll be looking forward to our next adventure at No See Um Lodge!”

Craig Wright
“I have been fishing at No See Um Lodge for over 12 years. The lodge, aircraft, staff and yes the fishing are all top shelf. John Holman and his team run a first class operation (as his father Jack did) working tirelessly to assure that each client has a uniquely enjoyable experience. The pilot/guides are the best: smart and safe in every way with first class flying and fishing skills. The aircraft are meticulously maintained for safety and comfort. Fishing, catching and great fun; the ultimate Alaska experience is No See Um Lodge. I will be back again and again.”

Gregor, NZ
“John Holman and his staff operate an incredible Alaskan fishing and wilderness experience. The attention to detail is impressive, friendly attentive staff, a high standard of meals and accommodation, and personalised fishing (even the salmon egg patterns that we fished with were hand painted by the guides – now that is attention to detail). With three Beaver Floatplanes, and the fact that the pilots stay with you as fishing guides, the fishing options are endless, and can be easily changed if fishing conditions or weather dictate. As a commercial pilot it was reassuring to see that the aircraft are maintained and operated to the highest standards of comfort and safety, which is imperative when you are running an operation like this in the wilderness. Fishermen and women of all levels of fitness or fishing experience are catered for. We were able to fish for all five species of salmon (King, Sockeye, Silver, Pink, and Chum), as well as rainbow trout, arctic char and grayling. The years of experience and family oriented hospitality shine through, and will be remembered for many years to come. Thank you for a truly awesome experience.”

Darci
“We just returned from another MAGICAL trip to NoSeeUm Lodge on the Kvichak River. It was my 10th annual trip and my partner’s 21st! I started as a novice and the guides have been patient and kind in teaching me how to catch lots of rainbows and char. We also fish for king salmon during the week we’re there, which is another highlight. We look forward all year long to our annual trip, for the fishing, the wildlife sightings, the spectacular scenery, the lodge’s food, the guides and staff and our other guest friends. The service is outstanding from start to finish, and the guides ensure you have a wonderful time. The planes are clean and well-maintained and the pilots are extremely safety-conscious and professional. We weren’t ready to leave and are already looking forward to next summer!”

Kevin
“This year, before returning to the No See Um Lodge for my 13th straight year, a friend asked me why I would travel so far just to go to the same place over and over again. The answer was easy …. ” At the No See Um I know exactly what I’m going to get and it’s exactly what I want”. The lodge is located right in the middle of the universe for catching large Alaskan rainbows and let’s not forget the “Chernobyl” sized arctic char. The lodge itself offers the kind of personal service that makes you feel more like an old friend instead of just another 7 day client. The food is outstanding and freshly prepared everyday by the hands of an outstanding chef and served by a top notch service team. The living accommodations are great with comfortable beds, clean baths, hot showers and great spaces to hang-out, have a drink and brag about the big fish landed during the day. Lets face it, the reason we make the trip is to fish in and experience one of the last great frontiers in the world. To assure no guest leaves disappointed the professional guide team at the No See Um are truly some of the best in the business. Regardless of your level of experience as a fly fisher these guys bring it everyday to make sure all of the guests enjoy their time in the Alaskan wild. There is only one thing more important to John and his team than great service and outstanding fishing…. Safety. This starts with the meticulously maintained fleet of De Havilland Beaver aircraft and an attitude that nothing is worth risking the safety of a No See Um guest. This is an important box to check when choosing an Alaskan fishing lodge. I can honestly say that after 13 years of fishing with the No See Um I have never witness a compromise of this high standard of safety. Lastly, Yes…. I am booked to return for my 14th consecutive year. Can’t wait!”

Jon, NY
“I had the opportunity to experience No See Um Lodge during the last week of the season with my girlfriend. I can’t say enough about the entire experience from watching the sunrise from the air on our way to each remote fishing location, the incredible dinner menu at the lodge, relaxing in the sauna and hot tub after a long day of fishing and who could forget the insane fishing! I easily caught 150+ rainbows during the trip of all varying sizes but plenty of fish big enough to put up a lengthy fight. This trip is perfect for all skill levels.”

Dear Tom (Yellow Dog),

I just wanted to write you with a follow up on our trip to the Kenai a week ago last Sunday and NoSeeUm Lodge the following week. In short, this was an excellent experience both in terms of fishing and in providing a neophyte such as myself with an introduction to the marvels of Alaska.

You helped direct us to both Mystic Waters and to the NoSeeUm Lodge. On our first Sunday, Stacy from Mystic Waters guided us on the Kenai and he was superb. We got into tons of fish and had an amazing float through spectacular wilderness territory that lived up to the “Mystic” name. I also have fished with lots of guides, and some really great ones, but Stacy’s competence, patience and good humor ranks him with the very best of those.

No See Um, however, was in a league of its own. Of course the fishing was epic, but the introduction to the Alaskan wilderness and landscape was also unparalleled, in part because of the scale of the operation and the quality of the pilots and planes. Further, the treatment we received from John and his team was unstintingly attentive and thorough, both on the water and back at the Lodge. I plan to write a detailed description of NSL on Tripadvisor, but I wanted to write you directly to express in an abbreviated way my take on the experience.

Needless to say, but I will say it anyway, your input in directing us to Mystic Waters and to NSL was critical to making our trip unforgettable. All I could think about was how to make it last longer and/or to get back there again as soon as possible. However, even if this is the only time I ever make it up there, the imprint left in my mind is deep and beautiful. Thanks so much for your part in making it so!!

Cheers,
Rich

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