Alaskan Fly Fishing
Fly fishing is a beloved, timeless tradition, and a staple of outdoor sports here in Alaska. In fact, Alaska is famous as a worldwide destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking exciting new experiences. Over 3,000 rivers, 3 million lakes, and 6,640 miles of coastline make Alaska a thrilling challenge for any sports fisherman, from beginners to professionals. It’s all about deciding where to begin—and that depends on the experience you’re looking for!
Fly fishing is a method of angling in which the angler casts an artificial “fly” using a rod, reel, and a weighted line to catch fish. The weighted line is heavy enough to carry the almost weightless fly through the air to the targeted spot. There are different types of flies, each designed to stimulate fish by resembling something else. Some flies imitate insects or natural invertebrates, while others resemble baitfish or lures.
In the past, anglers used organic matter to tie their flies, but nowadays, fishing flies are commonly made with synthetic materials—beads, feathers, hair, and string, among others. Flies are tied to match the natural environment of the targeted fish, mimicking local organisms in size and color. Fly fishing can be done in both salt and fresh water.
Fly Fishing in Alaska
Fishing in Alaska requires a fishing license from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Generally, peak fishing seasons can run from early June through early October, although there should be a number of factors that go into planning the right time for your trip.
Fly fishing is the most effective method for catching many of our native fish and many of our rivers and streams are designated fly fishing only.
Each fishing region has its own individual set of characteristics, and you should consider these as well when planning your fishing excursion. Certain places are more accessible than others—both financially and logistically. Some places require a guide and others may be considered more popular, and therefore experience a heavier influx of anglers. In general, there are six Alaskan fishing regions.
- The Arctic Region
- The Interior Region
- Bristol Bay
- The Kenai Peninsula
- The Southeast Region
The Interior Region and the Kenai Peninsula are the easiest to get to. You can drive there, and there are more amenities, such as hotels, restaurants and commercial areas. The Southeast Region and Kodiak are somewhat more remote. These regions are not connected to the road system and can only be accessed by plane or boat. While the towns have numerous amenities, and you can drive within the areas, they are typically less crowded, making it ideal for anglers seeking a more immersive experience. Finally, Bristol Bay and the Arctic Region are the most remote, and unless you’re camping in the wilderness, you usually have to stay in a lodge. These regions offer the most unique and adventurous fishing experiences.
Fly Fishing with No See Um
Our lodge is located in south western Alaska, nestled on a high bank overlooking the Kvichak River. We are centrally situated between several fisheries that are less than a 30-minute flight each way. Our three DeHavilland float planes allow access to over 30 rivers and streams. Each day, you choose where you want to fish. Our fishing guides are here to help you create your own experience.
With two guests to each guide, you can be assured that we can accommodate you, no matter what your needs or level of skill. Our guests range from novice fisherman to experienced angler and it is our mission to make sure that everybody has the adventure of a lifetime. For the past 40 years, No See Um has been perfecting the art of customer satisfaction by consistently striving to be the best fishing lodge in Alaska.
While a large part of our fishing is for trout, we spend as much time as our anglers desire going after char, grayling and all five species of salmon. We have boats on both the Nushigak and Alagnak rivers that provide for incredible Chinook (king salmon) fishing, and quite possibly the best chum fishing on the planet.