Fly-In Fishing in Alaska
Tracy Vrem's Blue Mountain Lodge
Daily Fly-Outs - Orvis Endorsed
Blue Mountain Lodge is located in the island arm of Becharof Lake, 60 miles south of King Salmon, in the heart of the best fishing that the Alaskan Peninsula has to offer. Its breathtaking scenery, combined with plentiful fish and game, make this a sportsman’s paradise. Daily fly-outs are included in the package. Book now for 2023.
"This is the best value for a fly-out lodge that we have found."
- Guy Schoenborn
Orvis-Endorsed Alaska Fishing Lodge
The owner Tracy Vrem with rainbow (above).
Blue Mountain Lodge caters to a maximum of six anglers per week and is Orvis Endorsed. Orvis-Endorsed operations cater to every ability from beginner to expert; and meet high standards of great service, great fishing, and experienced, professional staff.
The terrain on the peninsula is mainly tundra with numerous lakes and streams. The eastern side of the peninsula is laced with volcanic mountains forming the Alaska Peninsula Range. The area is the spawning grounds for all five species of salmon. Each year millions of salmon crowd the lakes and streams. This abundance of food helps to support one of the densest brown bear populations in the state. The Alaska Peninsula also supports a wide range of wildlife, including the Northern Peninsula caribou herd and moose averaging 60-inch racks.
There’s a great variety of fishing locations, beautiful scenery, and the ability to customize your daily activities. The majority of their fishing trips are booked from referrals. Since the mid-1980s, clients have been returning to fish with Blue Mountain Lodge.
The Lodge has two Piper Super Cubs, one on wheels and one on floats, a Cessna 180 on floats, and a Cessna 182 on wheels. Tracey Vrem is your pilot and guide. He has over 8,000 logged hours of flying time on the Alaska Peninsula. Tracy stays with you throughout the day, offering his expert advice.
Fly-Out Fly Fishing and Bear Viewing:
2022 Season: July 10 - September 13.
Guides: Three anglers per guide. Your pilot is your guide. Tracy’s pilots have thousands of hours flying and guiding in Alaska.
Boats: There are no boats. This is a daily fly-out trip that involves hiking to the river, wading, and covering ground.
Equipment: The Lodge provides spinning and fly-fishing rods and reels. Flies and lures can be purchased at the Lodge. We provide a complete list of suggested tackle in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License: Your fishing license is not included in the package.
Typical Fishing Day:
You'll awaken to a home-cooked breakfast. At 8:00 a.m., you’ll take a short bush plane flight to fish the remote streams of the Alaska Peninsula. Each day, their guides will fly your group to a different small, wadeable stream where you can fish for all species of salmon, Dolly Varden, Arctic char, rainbow trout, and grayling. You'll fish until 5:00 p.m. before returning to the Lodge. You'll freshen up and relax a bit before a family-style dinner is served. Wi-Fi internet and a flat-screen TV are available.
Bear Viewing: 30-minutes from the Lodge is the world-famous Brook’s Falls in Katmai National Park. The Lodge flies to Naknek Lake, and Brook’s Falls is a short hike from there. Usually, they’ll spend half a day visiting the falls and viewing the bears. Upon request, this can be added to your package.
Guy Schoenborn's Recap
“I went on an exploratory trip to the Bristol Bay area to see Tracy Vrem's Blue Mountain Lodge on June 10-11, 2012. I'd had good reports about Tracy's lodge from other lodge operators.
Tracy has a fly-out lodge that has many small to medium-sized streams within a 10 to 30-minute flight from the main lodge.
I knew we were early for some of the better fishing, but we still caught about a dozen rainbows from 16 to 23-inches in about an hour of fishing with smolt and wooly bugger patterns at one of his special rainbow spots. I also caught six dollies from 16 to 22-inches in his favorite silver hole. In the two days, I was at Blue Mountain Lodge, I fished a total of about three hours. We did a lot of flying so that I could see most of the streams that Tracy fishes.
We saw about ten brown bears, seven moose, a wolf, and lots of ptarmigan and waterfowl. The rainbows in this area average about 20-inches and go up to 26-inches. They get some big char up to 13 pounds. The grayling are huge, up to 23-inches. All five species of salmon are present in good numbers. They get kings to 45 pounds and silvers to 16 pounds.
If you are a big game hunter, Tracy offers world-class brown bear and moose hunts.
The Lodge averages about one day every two years, where they cannot fly out due to weather. They rarely, if ever, have conditions where you cannot fish due to poor water conditions. This is the best value for a fly-out lodge that we've found."
- Guy Schoenborn
Getting to the Lodge:
You'll fly to King Salmon, Alaska. A Blue Mountain Lodge pilot will pick you up on Sunday between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and fly you to the Lodge, a 55-minute flight. The roundtrip charter flight from King Salmon to Blue Mountain Lodge is included in the package. Our confirmation packet includes complete details.
Blue Mountain Lodge
Their main lodge was built in 2010 and offers a beautiful view of the lake, Blue Mountain, and the Aleutian Mountains. The Lodge is located on an abandoned oil exploration road system. This road system is not connected to any village or highway.
The duplex-style guest cabin has two private bedrooms and two front rooms with bunk beds and a small common area. Both sides include a private bathroom with a shower and flush toilet. The Lodge hosts up to six guests and can accommodate up to two couples.
You’re welcome to bring your video camera, and they have a flat-screen TV at the Lodge for watching the day’s activities.
Cell phones do not work in this area; however, free Wi-Fi is available at the Lodge. There is also a freezer for preserving your trophy or any salmon you wish to take home.
2022 and 2023 Rates:
6-nights and 5-days guided fishing $7,000.00 per person
Daily fly-outs to fishing are included in the package.
Call us for availability. 1-800-205-3474
Roundtrip charter flight between King Salmon and the Lodge, lodging, meals, beer, wine, and soft drinks, guided fishing, ptarmigan hunting (when permitted), daily fly-outs to remote streams, use of rods, reels, and shotguns.