Alaska Fly Fishing Lodge

The Royal Coachman Lodge

Bristol Bay, Alaska

The Royal Coachman, a remote Alaska fly fishing lodge, offers daily fly-outs to over thirty rivers, with 20 Jon boats on 10 rivers in the area. The Lodge is in the middle of Wood River Tikchik State Park, the largest state park in Alaska, with 1.6 million acres.

Remote Alaska Fly Fishing

At the Royal Coachman Lodge in Bristol Bay, Alaska, you can experience the thrill of rainbow trout fishing like never before. In the remote wilderness, this fly fishing lodge offers an unrivaled opportunity to fish in tranquil waters teeming with these vibrant, hard-fighting fish.

Fish the upper Nushagak, Kvichak, and other numerous rivers and lakes. The Lodge has two DeHavilland Beaver floatplanes that allow guests access to 30 rivers, flying up to 120 miles one way per day (weather permitting). Their three pilots have over 60 years of combined experience flying bush planes in Alaska.
Species:  Five species of Pacific salmon (king, sockeye, pink, silver, and chum), rainbow trout, grayling, northern pike, arctic char, and many other species. Target pike over 40 inches, rainbows up to 15 pounds, char over 30 inches, and grayling up to 22 inches. All fishing is with single, barbless hooks. You can keep up to five salmon during the week, although the Lodge has a strict catch-and-release for freshwater species.
Physical Condition:  You'll need to be in moderate to good physical condition, as the daily fly-outs often involve hiking to the fishing areas and then wading.
Lodge Season:  The Lodge is open from June through late September.
Lodge Policy:  Strict catch-and-release policy for freshwater species. You may, however, ship home five salmon from your trip (if available). The Lodge will prepare, package, and freeze your catch for the trip home.

Fishing Facts:

You may see brown bears while you are at Royal Coachman Lodge.

30 Rivers to choose from... With nearly 20 boats scattered throughout the region and access to many rivers where a boat is unnecessary. You'll have a number of fisheries to choose from each day.
Boats:  They have nearly 20 Jon boats, with 40 HP jet units, on ten rivers in the area.
Guides:  Two anglers per guide. On average, the guides have been with the Lodge for twelve years. They have fished around the world, and guiding is their career. They can help beginners learn how to cast or show experienced fly anglers how to reach a tricky undercut bank. Your guides have the flexibility to go where the fishing is best for the species you want to target.
Equipment:  No equipment is included. Flies are included in the package, and a large selection available at the Lodge. A 4-to-6-weight fly rod is recommended for non-salmon species, a 7-to-9-weight rod for salmon, and a 9-to-10-weight rod for kings. Floating lines and sink tips are effective, especially for kings. A fly outfit rental is $75.00 per person for the week, with a $50.00 breakage fee. Boot rentals are $25.00 p.p. A comprehensive gear and tackle list is provided in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  Your fishing license is $45.00 (2023), and a king salmon stamp is $45.00 (for June or July), which are not included in the package.

A Typical Fishing Day:
Coffee is set out before breakfast for early risers.
7:00 a.m., enjoy a hearty breakfast.
8:00 a.m., you'll depart from the Lodge for a full day of fishing. (The daily fishing schedule departure times are flexible to maximize your fishing success. Pickup times vary depending on the plans for the day.)
Lunch:  The guides pack a picnic lunch or prepare a shore lunch of fresh salmon when available.
6:00 p.m., you'll return to the Lodge to freshen up, relax, and enjoy pre-dinner appetizers.
7:30 p.m., dinner is served in the dining room.
If you haven’t gotten enough fishing in by the day's end, you can always get in a little more fishing in front of the Lodge.

Nushagak King Salmon Fishing

At Royal Coachman Lodge, King Salmon start running up the Nushagak River around mid-June and up the coastal river around July 1st. King fishing remains good until the end of July.

King salmon start running up the Nushagak River around mid-June and up the coastal river around July 1st. King fishing remains good until the end of July. The Nushagak is a large river with many braided sections, and although fly fishing is difficult in bigger parts of the river, the smaller braided areas can produce great fly fishing for these hard-fighting beasts.

Northern Pike Fishing

If you love to chase big fish, the Royal Coachman's Northern Pike waters are for you. On sunny days, you can expect to sight fish for the big guys. Thirty-pounders measuring over four feet have been landed.

Pike up to 10 pounds are common in these rivers, lakes, and sloughs, and fish weighing up to 30 pounds and measuring over four feet in length have been caught by lodge guests. Pike love mouse patterns and have one of the most aggressive topwater strikes in freshwater.

Rainbow Fishing - Bristol Bay

Early in the year, Bristol Bay rainbows respond well to traditional dry flies and nymphing techniques. Streamer fishing can be great early and late in the season.

Fish for rainbows, char, and dolly varden from more than fifteen rivers, ranging from small wading streams to larger rivers such as the upper Nushagak and Kvichak. Rainbow trout are abundant in the clear water lakes and streams draining into Bristol Bay. Early in the year, rainbows respond well to traditional dry flies and nymphing techniques.

Fly Fishing at Royal Coachman Lodge

Angler with bright rainbow trout from Royal Coachman Lodge in Bristol Bay

Royal Coachman Lodge

Royal Coachman Lodge

Royal Coachman Lodge is on the Nuyakuk River. The Lodge hosts 10 to 12 anglers weekly. There are 10 to 12 staff members. Four one- and two-bedroom guest cottages have private baths, independent heat, comfortable beds, and spectacular river views. The main lodge houses the kitchen, dining room, lounge, library corner, massage room, and one guest room with a twin and double bed and a private bathroom.
Meals:  Freshly baked bread, rolls, and pastries are served each meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always available. Dinner menus vary but typically include New York steak, prime rib, halibut, a variety of Alaskan seafood, and similar items. Lunches are prepared by the Lodge kitchen staff and are often supplemented by fresh fish cooked on the stream bank. Homemade soups, bread, pastries, and desserts.
Activities:  The Lodge offers free bear-viewing trips to the famous Brooks Falls in July. Sea kayaks are available for guests to use.

Royal Coachman Caters to 12 Anglers per Week.

Royal Coachman Dining

The Lodge prides itself on the quality and quantity of food available to its guests. Freshly baked bread, rolls, and pastries are served at each meal. Fresh fruit and vegetables are always available. Dinner menus vary but typically include New York steak, prime rib, halibut, and a variety of Alaskan seafood. Snacks are always available. Appetizers each evening. There's a telephone at the Lodge and free Wi-Fi.

One and Two-Bedroom Cabins

King Salmon Fishing

Getting to the Lodge:

Sunday:  You'll arrive in Anchorage in the morning in time to catch a 1.5-hour flight to Dillingham. A Lodge representative will meet you at the Dillingham airport and drive you about 30 miles to Aleknagik, where you'll take a 30-minute floatplane flight to the Lodge. You'll arrive at the Lodge at about 3:00 p.m. The luggage flight will get to the Lodge at about 6:00 p.m.
Upon arrival at the Lodge, the manager will discuss the week’s itinerary with you, check your fishing licenses, and have guests sign waivers. Appetizers and a hearty dinner are served at about 6:30 p.m.
Departure Day:  On Sunday, you will need to pack in the morning before breakfast as they usually have a luggage run at 8:00 a.m. At 10:45 a.m., you’ll depart in the floatplane for Dillingham, and from there, take your return flight mid-afternoon to Anchorage.

2024 Rates:

Daily fly-out trips, weather permitting.
Sunday to Sunday.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$12,200.00 per person

Discount for groups of 4 or more:
$11,850.00 per person

Discount for groups of 10 or more:
$11,500.00 per person

Non-Angler Companions pay the angler rate.

Call for availability.

The Packages Include:

• Airport reception in Dillingham
• Ground transfers between Dillingham and Aleknagik
• Floatplane flights between Aleknagik and the Lodge
• 7-nights Lodging
• Meals at the Lodge
• Wi-Fi at the Lodge
• Daily fly-outs from the Lodge (weather permitting)
• 6-days guided fishing
• Flies

The Packages Do Not Include:

• Airfare to Anchorage, and return
• Airfare from Anchorage to Dillingham, and return
  ($700.00 in 2023)
• Alcoholic beverages
• Fishing rods and reels
• Alaska fishing license
• King Salmon Stamp if here in June or July
• Fly outfit rentals $75.00 per person per week
• Boot rental, $25.00 for the week
• Wader rental, $125.00 for the week
• Laundry service
• Personal gear
• Gratuities for guides and staff
• Global Rescue
• Travel Insurance
• Hotel rooms or food expenses incurred due to weather delays are not included.
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions
• The possibility of a fuel surcharge. (The Lodge has had only one in over 30 years.)
Please note that if inflation is over 5% at the time of final invoicing, there will be an appropriate increase in rates.

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