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Not a week goes by in which I am not asked about which trips simultaneously offer great rainbow fishing and salmon fishing in Alaska. This is an important question and the answer varies depending on the time of year and location. It just so happens that the early season king and chum salmon runs coincide with some of the best streamer and mouse fishing for rainbows. The later silver salmon runs coincide with the best bead and flesh fishing for big rainbows. Fortunately these cycles are predictable and allow for anglers to plan exactly the trip they want. Helping anglers understand these cycles and options is what I do for a living.

There are lots of options for enjoying such a trip. Full fly out lodges can quickly travel great distances and offer the flexibility to visit many different systems to find fresh salmon and the best rainbow rivers available. Float trips offer the ability to cover many miles of the same river often targeting rainbows high in the system and then salmon in the lower reaches. Many base camps offer a great value in terms of targeting both rainbows and salmon on the same trip. Below you will see some of our favorite venues for these sorts of trips across The Last Frontier.


Please give David a call at 800.552.2729 if you would like to discuss any of these options

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No See Um Lodge

A top drawer lodge with a long history of providing anglers with quality experiences. Their location allows short flights to many fantastic salmon and rainbow venues and the staff is experienced and friendly.

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Rainbow King Lodge

A fantastic, easy to reach lodge with one of the most prolific salmon programs in all of Alaska. Along with a long salmon season, the lodge has many private leases on fantastic rainbow trout rivers in the Iliamna region.

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Rapids Camp Lodge

One of the best equipped lodges in the state with a remarkably diverse fishing program. Rapids Camp has access to one of the most prolific big rainbow rivers in the state right out the front door as well as lots of under the radar fly out systems.

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Intricate Bay Lodge

With an entirely rebuilt lodge for 2015 guests will enjoy many creature comforts in the heart of big rainbow country. Short flight times to the east for silver salmon makes this a great option for combining rainbow trout and silver salmon.

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Igiugig Lodge

With an owner/head guide with over 25 years of experience,  a home river that harbors some of the biggest rainbows in the state, multiple options for salmon, this is one of the best combination lodges we represent.

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Aniak River Lodge

This western AK river offers consistent mouse fishing for rainbows and great fishing for all five species of pacific salmon. Being the only lodge on the river, there is a sense of remoteness here that is not readily available in today’s Alaska.

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Alaska West

Located on the Kanektok River, Alaska West has long been known as great multi-species venue. With all five species of salmon along with great rainbow trout fishing throughout the year, Alaska West offers one of the best combination trips in AK.

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