For anglers interested in a unique new fall steelhead venue, consider the Alaska Steelhead Company. Located on an impressive perch overlooking the Cook Inlet, guests can fish as many as four steelhead systems. These rivers offer both walk and wade fishing as well as full-day floats where guests can target wild steelhead in the 6 to 12-pound range with both swung-fly and indicator techniques. Additionally, this easy-to-reach, high value and high catch-rate venue features some of the nicest accommodations in the state as well as skilled, hard-working guides.
The Alaska Steelhead Co. offers a combination of daily float trips and walk/wade days on as many as four rivers emptying into Cook Inlet. The fishing days will be split between these systems depending on conditions and angler preferences. The fishing can be a mix of swinging flies or dead-drift indicator tactics. Which method you use is up to you. The guides here fish either two or three guests per day and are experienced, hard-working and eager to share their knowledge of these steelhead systems. This is a great destination for experienced or beginning steelhead anglers as the wading is easy and most fish are taken in shallow lies. The steelhead on these systems are all wild and the fishing tends to very consistent with most days producing multiple hookups. These fish start their migration to freshwater in September and bright fish continue entering rivers well into the winter months. These “fall” steelhead arrive sexually immature and, as with all steelhead, they will only spawn the following spring. The packages here begin in mid-September and end on November 1.
Accommodations and Meals:
Guests of the Alaska Steelhead Co. are treated to luxurious accommodations and gourmet meals. Guests stay in one of three spacious duplex cabins. Each double-occupancy room is appointed with two king-sized beds, satellite TV, a propane fireplace and a private bathroom. Rooms have a small mini bar with refrigerator and plenty of closet space. Large sliding glass doors open to a spacious deck with lounge chairs offering an incredible view of Cook Inlet and the snowcapped Aleutian Range across the bay. The impressive main lodge is connected to the cabins via an elevated wooden walkway. The main lodge offers a lounge filled with couches facing a large stone wood-burning fireplace and bar where appetizers are served each evening. Mixers and an ice machine are available, so guests are free to bring along their favorite spirits. The game room also has a wood-burning fireplace with billiards, poker table and a jukebox. Their upstairs library offers a quiet space to read and relax and they also have an adjacent workout room with exercise bikes, treadmill and free weights.
In the dining room, all guests sit at a large round table, which keeps the fishing stories flowing. Meals are of the highest quality and you can expect their chef to serve local seafood, steak or other protein dishes with thoughtfully prepared salads and side dishes. Surf and turf dinner upon arrival and king crab dinner before departure are huge hits. Breakfast is served family-style, with eggs, pancakes, bacon and sausage. Yogurt, granola and fruit are available for those that prefer a lighter start. A bagged lunch is packed each day by your guide and consists of a sandwich, chips, granola bar, fruit and other snacks.
Day 1: Arrive Kenai airport midafternoon. A representative of Alaska Steelhead Co. will meet you and transfer you to the lodge. Appetizers, dinner and overnight.
Day 2 – 6: Five full days of guided fishing. All meals and overnight accommodations included.
Day 7: After breakfast, transfer back to Kenai airport for your flight back to
Anchorage and connect to flight home.
2020 Rate: $4,495 plus tax per person for a 6 night/5 day package
Included: Transfer between Kenai Airport and the lodge, Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, rods/reels, flies and/or terminal tackle.
Not Included: Round trip airfare to Anchorage and Kenai, accommodations and meals in Anchorage, alcohol, waders/boots, fishing license, staff and guide gratuities.
Species: Steelhead, silver salmon, Dolly Vardon
Season: Mid September to November 1
Capacity: 12 anglers
Map: Alaska Steelhead Co.