Dierick’s Tsiu River Lodge has been family owned and operated since 1997. Greg Dierick has been fishing this river since he was a boy. Greg and his father, Ed, built the lodge after forty years of fishing this fantastic system. The Tsiu is a clear, pristine river that is home to a world-class run of silver salmon. The river is shallow and its sandy bottom allows for safe and rather easy wading. The river banks are mostly clear of vegetation allowing for easy casting situations. The lodge caters to all skill levels and for those eager to put fish on the bank and even take a few home. Most well presented flies are eagerly met by the acrobatic silver salmon and most return with sore forearms from catching, not just casting. Along with the silver salmon, steelhead, sockeye salmon, pink salmon and Dolly Varden are all present at times during the season.
Dierick's Tsiu River Lodge is located approximately 120 miles northwest of Yakutat, nestled between the Wrangell-St. Elias mountains and the Gulf of Alaska.
Each day begins with a hearty breakfast, after which you will proceed to the river with your guides. The lodge is located a short distance from the river. ATV’s are used to transport you to the river’s edge. The lodge focuses its efforts on the lower sections of river, where the fish are fresh from the ocean. The surroundings are void of trees, are sandy and have lots of room for back casts. You may use the ATV to travel up and down the river, but most will walk along the banks until active fish are found. The silvers are aggressive and fresh, taking most well-presented flies. Flies tied with marabou or rabbit are popular in colors of pink, orange, purple, black or combination of all. Pink poppers or “wogs” are popular, as fish can be had on these surface offerings. Anglers are typically equipped with 8 weight rods along with a quality reel with at least 100 yards of 30lb backing. Shooting heads are great or a versi-tip system, giving the angler the ability to change sinking portions of line for various conditions.
Accommodations and Meals:
The Tsiu River Lodge has eight 12’ x 20’ cabins. Each cabin has a full bathroom with sink, toilet, shower, towels and 24-hour running water. Oil or electric heaters are used to keep the cabin warm and cozy. Each cabin has a protected porch for hanging rain gear, rods and waders or for a relaxing view of the surroundings. The cabins have four bunks, but typically 2 to 3 angler’s room together. Linens are provided and include cotton or flannel sheets, a warm comforter, blanket and pillow. Meals consist of hearty breakfasts of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal and fresh fruit. Pastries and coffee are served earlier if you want to get a head start on the day. Lunch is served at the lodge or stream side and consists of a variety of homemade soups and deli style sandwiches. Dinner is full course where entrees include fresh seafood, prime rib, New York Steaks, turkey or Cornish Game hens. Desserts are homemade and top off what is a great dining experience.
Day 1: Arrive Yakutat (not included- independently arranged). You will be met by a representative from Yakutat Coastal Airlines who will transfer you to your chartered flight (not included, independently arranged). You will be flown directly to the river where you will be met by a member of the Tsiu River Lodge staff. They will escort you to your accommodations where you can get settled in and then head out for an afternoon of fishing.
Day 2-5: Full days of guided fishing.
Day 6: Depart lodge and take air taxi to Yakutat where you will board your flight home or points beyond.
Typical Daily Schedule:
5:00 AM: Get up – hot coffee & tea available
6:00 AM- 7:00 AM: Breakfast served
8:00 AM: Depart for fishing
12:00 PM- 1:00 PM: Lunch is served either at the lodge or stream side
1:00 PM: Guided fishing
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM: Dinner is served at the lodge
2019 Rates: $3,125 per person for a 5 night/5 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at lodge, guiding, Orvis fly fishing equipment
Not Included: Round trip airfare to Yakutat, accommodations and meals in Yakutat, round trip air taxi (paid on site) to the lodge, fishing license, alcohol (feel free to bring your own), staff and guide gratuities
Species: Silver Salmon, Steelhead
Season: August - October
Capacity: 16 anglers
Map: Yakutat, AK