Built in 1969 by Alaska sportfishing pioneers Bob and Gayle Curtis, Tikchik Narrows Lodge remains a true Alaskan classic. Bob and Gayle sold Tikchik Narrows Lodge to past employee Bud Hodson in 1986. Bud had worked at Tikchik from 1975 through 1978 and managed another lodge prior to the purchase. Today Bud remains firmly at the helm and has a hard-earned reputation for running one of the finest luxury fishing lodges in the state.
Tikchik Narrows Lodge is in the Bristol Bay region of southwest Alaska in the 1.5-million-acre Wood-Tikchik State Park. Bordering the state park to the west is the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, which encompasses another 4.7 million acres of land. This area includes the ruggedly beautiful Kilbuck Mountains and is only accessible by float plane. The lodge has access to all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as rainbow trout, Arctic char, grayling and pike. It is a full fly-out operation and also benefits from some great private water leases.
62 miles north/northwest of Dillingham in Southwest Alaska
Nowhere else in the world will you find a greater variety and volume of sportfish than in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Bristol Bay offers five species of Salmon: King, sockeye, chum, pink and silver salmon and six species of fresh water fish: Rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, Arctic char, Dolly Varden, lake trout and northern pike. Tikchik Narrows Lodge fishes the entire western half of Bristol Bay including the Nushagak drainage, Wood River Lakes, Tikchik Lakes, Togiak River drainage, Kvichak River and many other smaller rivers. The waters they fish vary in size from large to small and are a perfect match for advanced and novice anglers alike.
Each day’s fishing assignments are scheduled the evening before. Where you fish each day will depend on your preferences. Each evening guests will know where they are going, who their pilot is and who their guide will be. The pilots and guides meet with guests after dinner to suggest which tackle to take and let the fishermen know how to prepare for the next day’s fishing adventure. Breakfast is served at 6:45am. The airplanes and guides are ready to depart shortly after breakfast. Guests return to the lodge each evening between 4:30pm and 6:00pm. Dinner is served around 7:00pm.
In the spirit of conservation and preserving historical size, abundancy and distribution, the lodge adheres to a strict catch and release policy with all rainbow trout. On occasion you may keep a lake trout or Dolly Varden for a shore lunch.
Tikchik Narrows Lodge has a very experienced guiding staff, many with decades of dedication to their craft. They are mature, friendly, knowledgeable and first and foremost, safety conscious. Whether you are a novice or an expert, your guide will be accommodating to your needs.
Anglers can keep their legal limit of salmon to take home. The staff will fillet, vacuum pack, freeze and package fish for travel home. This service is complementary.
Accommodations and Meals:
The main lodge is elevated on a natural rock base on the tip of a narrow peninsula which separates Tikchik and Nuyukuk Lakes (Tikchik Narrows). It has large comfortable lounging areas with a natural stone fireplace and a unique circular dining room which is suspended above the lake. Both the main lodge and dining room are enclosed by large picture windows which offer spectacular panoramic views. There is a full bar and a large deck overlooking the “Narrows”.
Guests stay in one of seven duplex cabins, all located on the lake shore overlooking Nuyukuk Lake and the Kilbuck mountains to the west. Each room has a full private bath, independent heat and hot water, closet space, shelving and large picture windows. A limited number of single occupancy rooms are available for a fee. Daily housekeeping is included, and laundry services are available upon request. Each day, the Tikchik staff will stock the rooms with ice and snacks.
Guests start each day off with a hearty cooked-to-order breakfast or choose from a breakfast bar of fresh fruits, cereals and baked goods. Lunches are packed picnic-style for a streamside meal or if weather allows the guides will prepare a shore-lunch of freshly caught salmon. Shore lunches have quite a reputation and are a pleasure you won’t want to miss.
Dinners at Tikchik Narrows Lodge reflect the best of Pacific Northwest cuisine with an Alaskan flare. Gourmet dinners feature Alaska king crab, filet mignon, halibut, a selection of Alaskan fresh fish and shellfish, New York steaks and duck. Produce is flown in weekly and is supplemented by their own greenhouse providing fresh, crisp salads, herbs and vegetables. Freshly baked breads, pastries and desserts round out their amazing dining experience.
Hors d’oeuvres are served each evening and include local specialties like smoked salmon, gravlax, salmon caviar, pickled salmon, reindeer sausage, caribou and moose tenders. Complimentary wine is always served with dinner and feature a selection of wines from California, Chile and Australia.
Day 1: Arrive Anchorage on Friday and overnight (independently arranged, not included)
Day 2: Saturday morning take a taxi to the charter flight(included). Check in at 10:30AM, departs 11:30AM and arrives Dillingham at 1:00PM. Van tranfer to the lodge float planes for flight to the lodge. Arrive lodge at 3:10PM. Buffet lunch, settle in cabin, dinner, orientation and fishing assignments for the next day.
Day 3 - 8: Full days of guided fishing with fly outs(weather permitting).
Day 9: Breakfast, pack and depart on float planes back to Dillingham. Charter flight back to Anchorage at 1:30PM, arrives at 3:00PM. you may beook a departing flight out of Anchorage after 6:00PM
2019 Rate: $8,900 per person for a 7 night/6 day package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, guided fishing, rods/reels and/or terminal tackle, waders/boots transportation between Dillingham and the lodge.
Not Included: Round trip airfare to Dillingham, accommodations and meals in Anchorage, fishing licenses, alcohol, staff and guide gratuities.
Species: Rainbow trout, five species of salmon, char, grayling, northern pike
Season: June to September
Capacity: 28 anglers
Map: Tikchik Narrows