How many guests are there to each guide?
The number of guests to each guide is 2 to 4 depending on the lodge and the fishing destination.
Can we take home the fish we catch?
Due to the short growing season and cold water temperatures in Alaska, native fish grow and mature slowly. Guests are asked to release all their catch of fresh water fish. A limited amount of salmon may be taken home.
How are fish packaged to take home?
The salmon you keep are filleted, vacuum packed, frozen and packed in fish boxes for you at the lodge (National Park Service regulations prohibit this at Brooks Lodge though). If you have a long distance to travel home, insulated fish boxes and freezer packs are available to purchase at a number of locations in Anchorage.
Are you a strictly a fly fishing only lodge?
No. We can accommodate fly or spin fisherman, although some of the streams that we go to are fly fishing only streams. At some of these locations you can still use a spinning rod with a fly on the end. All of our guides are fly fishing instructors so if you would like to learn to fly fish, we can teach you during your stay.
What is a fly out and where do you fly out to?
A fly out means that you take an airplane to a different river to fish for the day. We fly to many different areas depending on what type of fish you want to catch and where the best spot for that species is at the time you are there.
When is the best time to come?
Anytime is a good time at Anglers Paradise Lodges. Each time of the year provides a unique fishing experience with different species available.
What is the weather like?
The weather in Katmai can be very unpredictable. It can change greatly even in the same day. Temperatures can range between 45 and 70 degrees and even a bit lower in September. Wind and rain are common so you should dress in layers that can be added to or taken away throughout the day as the weather dictates.
Are there a lot of bugs?
There can be depending on how dry or wet it has been. Some people choose to bring head nets. Most just bring a good insect repellant. You want something with a high DEET concentration for it to be effective and spray it on your clothing and hat, not your skin.
How long does it take to get to the lodge from Anchorage?
The flight from Anchorage to Kulik Lodge takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. If you are traveling on to Grosvenor Lodge or Brooks Lodge, it is another 15-25 minutes via float plane to those destinations.
Are cocktails included in the packages?
Complimentary cocktails are served at Kulik Lodge and Grosvenor Lodge and are included during your stay. Beverages at Brooks Lodge can be purchased in the main lodge during lunch and dinner times. Our beverages typically include Alaskan Amber beer on tap, a selection of wines and premium quality liquors. If you prefer higher end wines or liquors, there will be a selection available for purchase at the lodge.
What type of fishing gear is used at the lodges?
Rods and waders are included in your package at Kulik Lodge and Grosvenor Lodge and are available for rent at Brooks Lodge. Cabelas, Redington and Simms waders and Redington and Sage rods equipped with Ross and Redington reels are provided to the guests during their stay.
Can I use felt soled wading boots or wading boots with cleats?
No. The Alaska Board of Fisheries has deemed invasive species a significant potential threat to Alaska's aquatic ecosystems. Effective January 1, 2012, felt-soled waders and wading boots will no longer be legal footwear when fishing in Alaska's fresh waters. Wading boots with cleats are also not allowed at the lodges. Our lodges do have rubber soled wading boots for our lodge guests.