Copper Ridge Lodge, Alaska

 

Overview

Location:

Copper Ridge Lodge is located 210 miles to the South West of Anchorage on the Copper River, which was one of the first “Trophy Trout” Fly-Fishing only rivers in the State of Alaska.  The Lodge is accessible only by floatplane.  Our only neighbors are bear, moose and a few million fish.

Target Fish: 

 Big Rainbow Trout, Salmon- all species (King, Red, Char, Dog, Humpy, Coho, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike)

Time of Year: 

June - September

Best week July 26th - August 1st

Lodge Capacity: 

4 or Family of 6

Nearest Large Airport: 

Anchorage International Airport

Documents Required: 

Alaska Non-Resident Fishing License

 

Copper Ridge is a sister lodge of Rainbow River and Iliamna River Lodge. It is unique because it is an exclusive home in the wilderness nestled on the banks of the Copper River. No other guests will share the “cabin” (home) with you unless you want. The Lodge is ideal for a family of 4-6 or small corporate retreat with friends. Intimate and private with spectacular views. Wild, trophy-sized Rainbow Trout in great numbers! Alaska is famous for its salmon fishing, but that is just part of your experience when you can combine the best salmon fishing in the world with trophy-sized Rainbows. Hard to believe, it just doesn’t get any better than this. If you have never been to an Alaska fishing lodge, be forewarned that after spending a week here, you will want to rebook this fishing adventure for the following year. You will find yourself forever feeling a compelling urge to return.

Copper Ridge is located on private land in the heart of Alaska's phenomenal Bristol Bay and Lake Iliamna "Trophy Alaska Rainbow Trout" watershed, conveniently adjacent to the Katmai Wilderness. The fly fishing lodge offers magnificent views of the Alaska wilderness and the "Home River" is the beautiful Copper River, one of Alaska's original "fly fishing only" designated streams.

Copper Ridge can be considered one of the best fly fishing destinations in Alaska and the Copper River, our "Home River" has been rated by Trout Unlimited as one of the "top 100 best Trout streams in the world". Truly outstanding accolades from the finest fly fishing authorities in the world today.

Fishing Program

At Copper Ridge each and every angler receives very special personal attention. You can expect the finest of your fly fishing dreams to become reality and return home with the fondest of all fly fishing memories. There are rivers in this part of Alaska where the fish die of old age having never seen a fly, and they will take you there! 

Each night your guide will get with you and discuss the plan for the next day. These are all  professionals who have made guiding their life.  They have multiple seasons of guiding in this area with valuable local knowledge of the fisheries. This guarantees you a great day on the river.

After breakfast you will be flown out to fish for the day. The guides will have the shore lunches and beverages of your choice. If you are fishing the lower reaches of the Copper River you will jump in a jet boat right at the beach and be on the Copper in just a few minutes. At the end of your fishing day, the planes will pick you up at about 5 pm to return to the lodge for an endless hot shower, delicious appetizers and amazing dinner. Each fishing day will be different.

When is the best fishing? In order to best answer this we need to know what you want to experience in Alaska.  Each of the 5 species of Salmon enter the rivers at different times. The guides at Copper Ridge know how to get you into the best rainbow trout fishing regardless of the month you book. As the food sources change, the guides adapt to make sure you are targeting big fish and being successful! June, July, August and September all offer unique experiences.  Let us help decide which month you would like to fish based on your style. For example, if you like to dry fly fish for big trout, call our travel expert and we tell you when it is best to book a trip

Seasons

Rainbow Trout Fly Fishing in Alaska

Rainbow Trout in the Iliamna region naturally grow to 18 pounds or larger. Rainbows are caught June through September. Due to the return of millions of sockeye in the month of July, the most productive rainbow trout fishing is during the months of July, August and September. Rainbow River Lodge is located on the Copper River which was just rated in the top 50 best trout streams in the world by Trout Unlimited. If you want to dry fly and streamer fish for big rainbows, June and early July are your ticket. 

Arctic Grayling Fly Fishing in Alaska

Grayling Salmon are God’s gift to light tackle fanatics. They are thick in many of the streams and will attack a fly all season long, even in the worst of weather. Most grayling average 10 to 14 inches with trophies measuring 21 inches. Their good reputation comes from their susceptibility to dry flies and the gracefulness in which they take them.   

Arctic Char Fly Fishing in Alaska

Char are commonly associated with the Dolly Varden since they are biologically the same. They average 3 to 5 pounds with the largest of the fish tipping the scales at 15 pounds. Available season long, they are a very hard fighter and one of the most beautiful fish in Alaska.

Chinook (King) Salmon Fly Fishing in Alaska

The largest of the Pacific Salmon, Kings average 20 to 30 pounds with the largest weighing in at 60 pounds. They enter our rivers in early June with fishing peaking from mid-June to the middle of July. Rainbow River Lodge fishes “leased” land on the Nushagak River which holds the largest returning run of Kings in Alaska. Fishing “leased” lands on the “Nush” provides the clients with the BEST King Salmon fly fishing available.

Sockeye (Red) Salmon Fly Fishing in Alaska

The Sockeye salmon enter the Iliamna drainage by the millions in late June and early July. For the first few weeks in fresh water they are considered ‘pound for pound’ to be the hardest fighting salmon and the best tasting! Sockeye Salmon average 6 to 10 pounds with a 15 pound maximum. We will package and freeze for you.

Chum (Dog) Salmon Fly Fishing in Alaska

Chums average 8 to 12 pounds and have a keen appetite for streamer flies and spinners. They don’t have as good as a reputation as the other salmon species when it comes to the dinner table, but on the fly line there is much respect for their fighting endurance. Chum Salmon top the scales at 20 pounds and arrive in July and early August.

 Pink (Humpy) Salmon Fly Fishing in Alaska

The smallest of the Pacific Salmon, averaging 3 to 5 pounds. They arrive in mid-July and August. What pink salmon lack in size they make up for in aggressiveness and non-stop action. They are excellent sport on smaller rods.

Silver (Coho) Salmon Fly Fishing in Alaska

Fishing for Silvers is at its best in August and September. Most silver Salmon weigh between 8 and 15 pounds and are very aggressive towards flies and spinners. 

Northern Pike Fly Fishing in Alaska

Northerns are the freshwater alligators of Alaska. Their strike is vicious, they are usually big and they will hit anything the moves! Pike are usually caught in the 25 to 40 inch class range. Pike can be found as close as your cabin door and are available all season.

Lake Trout Fly Fishing in Alaska

This is Alaska’s largest freshwater fish, inhabiting large, deep, cold lakes with the best fishing just after ice-out. Lake Trout are not usually a target species but are a welcome surprise when landed. “Lakers” are caught in the outlets and inlets of the lakes near the lodge.

Accommodations

This quaint, private cabin nestled on the banks of the Copper River ensures that you will enjoy the same quality ad luxury that our guests know and come back for every year. This cabin offers unexpected luxury in the remote Alaska wilderness and spectacular fishing in the famous Lake Iliamna drainage. The cabin holds 4 guests each week making it personal and amazing for small groups wanting an exclusive retreat. Guests will need to fly into Iliamna and we will take care of everything from there.

This fabulous cabin is surrounded by typical breath-taking Alaskan scenery. Nestled among pines overlooking a small picturesque lake from which the float planes land and take off. The cabin and guests have easy access to countless rivers teeming with wild rainbow trout and salmon.

The famed Copper River (that we long ago nicknamed ‘Rainbow River’) is just a little more than a stone’s throw away.

There are no cell towers within range of the lodge.  However, we do have a satellite phone available for emergencies. Any standard calling card works to place long distant calls. 

No expense has been spared in creating a great atmosphere and comfort level you deserve.

Meals

Dinners and appetizers like one finds in finer restaurants are served in the main lodge. The chef has no budget in creating the fresh and delicious meals. Prime rib, fresh Alaskan King Crab, roasted chicken, homemade soups, salads and amazing desserts. The bell for breakfast rings early for anglers anxious to get out and fly fish this treasured Iliamna Lake region of Alaska.

Getting There

Most guests fly commercial into Anchorage on the Friday before their trip. Alaska Air has the most flights.

Copper Ridge guests will then fly from Anchorage to Iliamna on a private charter operated by Lake Clark Air. Copper Ridge will schedule your flight from Anchorage to Iliamna for you.  You will need to call Lake Clark and pay them directly or pay them when you board the charter. The cost of this flight is $480 and is payable to Lake Clark Air (907-278-2054). Iliamna Air taxi may also be used but you will be notified either way.

Your flight will depart Anchorage at 4:00 pm on Saturday arriving into the village of Iliamna at 5:20 pm. Chad Hewitt will meet you in Iliamna as you step off the plane and will transfer you over to the floatplanes for a short 15 minute flight to Copper Ridge. 

After a week of great fly fishing you will depart the lodge on Friday at 6:15 pm for a 7:00 pm departure out of Iliamna. You arrive back into Anchorage at 8:20 pm. You may want to take a redeye flight out that night or overnight in Anchorage and fly home Saturday morning. 

When scheduling your flights from your home city and Anchorage, make certain to give yourself 2 hours to make the charter flight to Iliamna.

Rates

6 DAY 6 Night GUIDED FLY-OUT ALASKA FISHING VACATION AND LODGING $7,400 PER PERSON

Homewaters Combo Package includes 4 flyouts and 2 days on the Copper.

Rates Include:  All meals, guiding, flyouts, all equipment including rods, reels: flies and leaders, flights to and from the fishing lodge and Iliamna and a 7 day Alaska non-resident fishing license. 

Rates do not Include: Tips, liquor and commercial air travel to and from Iliamna. Reservations and Deposits: A deposit of 50% per person is required to confirm reservations. The balance is due 60 days prior to the scheduled arrival.

Cancellations:  Trip cancellation and global rescue insurance is strongly recommended for your Alaska fishing vacation.  We can assist you with obtaining a policy if you choose to cover your trip. 

Guests are required to provide their own beer, wine and liquor as Iliamna Alaska is a “Dry” village. Ask us how we can assist you in purchasing and shipping your alcohol. We wish you the best of travels and invite you to our favorite fly fishing lodge in Alaska. 

Prices are in USD and subject to change prior to booking.


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