Travel to the Alaska Peninsula is easy with Lake Clark Air
After booking your flight to Anchorage (ANC) you will need to arrange a flight from Anchorage to Pilot Point which is 25 miles from my lodge. I will pick you up there. The flight to the lodge is 15 minutes. Lake Clark Air IS ONLY CARRIER flying to Pilot Point from Anchorage. They do thing a bit different than the rest. You pay at the time you fly and you can only make reservations about two months prior to your flight. They have many planes and they will fly the aircraft that can take everyone or take multiple flights to accommodate their customers. The price for this flight is currently $1075.00. They allow 50lbs baggage but if you are only a few pounds over they let you slide.
All their pilots are highly experienced and their aircraft meet the strictest safety regulations. Lean back and have your camera ready for an incredible flight over the Alaska Range. This is a two hour flight and it may have a few stops on the way to pick up and drop off passengers. Your flight will leave from MERRILL FIELD (an airport) in northeast Anchorage. You should be there at 7 AM for your departure around 8 AM. Your return to Anchorage will be from Pilot Point around noon and you should be in Anchorage between 3 and 4 PM.
On their departure day we strongly encourage our guests schedule a late evening flight out of Anchorage in order not to miss your connecting flights. As I’m sure you can imagine, weather can occasionally cause delays in Alaska.
Millennium Hotel - Located on Lake Hood, just minutes from the Anchorage airport with a 24-hour shuttle service available, and lots of freeze space for any salmon you are may take home with you. Restaurant and lounge on the premises. (907) 243-2300
Anchorage Hilton - In Downtown Anchorage 7 miles from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, The Hilton is convenient access to local shopping, dining and the rail station. (907) 272-7411
Lakeshore Motor Inn - Located within walking distance to Lake Hood, restaurants and convenience stops. Only a 10-minute drive to downtown Anchorage, and lots of freezer space available which makes it great for fisherman. Great for families. (907) 248-3485
There are literally hundreds of hotels and motels to choose from in Anchorage. The internet can give you a good rundown of options depending on where you want to stay. Since you are leaving from Merrill Field (an airport) which is near down town you may want to base your decision on that.
Now that you’ve booked your trip to Pumice Creek Lodge it’s time to make sure you have everything you need for your stay. The most important thing is that you are warm, dry and comfortable while on the river and around camp. Please try to limit the amount of luggage you bring and please use duffel bag type luggage, rather than suitcases, as they are much easier to load and transport to our Lodge when using smaller aircraft.
We have come up with a list of things we think you must have for your week in the Alaskan bush.
Jacket & Footwear
Stocking foot chest or waist waders. (Breathable Gore-Tex) State law no longer allows wading boots with non-slip soles. The non- slip soles are not needed as the creek and river bottoms are volcanic material as opposed to smooth rocks. A good wind resistant Gor-tex rain coat that hangs below the hips is a necessity.
Wading jacket. (Breathable Gore-Tex is recommended)
Rubber soled wading boots. (Felt soles are illegal in Alaska)
Warm hat and gloves.
Long underwear / synthetic.
Fleece pants and sweater(s).
Polarized sunglasses. (Neck strap)
Large dry bag.
Hygiene bag. (Toothbrush, personal medicine, shampoo. etc.)
Rod's, Reels, Lines and Flies:
Rainbow Trout/ Arctic Char) 9 to 10 foot 6/8 wt.
(King-Sockeye-Silver-Chum Salmon) 9 to 10 foot 8/9/10 wt.
Reel: Quality reel to match your rod, with strong drag and 150 yards of backing
Fly Lines: Weight forward floating and sinking line.
Flies: There are many, many flies for the Alaska Salmon. For the Kings and Silvers, they will take they will be attracted to the same flies. Big fish like big flies and the articulating type do well with the King and Silvers. We generally start fishing deep and work up it the fish are not hitting. So be prepared with different sink tips and some weighted jig flies if needed. If you really want a broad number of salmon flies and lures just Google it and you will have a great variety.
When the wind is up, unless you are in the top tier of fly fishing, you may want to have a spinning rod at your disposal also. I have some on hand it needed. The rod doesn’t need to be a heavyweight Ugly Stick, a medium weight rod will do fine. An “Ugly Stick Lite” is an excellent rod for these fish. Twenty pound line and is sufficient but no more than twenty-five if you are a beginner. As for lures number 5 Mepps and ¾ and 7/8 pixies in red and pink work best for all of our fish.
When booking a trip to Alaska it is best to start by asking yourself what you or your group would most like to do. Whether you want to target one of our 5 different species of Pacific salmon, or are more interested in resident fish like the wild Alaskan rainbow trout and Arctic Char, we guarantee that you will not be disappointed, regardless of when you choose to stay.
King Salmon: June 20 to July 20: We target the Kings from in both the Cinder and the King Salmon River. While fishing for the Kings we have opportunity to catch Red and Chums incidental to the Kings. With the reds it usually depends where they pool up at. Chum Salmon are always about but are fickle as to what they want to take. While catching the Kings both Arctic Char and Rainbow Trout are present in the Cinder River. In the last week of King fishing Arctic Char are in abundance in the upper river. We will take a day or part of a day for you to enjoy that experience.
Silver Salmon: August 20 to September 30: The Acrobatic Silver Salmon show up in the lower Cinder in the third week of August and are still coming in fresh when we shut down in October. These fish are the most fun of all of the salmon you will fish for in Alaska and they pack in the river and make for 20 plus catches per day. I have a group of fishers that come during the second week of September and they will have daily catches approaching eighty fish. NO BS. Many groups like to take a day or two from Silver fishing and go for Arctic Char in the upper river. You can count on daily catches in the 75-100 range.
Taking you salmon home is easy. We have an onsite vacuum packer and freezers. We may ask you to give us a hand with any vacuum packing as most of the fish that leaves the lodge goes for smoking at Alaska Sausage and Seafood in which case we do not vacuum pack fish to be smoked. We have special boxes that are treated as a piece of luggage that all airlines accept, and can carry up to 50lbs of fish. On your day of departure, we will send you home with your fish.
Alaska Sausage & Seafood Smoke House & Processing
We are proud to be affiliated with Alaska’s premier smokehouse and wild game processing company Alaska Sausage & Seafood located in Anchorage Alaska. 2017 marks their 54st year operating full time as Anchorages' premier custom smokehouse. If you or any of your friends have any fish smoking or custom game processing needs, there is no one else we can recommend to you, as the quality of their products and services and their attention to detail is far better than any others we have found.
We have everything in place to directly ship your fresh caught salmon to King Salmon and get it out on the next cargo flight directly to Anchorage. Once it arrives in Anchorage, a representative of Alaska Sausage & Seafood will meet the flight and bring it over to the processing plant and start the smoking process. It normally takes 3 days from start to finish to be ready and then shipped directly to your home. If you are interested in having Alaska Sausage & Seafood custom-smoke or process your fresh caught Salmon during your stay with us at the Pumice Creek Lodge, just let us know and we can take care of everything! Simply fill out an order sheet at the lodge and let us handle the rest. Your delicacies will show up via FedEx at your home within a few days of you arriving back from your trip. If you have any further questions, contact the owner Martin at Alaska Sausage & Seafood directly and tell them that Pumice Creek Lodge sent you.
The costs of a week stay at Pumice Creek Lodge is $4,650 for 2017. This is a same day in same day out arrival and departure. Depending on when you arrive and if you want to fish on your arrival, we will get you out as soon as you are ready. You should have no trouble getting in six and one half days of fishing. If you come to fish for King Salmon you must purchase a King Salmon Tag and a fishing license for the time you are fishing at Pumice Creek Lodge. If you are fishing for Silver Salmon you will only need a license to cover the time you are at the lodge. I do not sell licenses so please purchase them on line or at a sporting goods store prior to your arrival.
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