Quick Facts

  • Price:$4995 // 6 nights / 5 days fishing
  • Fish Species: Prolific Numbers of Fresh Steelhead, Giant Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Silver Salmon
  • Seasonality: Early September – Late October
  • Location: Ninilchik, Alaska

Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Travel time from Anchorage International Airport to Kenai airport is a quick and easy twenty-five-minute flight on a prop cargo plane. During the short flight, customers get their first glimpse of the Alaskan wilderness and beautiful scenery that awaits them. From Kenai, Alaska Steelhead Company transports all of their guests in a comfortable van approximately fifty minutes to the lodge. Upon arrival customers are greeted by lodge staff, guides and owners, given room assignments, and allowed to settle in just before happy hour starts.

Wild Steelhead, Rainbow Trout, and more!

Guests that choose to visit Alaska Steelhead company will primarily target large numbers of wild Steelhead entering the river systems. Steelhead fishing can be done on a traditional single hand fly rod, or a two-handed spey/switch rod. Steelhead aren’t the only species available for those who enjoy diversity, ASC also assists guests who would like to fish for trophy rainbow trout reaching 30” or more, large numbers of dolly varden, and in the early weeks of the season, silver salmon.

Alaska Steelhead Company Is Open September – October

Because Alaska Steelhead Companies season runs from early September through late October, there really is no bad time to target steelhead. In the earlier part of the season, guests can experience high numbers of hot steelhead each day, while enjoying beautiful weather. As the season progresses, fresh steelhead will continue to move into the river systems, allowing anglers to have a lights out fishing week, and some cooler temperatures.

Alaska Steelhead Company is the ideal lodge for guests of all skill levels wanting to check the box on Steelhead fishing, without having to wait years to get access on B.C rivers with hardly any availability. ASC allows guests to fish multiple different river systems each day of the week, and has an extremely professional group of guides with years of combined knowledge & experience. Guests that are less confident with their fishing abilities, or who have never cast a two-handed fly rod, are in great hands at ASC.

6 nights / 5 days is $4,995 Per Person 

Rates for added Helicopter days –
1 day of heli fishing per person – $5895 + tax
2 days of heli fishing per person -$6795 + tax 

Rates are inclusive of 5 full days of guided fishing, accommodations, all meals, non – alcoholic beverages on the boat each day, and at the lodge, and all equipment provided for each day of fishing. Additional expenses include – airfare to and from Anchorage International, hotel accommodations in Anchorage,  Airfare from ANC to Kenai airport, alcoholic beverages, 7 day non-resident fishing license, Gratuities for guides and lodge staff.

You the client don’t pay a penny for our travel services! Our destination recommendations, organization, and pre-trip planning services are completely free of charge – and oftentimes less expensive than booking direct with a lodge or outfitter. We can assist with every question, concern, or special request related to your adventure at zero cost!

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Alaska Steelhead Company is the newest addition to our growing catalog representing the finest lodges in the world! Alaska Steelhead Company was founded by Matt Sprecher and his wife Rosie, both with an incredible understanding of exceptional service and over the top attitude when it comes to pleasing guests. Guides with multiple years of knowledge on the various rivers  ASC provides a steelhead experience that is affordable and welcoming to anglers of all skill levels.

Destination Details

Destination Description

Alaska Steelhead Co is located near the town of Ninilchik, Alaska on the Kenai Peninsula.  Ninilchik is known for its prime location between the big towns of Homer and Kenai. This allows anglers to experience rivers that are far less crowded than other areas of the peninsula. Ninilchik has lots of Russian influence. From names of rivers such as the Koselof, to old Russian Orthodox historical sites. Ninilchik is also well known for multiple lookout points to experience the mountain ranges across the Cook Inlet. On clear sky days, guests will get breathtaking views of the four Volcanoes located directly across the Cook Inlet, Mt. Augustine, Mt Iliamna, Mt. Redoubt, and Mt. Spurr. 

Upon arrival at the lodge, the main room is the first thing you will see. A giant fireplace, comfortable seating and easy access to the bar can be found in the main room. Next to the main room, guests can enjoy the game room. Complete with a pool table, ten person poker table, jukebox, and a private patio with a full fireplace. On the other side of the lodge is the dining room, a stunning 14 seat round table sits directly center, with an adjacent fireplace. The dining room also has a private patio complete with a full outdoor kitchen and fireplace. The upper floor of the lodge has a small gym and a peloton for guests who would like to workout throughout their stay. The lower level of the lodge consists of a private breakfast nook and the master bedroom. The master bedroom is an extra expense for guests needing a larger room or for those that wish to stay in the main lodge. The master bedroom has a private outdoor patio with an indoor and outdoor fireplace. The main lodge also has two bathrooms near the front entry. 

Anglers will be pleased to know that steelhead opportunity is accessible to everyone with Alaska Steelhead Company. Steelheading usually has a negative stigma in the industry as being an “ Expert Only” species, accompanied by limited opportunity and harsh conditions. Alaska is unique due to the abundance of healthy steelhead willing to eat flies through the season. This can be exciting for guests wanting to check the box on a difficult species, without having to hop on a multiple year waiting list for the chance to catch a single fish on more pressured rivers in the lower forty-eight.

The Fishing

The primary species targeted as the lodge name suggests is steelhead! Steelhead enter the five different river systems ASC has to offer from the Cook Inlet, and anglers will oftentimes catch bright chrome steelhead with sea lice still attached to them every day. Because these fish are fresh out of the ocean, guests are in for an incredible fight, usually with screaming runs, multiple aerobatic displays as each fish attempts to come unbuttoned. 

Depending on the river fished each day, techniques and equipment used can change day to day. Guests that fish the Kasilof for example, may be able to use traditional longer spey rods swinging flies for steelhead, or on the smaller rivers, anglers can use single hand rods and switch rods. 

Because everything in Alaska revolves around the salmon runs, nymphing with egg patterns can be very effective on all of the rivers fished throughout the week. Guests can get familiar with fishing egg patterns and catch a few fish every day, or for the hardcore guest, swinging flies for the entire week can be just as effective.

On any given day, guests may fish from a traditional drift boat, and walk wade ideal runs and gravel bars, or hike into the smaller rivers for those who prefer to walk wade fish all day. ASC also provides possibly the most exciting form of transportation to the river with their new Heli Program.  2 guests accompanied by a professional guide, and experienced helicopter pilot, have the chance to explore runs and riffles walk wade crowds simply can not access, A must for anglers looking to catch the fish of a lifetime and fly through the Alaskan wilderness in style! 

Alaska Steelhead Company allows guests to fish five different river systems, all with unique differences and opportunities for steelhead – in addition to giant rainbow trout, silver salmon, and dolly varden. Customers have the option of swinging flies for steelhead on the larger rivers, throwing dry flies and mice on the smaller river systems, and or nymphing egg patterns for trophy sized rainbows. The diversity offered at ASC allows everyone to have a change of scenery along with experiencing different techniques that can be used for steelhead fishing. 

Helicopter Program Options

Alaska Steelhead company has introduced a new and exciting way to experience the local rivers, fish water that has not been touched, and enjoy the breathtaking views surrounding the lodge. The exploratory helicopter program checks all of those boxes. Every angler at the lodge has the option of adding one or more helicopter days to the menu each week, and is no doubt the coolest mode of transportation to the river. Two guests accompanied by an experienced helicopter pilot and guide, get to lay casts in pools and runs that have little to no pressure. The chance to catch a wild steelhead on dry flies, mice, and swung flies minutes after exiting the helicopter, is as good as it gets.

Optional Helicopter Days   

1 day of helicopter fishing per person – $5895 + tax 

2 days of helicopter fishing per person -$6795 + tax

Accommodations

You will be hard pressed to find finer accommodations anywhere in Alaska – much less at a fishing lodge!  Giant fireplaces surrounding the main lodge ensure guests have a comfortable and inviting environment. It is VERY hard to have a bad experience at a lodge that is as well put together as ASC. Guests have shared stand alone cabins complete with a private patio, fireplace and two Alaskan King Beds. Entertainment at the lodge can be had with good company in the fully furnished game room, complete with a ten seat poker table, jukebox with all of your favorite classic tunes, and a billiards table. On top of all the festivities to partake in, guests are blown away every day with fresh ingredients and made from scratch meals that are the cherry on top of what ASC does best.  After enjoying a relaxing evening with great company while at the main lodge, guests will be excited to spend some quality pillow time in the cozy cabins ASC has on site. Simply put, the 5-Star service and dining will certainly put a smile on everyone’s face, and the fishing slowly becomes a bonus to a luxury vacation in Alaska!

Capacity: Alaska Steelhead Company can accommodate 14 anglers per week. 

Guest Ratio: 2 anglers per boat per day, and 2 anglers per guide on the helicopter trip.

Travel

Anglers first travel to Anchorage, Alaska for overnight prior to heading onward to Kenai the following day. Guests then fly onward to Kenai, Alaska from Anchorage with Ravn Air or Grant Aviation on a quick 25-minute flight. From Kenai Airport, a lodge representative will transport guests to the lodge, about a 50-minute van ride. Alaska Steelhead Company can provide fishing upon days of arrival if requested, and anglers should be prepared with fishing clothing and equipment ready to hit the water.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1:

Travel to Anchorage, Alaska (ANC). Direct flights can be booked from Dallas, Houston, Denver, Seattle, LAX, and many other major airports. Spend the night in Anchorage at a recommended hotel. Hotel accommodations and meals are not included in package cost. We recommend The Lakefront Millennium hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 2:

Depart Anchorage International via charter companies with Grant Aviation or Ravn Air with an arrival time in Kenai NO later than 5PM. Check in to your room, settle in, happy hour starts around 6pm. Guests who charter an early flight from Anchorage have the option to fish a half day upon arrival.

Day 3-7:

Guests will meet the night before every fishing day at dinner and discuss fishing times, guide rotation, and river assignments. Fishing hours usually are 7:30am – 5pm. Arrive back to the lodge with time to prepare for happy hour and hors d’Oeuvres usually around 5:30-6pm. Dinner service will start at 7pm and guests are welcome to enjoy after dinner beverages as late as they please.

Day 8:

Check out is at 9am, commute to Kenai airport with a lodge representative. Return to Anchorage International Airport via Ravin Air or Grant Aviation. Most flights to the lower forty eight are evening flights or early morning red-eyes. Note: for guests that wish to fish on the day of departure, fishing times will vary depending on your return flight schedule, Guests should book a return flight to Anchorage NO earlier than 7pm if fishing on the day of departure.

Day 9:

Return home early in the morning, or early afternoon.

When to Go

Alaska Steelhead Company Is Open Early September –  Late October 

Steelhead season is short-lived in Alaska!  The best time to catch a trophy steelhead in Alaska really is the entire time Alaska Steelhead Co. is in operation! There tends to be no bad week of fishing while in Alaska, and guests may experience great success and amazing weather earlier in the season and moving through October experience colder conditions with equally amazing fishing days.

Non-Angling Activities

Fly fishing is the primary activity with ASC, however, guests may experience a relaxing day at the lodge immersed in a good book or a fantastic massage in their room! Guests that choose to sit out of fishing days can experience breathtaking scenery and enjoy the other lodge amenities. Outside of the lodge, guests can catch a ride into Homer, experience fisherman’s wharf, go to the “Salty Dog” and feel like a true Alaskan crab fisherman! Surrounding the lodge are beautiful lookout points and wildlife viewing areas, and multiple historical Russian Orthodox churches. Guests can request hitting golf balls over the bluff into the Cook Inlet, or shooting trap off the bluff behind the lodge! These things can be a great way to spend an early afternoon, and relax from fishing for a day.

Rates

All rates based on shared room/guide

6 Nights/ 5 Days of Guided Fishing – $4,4995 Per Person

Double: Standard Package – $4,995 + Tax ($149.85)
Standard package + 1 day Heli Fishing – $5895 + Tax ($176.85)
Standard Package + 2 days Heli Fishing – $6795 + ($203.85)

What’s Included:

6 nights at the lodge; 5 days of guided fishing; All Meals & Non-Alcoholic Beverages; Ground transportation to and from Kenai Airport; All Rods & Reels & Terminal Tackle

What’s not Included:

Alcoholic Beverages, Gratuity, Airfare to and from Anchorage International, and Kenai Airport, Waders & Boots, Gratuities for guide staff and lodge staff, Arrival and departure day fishing.

Terms and Conditions:

Tailwaters Travel must adhere to the cancellation policies of the guides, outfitters, and lodges which it represents. Alaska Steelhead Company’s policy follows: A non-refundable fifty-percent (50%) deposit is required at the time of booking to confirm all reservations. All deposits and final payments are non-refundable. All trips must be paid in full 90 days prior to the trip start date.

A deposit may be transferred to another person who is not booked at the lodge for the current season. Deposits are refundable for cancellation only after/if the canceled space has been filled. Refunds are not granted for non-flying days due to weather or reasons out of the lodge’s control. Refunds of deposits/payments made on credit cards will be charged a 3.5% service charge to fully compensate Tailwaters Travel for all bank charges incurred. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the cancellation, refund, and responsibility clauses.

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