The money spent on this package (or lack thereof) doesn’t get you 7-course meals and massage therapists. It gets you flown into the middle of nowhere, all the guided and unguided fishing you can handle, delicious hearty meals, and warm dry accommodations to sack out in. You’re hosted by owner/operators Dave and Kim Egdorf and their great team of seasoned guides.
As the jet boats slide into camp on your day of arrival, you are greeted not only by Kim Egdorf and the rest of the staff, but also your first look at where you’ll be spending the following week. Physically, the camp has evolved steadily over the past two decades, and reflects what we believe to be an ideal combination of rustic creature comforts blending perfectly with its surroundings. Spacious, Yosemite-style Weatherport tents are situated on top of elevated wooden platforms, each with their own wooden deck to get in and out of your waders and boots. Every tent has two foam mattress bunks, each with its own sleeping bag complete with interchangeable liner. An electric light provides illumination for organizing tackle, or reading yourself to sleep after fish-filled days. Hangers are provided to organize your shirts, jackets, fleece and waders, and a table at the head of the bunks offers space for a book, glasses, a glass of water or late-night snacks. Nothing fancy, but cozy and functional. Considering where you’re at, a veritable lap of luxury!
Dave’s camps are, in a way, a throwback to the 1940’s, when folks heading to Alaska for adventure fishing looked for nothing more than a dry tent and fishing that was right outside the door. The outfitters who accommodated them adopted a style of simple, comfortable, on-river camps that were easy to set up and maintain in super remote regions, and offered immediate boat or foot access to the river. Lodge fishing in Alaska has since moved away from this rustic “camp” style, as fly-out lodges, with their amenities and indulgences have set a new standard of sorts. But it’s good to know guys like Dave are still out there, in the middle of nowhere, offering hardcore fishing, complete solitude . . . and plenty of creature comforts.
Dave and Kim’s Nushagak Camp accommodates eight anglers comfortably, though they sometimes hold occupancy at six, for integral groups. The dining tent is centrally located, separating the guests’ and guides’ respective quarters, and is a hub of activity – as is the bench-ringed fire-pit out front, at the river’s edge. Two chemical toilet bathrooms are located a short walk behind the guest accommodations, as is the shower facility, with its vanity and sink. Obvious paths lead from the tent areas to the best local fishing, much of which can be found a stone’s throw from the camp, a wonderful opportunity for post-dinner fishing sessions.
GUEST TENTS & DINING
These state-of-the-art Weatherport tent-cabins are a staple in remote wilderness living. They feature wooden floors, weather-tight walls, comfortable beds, electric lights, and provide everything die-hard fishermen need to stay warm and dry. Other camp amenities include a great kitchen/dining tent, hot showers, bathroom facilities, and cozy woodburning stoves for drying gear and warming hands on crisp September days. The lodge will provide sleeping bags with fresh liners, standard pillows with a pillow case, and a fresh towel.
The food is prepared under the watchful eye (and often by the talented and industrious hands of) Kim Egdorf. From succulent steaks to Cornish Game Hens, pasta to fresh fish, fresh-baked bread and an array of other delicious entrees and appetizers, you will not be disappointed in the food, nor are you likely to head home any lighter. As part of the package rate, the Camp provides beer and sodas for purchase, as well as iced tea, fruit punch and fresh water. Anglers should feel welcome to bring a bottle of their favorite alcoholic beverage in their luggage if they so desire. Each week a load of choice meats, fresh veggies, and pounds of basics like flour, sugar, coffee and bacon arrive into camp by float-plane. The cooks use their scratch ingredients and spice racks to produce the best home-style meals in the Alaskan bush. Think cowboy-cook meets cafe gourmet.
THE WILDERNESS CAMP
Wilderness Camp is a two day/one night option during your stay, typically fishing well during the months of July and August. Dave will let you know upon arrival if it is fishing well, and as long as weather allows, he will fly groups of two interested anglers there with a guide (who will also do the cooking during the short stay) and let them experience this fishery. Wilderness Camp is definitely about numbers of fish, more than the chance at larger trout. Trout here average 12-16 inches, and when the salmon are in the prime of their spawning activities, it is not unusual for an adept angler to hook 30, 40, even 50 fish a day! This will be a mix of trout and dolly varden, but there are a LOT of rainbows . . . and during any given day, you are likely to have a shot at something larger, as well. As with the Nush, fishermen access miles of this smaller stream using jet boats, then getting out and wading the riffles and runs.
(Only) 8 anglers per week