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Accommodations: Deluxe

Family: The Fly Shop Travel

Location: Alaska

Not Included: Airfare, Tips

Price: See Below

Species: Pike, Trout, Salmon



Big Ku Lodge - Alaska
Big Ku Lodge - Alaska

Built several years ago on privately-leased Native land within the boundaries of Katmai Preserve (the Branhams hold the lease rights on over 5,000 acres up and down the Big Ku River and including some lakeshore on Kukaklek Lake, as well), the lodge could not be more centrally located to the highest concentrations of trophy trout streams in the state.

This isolated outpost combines the best of all worlds for the serious trout angler – four incredible rivers within quick and easy boat access, and a home-base that is as comfortable as it is remote.

Guests here can walk down and fish the legendary Big Ku River anytime they would like, before and after their normal fishing day, and it is common to see massive grizzlies wading the river, oblivious to the anglers, focused intently (and with bad intentions) on the legions of spawning sockeye salmon. A week here is a bit like stepping into a National Geographic special.

The Fishing
On a daily basis you have many options to choose from, and many are quite close to the lodge. You will get to see beautiful country, and fish for some of the largest trout the area has to offer. You can choose to get up early to virtually assure you’ll be the first on the water, or sleep in, and both start and finish your day later. You can sometimes mix your days, fishing pike in the morning, and trout in the afternoon.

Weather, often the bane of fly-out operations, is virtually a non-issue here; morning fog won’t keep you from the water, nor will any but the most severe winds. Even in the worst weather you can always fish the home river, and typically the Little Ku, as well.

At the heart of the Big Ku Lodge boat fishery are the rivers themselves, four jewels that are counted among the finest of what Alaska has to offer in terms of trophy trout. One of the beauties of this small occupancy, boat-to lodge format is the flexibility it allows.

While Big Ku Lodge is happy to arrange for fly outs for guests at any time they might desire – planes and pilots from nearby Royal Wolf Lodge can be deployed with 24-hour notice ($425/person - minimum of two anglers), fishermen can be flown to one of the other blue-ribbon stream.

Most will not choose this option, as the boat-to water fishing is as good, or better. Rivers accessed by jet boat:Big Kukaklek, Little Kukaklek ,Battle Creek & Moraine Creek.

The Lodge
Though not a large operation – we find this to be a good thing – Big Ku Lodge is very well built, with well-appointed guest cabins and a cozy main lodge that lets guests spread out in comfort and view the breath-taking local landscape through the many large windows designed into the structure. Anglers are free to come and go from their nearby cabins to the lodge as they please; typically they will be there for breakfast before the fishing day, and again for dinner and on into the evening.

The lodge facilities include a main cabin with living and dining room, full bath and kitchen. The two duplex cabins hold two guests per room, with heat, comfortable beds and full private bathrooms in each room. The lodge easily holds six guests, but in many cases we will allow an integral party of 4 anglers to take the entire lodge for themselves.

The Food
Meals here are delicious, and prepared fresh daily. Hot and cold breakfasts will be waiting for you each morning; lunches will normally be taken in the field; and dinners are always a special event, preceded by addicting appetizers (and a cold beer or soda) and including well-prepared and presented beef, chicken and fish dishes, shared with a glass of wine where desired. You will not leave here hungry!

Big Ku Lodge 2014 Rates

  • June/July (7 Nights Lodging / 6 Days Fishing) $4,595/person
  • August/September (7 Nights Lodging / 6 Days Fishing) $5,195
  • Optional Fly-out Fishing Sorties $425 per person

    Non-Inclusions: Not included in your angling package at Big Ku Lodge are hard alcohol (please feel free to bring your own bottle), fishing gear (though this can be arranged, if needed), optional fly out fishing at $425/person/day, and staff gratuities.

    Inclusions: Included in your angling package at the Big Ku lodge is round trip flight transfers between Anchorage and the lodge, daily jet boat access to four area rivers, personal guide for each 2-3 guests, fly fishing lessons, fishing licenses, leaders, flies, and all meals including beer, wine and soft drinks.

    Call/email for price at 800-410-1222 & ask for Gary or Paul….or email us on above link. We’ll do all we can to get you “in”.


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