Nonvianuk River, Katmai National Park, Alaska
Early June through Early October
Royal Wolf Lodge fishes primarily for rainbow trout – weapon of choice, fly rod! In the Bristol Bay region, rainbow trout are world famous not only for their size, but numbers. Average fish range 22-26′ with 26-30′ fish caught every year. The growing season for these rainbows is very short and encompasses the three to four months during the summer season. These Alaskan rainbow trout are also extremely migratory; biologists have radio-tagged these fish and have found them to travel as far as sixty miles in a single summer. The reason for this migration? Food, glorious food!
The staple food source for these rainbows is salmon. They eat salmon eggs, baby salmon (fry, parr and smolt) and the flesh of the dead adult salmon. Within the three main drainages that Royal Wolf fishes, millions upon millions of salmon run every year, making it an ideal area to produce big rainbows. Aside from the salmon, rainbows are also very opportunistic and will feed on a wide array of food items including nymphs, hatching adult insects, mice, leeches and minnows. This allows our Alaska fly fishing guides to utilize many different techniques with the fly rod, including
Besides always focusing on catch and release wild rainbow fly fishing, your hosts have added Spey fishing for rainbows, with some of the top instructors in the world.
Other species that can be targeted at Royal Wolf include Lake Trout, Dolly Varden/Char and Grayling.
Built on 120 acres of private land in the middle of Katmai National Park and Perserve, Royal Wolf’s location is exceptional. The lodge sits just steps from her home river of Nonvianuk River, which provides some of the best rainbow fishing in the area.
RWL has six guest cabins, a large living room with full bar, dining room with a fully stocked library on one end, a large wrap-around deck, commercial kitchen, a full spa facility with Finish Sauna and a separate massage therapy room. Each year something is either upgraded or added, with the guests comforts being the highest of priorities.
The prime location of the lodge means short flight times to fishing streams (5-15 minutes). Hosting only 12 guests at a time means an intimate experience for you and your friends.
The quality of the meals at Royal Wolf has always been a high priority. The owners bring their influence into the picture, with Chris’s upbringing in East Africa and Linda’s as a former chef. The head chef is highly qualified and has been known to receive standing ovations from grateful guests. “The portions are small, but the courses are prolific,” we’ve heard his fans comment numerous times. If you prefer quality in small doses, this is something that will definitely please you. No more ghastly overloaded plates, piled high with visions of gluttony dancing in your head. With many courses provided, no one goes away hungry, but pleased by the highest of quality you will find only in fine restaurants. Our pastry chef is purely brilliant and delights in making everything from scratch. He enjoys learning new things and loves receiving accolades.
Flying to Royal Wolf Lodge is fairly straightforward. From your hometown you will fly into Anchorage, Alaska and from there you will take a charter flight coordinated by RWL into the village of Igiugig. A number of major airlines service Anchorage with direct connections from the Lower 48. Guests arrive and depart RWL on Friday.
Expedition Broker can arrange all aspects of your travel including flights, hotels and additional travel while in Alaska at no cost to you. Feel free to use our local expertise to help you prepare for your trip!
|Location||Nonvianuk River, Katmai National Park, Alaska|
|Capacity||Maximum of 12 Anglers per week|
|Type of Lodge||Fly-Out & River Lodge|
|Target Species||Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Dolly Varden/Char, Grayling|