Royal Wolf Lodge fishes primarily for rainbow trout – gear of choice, fly rod! In the Bristol Bay region, rainbow trout are world famous not only for their size, but numbers. Average fish range 16-24” with 25-30+” 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 the salmon eggs, they eat the baby salmon (fry, parr and smolt) and they eat 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 dry flies.
In addition to Rainbow Trout, Royal Wolf also encounters such species as:
Lake Trout, Dolly Varden/Char, Grayling and Sockeye Salmon.
A typical day at Royal Wolf Lodge begins with a hot buffet style breakfast. After breakfast you will have time to go back to your cabin, gather up your gear, put on your waders and meet your guide at the float-plane. (You will have met your guide the previous evening and discussed where you will be fishing). From take-off, you will enjoy a brief 10-20 minute flight over the Alaskan wilderness to your fishing destination of the day. Then, depending on the size and circumstance of the stream or river you are fishing, you could utilize a jet boat, a raft, or simply walk and wade.
The Royal Wolf guide staff uses a wide array of fly fishing techniques including nymphing, dry flies, streamers, egg fishing and mousing.