A Typical Day
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.
If you are on a river using a jet boat, your guide may use it to get from place to place and hop out on gravel bars to fish, or to go up the river as far as you can, then get out and continue on foot. Likewise with a raft, after disembarking the plane and a short walk, your guide will inflate it and you will use the raft throughout the day to go downstream, stopping often to fish along the way. For a raft trip, your drop off and pick up location will be different (much further downstream). If the stream is very small and non-navigable by boat or raft, you will likely walk and wade the stream fishing at your fancy.
Subsequent to being dropped off by the float-plane and regardless of your mode of travel, the next 8-9 glorious hours of the day are yours to fish. Here you will enjoy world-class rainbow fishing like nowhere else on earth. For the fishing and the wildlife, as well as the spectacular scenery, be sure and bring your camera. Around mid-day, or whenever your stomach rumbles, a delicious stream-side picnic lunch will be set out for you by the guides. This is a good chance to relax and stretch those weary rainbow worn muscles.
At the end of the day the plane will return to pick you up and take you back to the lodge where a sauna, hot shower, delicious appetizers and a refreshing beverage await. Leading up to dinner, most guests choose to socialize in the main lodge taking pleasure in meeting and talking with fellow anglers. Following dinner and dessert, you will meet your guide for the next day and discuss any questions you might have. Each day you will be flown to a different unique location and get to explore incredible new rainbow water. Royal Wolf Lodge and the waters we fish are truly something you have to experience to believe.
Royal Wolf's home river, the Nonvianuk, is within walking distance from your cabin. Filled with prolific amounts of rainbow and all five species of salmon, you always have another choice if weather should keep you from flying out.
One last important note about the fishing program at Royal Wolf Lodge, is the excellent quality of Alaska fishing guides. No other lodge in Alaska has assembled such profoundly knowledgeable, skilled and patient guides. We are speaking of over 100 years combined experience. Each guide generally has one to three streams throughout the season where they are intimately connected with the waters and know with the changing conditions where favorite holding water is and what the best techniques are to entice a bite. Guests will have the benefit of being with each of our guides, knowing that no one knows the water or the local fish better. Katmai National Park is their home and fly-fishing Katmai is their purpose.
A Guest Review:
"The best, of the best, of the best!
Royal Wolf Lodge has the best owners, at the best location for rainbow trout, and is clearly the best fly fishing lodge in Alaska. I have traveled the world, including Brand X down the river from Royal Wolf Lodge, and nobody is as good.
The fishing guides are world class (with very impressive resumes). They really are famous; one is in a book called River Gods, another in a TV show called Fly Fishing America, another filmed Trout Bum Diaries and started the Fly Fishing Film Festival, etc.
The food was over the top good, even for this "foodie", and the staff are wonderful.
A real treat is the sauna and they even have an excellent masseuse on site to help you relax after catching 20+ rainbow trout a day, all over 15 inches, always some over 20 inches. Their real secret is how to get you to a spot no other lodge can visit with the use of special aircraft. Oh, and the pilots, with a huge number of hours in this specific aircraft called a Helio are very safe and don't take chances like I have seen other lodges do with float planes. They even have a very nice Caravan to fly you from Anchorage right to the door of this beautiful lodge in the middle of the National Park.
The bear viewing is unbelievable, truly a lifetime memory.
I normally don't go on this long in a review, but I just have to tell you the reader...book it now. You don't need to look anywhere else, this is the lodge you dream of when you visit Alaska to go fly fishing."
irbflyfish- Trip Advisor