This classic lodge has been built on a high bank overlooking the Kvichak River. There have actually been salmon caught from the deck near the Jacuzzi. Several buildings comprise the lodge. The guest houses have five bedrooms each with two twin beds and a complete bathroom. The lodge is centrally heated. All bedrooms have an excellent view of the river.
Gourmet meals are prepared by No See Um’s world class chef, but they can accommodate almost any special need with a little advance notice. Fresh breads, rolls and desserts are baked daily in the bakery.
The 100-year old sauna is fired up daily and the Jacuzzi is always hot. Electricity is available 24 hours a day, as is telephone. Nightly activities include fishing (excellent right in front of the lodge), horseshoes, volleyball, cards, fly tying or video tapes of the day’s fishing.
Location: Three hundred miles southwest of Anchorage Alaska is the world famous Bristol Bay watershed. Bristol Bay, an arm of the Bering Sea, is bounded on the south by the Alaskan Peninsula. The bay, about 250 miles long and 180 miles wide at the mouth, is shallow and well known for rich salmon fisheries.
Kvichak River drains Lake Iliamna, the largest lake in Alaska and the second largest freshwater lake wholly within the United States. Covering approximately 1,022 square miles, it holds the worlds largest wild trout.
No See Um is located about 30 miles down from the lake and about 25 miles up from the bay. At this part of the Kvichak the depth ranges from 2 ft to over 30 ft. Width directly across from the lodge is approximately 340 yards.
- Rainbow Trout are available all season and average 3-10 lbs. Rainbows to fifteen pounds and more are caught in August and September.
- Dolly Varden are available all season and average 3-6 lbs.
- At least one of the five Pacific Salmon are always available, with the exception of the first two weeks of the season. Included are:
- Chinook (King) salmon that average 30 lbs., but often reach 60 lbs.
- Coho (Silver) salmon that average 10 lbs. but often reach 18 lbs.
- Sockeye (Red) salmon that average 6 lbs. but reach 15 lbs.
- Chum (Dog) salmon that average 10 lbs. and reach 18 lbs., and
- Humpback (Pink) salmon that average 3-5 lbs.
- Arctic Char are available all season and average 3-14 lbs., with larger fish quite common in late September.
- Arctic Grayling are available all season and average 1-3 lbs.
Equipment: While most people bring their own rods and reels, No See Um Lodge does loan equipment at no charge. There is a charge for loss or damage.
Flies – No See Um Lodge will furnish all of your flies. You may also bring some favorites from home.
Lines – A floating line is used for most Rainbow Trout fishing with dry fly’s, nymphs, egg patterns, fry sculpin and streamers. A floating line is often used for Salmon as well. In some cases a sink tip line works better for Salmon. This sink tip is normally only three to five feet in length. A heavier sink tip is usually used for King Salmon as well as early season Rainbows in fast deep water.
Clothing & Waders – Chest high waders are a must. Either neoprene or gortex work well. You will need felt soled wading shoes but absolutely no metal cleats or spikes as they damage the aircraft and boats. Typical fishing clothing consists of poly underwear, pile jacket, hooded sweatshirt, and a good fishing rain jacket. Fingerless gloves are nice for cold mornings. Dress at the lodge is always informal.
Be sure to include – Polaroid fishing glasses. Needle nose pliers for releasing fish. A good pair of nippers. A camera and lots of film. Insect repellent and a head net if you are extremely sensitive to bugs.
Wine, Beer, Liquor, Sodas, and Bottled water are furnished at no charge. The lodge has 24 hour 115 volt electricity. A phone is available for your use at the lodge.
Your hosts, Jack and Sue Holman, have a well-earned reputation for pampering their guests. Jack has many years of experience in fishing, guiding and flying in Alaska. He knows the best fishing spots and how to get you there safely. Jack and Sue are anxious for your trip to Alaska to be “the trip of a lifetime.” The lodge is staffed by the finest talent available. Guides are eager to make your Alaskan fishing vacation successful; their knowledge, enthusiasm and instruction will insure success for the novice and expert alike. You won’t be “left out in the woods” because your pilot and aircraft stay with you throughout the day. Jack and Sue’s willingness to provide for their guests has put the No See Um Lodge in a class by itself.
. . . truly Alaska’s Finest Fly Fishing.
Example Rates – subject to change by operator
$7,650 per person from King Salmon, Alaska.
The lodge operates from Monday to Monday.
Arriving guests meet the float planes at the King Salmon airport Monday only between 11AM and 2PM. Departing guests are flown back to King Salmon between 8AM and 10AM.
This rate includes complementary bar, all flies and other tackle if necessary, daily guided fly out fishing or local fishing if weather requires it. This rate does not include Fishing License (available at the Lodge). A 50% deposit is required to secure a reservation.
Air transportation to and from King Salmon at other than the Monday times is available at the rate of $150 per trip.