LAVA CREEK LODGE

LAVA CREEK LODGE


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INTRODUCTION

Lava Creek Lodge is a pristine destination in a wild and beautiful place, with fishing that gets very little outside pressure. The country is spectacular, the lodging quite comfortable, and the fishing definitely rates as one of the finest king and silver fly fishing destinations on the planet!

It is custom-tailored for the serious salmon angler who values remote and nearly untouched water, swing fishing for dime-bright kings and chums, and surface and streamer action for big, hyper-aggressive silver salmon. With the ultra-low occupancy, anglers get the pick of the litter of the best pools on the home river, as well as other rivers accessed by float plane.

 

INCLUDED

  • Double occupancy lodging
  • Six days guided fishing
  • All meals
  • Round trip air charter between Anchorage, Alaska and the lodge
  • Files and leaders
  • Use of lodge single-handed fly rods and reels

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Alaska State Sport Fishing License and King Salmon Stamp
  • Flyfishing equipment
  • Gratuities
  • Alcohol
  • Items of a personal nature

SEASONS

JUNE - SEPTEMBER

Lava Creek Lodge is all about offering some of the finest, most remote, lightly-fished fly fishing for king, chum and silver salmon in Alaska. King salmon (Chinook) season starts in early June and runs strong through mid-July, and there are plenty of big chrome kings available throughout those dates.

Silver salmon season begins in early to mid-August and runs through mid-September – likewise, there are bright fish available throughout the season. The lodge accesses miles of river for these popper-eating brutes, fish which average large, even by Alaska standards.

• King Season: JUN 06 - JUL 11

• Grand Slam Season: JUL 11 - AUG 15

• Silver Season: AUG 05 - SEP 19

 

GEAR AND EQUIPMENT BY SPECIES

KING SALMON (CHOOK) 

These are the largest fresh/cold water animals to target with a fly. Lava Creek Lodge kings average 20 – 30 pounds.

Rods
For those anglers that like to use a single-handed rod with a 9’ or 9’ 6” graphite rod designed to cast a 9, or 10-weight fly line. Each angler should consider having two rods available for the trip

Reels
A high quality, single-action (direct drive) fly reel with rim-control feature. Reels should be filled with a minimum of 150 yards of fresh 20 or 30 lb. high-visibility backing.

Lines
The proper collection of fly lines is critical to your success and will
get your fly in the proper water column. You need two lines or line systems to effectively fish the
Lava Creek Lodge river. 
1.) 8’ - 14’ sink-tip
2.) 25’ sink-tip


Flies
Flies used are standard attractor patterns tied on stout hooks, sizes 4 to 2/0. IMPORTANT – really large patterns (4” - 6”) that are so effective on many king salmon rivers are not particularly effective on Lava Creek Lodge’s rivers. Any number of patterns will work well here, but flies in the 2.5” - 3” long range have clearly been far more effective than the longer patterns.

• Stu’s Rhea Intruder (pink/white, blue/purple), #1/0
• Paul Miller’s Spey Prawn (hot orange, chartreuse, pink), #1/0
• River Rat Marabou Spey, #4 (probably the #1 producing fly for lodge guests)
• Stu’s Griz Turbo Tube (purple, orange/pink)
• Stu’s Tiger Tail Turbo Tube
• Sililegs Intruder (pink/orange, pink/blue, blue/green), #1/0
• King Caviar, #1/0
• Egg Sucking Jig Wiggler Leech (purple) #4





SILVER SALMON (COHO)

Rods
Single handed rods are perfect for silvers. We recommend an 8-weight graphite rod, 9’ or 9’ 6” in length. Generally speaking, a floating line is all you’ll need, though a Type III 15’ sinking tip can be a very effective streamer line.

Reels
A high quality, single-action (direct drive) fly reel with rim-control feature is what to look for. The reel should be equipped with a smooth, reliable, preferably disk-drag system. Reels should be filled with a minimum of 150 yards of fresh 20 lb. high-visibility backing.

Lines
The proper collection of fly lines is critical to your success and will get your fly in the proper water column. You need two lines to effectively fish the Ugashik Lake Lodge rivers.
1.) Floating line Preferably a weight-forward fly line like Scientific Angler’s Freshwater Titan Taper, or their Anadro fly line.
2.) 10’ – 15’ sink-tip


Flies

Traditionally- tied flies should be on hook sizes from 4 - 1/0. Egg-Sucking leeches should be full and long, up to 4 inches in length. Flies should be tied full with lots of flash in varying colors and color combinations. Don’t be afraid to tie and throw larger flies for these fish, they love ‘em.

 

• Foam Top Wog – our favorite surface pattern #2/0

• Hareball Leeches (fuchsia, bubblegum, orange/chartreuse, pink/orange, purple) #1/0 – probably the single most used streamer pattern for Ugashik Lake Lodge silvers

• Egg Sucking Leech variations using marabou or rabbit strip in black & purple (add dazzle w/flashabou or crystal flash)

• Popsicle, size 1/0

• Bjorn Super Prawn Series (varying color combinations)

• Starlite Egg Sucking Leeches, purple, or pink

• Sililegs Intruder #1/0 pink/purple

 

 

 

 

 


CHUM SALMON 

 

Rods

Single or double-handed rods are perfect for chums. Generally speaking, a floating line is all you’ll need, though a Type III or IV 15’ sinking tip can be a very effective streamer line.

 

Reels

The reel should be equipped with a smooth, reliable, preferably disk-drag system. Reels should be filled with a minimum of 150 yards of fresh 20 lb. high-visibility backing.  

 

Lines

The proper collection of fly lines is critical to your success and will get your fly in the proper water column. You need two lines to effectively fish the Lava Creek Lodge Lodge rivers. 

1.) Floating line:

Preferably a weight-forward fly line like Scientific Angler’s Freshwater Titan Taper.

2.) 8’ – 15’ sink-tip

 

Flies

Traditionally-tied flies should be on hook sizes from 4 - 1/0. Egg-Sucking leeches should be full and long, up to 4 inches in length. Flies should be tied full with lots of flash in varying colors and color combinations. Just as with silvers later in the season, you don’t want to be afraid to tie and throw larger flies for these fish, they love ‘em.

 

• Hareball Leeches (fuchsia, bubblegum, orange/chartreuse, pink/orange, purple) #1/0 –

• Egg Sucking Leech variations using marabou or rabbit strip in black & purple (add dazzle w/flashabou or crystal flash) - probably the single most used streamer pattern for Lava Creek Lodge chum salmon – these fish love egg-sucking leeches

• River Rat Tube

• Stu’s Tiger Tail Turbo Cone (tube) hot pink

• Sililegs Intruder #1/0 pink/black, pink/blue

• Stu’s Rhea Intruder #2, purple/black

• Burnt Chicken #2 pink/purple (a guide favorite)

• Stu’s Jungle Tail Turbo Cone (tube)

• Stu’s Metal Tube, purple

 

 

 

 

RAINBOW TROUT, DOLLY VARDEN AND GARYLING 

 

Rods

Single handed rods are perfect for these species. We recommend a 6-weight graphite rod, 9’ or 9’ 6” in length. Generally speaking, a floating line is all you’ll need, though a Type III 15’ sinking tip can be a very effective streamer line.

 

Reels

 A high quality, single-action (direct drive) fly reel with rim-control feature is what to look for in a fly reel. The reel should be equipped with a smooth, reliable, preferably disk-drag system. Reels should be filled with a minimum of 100 yards of fresh 20 lb. high-visibility backing. 

 

Lines

A good quality weight forward floating line is the most important line to have for these species, preferably a weight-forward fly line like Scientific Angler’s MPX.

 

Flies

• Mr Hankey Mouse – our favorite surface mouse pattern #4

• Dali Lama – olive/white or black/white #6

• Egg Sucking Leech variations using marabou or rabbit strip in

black & purple #2-#4

• Articulated Flesh, white #6

• Stimulator dry fly #10

• Missing Link dry fly #14

• Morrish Medusa (fleshy) #2 

GETTING TO THE LODGE

Lava Creek Lodge has arranged for a private charter from Anchorage, Alaska, to a landing strip eleven miles from the lodge. The charter service used is Anchorage Aero, located at Lake Hood, Anchorage, Alaska.

You’ll want to take a hotel shuttle or taxi to their hangar in order to catch your flight. Check in time is noon, with a scheduled departure at 1:00 PM.

Upon arrival to the airstrip, you will be flown in a float plane (usually two to three anglers at a time) the approximate 10-minute flight to the lodge.


THE LODGE

Lava Creek Lodge is a brand new facility, approximately 110 miles southwest of the town of King Salmon, Alaska. The lodge accommodates a maximum of eight anglers a week.

 


TIPICAL FISHING DAY AT LAVA CREEK LODGE

The angling package at Lava Creek Lodge includes a combination of guided fishing on the home waters and, weather permitting, some possible fly-out fishing on regional rivers. After a hearty breakfast, you'll put on your waders on the porch of your cabin, grab your tackle, and take the short walk down to where the jet boats and/or plane will be awaiting to whisk you to a seemingly endless supply of picture-perfect runs and pools. The guides will have you moving all day, jumping from one piece of water to the next with their boats, then getting out and wading. It is not unusual to cover miles of river in a day.

 

Clothing Suggestions

In spite of the relatively mild climate, you should bring warm clothing and, most importantly, quality rain-wear and a windcheater. Chest waders and wading shoes.


Nicer clothes to wear for dinner.

IN ADDITION

You, as a client, don't have to pay any extra for our support services. Any questions, queries, and concerns about our destinations, the organization of your pre-trip, or any doubt, you can ask us without additional cost. Don't hesitate to text us, traveling with Pointer is always worth it.

And this is very important: By purchasing your trip through us, you are elegible to get extra gift and rewards, like a voucher open for 3 years for 50% off in your accommodations on your next Fly Fishing trip to Argentina in one of our lodges, you can choose between Trouts in Northern Patagonia or Golden Dorado in the Paraná river.

Also, you could get a voucher open for 3 years for 100% off accommodations on your next Dove Hunting in Argentina staying in one of our wonderful Lodges.

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