Kyle saw our sign and stopped in for a couple hours of fly fishing. He caught this magnificent rainbow trout among several others. You won't find our trips for sale at the park hotels so Give us a call, BOOK ONLINE at www.fishdenali.com or stop by our office at mile 214.5 Parks highway. Custom times can be arranged and we can accommodate large groups too. Tight lines!
Dave and Karl staying in our guest cabin enjoyed some Brushkana magic. The stream fishing is still producing, but the best fishing is found on our private lakes, for sure. If you really want to stream fish, we suggest the full day trips as the best experience.
Tim, staying at McKinley Creekside Cabins, with a big grin and a hell of a Rainbow Trout! Booked online, and wants everyone to know we have fish, guides and a great times till September 23rd full time.
Spring Tubing at Adventure Denali, 2017 While the weather was not the best for our spring outing at Adventure Denali this year, the good fishing made up for it. The wind increased as we put the tubes together and got ready, but the gusts were so strong that we opted for a walk around the lake and a visit with Kirk Martakis the owner. Finally, the wind calmed down and we quickly pulled on our waders and made for the water.
None of the three anglers had ever been in a float tube, so the first hour or so was spent learning to manage the tube and cast from a sitting position. Using both nymphs and my favorite bead-head lake leeches every possible size of fish showed us how eagerly they had been waiting for us. As usual, the early coaching took the form of reminding them to "keep paddling, keep paddling" to keep their fish from getting slack lined. They got the technique mastered quickly. We all had a blast watching the small, 7 or 8-inch long fish flail about attempting to spit the hook. The larger fish were another, matter, however.
Kathryn connected with the first good fish, a lovely, bright, fifteen or sixteen inch specimen and the catch was on. I could hardly keep up with them. Once they perfected the use of the pliers that were in their tube, they settled down to release their own fish.
Cat caught the first of the large fish that these lakes are famous for and patiently played it as it sped out into the middle of the lake and then dove strongly for the bottom, over and over again. Finally, I helped her guide it into the lading net and she was ecstatic! Like everyone who catches these huge fish, she had trouble getting the hook out and reviving it by keeping it in the water in front of her tube while she circled around to make sure there was water going through its gills. Pretty soon it propelled itself out of her hands and headed back to the deep. Two more of these behemoths came to the landing net for her in the course of the day.
Kathryn also scored a 28-30 sized fish that we had difficulty measuring. She had lost another big one that morning so she was delighted to net this beauty. We all admired it as it posed quietly for some pictures
Celine, had not had as much fly fishing experience as the other two, but as we trolled the lake she began to identify the "bumps" she was feeling as fish and quickly tightened up the fly. Soon she too was proudly lifting some beautiful fish for us all to admire. She hooked up with a 28-inch fish late in the afternoon and played it like she had been doing it her whole life. "I watched what the others were doing to play their big fish and tried to do what they did," she said. She was a very quick learner!
We traveled to Brushkana Creek along the Denali Hiway the next day to do some dry fly fishing for grayling but found them more interested in nymphs. My usual "favorite spot" didn’t produce much, so we hiked down the trail a ways to another good spot and found some more willing takers. We stopped at the gas station for ice-cream on the way home.
Our last day saw us at the "3rd Lake" on the Adventure Denali property where grayling are usually plentiful, and while that was still the case, we couldn’t get them going like we usually do. We attributed that to the constantly changing atmospheric pressure producing cold wind, rain, and not a lot of quiet water were the fish could chase dry flies. We did score lots of small fish, however. On the way back to the cabin they did some fishing off the bank at the second lake where all of them pulled out rainbows that measured 15+ or larger.
As usual, it was hard to head for home. There’s just no place like Adventure Denali for fantastic fishing!
Richard stopped by because he wanted to catch a big Grayling. With our guide Craig's help he was able to get a really nice one, several them and some real nice Rainbow Trout too, and all on just a 4 hour half day trip.
Daniel Sanders, staying at the Denali Hostel, doing it to it!! Guided by Makayla Sanford on a beautiful day. His mom booked this online, knowing she could not book it at the tour desk.
This is from yesterdays morning half day trip with guide Craig Sanford. We are the only fishing guide service at Denali where you can spin fish, (not everyone wants to fly fish) and we are the only guide service at Denali where you have access to FISH LIKE THESE!!!!
I also believe we have the best guides too!
The Arctic Grayling.....Sail fish of the North Top photo by Taylor Chew and bottom photo by Craig Sanford
Tanner Mullins with a really beautiful trophy rainbow trout and a BIG smile! Staying at the Denali Princess Lodge, he loves to fish and wanted to learn to fly fish, so a few days ago he booked a full day trip with Nathan, and yesterday came back for a half day trip with Rene. He wanted to spend more time with a fly rod in his hand and knew he would not have the great instruction nor fishery available when he got home. He does have some great photos and memories of FISH DENALI when he gets home! TIGHT LINES TO YOU TANNER
OPEN THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 ~ We have lots of fish, full time guides and awesome fishing experiences till the ice comes back. Gale caught a nice sized trout. She and her family had a great time fishing and were lucky enough to see a moose swim in one of our lakes. She fished with spinning gear, not everyone wants to fly fish and our guides can offer a wonderful spin fish experience here any day. Also can accommodate 'mixed groups' of fly anglers and spin anglers.
Kimberly and her daughter, while staying at the Grizzly Bear Resort, booked their trip ONLINE to learn to fly fish with guide Rene, and looks like she is bringing home some nice photos, new skills and just a great time, despite the winds on this morning half day trip. TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT, YOU MUST BOOK DIRECTLY, we are not sold at any of the hotel tour desks.
Justin and his wife Danielle enjoyed staying in our Beach Cabin for a few days. He was able to catch a beautiful trophy Rainbow trout. The fishing only gets better and better from now till the end of September, fish are putting on lots of weight to go into winter and we have full time guides here to help you get great photos and have a wonderful time till the end of September, so JOIN THE FUN!
We picked Miya and her family up at the Princess and brought them down to our awesome lakes. They had a lot of fun catching fish and enjoyed being able relax in one of the most beautiful places in Alaska. Again, YOU NEED TO BOOK DIRECTLY WITH US, you will not find our trips being sold at the hotel tour desk.
John was staying at the Denali Cabins and made a last minute fishing trip with us. Here's a nice trout caught on the dry fly while wade fishing our middle lake. Give us a call or book online