ALASKA FISHING LODGES: ALEUTIAN RIVERS - SAPSUK CAMP – AKA HOODOO RIVER

EXCEPTIONAL NO FRILLS FLY FISHING FOR KING SALMON

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Justin will be hosting the trip to Aleutian Rivers over the period above. Whether you feel like gearing up with a new wading jacket, thermal fleece top, top of the range 6 piece rod that will fit in your suitcase or a Loop Classic Reel to tame 30lbs + of Aleutian king Salmon then this is your chance for a great travel and tackle deal. 30% saving on RRP on pre-ordered kit.

"We've been really impressed about the high quality of the fishery as well as the lodging and guiding. I believe the Sapsuk is a really super prime destination for kings. It's possible we had a good luck with the weather and the seasons, but we had fresh fish until the last day with an average of well 25+ lbs kings for an average of 15 landed per day per boat. (3 anglers to a boat and guide - wade fly-fishing). I could keep on talking about the magnificent of the up river waters and scenery the wildlife and so on, but I would like to make a special mention to Mike who is an outstanding professional guide, helpful in any situation, like the magic man in the Aladdin bottle." Fishing Week 12-21 July 2015

Fly-Fishing for Salmon in Alaska

If you have ever found yourself wondering what it must have been like to fish for salmon in years gone by then Alaska remains the last place where you can reliably experience fishing of this calibre. The rivers still maintain very prolific runs of all species of Pacific Salmon as well as sea run dolly varden, rainbows and grayling. Most of Alaska epitomizes true wilderness with much of the only meaningful habitation close to the rivers that in turn sustain both local communities and much of the wildlife in the region. A trip to Alaska represents a fishing experience like none other, just do not end up using it as your benchmark in terms of catch expectations when you fish closer to home!

a fresh run King Salmon a fresh run King Salmon
Until you have had a fresh run King Salmon on the line you will not be able to quantify the term 'unstoppable'

The Fishing on the Sapsuk / Hoodoo River

"I have been all over Alaska, but have never felt as close to ‘the edge’ as I did at Aleutian Adventure’s remote Alaska fly fishing camp. I was there for kings and the fishing was very good. Lots of bright fish and lots of grabs too. Located on good looking water and a great camp with terrific food and logistics. Put this one on your bucket list." – Brian Okeefe

From mid-June to mid-July Aleutian Rivers Angling’s Sapsuk River (some call it the Hoodoo River) is home to one of Alaska’s healthiest remaining runs of king salmon. These are powerful chrome fish up to 40 pounds that aggressively take a fly, test your tackle, and keep you coming back for more. The Sapsuk River is characterised by long runs and good holding pools that are perfect for fly-fishing, both using a double-handed rod or a single depending on your preference. The team of experienced and dedicated guides will do all they can to ensure you can get to grips and tame these unbelievably strong salmon.

All fishing lodges are subject to a considerable amount of conjecture however Pat Vermillion, one of the founding brothers at Sweetwater Travel and head of Alaskan Fishing considers the fishing on the Hoodoo as being the most productive King Salmon Fishery he has come across. It is of course not just about big Kings. Jack King Salmon (under 20 inches) keep the interest up and the river has a reasonable Chum Salmon run towards the latter half of the King run. The river also has a run of unusually aggressive Sockeye. But returning to the main effort. 30lb+ King Salmon are what the early season anglers come for and with a good shot at a 40lb King Salmon each week it is a serious draw to this ultra-remote fishing lodge.

In 2014 the river had the second largest run of Kings that they have seen in a decade bucking the trend from number of Alaskan rivers. Mandatory catch & release is upheld and this proactive management will hopefully go a long way to ensuring the quality of the fishing for the immediate and mid-term future.

Hit a pod of fresh and feisty silver King Salmon

Hit a pod of fresh and feisty silver King Salmon and you can find yourself in the thick of some very exciting action

Lodging at Sapsuk Fishing Camp

"Our goal was to create a no frills, but great sport fishing camp on the Alaska Peninsula. This intimate camp caters for just 6 guests each week, has dependable equipment, comfortable and clean accommodations, good food, knowledgeable and safe guides, and easily some of the finest Alaska salmon fishing left in the world!" - Pat Vermillion

The Sapsuk Camp is located 16 miles north-west of Nelson Lagoon on the banks of the Sapsuk River. Access to the camp is only available via jet boat, a scenic 50-minute upriver ride. With just 6 anglers each week the camp has an intimate feel that was as much part of the ethos and concept behind the camp as was access to the fantastic fishing. This is reflected to an equal measure on the river.

The camp is located on a high bluff looking over the river. The two home pools are some of the most productive on the river giving anglers the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the virtual 24hr daylight. The camp has a great shower house (with endless hot water), kitchen / dining tent, a lounge tent and 2 guest tents (one of the tents is divided by a wall providing 2 distinct sleeping areas with a pair of beds in each. Wood floors and walkways connecting them all.

The Sapsuk Camp is simple and straightforward but what it does it does well. The Sapsuk Camp is simple and straightforward but what it does it does well. The Sapsuk Camp is simple and straightforward but what it does it does well.
The Sapsuk Camp is simple and straightforward but what it does it does well.

The Fish

Chinook (King) Salmon

The biggest of the Pacific salmon, they got their name by default.   They are the ultimate freshwater challenge and once you have hooked a fresh from the sea silver king salmon on a fly rod it will recalibrate the way you play fish.   Extraordinarily powerful, they arrive into the Aleutian River systems from mid-June and continue until the end of July.  Catch expectations range from 2-5 King Salmon each day with 5-6 hookups.  

Coho (Silver) Salmon

The main run on the Sapsuk is from August to September.   They average 7-10lbs and arrive silver bright from the Bering Sea.   They are both aggressive and fantastic fighting fish.  A good Silver on the Sapsuk is in the 17-20lb range.   

Chum (Dog), and Sockeye (Red) Salmon

Chum are willing to slam almost any fly offered like a speeding freight train and can strip every single inch of backing off your reel and send you leaping for the boat in a single bound. They are faster than the speediest large arbor pick up and unable to accept the concept of QUIT... what more could an adventurous angler wish for?

Sockeye pound for pound are one of the hardest fighting and the most aerial of the five pacific salmon. Though at times coaxing a red to eat presents a formidable challenge, once hooked these acrobats prove it time after time.

Sapsuk/Hoodoo River with the snowcapped majesty of the East Aleutian mountain range

The Sapsuk / Hoodoo River with the snowcapped majesty of the East Aleutian mountain range as a backdrop

Typical Sapsuk River Camp Schedule

Day Activity Remarks
Thur
  • Arrive Anchorage
  • Overnight Anchorage
Hotel accommodation in Anchorage is not included
Day 1
Fri
  • Fly Anchorage-Cold Bay
  • Cold Bay-Nelson Lagoon
  • Boat transfer to camp
  • Brief / lunch on arrival
  • Afternoon evening fishing
Flight is approx. 2 1/2 hrs to Nelson Lagoon and a further 40 mins to Nelson Lagoon. Flights not included.
Day 2-6
Sat-Thur
  • 6 full days fishing as per the weekly fishing schedule
Schedule arranged with guides the previous day however typically depart to go fishing from 7.30 onwards
Day 7
Fri
  • Depart Nelson Lagoon
  • Arrive Anchorage via Cold Bay
Overnight stay in Anchorage recommended. Not included
Please note flight schedules can be affected by the weather. Tight international connections are to be avoided.

Best Times to Go

Each species of fish has a relatively defined and short season. The best time to go varies on which species you are looking to target. The table below outlines the various seasons however for expert advice please get in touch with us and we will be happy to assist.

Fish Season
Chinook (King) Salmon Best fishing is from mid June to mid July. Fish of 30lbs are an everyday possibility.
Coho (Silver) Salmon Best fishing is from late July to early September
Sockeye (Red) Salmon Best fishing is the first three weeks of July. Fish average 10lbs.
Pink (Humpies) Salmon Pink Salmon run in even numbered years from late July to mid August.
Chum (Dog) Salmon Excellent from mid June until late July. Fish average 10lbs and are exceptional fighters.
Rainbow Trout Fishing is excellent from late June to September.
Dolly Varden As the mature fish return to their home stream to spawn and feed in August and September, most coastal streams in Alaska provide good fishing for Dolly Varden.

Getting to Aleutian Rivers Sapsuk Camp

Anglers travel to Anchorage where they will need to spend one night prior to catching a scheduled flight the following morning to Cold Bay and then an onwards connecting flight to Nelson Lagoon. On arrival anglers will be met, transported to the river and travel upstream in the jetboats to the camp, a journey of approx 50 mins.

Availability and Pricing for the 2018 Season

Season: The season runs from mid June- early September
Rate:
  • Mid June-July - prime King Salmon week --- $4,0750/person
  • Aug - Sept silver salmon week --- $3,950/person
Package Includes:
  • Seven (x7) nights
  • Six (x6) and a half days fishing
  • Price includes full board accommodation
  • Flies, lures and terminal tackle -Loaner gear available if required
  • All meals and soft drinks
Charter Flight: Anchorage – Cold Bay-Nelson Lagoon –Approx $1,500USD
Note: Price does not include gratuities or fishing license. Lodge capacity is 6 guests

If you would like to know more about this trip, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
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