Alaska Fishing Lodges: The Royal Coachman Lodge
Alaska’s finest fly out fishing lodge since 1970
De Havilland Beaver Floatplane-The workhorse of the Royal Coachman Lodge
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Fishing in Alaska is all about superb fishing, amazing opportunities, amazing variety, breath-taking wilderness and adventure. A week at the Royal Coachman lodge is all of the above and there are few Alaskan lodges that encapsulate this so well whilst hosting guests in considerable comfort. An exclusive fly-out lodge the Royal Coachman has first-rate service, guides and fishing. For anyone wanting to taste some of the best-varied fishing that Alaska has to offer then the Royal Coachman should be at the forefront of your options.
The Fishing at the Royal Coachman Lodge
The Bristol Bay Region has the largest salmon runs in the world! Nowhere else on earth will you find such a wide variety of sportfish. The sheer numbers of fish that this fishery supports is mind-boggling. The area fished by the Royal Coachman has prolific runs of all five species of Pacific Salmon: Kings, Silvers, Sockeye, Chum, and Pinks, along with seven species of freshwater gamefish, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, Lake Trout, and Sheefish.
A trip to the Royal Coachman Lodge is quite simply whatever you want it to be. This remote fly-out Alaskan fishing lodge offers guests a huge variety of waters to fish, from very small streams to large rivers, lakes, and the thoroughfares that connect them. By maintaining outpost camps, and jet powered boats scattered throughout the region, and because of the variety of waters, private leases, and exclusive use permits held by the Royal Coachman Lodge, we can assure that you will find some of the best fishing the region has to offer. Whether you’re an expert fly-fisherman or beginning spincaster, you will find the angling adventure that you’re looking for. And you’ll catch a lot of fish and have a lot of fun along the way!
Floatplane Fly-Out Fishing
Each day you will travel to a new fishing area with opportunities for all the species of Pacific Salmon, big Rainbows, Grayling and huge Pike. Not only does the floatplane allow you to travel to remote and rarely fished areas but it is also a magnificent way to view the extraordinarily wild and beautiful scenery in this part of the world. It is a unique and exciting way to travel!
On rare days when weather conditions do not allow the use of the float-plane the Royal Coachman lodge has the benefit of being located on the powerful and prolific Nuyakuk River with access to 75 miles of wilderness fishing from the lodge jetty. On the Nuyakuk River not only is it extremely rare to see other anglers but also it ensures that you and your guide will have great fishing on those rare days that weather makes for unsafe fly-outs. This is a major consideration when choosing your angling destination. You never lose valuable fishing time to weather, and you are NOT placed in potentially dangerous situations. There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting out a storm at a fishing lodge while NOT fishing! It just doesn’t happen at the Royal Coachman Lodge.
"A week of fantastic fishing in the heart of Alaska. The lodge could not have been better. We will return."
John Campbell, London
"Wow, what a talented team this lodge has – from pilots Gary & Scott, through guides Corey, Joel, Scott, Pat, Matt & Brad, the outdoors experience here has been simply excellent. That alone beats most Russian camp, but the coup de grace is the ‘indoors’ team. Liz & Crozier who produced different breakfasts, soups and dinners all week, of a 5 star standard. Nothing less. These guys are world class! And then there is the fishing........"
Philip Walker – Aberdeen, Scotland - July
"We had a fabulous time! The fishing was beyond our expectations. The staff have been formidable and has made our Alaskan experience unforgettable. Thank you all for everything"
John & Ellisa Euard – Las Vegas, USA - July
The Royal Coachman Lodge
The Royal Coachman Lodge sits on the banks of the Nuyakuk River overlooking its home pool, and caters to a maximum of ten anglers per week. The camp staff numbers 7-9 persons. This small number of guests and large staff helps to ensure that you will have the maximum amount of personal service and attention that this truly world class fishing adventure offers.
This pine built Alaskan fishing lodge houses the kitchen, dining room and lounge, library corner, and fly-tying bench. Comfortable and cosy, this is where you relax each evening with the opportunity to sit around the fire and decide what type of fishing you would like to do the following day. There is no pre-scheduled fishing program at the Royal Coachman. Custom tailoring each day’s fishing is one of the major advantages enjoyed by this small but dedicated team with a personal approach to sportfishing.
Enjoying an after supper fish in the Royal Coachman Home Pool with the lodge behind under 24 hr daylight
Location & Environment
The Royal Coachman Lodge is located in the heart of the world famous Bristol Bay sport-fishing region of Southwest Alaska. The fishing lodge sits on the banks of the Nuyakuk River, a quarter of a mile downstream from the outlet to Tikchik Lake, nestled in the 1.6 million acre Wood-Tikchik State Park. The park contains 13 lakes that make up two distinct watersheds. The entire northern watershed drains into the Upper Nushagak River via the Nuyakuk River from the outlet of Tikchik Lake.
The Kilbuck Mountains rise majestically from the waters edge where the western end of the lakes probe the mountain range in spectacular fjords. The western side of the range drains the vast 4.8 million acre Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.
This area of Alaska is accessible only by floatplane. Most Alaskan fishing lodges are located in small towns or native villages, but the Royal Coachman Lodge, 65 air miles north of Dillingham, is totally isolated in the midst of this vast Alaskan wilderness.
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Best Times to Go
Picking the week and month to stay at the Royal Coachman will depend upon whether you are looking to target any specific species of fish or if you simply want to enjoy all that the area has to offer. A breakdown of what you might expect and when the peak fishing periods is shown in the table below:
How to Get to The Royal Coachman
Anglers fly into Anchorage where it is recommended you can spend 1 or 2 nights to help adjust to the time difference. From there you take a scheduled flight to Dillingham followed by a vehicle journey and finally catch the floatplane to the lodge.
Availability and Pricing for the 2018 Season
If you would like to know more about the Royal Coachman Lodge, please contact us and we will provide you with more details. For availabilities, prices, pre trip information, booking form etc. please contact:
If you would prefer to speak to us directly regarding a trip to the Royal Coachman Lodge, please contact us at the following:
United Kingdom Office:
United States Office:
Or alternatively email us via our Booking Enquiries Form to request more information.
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