Fishing Bear LodgeFishing Bear is located at the mouth of Alaska's Peace River in the center of the Wood River - Tikchik River Park, North America's largest Wilderness State Park. The 1.6 million acre Tikchik/Wood Park was created in 1978 to enhance and protect the area's naturally rich prolific fish and wildlife breeding and the regions vast and pristine wilderness character.
Named for its watershed systems of large interconnected clear water lakes and rivers the area spans a unique variety of terrain and vegetative zones and is renowned for it's diverse beauty. Spired peaks, high alpine valleys, waterfalls, hanging glaciers and great glacial scoured mountains, make the scenery at our location and the western reaches of the lakes some of the most magnificent on earth.
The lakes vary in length from 15 to 45 miles, each fed by numerous streams and interconnected by clear flowing world-class fishing rivers. The rich wilderness ecosystem supports many of Alaska's large animal species including brown bear (grizzly), moose, caribou, black bear, wolverine, lynx and wolf. The smaller wildlife species include beaver, otter, muskrat, fox, mink, weasel, porcupine, marmots and parka squirrels. Birds nesting in the area include a great variety of waterfowl including swans, numerous bald eagles, golden eagles, gulls, arctic terns, common and arctic loons, spotted and least sandpipers, semi-palmated plover, willow ptarmigan and spruce grouse.
Freshwater fish are prolific throughout the area. Rainbow trout, arctic char, dolly varden, grayling, whitefish and northern pike abound in the lakes and interconnected rivers. An average of 1.3 million Sockeye Salmon spawn the system annually.
Your trip starts with a Sunday commercial flight to Dillingham - You arrive into Dillingham on Alaska Air or Peninsula Airways. A Fishing Bear Lodge representative will be there to meet you and make sure your luggage is correctly received. Having gathered your baggage, you and your group can rest assured you’re in good hands. This evening your B&B hosts will take exceptional care of you at their wonderful accommodations.
8:00 am Monday morning, after an early breakfast you will depart the float pond in a Dehaviland Beaver floatplane. Everything is arranged to fly you out to the lodge bright and early. The bush flight fee to FBL is $300 round trip per person. There is an 80 lb weight limit on this amazingly scenic floatplane flight. Upon your arrival at Fishing Bear Lodge we will help you move into your waterfront cabin, set up your rods and your adventure begins with a full day and evening of fishing.
Sunday morning one week later, after breakfast, you will fly back to Dillingham. Depending on weather, the flight will normally have you back into town by 9:30 am. A flight departs Dillingham mid-afternoon, which would be a good departure time as you begin the return portion of your trip. Our pilot will gladly assist you with town transportation toward your return trip.
Fishing Bear Lodge was entirely hand built by your hosts, who take great pride in sharing their hospitality, beautiful location and world-class fly-fishing with you.
The main dining lodge has an atmosphere of relaxed, friendly comfort. During your stay the place is yours to enjoy. Out on the front deck you can relax, visit and share tales of adventure. Inside a variety of teas and coffee are always available to go with some of Alaska’s best homemade cookies. You can enjoy the cozy warmth of the woodstove while reading, tying flies, visiting or kidding the chef!
Your comfortable personal waterfront cabin is of spruce and cedar. Cabins have propane lights and heat, two single beds with warm cover blankets, chairs, table, clothing shelves, art work, decorative candles and floor rugs. The individual bathrooms have flush toilets, sink and mirror. The shower house has an endless supply of on demand hot water for a great shower after an incredible day of adventure.
Each morning after a hearty breakfast, you and a fly fishing partner will set out with your experienced guide via your guided jet boat for a full day of adventure and fly fishing. We customize each day the way YOU want to fish. We combine our 22 years of experience and intimate knowledge of the area with your desires. We jet boat from river to river and thru the interconnected lake system to various streams throughout the heart of the Park to fly fish select locations.
Your fly fishing options are unlimited; you are fishing the most diverse freshwater system of rivers, lakes and streams in all of Alaska! Once you’ve flown via floatplane to our Fishing Bear Lodge location daily fly-outs are not required, so everyday is a fishing day, regardless of the weather. You even have great fishing within 100 feet of your waterfront guest cabin. From the end of June to the first of October we have Alaska’s most diverse fly-fishing. During each day we are apt to fish dry fly, streamer and nymph patterns depending on seasonal variations, weather, temperatures, cloud cover, etc… our choices dependent on insect development, salmon fry or sculpin movement, spawn activity, etc., matching the fish feeding habits of the moment.
After a good day of fishing there is still the best part of the day, the evenings. Wow! While some evenings are spent enjoying a beautiful chef prepared dinner at the lodge, other evenings you will enjoy an incredible shoreline dinner hot off the riverside grill. Our goal is for you to catch a lot fish and have an amazing time. So if you are willing, we encourage you to stay out on the river. We will guide you several evenings during your stay to fish those magic evening hatches and rises that occur on our rivers during July and August. We fish hard, enjoy the magnificence of the Park and have fun!