Klutina River King Salmon near Copper
Center Alaska - Klutina River Salmon
Starting on Paxson Lake catching Lakers, then starting
into the river the Rainbows on the upper Gulkana River
can be outstanding! It is hard to describe what it
is like to catch 40 rainbows over 24 inches in one
5 day trip! The Grayling get annoying, there are so
many, we will start working to figure out what flies
scare the grayling away and still catch the Rainbows!
Klutina Lodge also specializes in rafting and adventure
trips on the Copper, Gulkana, Klutina, Tonsina, Delta,
and many other rivers. These rivers are home to the
bald eagle, moose, bear, wild bison and much more
of Alaska's beautiful wildlife. From 15 day adventure
trips for the Diehard to 6 hr wilderness floats. We
have an experience the whole family can enjoy!
The fish come up the river from the ocean to spawn,
and they are big! This area is more remote and is
incredible. The Copper River Basin is better than
other places because of its unknown identity and has
not been discovered by the thousands. It is not a
"combat fishing zone" like the Kenai. You
can actually get out on your own and fish without
being shoulder to shoulder with someone. Many times
we get to fish half the day before even seeing another
How many days of fishing
should I book?
How long you stay depends on what
kind of Alaskan experience you want. If you are coming
to Alaska to create a hard-core, once in a lifetime
fishing expedition, then we would suggest that you
fish for at least five days. Our five day package
is an awesome way to enjoy Alaska. In this time you
really get to know your guide and the river. Also,
if the fishing is slow one day you'll have a very
good chance of hitting the jackpot the next day. It
has never happened that we go five days without some
serious action, during the fishing season.
If you have come to Alaska to sightsee
and fish, and don't plan on staying in our area long
you can book a day trip and have a great time on the
river. Odds are excellent that we'll put you on fish
(it's what we do.) Also we would like to mention our
sightseeing trips, Wrangle St. Elisa National Park,
Denali Highway, Caribou Migration Tours, Flight seeing
trips, and many other Wildlife viewing tours.
If you're planning on being in Alaska for several
weeks, touring, and traveling and don't want to spend
too much time in the Copper River Basin, we would
recommend fishing for Kings in mid July and coming
back through Glennallen to fish Sockeyes (Reds) in
August. That's a great recipe for a salmon fishing
memory. Also fishing the Saltwater out of Valdez for
Halibut and Silvers is a worth while trip!
Where are you located
and how do I get there?
The Copper River Basin is
located 180 miles northeast of Anchorage on the Glen
Highway (Highway 1.) Just jumping on the Glen Highway
will get you to Glennallen, our base town. From Glennallen,
the Gulkana River is 17 miles Northwest and the Klutina
River is about 14 miles Southeast. Call us and we
will give specific instructions how to get to us and
where to stay. There are not that many roads in this
part of Alaska. It's hard to get lost.
What is my whole
Trip going to cost me?
Plane tickets to Anchorage range from $400 to
$800 depending on when you buy them and where you're
flying from. Your rent-a-car will cost between $50
and $100 a day, depending on the size of the car.
Other than those expenses, you will have your guided
trip expenses, and gratuity.
Helene and Damon with a very nice 42
lb buck King Salmon. The last week of the season has
been outstanding! Looking forward to Michigan Salmon
Jason and Tiffany with a 46 lb buck Salmon.
Robert and Jason with a very nice Copper River King
Salmon landed on the fly rod.
Mike with a giant buck from the Copper River.
Lynne and Courtney with a 38lb buck from the Klutina
Bo with our first chrome king on the fly. (7/12)
Myself with a 28lb king from the Klutina River. Fishing
was outstanding today. We were well into double digits
on Chinook Salmon. (7/9)
We spent the day dry fly fishing for Artic Grayling.
I have never witnessed a fish take surface flies more
aggressively! These are a blast on a 5 wt!