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Thread: The Best Fishing Lodge in Alaska is The Goodnews River Lodge

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    Thumbs up The Best Fishing Lodge in Alaska is The Goodnews River Lodge

    My husband and I went to the Goodnews River Lodge last summer. We have rebooked to go back this year.
    Fishing was non-stop and caused my hand to cramp after a few days so we had to switch from Salmon to Rainbows. Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Food was great, the staff very accommodating and the fishing EPIC!
    I would defiantly recommend for the serious angler.
    Has anyone else been there?

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    The best fishing lodge is Alaska is debatable. I think it all depends upon what your looking for in a outfitter, accomodations, type of fishing, ocean, river, boat, bank access, etc.
    What time of year did you go, and what species of salmon were you catching? Were you bank, boat or flyfishing? I would be interested in hearing more details than a generalized statement.
    Last edited by Steelieguy; 03-05-2007 at 13:23. Reason: spelling

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    The goodnews river is awesome and Mike Who owns the place is a good guy
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    We went to the Goodnews last July for Kings.
    My Husband and I have fished over 45 destinations around the world from Christmas Island, Belize, Bahamas, to Argentina and Alaska and have never experienced the quality of service provided by Mike and all his staff. It started with Mike's charter from Anchorage direct to the camp, (which is all the way out on the Bering Sea), the plane was a beautiful DC-3. My husband had a tear in his eye, as his first ride in an airplane when he was a young man was in a DC-3. The best part was we left from a private terminal, so after dealing with security all across the country the day before, we had no more hassles, and they even had donuts and coffee at the charter waiting for us! The plane took us over the Alaskan range, complete with a view of Mt. McKinley and before we knew it we were landing and when I got out I was blown away by the vista. Mountains everywhere tumbling down to the coast! Mike met us right at the plane, (first time an owner of a lodge we visited greeted the plane), and us and our gear were quickly escorted to the lodge via warm, heated, (a nice touch), jet-boats where a welcome lunch was served. They wasted no time getting us settled in our cozy hut to get into our fishing gear, and we were fishing by 2pm. My husband hooked his first King ever on a fly on his first cast and lost it soon after! We knew we had found something special. We found the place through a friend we met while in Honduras who claimed he had fished there since 1981. His name is Bob Stearns and my Husband John recognized him from Field & Stream. Bob told us it was the place to go, that he routinely caught 10 or more Kings a day there on fly; well in the 3 days we fished for them we hooked 81 Kings, landed 59 Kings, (I caught the biggest in the camp for the week! My guide weighed her before we let her go, 46 pounds!, something I will never let John live down!).
    John has bad arthritis and the cold, damp weather combined with all those big fish really got to him, so we asked if we could trout fish the rest of the week. Mike was very accommodating and gave us his head guide, "G" to fish with out of his driftboat. Talk about heaven! The crew moved the driftboat way up a small stream the night before, and we shuttled up after breakfast with G, then floated down aways each day. John has fished Kamchatka with his dental buddies for trout, but this was my first time fishing with Mice for trout and I was more than a little skeptical of fish eating such a monstrosity. G was very patient with me, and I let my husband fish most of the time. He caught 93 trout in 3 days, I caught 8. He has a picture with G and his biggest fish on the Mouse, a 31 inch fish that G said was a, "leopard trout", but looked like a Rainbow trout to me.
    G was very knowledgeable about everything, made a great fire to warm me up, and even made us fresh fish for lunch one day while telling us his stories about guiding people for over 30 years.

    This was one of the few places that got everything right, and the only place we've been that didn't present us with a separate bill for flies, or charge us for the charter, or anything and Mike even gave me a shirt on the last night we were there along with a pin to put in my hat as prizes for hooking John on my backcast!
    We are headed up the week of the 4th of July this year to catch more Kings and to try our hand at Grayling fishing as well as fishing with G in his driftboat for those, "leopard trout!"
    My husband wants me to point out that we never saw anyone else the whole week. When we went Trout fishing, we didn't even see other guests from the lodge, but we did almost hit a Caribou on the ride up one morning!

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    That was a great report and for those fortunate enough in life to be able to afford the experience, I am sure it is worth every dollar. It is nice to know you can fish in total isolation.
    Again nice post and it sounds like a great place.

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    Thumbs up Goodnews R.

    Sounds like an epic trip, and the King fishing was off the hook. Not many places you can catch that many salmon in three days. I have heard about the leopard trout in the river, and hopefully I will get a chance to catch one in the future.


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