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TALAHEIM LODGE GENERAL INFORMATION
Talaheim Lodge is located midway on the Talachulitna River just 85 air miles west of Anchorage in the foothills of the Alaskan Range.
Talaheim Lodge offers a varied seven day fishing or flyfishing adventure which includes fly outs by helicopter to very isolated waters rarely visited by other anglers, day floats, jet boating local waters, or a break from fishing with a landing on a glacier or mountain peak.
Fish gin clear rivers and streams, most of which are "wadeable" - just perfect for fly fisherman - where salmon as well as large rainbow trout can be caught with fly or spinning rods. We have great on-site fishing...fish 15 miles of the Talachulitna from jet boats. We never have a weather day where we cannot get to great fishing.
Fish for eight species at TALAHEIM LODGE
Your trip takes you through rushing waters to peaceful, fish-filled pools where you can flyfish or spinfish for eight species including Pacific Salmon (chinook, silver, sockeye, pink, and chum), Rainbow Trout, Grayling, and Dolly Varden.
Small groups, custom service
At Talaheim quality comes in small packages. Whether you are a family or a group of guys, you will be looked after with just the right amount of service to make your Alaska trip both comfortable and relaxing. We limit our anglers to just six to eight guests per week. By keeping our number of guests down, we ensure you personal service and a wilderness atmosphere.
Just a flight away
All trips originate from Anchorage. Four major airlines serve Anchorage from the "lower 48 states". Trips begin at 7 am on Sunday mornings, so you should plan to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday evening, hotel it one night and then fly to the lodge the following morning. Only five working days missed!
FISHING INFORMATION AT TALAHEIM LODGE
Talaheim Lodge specializes in something very unique among Alaskan fishing lodges, we "heli-fish". Most Alaskan fly out lodges utilize float planes as their means of transportation. Talaheim is the only Alaskan lodge with their own helicopters for our guest’s exclusive use. We call this type of fishing, "fishing Alaska, New Zealand style".
Why did we change over to helicopters 18 years ago? Float planes are a wonderful way to travel, but their access is limited. You can only land when you have enough water depth and runway length. Lots of Alaskans and other lodges own float planes, so if you have a great place to land as well as fish, expect to see other anglers. Many years ago I would fly over smaller rivers teaming with fish wondering, "How in the world can I reach that stream?". Within minutes flying time of the lodge, our helicopters enable us to reach many different rivers that rarely see other anglers. Many if not most of our anglers see no other anglers during their entire stay. Flying in a helicopter over Alaskan wilderness is a very colorful panoramic experience with the option of landing just about anywhere for a photo shot.
You arrive at Talaheim around 8-9am Sunday mornings, depart 5pm Saturday evenings. Our anglers enjoy seven full days of fishing – six nights lodging. Six of your fishing days you will travel by helicopter, one day fishing local waters you will travel by jet boat. We try to show you a different river each day. Most of our rivers are "wadable", just perfect for a fly or spin fisherman that likes to cast across smaller rivers to large trout, char, grayling, and of course salmon. We offer day floats with our portable inflatable canoes down our larger rivers.
Each morning two to three anglers will fly out with their guide to a remote stretch of water. Normally we wade downstream and meet our helicopters in the early evening with plenty of time for a shower and our "hors d'oeuvres" over a few stretched fishing stories before dinner. Our day's fishing is catered around your ability to wade a stream. With the helicopters, you can walk three miles or just 400 yards of river, as we can pick you up just about any place you stop. Our longest flight by helicopter is only about 15 minutes, so you spend most of your day fishing, not traveling.
Whether you are a fly fisherman or spin caster, you'll enjoy our smaller very remote waters and "our Alaska by helicopter".
SEASON AT TALAHEIM LODGE
Late June to mid July is King Salmon and trout. Mid July to the end of August is trout and the other salmon species. August is the best month for Silvers. Fishing is great all season long -- it just depends on which species you wish to pursue.
HOW TO GET TO TALAHEIM LODGE
Fly into Anchorage, Alaska and overnight. You will be picked up for your 7:00 AM trip by wheeled Cesna to the landing strip at Talaheim Lodge.
2015 RATES AT TALAHEIM LODGE
Seven day fishing package
$6800 pp double occupancy.
Five day fishing package
$4950 pp double occupancy
Maximum of six anglers if from different groups. Maximum of eight anlgers if all from the same group.
WHAT'S INCLUDED AT TALAHEIM LODGE
• Double accommodations
• Guided fishing for seven days
• All meals during your stay at the lodge
• Beer and wine with dinner
• Daily fly outs on the helicopters as weather allows (which is almost always)
• Air transfers from Anchorage to the lodge and return
NOT INCLUDED AT TALAHEIM LODGE
• Fishing licenses - they may be purchased online at STATE OF ALASKA
• Alcoholic beverages other than beer and wine with dinner
• Fishing Tackle
• Guide and lodge staff gratuities
• Cancellation insurance
VALUABLE LINKS FOR FISHING TRAVEL ENTHUSIASTS
FOOLS ON THE FLY - FLYFISHING FORUM
DUANE HADA - RIVERTOWN GALLERY