Newhalen offers arguably the finest fly out fishing the state has to offer. While their fishing program centers around the rainbow fishery of the greater Iliamna drainage, guest also have ample opportunity to fish for arctic char, dolly varden, grayling, and all five species of pacific salmon (though rarely are all species available during any single week). The lodge strives to have one guide for every two anglers and typically jet powered aluminum John boats are used for transportation on the various system. At times anglers will fish from the boats, but the majority of fishing is done while wading. See the attached Alaskan Rainbow Fishing document for additional information.
Newhalen Lodge Accommodations:
The lodge, located at the edge of the small native village of Nondalton, offers several rooms located within the main building as well as seven separate guest cabins. All have private baths. Meals are served in the main lodge overlooking Six Mile Lake and Lake Clark National Park.
Newhalen Lodge Clothing:
Typical fishing clothing consists of synthetic long underwear, fleece jacket and pants, hooded sweatshirt, and a good fishing rain jacket. Fingerless gloves are nice for cold mornings, and bring along a warm hat for early and late season fishing. For anglers made particularly uncomfortable by biting insects, pack along a mosquito headnet if visiting during the first half of the season. Dress at the lodge is always informal.
Newhalen Lodge Travel:
You will need to make your travel arrangements to Anchorage. Most guests prefer to overnight in Anchorage on Sunday night so they will be able to catch a 9 am flight to the lodge on Monday morning. Newhalen lodge will automatically make a reservation for you on the 9:00 AM Birchwood Air flight. The cost of this flight is $320 round trip and must be paid for in person at the terminal (located at Merrill Air Field) upon arrival Monday morning.
Upon arrival in Anchorage either Sunday night or first thing Monday morning, call Mike at Birchwood Air Service (907) 276- 0402 and he will let you know the exact time of the flights departure. Also, be sure to give Mike your name and the number where you can be reached so he can notify you in the event of weather related delays.
When flying home at the end of the week, you should arrive back in Anchorage at around 11 AM the following Monday. Please do not schedule any departing fights until after 2:00 PM, as weather delays are always possible.
Newhalen Lodge Climate:
The weather in Southwest Alaska is highly variable. Anglers should always come prepared for cold rainy conditions, especially early and late in the season. Typical daytime temperatures range from 45-70 degrees.
All meals, accommodations, guiding, wine, and alcohol.
Transportation to Nondalton, fishing licenses, flies and tackle, gratuities.