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As I sit here writing this trip report, it’s mid March 2020 and the world is up in arms with the Corona Virus seemingly taking over the world. Being on lockdown in my own home and getting trip cancelations by the hour, things are looking pretty bleak. However, if I don’t start looking at the positives in this highly unusual situation, I’ll end up diving myself crazy.
It’s given me the time to write a much needed and very tardy trip report on our amazing two weeks in Katmai National Park in Alaska last fall. Our host was Katmai Trophy Loge on the banks of the famous Nakek River. It just so happens the timing is perfect as we’re looking forward to filling our next trip there in the fall of 2021.
Here’s the basic rundown of our Alaska trip that was one of the best ever!
Logistics– As you might image the trip started with arrival in Anchorage from the lower 48. Depending on everyone’s logistics, some arrived the night prior and got a hotel, others arrived the morning of, before the short, hour (ish) flight to King Salmon.
The lodge was a short 15 min shuttle ride from the airport. But not before stopping at the local market to stock up on any necessities for the week. But who are we kidding, with both groups it mostly involved stocking up on local brews and whiskey. Bring your own too if you’d like.
The lodge– Katmai Trophy Lodge is a rustic, traditional log cabin on the banks of the Naknek River. This simple, no frills, experience was the perfect setting for both weeks of guests that went with us. Each room sleeps 2-3 anglers with their own bathroom.
The common area is a mix of the living room, dinning room and partial kitchen all in one. It’s sets a great atmosphere for exchanging fish stories in the evening and having a few cocktails as you wait on appetizers and your main course.
The huge front porch overlooking the river and fly-tying loft add a nice touch.