Southwest Alaska Fly Fishing and Float Trips for Trout, Salmon, Arctic Char, Dolly Varden

Birds eye view of one of the Beavers landing in Bethel at H-Marker Lake.

Posted by PaPa Bear Adventures on Friday, July 4, 2014


Papa Bear Adventures

Alaska Float Fishing & Rafting

We offer some of the finest fishing, hunting and outdoor adventures Alaska has to offer. We live year round in the same remote wilderness that we service! Bethel, Alaska is our home. We are located 400 miles west of Anchorage within the 20 million acre Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, the largest wildlife refuge in the nation. Our unique location affords us the opportunity to offer you Southwest Alaska float fishing and rafting trips on the Aniak, Arolik, Eek, Goodnews, Kanektok, Kisaralik and Kwethluk Rivers.

We will help you organize your trip and fly you there. Our services include fishing, hunting, lodging, equipment rental, expediting, logistical support and transportation. Whether you're an avid fly fishing enthusiast in search of a remote fishing opportunity or looking for a great outdoor experience, you have come to the right place.

Aniak River

Drop-off: By Float Plane from Bethel to Aniak Lake.
Length: Approximately 90 river miles.
Float Duration: Recommend 8 to 10 days.

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Fishing Info: The fishing begins each year in early July with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid September with the Rainbow fishing reaching its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to the rainbow and Salmon fishing, the Aniak also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

Pick-up: Pick-up by boat (approximately 20 miles above the village of Aniak). Boat transports floaters back to Aniak. Floaters are then picked up at the airstrip by wheeled plane and transported back to Bethel.

Holitna River

Drop Off: By Float Plane near the headwaters
Length: Approximately 100 river miles
Float Duration: Recommended 8 to 10 days

Fishing Info: The fishing begins each year in early July with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid-September with the Silver Salmon run. In addition to Salmon fishing, the Holitna offers great Char and Grayling fishing, Northern Pike and even the opportunity to catch a Sheefish. The Holitna is a lesser known River and as such receives little fishing pressure.

Pickup: Floaters are picked up along the river near the confluence of the Holitna and Hoholitna rivers by floatplane and flown back to Bethel.


Arolik River

Drop-off: By Float Plane from Bethel to Arolik Lake.
Length: Approximately 45 river miles.
Float Duration: Recommend 6 to 8 days.

Fishing Info: The Arolik River offers great Salmon, Dolly Varden, Grayling and Rainbow fishing. The Arolik is best known for the world class Rainbow that lurks in the river. The fishing begins each year in mid June with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid September with the Rainbow fishing reaching its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run.

Pick-up: Floaters are picked up near the mouth of the river and transported by ground transportation from there over to the airstrip in the village of Quinhagak. The floaters are then picked up by wheeled aircraft and flown back to Bethel.

Eek River

Drop-off: By Float Plane from Bethel to small lake near Eek River headwaters.
Length: 
Approximately 75 river miles.
Float Duration: Recommend 7 to 8 days.

Fishing Info: The Eek River offers great Salmon, Grayling and Dolly Varden fishing along with the opportunity to catch Sheefish. The Eek is a lesser-known River and as such receives little fishing pressure. The fishing begins each year in late June with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid September with the end of the Silver Salmon run.

Pick-up: Floaters are picked up in the lower portion of the river by floatplane and flown back to Bethel.

Goodnews River

Drop-off: By Float Plane from Bethel to Goodnews Lake.
Length: Approximately 60 river miles.
Float Duration: Recommend 7 to 8 days.

Fishing Info: The Goodnews River offers excellent seasonal opportunities for Salmon, Dolly Varden, Grayling and Rainbow fishing. The fishing begins each year in mid June with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid September with the Rainbow fishing reaching its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run.

Pick-up: Due to the strong tidal influence the last 5 miles of the river, floaters are picked up by boat and towed to the airstrip in the village of Goodnews. The floaters are then picked up by wheeled aircraft and flown back to Bethel.

Kanektok River

Drop-off: By Float Plane from Bethel to Pegati Lake.
Length: Approximately 95 river miles.
Float Duration: Recommend 7 to 10 days.

Fishing Info: The fishing begins each year in late June with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid-September with the Rainbow fishing reaching its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to the Rainbow Trout and Salmon fishing, the Kanektok also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

Pick-up: Floaters are picked up near the mouth of the river and transported by ground from there over to the airstrip in the village of Quinhagak. The floaters are then picked up by wheeled aircraft and flown back to Bethel.

Kisaralik River

Drop-off: By Float Plane from Bethel to Kisaralik Lake.
Length: Approximately 95 river miles.
Float Duration: Recommend 8 to 10 days.

Fishing Info: The fishing begins each year in early July with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid September with the Rainbow fishing reaching its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to Rainbow and Salmon fishing, the Kisaralik also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

Pick-up: Pickup by boat. Boat transports floaters back to Bethel.


Kwethluk River


Drop-off: By Float Plane from Bethel to small lake near Kwethluk River headwaters.
Length: Approximately 95 river miles.
Float Duration: Recommend 8 to 10 days.

Fishing Info: The fishing begins each year in late June with the King Salmon run and culminates each year in mid-September with the Rainbow fishing reaching its peak and the end of the Silver Salmon run. In addition to the Rainbow Trout and Salmon fishing, the Kwethluk also offers great Dolly Varden and Grayling fishing.

Pick-up: Pickup by boat. Boat transports floaters back to Bethel.




Unguided Hunts for Caribou, Moose and Bear

Papa Bear Adventures offer unguided hunts for Caribou from the Mulchatna Caribou herd, Yukon Moose and Bear with a price structure that will allow you to "build" the trip that best meets your needs and budget. All of our hunts originate in Bethel, Alaska.

Our Lodge gives hunters an easy place to get prepared before departing on their hunting trip. Then, after returning from their hunt, the Lodge gives hunters a place to organize their gear, pack for their trip home, and take a hot shower. Hunters are also assisted with trophy and meat shipment and with the donation of any meat they choose not to take home.

Each year hunter's donate thousands of pounds of game meat to different Non-Profit Organizations and needy families in Bethel. We also have equipment for rent, giving you the option of using our equipment versus having to transport or ship equipment to Alaska and back home again. So, whether you decide you only want us to provide the flying, or that you would also like to rent all your gear from us, you build your own customized unguided trip.

To find out more about Southwest Alaska fly fishing float, call us or check out our website.