The Ultima Thule Lodge in Wrangell-St. Elias (

Featured in the National Geographic's Ultimate Alaska issue, Ultima Thule Lodge is renowned for its luxury service, knowledgeable staff and experienced bush pilots. The lodge is fly-in only and located in the expansive Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

The lodge can arrange almost any type of day trip, but a lot of their focus is on fly fishing in Moose Valley. However, if your interest is fishing, make sure you book in advance to get there during the peak salmon migration period.

By offering alternative day trips and other activities, Ultima Thule Lodge has set itself apart from the competition. Whether it's a corporate retreat or family vacation, guests can choose between hiking remote glaciers, rafting the rapids or spending the day fishing.

That said, if you're looking for a more rustic experience, you may want to look elsewhere as Ultima Thule provides a more pampered or luxury Alaskan experience.

Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge (

Featured on ESPN, the Discovery Channel, the Environmental Magazine, "E", The Travel Channel, National Geographic and Forbes' magazine, Sadie Cove is widely known as one of the continent's best eco-lodges. The lodge is run completely off the grid on a non-polluting wind, solar and hydro energy system.

Rates are fairly reasonable at Sadie Cove, however they do charge extra for privately chartered or fly-in Alaska fly fishing trips. That said, their peak summer rate of four hundred dollars per day includes all your daily meals, use of all the lodge facilities (like the sauna), fishing equipment, housekeeping, wireless Internet and even an on-site pool.

Drifter's Lodge on the Kenai River (907-595-5555)

If you want a more rooted, natural and rustic experience, Drifter's Lodge can offer it. The lodge is well-known and still comfortable, but much closer to the true Alaskan experience. They've been featured in The Lonely Planet, Time magazine and on the Discovery Channel. The bulk of their fly fishing is during the fall trout season.

The lodge employs expert, local guides who know the best spots on the Kenai River and the perfect flies and casting techniques. Their catches and trips include Alaska salmon, Dolly Varden trout and, of course, rainbow trout. With on-site lessons and guided expeditions, some of the best Alaska fly fishing trips can be found right here.

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