New for the 2020 season, Remote Waters is offering an 11-day trip down the Aniak River. The Aniak is a great wilderness float. The many obstacles found in the upper and middle stretches of the river keep all but the most adventurous boaters off the river, and this ensures unspoiled fishing and solitude. Moose and bears, both black and brown, are not uncommon sights along the river, along with beaver, river otter and a wide variety of birds.
The Aniak is one of the most productive tributaries of the Kuskokwim River, and boasts outstanding runs of chinook, chum, sockeye and coho salmon. Flowing for approximately 120 miles from Aniak Lake to its confluence with the Kuskokwim River, the Aniak River holds some of the best salmon spawning habitat in the entire Kuskokwim River drainage. After being dropped off by floatplane on Aniak Lake, we’ll float approximately 100 miles of the river, and then rendezvous with a water taxi for a ride into the village of Aniak and a return flight.
For the fly rod angler, the Aniak is a near perfect river. In the upper river, the water is crystal clear, and the character of the river alternates between slow, deep pools and classic riffles and runs. Opportunities abound to sight-fish for large grayling, salmon, and char.
The middle section of the river is the Aniak at its finest. While navigating the many sweepers and logjams that characterize this portion of the Aniak, the river’s resident rainbow trout will make their appearance. These rainbows average 18”-22” and fight with reckless, acrobatic abandon when hooked. The increasing numbers of spawning salmon in the middle section of the river attract not only the Aniak’s rainbows, but also char and grayling.
While chinook populations have been in distress throughout much of their range in Alaska, 2019 brought a great return of spawning chinook to the Aniak. Witnessing these giants migrating up into the crystal clear waters of the upper Aniak River is an incredible sight. Sight fishing for them with a fly rod early in the spawning migration provides some of the most exciting fly-rod action you’ll find in Alaska.
Below the confluence with Kipchuk and Salmon Rivers the Aniak increases in size, but the fishing remains excellent. Broad flats attract spawning salmon, and the rainbows and char line up behind them to feast on washed out eggs. Depending on the timing of your float, its possible to catch six or seven species of fish in the same day.
Below you will find the trip offerings for the 2020 season. Please contact us with any questions you have about the trips, or just to talk fishing! Remote Waters is a small operation, and that provides us with the opportunity to tailor our trips to suit your group.
Aniak Wilderness Float – 11 Days –
$5500 – Rates Reduced for 2020! $4675 (Rates are per person, based on double occupancy. Please inquire about single bookings.)
July 5 – July 15, 2020
Dropping water levels and nearly endless daylight mark the start of the fishing season on the Aniak. Oh, and big chinook salmon. These huge salmon are running up the Aniak towards their spawning grounds, offering great opportunities to swing flies with two handed rods as well as sight fish in shallow, clear runs. And it’s not just salmon. With the high water of spring subsiding, grayling, char and rainbows are coming out of hiding and ready to get serious about eating. It’s a great time to be on the Aniak.
July 19 – July 29, 2020
By mid July, multiple species of salmon are really starting to fill the river. Early run chinook are pairing up and building redds with more migrating upriver every day, and sockeye have moved into the river as well, seeking out the sloughs and side channels for spawning habitat. And the chum salmon are in the river as well. Each of these species of salmon provides a great target for a fly, and the daily increase in spawning activity starts to send the char and rainbows into overdrive. The char begin to really focus on egg patterns, while the rainbows can be nearly reckless in their willingness to hit beads, streamers, or, in the right conditions, dry flies. And of course the grayling fishing remains excellent, particularly in the upper reaches of the Aniak.
August 2 – August 12, 2020
This is your chance to land all 5 species of Pacific salmon in one trip (maybe even in one day!) Most of the chinook have moved to redds, but there are still some that haven’t started to spawn. Sockeye and chum are in the river in good numbers, along with pink salmon. And to top it off, the silvers should start to arrive. Arguably the best fly rod fish in Alaska, huge numbers of hard-fighting coho pour in to the Aniak through the month of August. When you tire of catching salmon, the rainbows and char will take their turn wearing you out. When you tire of that, well, it’s time to go home