Fish Denali
Fish Denali
4.5
About
Alaskan guided fishing This is the real deal, Big Rainbows and trophy class Greyling in a sustainable lake ecosystem with professional catch and release practices. We don't hedge our bets or fish "for" our clients you get to land the big one and truthfully say "I earned it." We provide the gear and one of the best fishing guides in Alaska to help you land one of the legends of the lake.
McKinley Village, Alaska
Features animals

Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

4.5
68 reviews
Excellent
55
Very good
7
Average
1
Poor
2
Terrible
3

Anne A
Hurst, TX111 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
This was my husband’s dream excursion but I am the one who fell in love with fly-fishing! Our guide, Renee (male), picked us up and took us to a private lake where the fish were literally jumping up to great us! He inquired to our fishing skills...none for me, limited for my husband & prepared multiple rods for our use. It was quickly established that my husband was more comfortable with a traditional rod/reel set up and Renee was pleasantly surprised that I was a lefty like him and proceeded to teach me the basics of fly-fishing. I had snagged my first catch almost immediately, it was exhilarating! It was also nice that Renee was there to release my catch. Within no time (not counting the couple of snared trees, back of jacket and a couple of casts into my hair) I caught a keeper (except this was catch and release). Renee was a great teacher, patient & encouraging.
Written September 16, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Shawna C
Waterloo, NY1 contribution
Sep 2017 • Couples
My husband, Frank, sister-in-law, Linda, and I had a wonderful time fly fishing with Craig and Michaela. They were excellent guides, that made the trip fun, educational and the highlight of our trip to Alaska. We would definitely do this again with them.
Written October 4, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Shawn H
Westminster, MA63 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
My 12 year old son and I booked our trip with Fish Denali as a last minute add on when we got to Denali. They offer several different fishing times, including evenings, which made it easy.
When we got there our guide, Taylor, greeted us and got us setup. We were both novices with fly rods but Taylor gave expert instructions and was patient and helpful the whole time.
Their ponds are packed with Rainbow Trout and Arctic Grayling, and there are some absolute monsters swimming around. With the crystal clear water, you can see 25-30" Rainbows cruising nearby. We landed several fish and made memories that will last forever.
We both had a great time and enjoyed the instruction and company with Taylor and would definitely fish here again if we ever make the trip up to Denali again!
Written July 22, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

SafariJim
Lansing, MI30 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
I’m conflicted in my rating and writing this review. I really wanted to catch a wild arctic grayling while in Alaska. Due to the pandemic, this was the only game in town. No other guided fishing options in the Denali area were operating. Unfortunately, this really wasn’t what I was looking for - fly fishing for rainbow trout and grayling from the banks of several stocked fishing ponds. I do appreciate Fish Denali for setting this up, and for Randy and Holly coming all the way from Anchorage to take is “fishing”. We had an enjoyable afternoon. Practiced my fly casting technique. Caught some fish. Yes I did catch a grayling, but not sure I’d qualify it as a wild grayling. They even let us keep one trout, so we had a DELICIOUS fresh fish dinner that evening. So if you rarely if ever fish, you will probably enjoy this, especially kids. But, if you’re an avid fisher, you’re going to be SADLY disappointed. For the same money that we paid to fish in a few ponds for 4.5 hours (nearly $500!), I’ve paid to float down some of the prestine waters of Michigan fly fishing and catching wild trout, steelhead and salmon for an entire afternoon. To me it’s overpriced. But again, it was the only option available to us.
Written September 27, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Dean K
Seneca5 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
If I knew it was fishing from the bank on some small lakes, I’d never gone. I have that at home. Not very professional. Would not recommend.
Written June 28, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

perk2build
Skowhegan, ME1 contribution
Aug 2018 • Family
The owner is quite full of bull says he knows nothing about fishing but all his guides were gone so he could not accommodate us when we showed up after booking trip 6 months in advance. Gladly took money for lodging. Rented us some fishing poles and sent us to a stream 70 miles south with little advice. His fishing is a stocked pond that would be great for little kids. Feeds them fish pellets. If you throw a anything in water fish eat it. Not a great Alaskan fishing adventure
Written August 20, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mark B
1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Couples
First time to Alaska, so I wanted to do some fishing. I read about all of the crowded streams, so I found this place with private lakes and river access. Turns out to be 3 small lakes(ponds), fishing from the bank. With the cheap fishing tackle (4 “ rods with cheap reels) you couldn’t cast very far. Caught a few small fish, but the kicker was towards the end of the time period that we booked, the “guide” goes to the dock and hand feeds the trout with power bait. Then we get to use the bait that was not offered till the end of trip. Surprise, it was a hook with “power bait” on it. I caught a decent trout out of the hundred that were swimming in this area, but the guide has to net it and release it while still in the water. That’s ok, I believe in catch and release. Never saw the river access. I guess I wanted a real Alaska experience. Should have booked a guide on the Russian River.
Written July 22, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Bob M
Salinas, CA1 contribution
Jun 2017 • Family
Advertised as guided lake fishing trip. The lakes were 3 Man made stocked ponds behind the office. The guide involved walking from the office to a small boat in one of the lakes, or fishing from the dock of another. We knew this was catch and release, but thought that we would be getting a true Alaska Lake adventure. We could have done the fishing along the road for a lot less than the $400+ it cost for.my husband and grandson to fish for the 2-3 hour "guided trip"
Written August 14, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Stacey K
Honolulu, HI19 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We booked a full day trip, fly fishing for artic grayling, and had Craig and his wife, Mikayla, with us for the day. He picked us up at our lodge in Denali, and drove us to the fishing site. The drive itself was great - beautiful scenery and even a cow moose and two calves along the road. The fishing was awesome. We were able to hike for a ways to fish, and would recommend the full day if you are able, as it allowed us much more time to fish and explore the area. I had never fly fished before, although my husband has quite often, and both of us were very successful. We were able to catch and release over 30 grayling during our day, with the largest being over 17". Craig was a great guide, providing support and information, and sharing his stories about Alaska. It was wonderful to have Mikayla along as well, taking photos so we didn't have to worry about it. This was by far one of our best days in our two week trip to Alaska. We are already planning a return trip to fish again with Fish Denali.
Written June 25, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

JT_Turner3
Phoenix, Arizona5,127 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We were in staying in Denali for a couple days and I set up a trip with Casey for an evening fishing trip. He arrived at our hotel promptly and we were off to Cantwell which is about 15 minutes south of Denali.

I chose fly fishing but they also have spinning reel gear available as well. If you are new to fly fishing, Casey is very experienced and can help you learn. The spring was a little late this year, so we still had some ice on the water but there was plenty of water to fish.

I was quickly onto fish with Casey’s fly choice and landed several average sized grayling within minutes of wetting a line. We moved to another area and started getting into the rainbow trout. They were hitting better on the spinning gear with jigs and it wasn’t long before I landed a 5 pounder after an exciting fight on the light gear. Before the long day was done, I had landed 10 or so rainbows in the 3.5 to 5 pound range and several 1 to 2 pound graylings.

My wife accompanied me on the trip as a photographer, but she spent a lot of time in this neat little one-room cabin next to the water making sure the stove was hot. Casey made us coffee and I would go inside to warm up every so often.

After fishing, Casey knew I was interested in photographing wildlife so he drove us to areas where we could see them. It really reminded me of hanging out with a friend back home. We had a great day and I highly recommend booking a trip with him. Compared to other fishing trips that I researched, the amount of time fishing plus a personal guide and the quality of the water being fished, this trip is one of the best values out there.
Written June 16, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 68

Fish Denali (McKinley Village) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go