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Tikchik Narrows Lodge

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#3 of 5 Specialty lodging in Dillingham
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Paul B wrote a review Aug 2018
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My friends and I recently traveled to Tikchik Lodge from the east coast The experience was utterly amazing From the very first encounter with the trip planner to the last flight back to civilization everything was top notch From the moment you are greeted in Dillingham and picked up buy the staff you feel at home and treated like family That must come from the owner Bud and his deap appreciation for his guests and why they chose his lodge The staff could be more friendly and accommodating. The first day Bud introduces his staff, which incidentally outnumber the guests, from the hospitality team to the Executive chefs, bartenders, pilots and of course the guides. You will want for nothing during your stay everything is well planned and the attention to detail is unbelievable. The accommodations are unmatched in Alaska fishing lodges The location is spectacular As a facilities person I was amazed at the logistics it took to not only keep the place running but running like a fine tuned machine each and everyday Each day you are greeted by the staff served an made to order or selected prepare breakfast then it’s off to your cabin put in your waiters jump in the plane that departs right on time to a selected planned destination made the night before Each destination offers its own unique experience with seasoned guilds that know where the fish are and how to find them from Kings to Sockeye lake trout to rainbows everyday everyone caught fish Each return trip from your day of fishing included a really nice touch. The pilot would radio in you drink order and when you landed at the lodge and arrived at your cabin it was waiting inside A guck shower and up to the lodge for a cocktail hour before dinner Dinner each night was an event. The entire group of anglers and some guides are treated to a superb meal where Bud encourages each team to speak about their experiences from the day. Bud also would speak of his extensive knowledge about his years owning and operating the lodge Later each group would be told what the next days destination would be and departure time at the dock We were fortunate to have great weather all week which was over all too soon I hope to return to Tikchik one day with my family to let them experience this outstanding outpost for fishing No doubt the finest in all of North America if not the world Please go to the website for a small taste of what you will find at Top Notch Tikchik Paul
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Traveled with friends
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illiniarchitect63 wrote a review Apr 2018
Frankfort, Illinois152 contributions18 helpful votes
Tikchik was recommended to us by friends and it definitely did not disappoint. For Alaskan inland fishing, you could not ask for a better outfitter. Every morning you take a float plane and fish a different area, the pilots are very friendly and accommodating and the food impeccable . The cabins are very clean and modern. Even though it is pricey, it is worth every penny and am hopeful to bring my son there one day.
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Date of stay: July 2017
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Miles H wrote a review Oct 2015
Alfredo V. Bonfil, Mexico5 contributions1 helpful vote
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It is a family... I have never experienced such a dedicated and we'll run group of hospitality and fishing professionals anywhere in the world... Just understanding the logistics of this operation is mind boggling, you are treated to 5 star service truly in the middle of nowhere. The trip was amazing and I will be returning next season to do it again!!
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Katheryn S wrote a review Sep 2015
Winter Garden, Florida35 contributions1 helpful vote
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Staying at the TikChick Narrows Lodge beat all our expectations! Not only was the fishing experience amazing (Salmon, Trout, Dolly Vardon, and Pike galore) the staff and guides provided service above and beyond! From the minute they pick you up at the airport to the minute they drop you off you are in excellent hands. The cooks were amazing and providing delicious meals everyday. It was worth every penny and we will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: September 2015
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Room Tip: The Grayling Cabin was amazing and we had beautiful views of the surrounding lake
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James G wrote a review Jul 2015
new york, ny54 contributions53 helpful votes
Tikchik Narrows Lodge is a testimony to how it should be done. I don't know if there's a Harvard Business School case study for how to run an Alaska fishing lodge out in the bush -- but if there is, this would be be the one. And that really speaks to the commitment and work ethic of the owner/manager, Bud Hodson, a veteran fishing guide, bush pilot, hotelier and conservationist. He does what all great managers do: He finds smart, committed people; delegates; and then holds them accountable for performance. Start with the fishing program, which is over seen by head guide Chip King, who if memory serves has been working there 20 years or so. Chip oversees a staff of about a dozen guides, each of whom is assigned each day to no more than two anglers to work with. At night, Chip made assignments for who would fish with whom, taking into account what species people wanted to target and where fish were present or running. Our first request was for an overnight at the remote Sunset Camp on the upper reaches of the famed Nushagak River to target trout. The camp, about 60 or 75 miles from the main lodge, while out there, isn't exactly roughing it -- there's running water (not hot; it's frikkin freezing), electricity for a few hours to charge phones, batteries, etc. and wonderful cooking thanks to Karen Moore. We were joined by another couple and had a blast fishing with ace guides Breon King (Chip's older brother) and Ben Streitz (Chip's uncle). My wife, who had never fly fished before caught her first rainbows, dolly varden and grayling as well as a shocking fire-engine red king on a light trout rod. What a tussle! We were only supposed to spend Sunday night at the camp, with a pickup by float plane Monday afternoon. But weather moved in, the planes couldn't fly and we were stranded. The only problem was lack of food. So out we went in the boats to fish for dinner. After catching a half-dozen fish, we were set. It was a wonderful, unscripted moment where we stopped being clients and workers and were just people having a wonderful time. Thank you Karen, Ben and Breon. Tuesday morning the weather cleared and the float plane retrieved us. By the time we got back to the main lodge it was really too late to head out to fish, so we loaded up one of the planes, flown by pilot Steve Larsen, to head to Katmai Natl Park to see the brown bears catching salmon at Brooks Falls. THIS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WANT TO MISS. And if you happen to fly with Steve, you're with the best. I think he's been flying for something like 36 years in Alaska. Not only does he inspire confidence, he's a super guy and a talented photographer as well. The first time I flew with him my knuckles were clenched so tight that I think I cut off the circulation to my fingers. By the end of the week I was dozing off with him at the controls. On Wednesday, we flew to another very remote location to fish a river called the Kulukak to target king salmon. Our guide that day was Adam Franceshini, a big bear of a bearded guy who looks the part of an Alaska guide but is a really sweet, patient fellow who was great with my wife. Working with him, she hooked probably 10 kings and landed about 8. The next day, we hit the middle part of the Nushagak, again for kings, with guide Joe Leonardelli. Friendly, upbeat ex-Marine who worked his tail off to get us kings. Among our catch was a 40+ inch raging red king that my wife landed. Last day was back to the Kulukak with Breon King, who praised it as "the little river with big fish." Ain't that the truth. My wife hooked one of the two hardest-fighting fish we tied into on the trip -- a broad-shouldered female hen that took her about 15 minutes to get to shore for a quick pic and release. Just as an aside, this is big-time bear country and on one of the sand banks we stopped to fish we saw monster fresh footprints twice the size of my size 11 wading boots. These are giants! And indeed, as we were leaving in the motor boat to rendezvous with the float plane I spotted a huge, blond bear running along the river bank startled by the sound of our motor. Other than an elephant, I've never seen a larger land animal. Ok, you kind of expect great fishing in Alaska, and we got it. But then you return to the lodge. Drink requests have already been radioed in ahead of time, and are waiting for you in your room. Dinners ranged from quite good to outstanding (and I'm writing this from Greenwich Village in NYC where we're a picky bunch about restaurants). The service was excellent: prompt, courteous to a fault and uniformly friendly. Again, I attribute this to the person Bud Hodson has running hospitality, Carol Smith, and the crew she had working for her -- Shelley Gress, Emilee Johnson, Mariah Ore, Heidi Bergt along with Daria Mikrut. But here's what made evenings at the lodge so enjoyable: After dinner and KP was done, the guides and servers would join the guests for sundowners in the lounge or on the deck overlooking the turquoise waters of Tikchik Lake, dense forest and snow covered mountains for mingling and story-telling. Again, as much as the fishing and Alaska was wonderful, so was the gang at Tikchik. Think about that if you decide to go.
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Date of stay: July 2015
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