Float Trip Program Overview
Program Overview: We offer four different float trip programs on a wide variety waters across the state of Alaska, waters known by anglers from around the world for excellent fishing, be it for trophy rainbow trout or pacific salmon. These programs are our "Fisherman's Deluxe", "Fisherman's Standard" , "Intimate Rivers" & "Kanektok Style" float trips, and availability depends on the particular river you choose to float with us. On some waters most service levels are available on others due to accessibility and logistics only what we call our "intimate rivers" version is an option.
Each of these packages offer a different level of service with the least expensive being what we have come to call our "intimate rivers" package utilizing smaller rafts, expedition style two to four man tents, and fewer other amenities then the two deluxe trips and should be considered as an 'roughing it' bare bones style trip, without seats in the rafts or cots in the tents and are comparable to what most other operators offer as standard Alaska float trip fare.
Our deluxe trips, the "Fisherman's Deluxe" and "Fisherman's Standard" & "Kanektok Style" are also what we call our "Deluxe Alaska Lodge Style Float Trips" because the "accommodations" are like no other you will find on an Alaska float trip anywhere!
The Accommodations on our deluxe float trips are in spacious, high quality tents made right here in Alaska. for Alaska conditions. Each of these tents is used to house two anglers in which you can stand in comfortably and come equipped with cots and chairs. This provides you ample space for your gear, as well as a comfortable retreat should the weather become inclement. Also on these trips are our custom built large gathering / dinning tent capable of holding the entire group for dining or as a gathering area. All guests are welcome to hang out in this common space for drinks, fly tying and socializing. Other comforts such as available hot showers, toilet facilities and other little touches that make an Alaska Rainbow Adventures deluxe trip a cut above all others.
Where the deluxe trips differ, is that on the "Fisherman's Deluxe" trip there is a "two to
one" guest to guide ratio with two anglers and their guide floating the river in
custom built drifter rafts each equipped with custom frames that have casting
stations front and rear allowing for an exceptional angling experience.
"Fisherman's deluxe trips also feature an additional boat and camp hand that carries much of the camp gear and the majority
of bags. Of course we still spend as much time as possible wading for fish. The
additional guide/camp hand also assists in the setting up and taking down camp
and assisting where necessary with guiding duties. The drifter rafts, being
lightly loaded are able to access
almost any run on the river much like a drift boat and are highly maneuverable
Our Fisherman's standard float trips offer the same camping amenities but no gear / bag boat or extra camp hand and a two or three to one guest / guide ratio depending on overall group size. These float trips require some participation and group effort. Your participation with unloading the rafts, moving camp gear and taking down sleep tents each morning is greatly appreciated. Each day anglers will rotate guides enabling everyone to fish with each member of the staff.
We offer a special level of service on the Kanektok river, This is an modified version of our "Fisherman's Deluxe" & "Fisherman's Standard" trips with all the features of an fisherman's standard trip and the "two anglers per boat feature" of the fisherman's deluxe trips but no gear boat or extra guide/camp hand and guests assist the guides with camp setup and breakdown of tent & cots. . These trips are limited to just eight guests total with four boats and four guides.
Fisherman's Deluxe Float Trips
One of the things about floating with any type of raft that is loaded down with camping gear and anglers is that they do not allow you true access to all the available water that a smaller lightly loaded raft can get to. Therefore we now have available an option that provides for each two guests a guide with a custom built inflatable drifter raft. This is a specially built raft with casting stations front and rear, maneuverable enough to scoot across or back up some runs (perfect for mousing big bows on the Alagnak or tossing wogs at 'silvers' on the Goodnews!!) allowing great access to the best water. We can do this because the boats are first off specially built to do just this and are only lightly loaded with lunch, beverages and essential gear you need for the day.
The majority of other gear will be carried to pre determined camp sites on one of our cargo boats and camp will be pre set* by a camp helper / guide before or upon your arrival and taken down each morning after you have packed for the day (On days we actually move locations). This differs from our regular or standard deluxe trips where you travel on board rafts with all your gear, the camp gear and your guide and you assist setting up and taking down camp and stop only in areas the loaded boat is able to access and safely stop. This "Fisherman's Deluxe" option does cost more as there is a lower guest to guide ratio 2 to 1, more boats, and additional camp help & flights, so expect to pay a premium per person for this service vs. our regular "Fisherman's Standard" float trips. On our Alagnak river float this seven day and six night trip puts you on more water and more fish then you would sitting on the gear raft and you also get our famous deluxe accommodations in our traveling Alaska tent lodge. No one but Alaska Rainbow Adventures offers you this exceptional level of service in an Alaska float trip, even most lodges can not touch us for the amount of pure fishing time on the water and the access these inflatable drift boats offer. Our Fisherman's Deluxe Alaska Fishing Package for the serious fisher - We require a minimum of four passengers but able to handle groups of up to eight anglers. Call today 877-235-2647 - This trip Is available on our Alagnak and Goodnews River float Trips, call for details.
*Occasionally for safety and for taking advantage of exceptional fishing the gear raft will stay in proximity of the drifter rafts so camp may be set up at locations of opportunity. When those are determined the camp helper will still set up camp it will just not be pre-set up before your arrival.
Fisherman's Standard Alaska Float Trips
Our Goodnews River, Moraine & Lake Creeks as well as Alagnak and Togiak river trips are 'standard deluxe' trips by default. The deluxe options can be added at extra cost on some waters.
We call them "Deluxe Alaska Lodge Style Float Trips" Because the accommodations are like no other you will find on an Alaska float trip anywhere. Accommodations on our deluxe Alaska river float trips are in spacious, high quality tents made right here in Alaska*. Each of these tents is used to house two anglers. This provides you ample space for your gear, as well as a comfortable retreat should the weather become inclement. We also provide comfortable cots a welcome luxury after a day of fishing, just toss on "your pad and bag" and enjoy a good nights sleep. On many fall trips those that that start after September 1st is a custom built 10 x 20 dining tent that can be heated and is capable of holding the entire group for dining or as a gathering area. This tent is also extremely weather resistant, made in Alaska for Alaska's extreme fall conditions. All other Alagnak and Togiak trips for now continue to have our well tested convertible dining tent that allows us to get out of the wind, rain or bugs. On the fisherman's deluxe trips we also offer hot showers while on the river for that fresh have not been fishing feeling just remember to please ask your guide and he will set this up for you. On our deluxe trips state of the art rafts from the some of the largest producers of whitewater craft in America are utilized to get you safely down the river in comfort. Each raft is equipped with a custom rowing frame, floor, and for angler comfort, and high back seats.
Our Fisherman's standard float trips offer most of the same camping amenities as out Fisherman's deluxe trips but no gear / bag boat or extra camp hand and a two or three to one guest / guide ratio depending on overall group size.
These float trips require some participation and group effort. Your participation with unloading the rafts, moving camp gear putting up and taking down sleep tents is greatly appreciated. Each day anglers will rotate guides enabling everyone to fish with each member of the staff.
**Moraine Creek / Alagnak river combination trips are also 'Fisherman's standard' trips. Kanektok River Trips offer an hybrid of the standard and the fisherman's deluxe trips, please call or review this entire page for details.
Intimate Rivers Alaska float trips
Our Intimate rivers program encompasses a couple of ideals. Travel to smaller streams that offer a more intimate overall experience, and doing so with less gear then on our full blown deluxe trips that we offer on the Goodnews River, Alagnak and Togiak rivers. Sometimes this is however actually necessary due to the river not having direct access by lake or just because of the size of the stream is such that the larger rafts used on our deluxe trips is not practical. ( We do offer a limited number of our intimate rivers trips on the Goodnews river as an more economical option to our deluxe trips ) Our "intimate rivers" version is an option. Each of these packages offer a different level of service with the least expensive being what we have come to call our "intimate rivers" package utilizing smaller rafts, expedition style tents, and fewer amenities then the two deluxe trips and should be considered as an 'roughing it' bare bones style trip, comparable to what most other operators offer as standard Alaska float trip fare.
Rivers we offer intimate rivers trips on are The Kanektok River, North and middle fork of the Goodnews, American Creek the Talachulitna, Lake Creek, Stuyahok, Koktuli and Kwethluk rivers. We also use this program to explore new waters which are often trips suggested by previous guests during conversations around the campfire. Call for additional information if you are interested in participation one one of these trips!
Remember these trips are usually unscheduled custom trips, some on smaller less traveled streams. We usually need at least four guests to get one of these on the schedule If you are traveling alone or have just two anglers in your group and you can be flexible often we can combine groups to put a trip together. These trips allow you to get up close and personal with trophy salmon, trout, char and other species on smaller streams and are as always, provided with the same personal service and attention to detail that has long been a hallmark of an Alaska Rainbow Adventures Alaska fly fishing float trip. Minimum of four passengers but on some trips we can handle groups of up to twelve anglers. Call today 877-235-2647
Kanektok River Standard Float Trips
We offer a special level of service on the Kanektok river, This is an modified version of our "Fisherman's Deluxe & Fisherman's Standard Trips"
. You get all the features of an fisherman's standard trip but also
with the two anglers per boat one front and one rear feature of the fisherman's deluxe package.
Questions? Call us for more information.
These trips are limited to just eight guests total with four boats
and four guides / no gear boat or extra camp hand.
Other Trips ~ Wildlife Photography
Also available in and around Katmai are three to five day wildlife viewing and photography Alaska float trips. Call for additional information and to schedule your trip toll free 877-235-2647.
Bear Viewing & Photography
At certain times of the year we offer two to five day bear viewing photography trips on select waters; These trips offer the serious wildlife photographer more time and flexibility to get the photograph of a lifetime. You have more time on the river, less disruption as we use no motors on our float trips to disturb the animals and there is no need to pack up and leave right when the light gets right because you are camped on the river when the bears are most active.