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THE OTHER STEELHEAD population of super-charged, chrome-bright fish that desperately want to eat large flies before winter sets in. Moreover, these fish, which typically run between 24 and 34 inches, are widely considered stronger inch per inch than the average steelhead, and almost invariably run deep into the backing. Additionally, jetboat run times to the targeted waters are short, and guests that prefer not to wade have ample opportunities to fish form the boat. On a typical day, anglers will have roughly a half a dozen opportunities, and when you bring one of these trophies to hand you would be hard pressed to not see it as one of the most beautiful steelhead you have ever seen. Is it a steelhead? Well not exactly, but then again does it really matter if it is big, bright, strong and anadromous in its own way? While there are several great operations from which you can target these remarkable fall fish, we have selected two standouts. Additionally, we have worked with them to set up special high-value packages, exclusively for Fly Water Travel’s guests, that will put you on the best waters, without getting in an aircraft, irrespective of the weather.

Rapids Camp Lodge Situated on the banks of the Naknek River, Rapids Camp Lodge is a popular full-service fly-out lodge that has created a special late-season program for anglers intent on targeting the biggest and brightest lake-run fish during the late season. This program will focus exclusively on their world-famous home waters and

enable eight dedicated swing anglers to target some of the state’s largest fish without incurring the cost of a full fly-out program. The lodge features eight comfortable double-occupancy rooms with private baths, a large friendly bar, a gourmet chef, a workout room and all the needed waders and tackle their guests require. When it comes to creature comforts, a high value and a chance to tangle with some of the world’s largest and hottest rainbows, this is an opportunity like no other. Dates: Sept. 20-27, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, Oct. 4-11 Rate: $9,495 per person for a 7 night/6 day package

Igiugig Lodge With 30 years of guiding experience in the region, Brad Waitman has created one of the most unique and intimate operations in the state. Catering to only six guests per week, Brad’s program focuses on their trophy home waters, the Kvichak, in additiom to two fly-outs. One of the single greatest stretches of swing water in the state is a short walk from the lodge’s front door where Lake Iliamna necks down and becomes the Kvichak. This intimate no-frills lodge is a Fly Water Travel favorite, and with Brad’s vast experience and drive, this special late-season jetboat program will deliver astonishing rainbows to all that visit. This is not only one of the greatest values in Alaska, but also a shining example of what a hands-on owner-operated lodge can be. Dates: Sept. 28-Oct 5, Oct. 5-12 Rate: $6,800 per person for a 7 night/6 day package

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