Talvista Lodge
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The Talachulitna River offers some of the best salmon and trout fly-fishing in the world. The “Tal” is a small, intimate, gravel bottom river with numerous sandbars and shallow riffles offering easy access to the deeper pools teeming with fish. The Tal is home to all five species of Pacific Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden and Arctic Grayling. Pike are accessible in nearby lakes.





























































































































Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon, also known as king salmon, are the largest and most sought after salmon species in Alaska. The Tal is the ideal river for fly-fishing for kings. The Tal has a healthy king run with fish averaging between 25-35 pounds with several 40+ pounds and one or more 50+ pound kings caught each year. Our king season runs from mid June to mid July.

Many rivers in Alaska have seen the king salmon runs steadily decline over the decades due to over-fishing and have had their king runs deemed threatened or endangered. The Tal is one of the few rivers in the state that still has a very healthy king run. Talvista Lodge has taken measures to protect this vital resource. We have a strict catch & release policy for king salmon. Because of this practice, anglers will be able to enjoy the thrill of having the mighty king on their line for many years. When you fish at Talvista Lodge you will be given the opportunity to catch the most sought after salmon species, photograph your big catch, and release the king back to the waters so you can return with your children and great grandchildren to relive the memories with them. Not only will you experience some of the best king fishing in the state of Alaska, you will leave with the knowledge that you participated in a conservation movement that will preserve the Talachulitna River king salmon run for many generations to come.


Coho Salmon

Coho salmon, also known as Silvers, are abundant on the Tal. Our Silvers average 8-12 pounds and are very popular among our fly fishermen for the constant action and voracious fight. Catch a silver on a polliwog or other surface fly. The Tal Silver season runs from the end of July through the end of August.


Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye Salmon, also known as Reds, average 6-10 pounds on the Tal. They are aggressive fighters and a favorite table fare among Alaskans. The Tal Sockeye season runs mid-July through mid-August while they journey to their spawning beds in the lakes upriver.


Pink Salmon & Chum Salmon

Pink salmon, also called Humpies, are the smallest and most abundant salmon species in Alaska. Pinks average 3-5 pounds and are aggressive fighters both on the fly and on lures. The Tal’s pink season runs from mid-July through mid-August and is especially heavy on odd years.

Chum salmon, also called Dog salmon, average 10-12 pounds and are another aggressive salmon in Alaskan rivers. The Tal’s Chum season runs from mid-July through the end of August.

Pink's and Chum's are typically not targeted by most anglers dreaming of an Alaskan adventure. It is unfortunate because these two species are abundant in most rivers, including the Tal, and offer non-stop action on both the fly and lures.


Rainbow Trout

The Talachulitna River was the first river in Alaska to be deemed catch & release for rainbow trout.  It’s many eddies, tail out pools, and gravel spawning beds give the rainbows ample places to congregate. The Tal has rainbow trout and the elusive sub-species leopard trout. Tal rainbows can reach up to 30”. Our rainbow season runs from mid-June through September and the trout get bigger as the summer progresses gaining 2-4 pounds as they feed on salmon eggs and flesh.



Grayling are native to the Tal and average 8-14 inches in length with some up to 20 inches. Their presence confirms the quality of the Talachulitna River because Grayling only live in pristine waters. Grayling do not like to compete with the salmon and are more abundant later in the season once the salmon have spawned out. Grayling season is mid-June through September.

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