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Goodnews River Fly Fishing Trips

honored to be a permit holder on this legendary Alaskan river!

Alaskan wilderness views and camp life that is unmatched!

With over 20 years of experience within the team combined we can create a wilderness fishing trip through this program that will meet your highest expectations. Streamside accommodations nightly including a newly refreshed camp, luxurious bush dining, and camaraderie make this float trip a cherished memory to share with everyone.

The Goodnews River has an incredible return year in and out – and we can camp right on top of some of the most productive spots on the river!

About our Goodnews Alaska Float Fishing Trips

We have “Early Season” dates on the Goodnews River focused on targeting Giant King (Chinook) Salmon, Sockeye Salmon and Trophy Leopard Rainbow Trout on fly rod. The Goodnews is a shorter distance float than the Kanektok and it allows us to slowly prod each and every rootwad and grass bank for the leopard rainbows – as well as stop on all of the prime gravel bars for King Salmon. These early dates (June and July) typically have some of our best weather of the season as well.

Unreal Coho Salmon Fishing & Dolly Varden Runs

The “Late Season” dates on the Goodnews River are focused on the resident Arctic Char who are the largest and most colored up all year and the incredibly prolific Coho Salmon and Dolly Varden runs. These Char are an incredible fight on fly rod – almost always wanting to go in to your backing and these dates are PRIME TIME!

  • 67 Mile float from the fly-in put in at Goodnews Lake – to Goodnews Bay
  • Inside Togiak National Wildlife Refuge – a 6.5 million acre refuge
  • Incredible King Salmon Runs
  • Epic Dolly Varden Runs – the Western kind that are extra LRG
  • World Class Arctic Char Sizes
  • Bank and Boat Fishing for Coho
  • Great Trophy Leopard Rainbow Trout Fishing

Goodnews Float Fishing Booking availability 2024

Now Booking for Goodnews Dates Summer 2024!

Summer 2024 Availability

Price to be Determined Per Angler

TripAvailability
June 25 – July 2BOOKED
July 5 – 12BOOKED
7 Day 6 Night Arolik River August 9 – 15 6 SEATS AVAILABLE!
7 Day 6 Night Arolik River August 13 – 196 SEATS AVAILABLE!
7 Day 6 Night Goodnews River August 23 – 29BOOKED
7 Day 6 Night Goodnews River Sept 4 – 10 6 SEATS AVAILABLE!

Book your Goodnews river fly fishing Trip

Interested in learning more about our Alaskan Fly Fishing Trips? Fill out this form, and we’ll be more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Our Goodnews river Fly Fishing Trip Reviews

Cameron Hamrick
Cameron Hamrick
I went into the trip just wanting to learn how to fly fish. I didn’t expect to really catch any fish. Caught 3! Our group of 5 caught 15 or so fish. David and Colin were great. And can’t forget our mascot Cowboy who brought us good luck.
Justin Crawford
Justin Crawford
Skye and HCGS are the best. Outstanding experience across the board.
Joleen Sherman
Joleen Sherman
Hi everyone, adventure and new experiences are imperative for living a life outside the box. I chose this fly fishing experience for my birthday adventure/ bucket list. Nick was my guide and to say he was excellent is selling him short. I went on this tour not knowing anything about how to fly fish. I chose it because I love outdoors everything!!! I was not disappointed. Nick was so kind, patient and knowledgeable. We went to some spectacular spots. My very first cast ever in my life I caught a speckled brown. Obviously I had a wonderful experience and Nick was the catalyst for my beautiful birthday adventure and celebration. Thank you Nick 😊
Denise Martinez
Denise Martinez
Had an amazing day with Nick today. Outfitted us with all the gear we needed and then off to a great day of learning the right techniques to catch some fish. Nick was awesome and my son, husband and myself had a great day catching trout. Highly recommend if you will be in the area.
Trisha Greenen
Trisha Greenen
Special thanks to Kirby Mellot with High Country Guides-Boone Fly Shop! We had an amazing two day wade trip! Personal Best Wild Brown Trout for my son! I highly recommend High Country Guides, Boone Fly Shop and Kirby Mellot as your Guide. Thanks Kirby!
Jack McCarthy
Jack McCarthy
We’ve used this guide service several times and always been extremely happy with our guide Nate. I book with him exclusively because I know he’s going to provide an amazing experience. I’ve taken both my sons and a friend on different trips with Nate and all had nothing but exceptional reviews of the trips, guide and experiences. Nate caters to every little need with ease, adjusts to the audience and skill level very quickly, and we catch some amazing trout. Can’t wait to get out again with him soon!
Ionic Bionic
Ionic Bionic
Great experience!! Both Corey and Collin are very knowledgeable about the area and fly fishing. Four of us had a half day and caught 22 fish!! Overall great experience highly recommend and great tips and tricks for all levels of experience!!
Dave Taylor
Dave Taylor
Excellent wade trip with David as my guide! Very knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with!
Garrett Skillestad
Garrett Skillestad
I recently had the pleasure of booking a fly fishing trip with this guide service, and it was absolutely fantastic! Corey Murphy was incredibly knowledgeable about the area and provided top-notch instruction throughout the day. The equipment provided was top-of-the-line, and the scenery on the Watauga river was amazing. A truly great escape for a day. We even caught some trout. Overall it was a fantastic time and every person in our party’s expectations were managed and exceeded. I highly recommend High Country Guide service to anyone looking for a memorable fly fishing experience. Five stars all the way!
Brian Dotson
Brian Dotson
Alyssa is an amazing guide and cant wait to get out again soon

Frequently Asked Questions About the Goodnews river Trip

What types of fish are usually caught on Alaska Float Fishing Trips?

You can expect to see all 5 species of Pacific Salmon including King Salmon, Pink Salmon, Red Salmon, Chum Salmon, and Silver Salmon. Our participants often catch Arctic Grayling, Lake Trout, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, and trophy Rainbow Trout.

What gear do I need for my Alaska Float Fishing Trip?

Use our Alaska Float Trip Gear List made with our 6-night, 7-day trips in mind. We will supply you with all the gear such as your pole and flies to fish with, along with luxurious meals. You ensure you bring comfortable rain gear, waders, a sleeping bag, synthetic clothing, and toiletries.

What is not included in the cost to book an Alaska Fishing Trip?

Commercial flights to and from Alaska, your Alaskan fishing license, gratuity for your guide, first-night stay in Bethel (our float plane service provides a bed at a pro-rated cost), gratuity for the bush pilot, and any food costs while traveling are not included with your costs to book our Alaska Fly Fishing Trips.

How many guests will be on my Alaskan Fly Fishing Trip with Chosen River Outfitters?

All dates for Alaskan Fly Fishing are for 6 guests maximum. Our permit only allows 6 people per trip, and the start date listed is the day guests fly to the put-in location and begin their trip for 7 days and six nights.

How will we travel to our Southwest Alaska Fishing Trip?

Bush flights to and from Bethel, Alaska, to our put-in and drop-off location are covered with your booking. Your payment does not provide commercial flights to and from Bethel.

Do I need an Alaskan Fishing License?

Yes. All guests on our Alaskan fishing trips are required to have a valid Alaska Sport Fishing License.

How much should I tip my guide for a Fly-In Alaskan Fly Fishing Trip?

Gratuity for the fly fishing guides on our Fly-In Alaska Fly Fishing Trips is typically 10-15% of the total trip cost. Don’t forget to tip your Bush Plane Pilot and that cash is preferred too!

Have a question?

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​828-386-6216

​highcountryguides@gmail.com

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