Alaska Steelhead Company: Hosted Trip with Sam Lungren

Alaska Steelhead Company: Hosted Trip with Sam Lungren

Join our very own Sam Lungren in his native environment—knee deep in a frigid steelhead creek. An outdoors writer, adventure trip leader, and West Coast native, Sam has chasing these fabled fish for 20 years and even wrote his master’s thesis about the interplay between native and hatchery steelhead. The fishing for them he experienced last year with the Alaska Steelhead Company was the best he’s ever seen.

This outfit provides access to a uniquely target-rich environment, almost unheard of these days, where anglers can expect to encounter fish almost every day. It’s not the days or weeks of unanswered swings you’re used to. Whether you can convert those fly grabs to tail grabs is up to you, however. 

First-time steelhead anglers will appreciate the contained environment found in some of the smaller streams the outfit can reach. Imagine your favorite trout creek back home. The fish will likely be some 10 times larger with proportionate fighting strength, but you’ll figure it out. Maybe. 

Seasoned steelheaders will marvel at the diversity: wide, swift, glacial flows to narrow, woody rivulets to winding, grassy cutbanks you might expect in the Midwest. All host surprisingly healthy runs of entirely wild fish averaging in the 8- to 12-pound range but ranging much higher. Both Spey swinging and nymphing are practical and available here, often in the same runs. Conventional anglers are welcome too, with the ability to drift, float fish, or spoon the same waters in much the same way. 

Spaces are limited, so please contact soon to discuss coming along.

Trip Dates

October 8 October 14
Total Days: 7


Coho Salmon, Dolly Varden, Steelhead


$6,895 + 3% tax per person/person

Group Size

12 Guests

Meet Your Host

Sam Lungren

Sam grew up in the rainforests of Western Washington and began chasing the steelhead dragon at age 15. That led him on a lifelong journey in pursuit of other challenging fishes, from Costa Rica to Iceland and across the United States. His professional career has been dedicated to fueling that addiction, editing and writing about fishing, hunting, and conservation at RMEF, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, MeatEater, and Outdoor Life.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Early Arrival (optional)

Guests fly to Anchorage the night before then connect to Kenai in the morning. You may add an extra day of fishing from the lodge for only $500 or spend time settling in to the lodge and cabins.

Day 2: Arrival at the Lodge

Most guests will fly to Anchorage this day then connect to Kenai before 5 pm to make it in time for dinner service. The lodge pickup staff will run you to the grocery and liquor store to grab any additional items you might want for the week. Appetizers start at 4:30 followed by dinner at 6:30. You’ll need to arrive in Kenai by 8 am if you’d like to fish on arrival day.

Days 3-7: Fishing

Guests will enjoy five full days of steelhead and salmon fishing, with one day of fly-out access included. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day come hand-crafted by the lodge’s gourmet chef, and relaxation between fishing sessions is prioritized by the staff. You’ll see the best of Alaskan angling, cuisine, and hospitality.

Day Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, lodge staff will transport you back to the Kenai airport for your return to Anchorage and home. Additional days angling or exploring the area can be arranged as well.

The Alaska Steelhead Company: Hosted Trip with Sam Lungren

The Alaska Steelhead Company prefers to remain a little coy about their whereabouts—as any good steelheader will appreciate. It’s in Alaska. They fish a lot of streams, some known, some almost unheard of. They catch a lot of steelhead. They recently purchased and renovated a lodge with cabins on the edge of a bluff looking out over the ocean and towering Alaskan peaks. The chef, the hostess, the outfitter, and the guides are world class. You will encounter ocean-bright steelhead most days. Whether you convert those angling opportunities to photo opportunities is entirely up to you.

This operation is among the finest and most professional we’ve encountered. Whether you’re looking for your first native steelhead or your hundredth, you’ll find abundant opportunities here while enjoying the best lodging and dining experience Alaska has to offer.

While coho salmon and Dolly Varden char may be present, this is the Alaska Steelhead Company. The king of North American freshwater gamefishes reigns supreme here. Anglers will wade or float several streams accessible by vehicle, helicopter, or airplane from the lodge. You may see people some days but most you definitely won’t. If you’re the first one to catch a steelhead in a run, you get to name that piece of water. That expeditionary element builds the adventure and the bond with your guide. But when the weather conspires to ground the chopper and flood most streams, this crew has an ace up their sleeve. They call it “ironclad steelhead insurance,” a nearby lake-fed glacial river that never blows out. It swings as well as the Skagit or Clearwater, making for a lovely all-day float in any conditions. The other streams range in size from medium to very small, providing opportunities to swing or nymph or both, depending on your preference. The crew even takes a handful of steelhead on skated dry flies every year—surely a pinnacle experience on any angler’s lifetime achievement list.

Fishing Schedule

Itineraries vary based on the weather and your angling destination, but most days will begin early for a quick drive or flight to the spot after breakfast. You’ll fish hard until you’re ready for a midday lunch of Chef Felix’s gourmet soup and sandwich, then get back in the water for the afternoon bite. The guide or pilot will then whisk you back to the lodge in time for dinner service at 6. Wash, rinse, repeat.


While you’ll walk and wade many of the streams, accessed by vehicle or helicopter, the guides do run drift boats down one of the rivers and packrafts down another. Angler preference and guide availability will dictate floating options. 

Loaner Gear

Each guide will bring rigged rods for your usage every day, although you are welcome to use your own. Loaner waders and other gear can be arranged for a rental fee.

While the fishing may be rugged at times, the accommodations are anything but. The luxurious log-cabin lodge faces out at a few of Alaska’s largest and most famous mountains, occasionally backlit at night by the aurora borealis. The lodge itself contains five single-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms. Four adjacent cabins each house two beds; full kitchen, bathroom, and laundry machines; and front deck to enjoy the view. Modern appointments and amenities will keep you comfortable and well-rested between big days on the water.

The lodge staff is second to none. The delightful hostess, Lacey, will know your favorite drink before you arrive and have it ready before you have your waders off. She can also talk and fish you under the table. Matt, outfitter and owner, runs a watertight operation, placing the right anglers together with the right guides for the proper experience. The only thing he wants to know when you arrive back at the lodge is whether you got your steelhead that day. He’ll probably pour you a whiskey either way.


Chef Felix Barron hails from the high-end New York restaurant scene and serves up stunning cuisine to match–frequently including fresh, local Alaskan ingredients. Hearty breakfast and strong coffee will have you ready for the water, followed by a custom sandwich and thermos of savory soup for lunch. The three-course dinner is deserving of any 5-star restaurant, including paired wines and high-grade, locally-sourced king crab, king salmon, halibut, beef, shrimp, oysters, and more. Chef Felix is always happy to accommodate any dietary restrictions or special requests you might have. 


Complimentary Wi-fi is available throughout the lodge and cabins. Cellular service is good in many of the fishing locations.

Plush armchairs and couches surround a welcoming fireplace in the lodge’s great room. Any guest would be excused their desire to read and relax here all day, but there are countless angling and non-angling activities to be had within minutes or hours. Eagle and bear watching, beachcombing, clam digging, hiking, and scenic photography stand out, as do trips to the lovely and nearby coastal Alaskan towns for dining, shopping, whale watching, and general wandering. The operation keeps a helicopter and pilot on standby, which can be employed to access nearby national parks and shockingly scenic areas far from the beaten path.

Guests will fly into Anchorage-Ted Stevens International Airport then take a connecting flight closer to the action. Lodge staff pick you up at the airport to whisk you on to the lodge for drinks and appetizers. Guides transport you by vehicle or helicopter to the fishing grounds to either walk and wade or float in driftboats or packrafts.

Midcurrent Travel’s services are completely free, so you never pay more than if you booked directly with the lodge or outfitter. All rates are per person and listed in U.S. dollars.

6 nights / 5 full days fishing: $6,895 + 3% tax per person



  • 1 fly-out fishing day
  • All meals
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • Beer and table wine
  • Ground transportation
  • Fly rods, reels, and terminal tackle

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Fishing licenses
  • Liquor
  • Waders and boots
  • Guide and staff gratuity

Bookings are confirmed with a 50% deposit, made no later than seven days after booking a trip. Balance must be received no later than 90 days prior to the first day of the trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 90 days prior to the first day of the trip in order to receive partial or full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and nonrefundable.

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