We are an air taxi and not a
guide service or an outfitter. We supply transportation only to and
from the fishing and hunting areas best known to us. You can direct us
to specific drop-off or pickup points if you desire. If you are
unfamiliar with the area, we can suggest rivers or lakes based on our
experience over the past years.
As you begin to plan for your
fishing or hunting trip, let us know if you are interested in camping at
a stationary camp or if you would like to float a river.
1. Stationary Camp. We fly you and
your equipment to a river or lake, large enough to safely operate out
of, and at your specified date. We return to pick you up at the same
spot you were dropped off.
2. River Float Trips. We fly you
and your equipment to the headwaters of a river and pick you up at a
predetermined pickup point down river. Your base camps would be set up
wherever and as many times as you like. This method offers a larger
variety of scenery and fishing at the spots your find best.
disadvantages: It is seldom productive to hunt both caribou and moose
from the same base camp because of the different nature of their
habitats. We suggest a move from a typical caribou area to a typical
moose area if you want to hunt both species. I might add- it doesn't
hurt my feelings if you only want to hunt caribou. They are easier to
find, hunt and pack out. Moose are not as abundant, harder to hunt and
more difficult to handle when it comes time to packing out ALL
the meat. Remember, it is your responsibility to be sure all the
meat comes out of your camp. (Consult the current hunting regulations
for details.) Percentage of success based on the last ten years at
base camps is about 90% on caribou and about 20-25% on moose. The
float trips seem to have a better moose success rate because moose are
most commonly found around water or back-water boggy areas.
takes a lot of work and effort to keep the meat from spoiling when
transported in the rafts.
This area is excellent for
fishing since it is in the Bristol Bay Trophy Water Shed, the Mulchatna
and Nushagak River drainages, the Lake Clark and Katmai National Parks.
We are currently flying DHC-2
Beavers on floats. Your charter time starts from the lake in Iliamna
and continues until the aircraft returns back to Iliamna. Any charters
with the Beavers have a minimum charge of one hour. If you want to look
around at scenery or animals en route, that's fine by us. The cost of
the hunt per person will vary depending on how far you have to hunt, how
many people are in your party, the weight of you and your gear and the
types of animals that you are hunting. For planning purposes, the
average hunts will generally have extra time due to the weight of the
animals that you will be bringing back, which might necessitate an extra
We use 1200 pounds as your
payload and that includes the body weights of all passengers and the
weight of all, even your carry-on gear that goes in the aircraft with
you. Three or four people usually fit into one Beaver load. Since we are
very concerned with your safety and ours, we pay close attention to
Once you get your dates
confirmed, we would like to help you make arrangements to get from
Anchorage to Iliamna. We now offer daily flights in our new, beautiful
pressurized Pilatus PC-12s. Upon your arrival at our Iliamna base, you
will be transported to the float planes for your flight to the hunting
One item you will need is hip
boots since all out hunting and fishing flights operate by float
aircraft. Please pack them on the top of your pack - not the
bottom - because that will be the first item you need to keep yourself
dry while getting in and out of the float planes. Good rain gear, bug
repellant, and head nets are a necessity.
Thank you and
please call if you have any questions.