Orca Adventure Lodge in Cordova is our home for this trip. Cordova is an easy 50
minute flight from Anchorage to the Mudhole Smith Airport. The town is at the head of Orca Inlet in Prince William Sound and offers uniquely Alaskan beauty of glacier-carved mountains, lush forests and countless waterways. The lodge is a restored cannery with 40 guest rooms, a café and coffee shop. A shuttle from the airport delivered everyone to the lodge with a stop in town for
wine and such.
Day to day report
Adventure captures the essence of our experience away from the lodge.
September trip for silver salmon was spectacular.
Day 1 fishing was on the Eyak River. Silver salmon fishing is a big draw for
Cordova in the fall. We motored downstream by skiff to several likely fishing
spots. Catching was a challenge under sunny blue-bird skies but we managed to
land a few silvers. The weather was warm and scenery incredibly beautiful.
Tough day but everyone caught fish
Day 2 fishing was, well, spectacular. Lodge owner and pilot Steve Ranney flew us
across the Copper River delta to a fish camp in the lodge’s 4-seat Cessna. John,
our guide for the day, boated us by skiff up a small river to a sure-fire spot for silvers. Catching was pretty good using heavier flies with sink tips on our 8-weight rods.After fishing the river for a few hours we returned to the fish camp for a tour of relics from a ghost town. We were ready to fish a bit more, so John led us to a pond that held a variety of fish – reds, silvers and cutthroat trout. It was scenic and wonderful and everyone caught fish.
Day 3 was pay-back for the good weather of the prior days. We had rain and lots
of it. Fishing for silver salmon had slowed for most rivers in the area. Lake fishing
seemed to be the best bet, so we headed out the highway for still water angling.
Under very wet conditions, we caught salmon - mostly at the outlet of the lake.
Other anglers from the lodge stopped by to see how we were doing. No one else
was finding fish. The day was a testament to having good rain gear. We fished
until late in the day. Fishing was slow – but our group nailed it in the catching
Day 4 was a short day with no fishing. The shuttle from the hotel dropped us in
town for shopping at the Net Loft and Copper River Fleece before it was time to
head to the airport and bid a fond farewell to Cordova.