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The Alaskan scenery is as diverse as it is immense. The dramatic summer light produces unforgettable imagery. Mountains, rivers, and raw wilderness keep the “last frontier” an accurate description. Vast forested regions, grand mountain ranges, miles, and miles of coastline, rivers, and tundra make up this wonderful region. The main feature is Lake Iliamna, with a length of 75 miles and 20 miles wide, the lake covers 1,000 square miles and is home to the largest sockeye salmon run in the world. Other world-class fishing includes Dolly Varden, arctic char, lake trout and grayling.

“My 11 year old son and I recently spent a week at Rainbow King—July 17 to 23rd 2016. We were greeted at the Iliamna airport by the guides and taken to the lodge which is only a few miles away. From the minute we arrived, we were welcomed by the staff, and immediately felt their warm hospitality. The other guests must have felt it as well, and everyone just sort of naturally mixed. We had a wonderful dinner, and then a quick briefing on the week ahead by Gus. Our room was great, and the beds are very comfortable! We were awakened by a knock on the door the next morning and in came the hot coffee and hot cocoa for my son—-not too bad! We went to the dining room for breakfast, back to our room to get ready, and off we went. It’s that simple. Each day was a new adventure followed by relaxing in the “rec room” , a great meal,lots of laughs, and a great nights sleep. The fishing was incredible, and the guides were AWESOME. They were all extremely personable, polite, attentive and knowledgable. Not only can they fish and instruct, but they can cook the best shore side lunches I could have imagined. The pilots and the aircraft were also AWESOME! We were in Heaven. Gus and his crew are the most hospitable, and professional bunch of people I’ve ever met—hands down. The owners and staff of Rainbow King have got it figured out! John Jr. did not want to leave….. If your are looking for a first class Alaska fishing experience, look no further. The fishing was incredible (sockeye, rainbows, grayling), but it was the people who made it a truly special experience. Thank you Gus and your crew for taking such good care of us and making our trip of a lifetime so perfect!” – John D Fentress