Getting to Nome

Non-stop or one-stop flights to Anchorage are available on multiple carriers from most major cities in America and Europe.  The last leg is a short flight on Alaska Airlines to Nome, often with a quick stop above the arctic circle in the village of Kotzebue.  When reserving your fishing trip, ask us about our Flat Rate Airline ticket service option.  When booked far enough in advance, we are able to lock in a fixed price for your travel needs and act as your travel agent to reserve your seats.

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Nome (65 N, 165W) is located along the Bering Sea coast on the southern side of the Seward Peninsula, 126 miles south of the Arctic Circle, and 105 miles east of the International Dateline. The Kigluaik mountains form the west end of the North American Continental divide. With Russia to the west, the Bering Strait region is truly where the east meets the west. The region boasts the historic Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, a crossroads of two continents, rich with remnants of early human history, as well as hot springs and old lava beds.

For a small town, Nome is quite well known. Nome is most famous for its gold mining history, where Wyatt Earp once landed. Nome is also the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, an 1100 mile race across Alaska from Anchorage to Nome. New York Broadway style plays are put on by the Nome Arts Council, the Bering Sea Ice Golf Classic allows you to test your golf skills on challenging turf, and you can take a dip in the Bering Sea during Nome’s Memorial Day Polar Bear Swim.


When you book a trip to Alaska, you assume all that it has to offer; great scenery, great fishing, and of course, weather.  The weather in Western Alaska can vary greatly throughout the summer, from rain and wind, to warm, sunny days.  Since all of our trips require helicopter flying, weather will be a consideration for every operation, and safety will not be compromised.  The helicopters are able to fly with minimal ceiling and visibility requirements, and down days are very rare.  When it does occur, there is still plenty of fishing opportunities via road access.  During a day off you may also choose to explore Nome, or take a drive out one of our scenic roads where remnants from Nome’s gold mining era can be seen.

Daytime highs during the summer on the Seward Peninsula average 50-60° F, although 70+° F days are not uncommon on the inland rivers that we fish.  Lows average 40-45° F, with record summer low temperatures around 30° F.  Pack several layers of clothing to stay comfortable and dry in 50-70° F, rain or shine.


Helicopter transportation is provided by Bering Air, Inc., using the Robinson R44 or the Airbus AS350, depending on the group size. Both are comfortable, safe, provide a great view, and are perfectly suited to our fly fishing adventures. Helicopters allow access to places unreachable by other means. The old saying that “getting there is half the fun” certainly applies here. Depart right from the cabin for an awesome view of the Alaskan wilderness, with a chance to see grizzly bear, moose and musk oxen, then pick a bend on the river to start fishing.

Multiple shuttles take 10-20 minutes each and are done until everyone is on the river in the morning. At the end of the day there is no set rendezvous point, since the helicopter can land on any gravel bar that the groups wish to stop on. Everyone gets equal time on the river and we all shuttle back to the cabins for the evening.

Bering Air has a long-standing reputation in Western Alaska as a quality air carrier with a superb safety record. They operate a large fleet of airplanes and helicopters and have been in business since 1979. You will be flying in perfectly maintained aircraft with professional pilots who make their living flying year-round. Please note that the passenger weight limit is 250lbs per person.

Packing List


Several pairs of wool socks
Comfortable pants
Long underwear/wading pants
Long sleeve warm shirts (2)
Medium-weight jacket
Rain jacket/Wading jacket
Warm hat and gloves
Favorite fishing cap
Shoes (slip ons, hikers, etc.)


Fishing gear (fishing rods, reels, line, flies, etc.)
Light backpack/sling pack/fanny pack
Polarized sunglasses
Wading shoes
Chest Waders, preferably gore-tex
Alaska Fishing license
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Personal toiletries
Camera/memory cards/chargers
Reading material
Any medication you are taking, always plan for a couple extra days.

Helicopter Flyouts