Bud Hodson owns and operates Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Bristol Bay and oversees all aspects of the operation. He has been in the sportfishing business for the past 40 years, all of which have been in the Wood River/Tikchik Lakes region of Western Alaska. He started out as a fishing guide before advancing to pilot and guide. Bud has built a reputation for developing one of the finest sportfishing operations in the world here in Bristol Bay and stays “hands on” to ensure that Tikchik continues to improve and provide an extraordinary level of service and fishing.
Bud has been piloting float planes for 38 years and has accumulated thousands of hours of flying time while flying our anglers out fishing each day. His 40 years of fishing experience in the area will be the difference between good fishing and great fishing. His enthusiasm for fishing and, more importantly, seeing others catch fish is just one reason why Tikchik Narrows Lodge is in a class of its own.
Chip King is Tikchik’s head fishing guide and runs our Bristol Bay fishing program. Chip started guiding at Tikchik Narrows Lodge in 1991. Through the years Chip has guided every fishing venue Tikchik offers. Chip has pioneered several new fishing opportunities for Tikchik Anglers.
Chip is in charge of the daily fishing assignments, orchestrating who goes where and scheduling the aircraft and guides. Chip’s knowledge of all of the fisheries and complete understanding of the dynamics of moving all of our anglers and guides makes our daily schedule run smoothly and provides incredible fishing.
Chip is an amazing fishing guide with a tremendous passion for fishing and guiding.
Carol Smith is Tikchik’s Manager of Hospitality. Carol has been with Tikchik since 2007. She has worked in the Hospitality field for many years. Carol is from New Zealand and lives in New Zealand in the winter when not at Tikchik.
She has an extensive background in hospitality having worked at a ski resort in California for many years. She has also worked at various lodges and ships in Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Seward Alaska. Carol has a terrific sense of humor and a keen eye to detail. She is a “hands on” manager who ensures exceptional service for Tikchik anglers.