Your Alaska Fishing Lodge Hosts

Bud Hodson

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.

Adam Franceschini

Adam grew up in the Berkshire Mountains of northwest Connecticut where he learned how to fish at an early age, instilling in him a passion for fishing, water and the outdoors.  Adam began guiding on the famed rivers in western Montana, where he quickly learned how to navigate a drift boat on big water.  Since then, he has guided on the San Juan river in New Mexico, South Holston and Watauga rivers in TN, The Steelhead Ally of Lake Erie in Ohio, Amazon River Basin of Brazil, Salmon River and Housatonic River in Connecticut.

Along with being an Ambassador for Sage rods as well as the American Museum of Fly Fishing, he is a popular guest speaker and commercial fly designer. Adam is a year-round International guide working on the water eleven months of the year. He spends his spring guiding for the West Branch Angler in Hancock, NY, the winter guiding for Coyhaique River Lodge in Chile and serving as Head Guide for Tikchik Narrows Lodge in Bristol Bay, AK. Adam has worked at Tikchik since 2007.

Carol Smith

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.