What is included with my fishing trip?
The use of Simms waders, wading boots and rain shells (if needed) as well as top of the line rods, reels, flies, and lures. We have all different types of fishing gear and tackle, from light tackle spin gear and 2 weight fly rods to heavy ocean rods and 10 weight fly rods. Please email us if you have a specific request for gear type and we would be happy to accommodate you. You can always bring your own rods and reels if desired. Hot and cold soft drinks are provided on all trips. A catered lunch from the Larkspur Cafe is provided on full day trips. Fly fishing and spin casting instructions are always included.
What is NOT included?
Airfare to and from Sitka, fishing licenses, lodging, city sales tax (6%), gratuities, alcoholic drinks, breakfast and dinner are not included.
Where should I stay?
Contact us to arrange a lodging and fishing package for you. We are happy to help you find the right accommodations. Hotels, bed and breakfasts, camping and RV parks and vacation rentals are available in Sitka. Lodging can fill up early so it’s best to book as far in advance as possible.
How do I get to Sitka?
Sitka is situated on Baranof Island in southeast Alaska. It is accessible only by air and sea. Alaska Airlines has daily year-round jet service and Delta Airlines offers summer seasonal jet service. Please refer to their respective websites for available flights and pricing. The Alaska Marine Highway and many cruise lines that sail the Inside Passage have Sitka as a port of call.
What kind of boat will we be in?
The “River Runner” is a 24’ Hewescraft aluminum hull boat with fully enclosed cab powered by a 200 HP Suzuki outboard engine. The boat is equipped with a kerosene heater, plenty of room for bringing extra gear and a nice warm ride to and from the fishing grounds.
Where do we meet?
We will arrange to meet at a harbor or at the municipal airport. Many lodging options are within walking distance of the harbor. If you do not have a vehicle or your lodging is not close to the harbor we will pick you up the morning of fishing.
What should I bring?
- Polarized sunglasses
- Warm/wool socks
- Layered clothing
- Rain jacket
What types of fishing trips do you offer?
We offer half day, full day and multi-day trips on fresh or saltwater. All of our freshwater trips are walk and wade fishing where we access the rivers by boat or float plane. For a fly out, we will be dropped off in the morning by an air charter service and then picked up in the afternoon and returned to Sitka. Our freshwater trips are mainly fishing rivers and creeks, but some lake fishing is available. We have trips that include lodging in Sitka and trips that do not. An adventurous option is an overnight camping trip at a US Forest Service remote cabin via float plane or saltwater boat access. Please inquire about the cabin options.
Can I bring fish home with me?
Technically, yes. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has set bag and possession limits on freshwater and saltwater, but we promote catch and release to help ensure a healthy population of salmon, steelhead, trout and char in years to come. If you want to harvest fish from the saltwater and/or the freshwater and it is legal, we can arrange to have it processed at local processor here in Sitka. The cost to have fish processed is between $2.50 and $3.00/lb on the outgoing weight and can generally be taken home as checked baggage on your airplane.
Do you sell any Classic Casting gear?
Yes! We have a variety of customized Simms hats, rain shells, key chains and t-shirts. We also have custom engraved Hydro Flask water bottles and coffee mugs. These awesome bottles will keep your cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for 6+ hours.
How Do I Obtain a License?
You can purchase a fishing license online. You can then print it out and you must have the license on you while fishing. The website is https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/store/. You may also buy them on the boat, but it saves time to purchase in advance. Contact us to verify dates fishing before purchasing online.
How Do I Ensure I Have the Right Gear?
Prior to your arrival, we will email you with a list of questions so we can outfit you perfectly. You can also view the wader chart below to choose the right size for you.
1. What is your height, weight, and shoe size?
2. Which hand do you cast the rod with and/or which hand do you reel with?
3. Do you need a rain shell or jacket or will you be bringing your own?