2021 Dates: April 18-24th
Chrome Chasers is a lifetime experience to fish the Alaskan frontier for feisty steelhead. You will be sight fishing with nymphs and swinging streamers to large steelhead in pristine Alaskan waters. These steelhead average 8-15 lbs, but get as big as 20 lbs! With access to 13 different streams there is no shortage of great water to fish on this journey. The trip is not for the faint of heart. It is a true Alaskan wilderness adventure!
Contact Front Range Anglers Adventure Travel Manager Lisa McLaughlin for additional information and to BOOK!
***Anglers with strong physical abilities is a MUST. You hike several miles a day over treacherous terrain and cross streams regularly. The fishing days of Monday through Friday are long and physically demanding. It is important anglers are up for the physical challenge.***
Chrome Chasers Lodge is located in the town of Wrangell, on an island in South East Alaska. The accommodating open living areas upstairs overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the nearby Alaska Ferry Terminal. After a day of traversing the forests and streams, you can enjoy watching the sunset over the ocean and watch the occasional ship come into the harbor. The most delicious seafood dinners you may ever eat will be prepared in the kitchen, drenching you in gourmet smells as you relax and enjoy a drink. You can share your stories from the day with your fellow fisherman as the crab and shrimp that was pulled up from the pots on the way home becomes your centerpiece for dinner, (and part of breakfast too if you like!). Everyone can eat at the large dining table that seats up to 10.
Sunday Morning Arrivals: You will be picked up from the airport in a four-door, silver Ford pickup with a topper by your guide Rick Matney. It is less than a 10-minute drive from the airport to the house. You will be shown to your rooms where you may drop your bags. Those in the party who have not gotten a fishing license online will be taken by Rick to get that right away; usually a 30 minute round trip. We will vacuum seal those as soon as you have them. They will need to be with you at all times. Lunch will be ready for you at the house as soon as you return from getting your license.
Sunday Afternoon: After a warm lunch, we will have everyone suit up into layers of warm clothes, (don’t forget the rain gear and extra clothing; a good idea at all times!). You will need to bring along your newly sealed fishing licenses. Rick will drive your group down to the dock where the boat, The Chrome Chaser will be waiting with pots, ropes, and buoys for setting crab and shrimp pots for your week of harvest. For the next 3-4 hours, you will set and drop crab and shrimp post in various locations near Wrangell. Most every day some of these posts will be pulled up, emptied of the crab or shrimp that are caught in them and re-baited to be dropped down to the seafloor again for another harvest the next day.
The Chrome Chaser is a 33-foot boat with an enclosed cab and enough room to seat 8 people comfortably. It has a table for 4 in it, and a stove for keeping everyone warm after the cooler wet days of fishing. Depending on the time after setting the pots, how tired everyone is after traveling, and how eager the group is to fish, there may be some members of the party who would like to briefly hike into a close local stream to see if there are any fish in it to cast at for an hour or so.
Coffee is ready at 5:30 a.m. and breakfast is usually at 6:00 a.m. Lunches will be made every morning before breakfast. We will get your lunch preferences and make sandwiches according to your liking. There will also be snacks such as apples, granola bars, and fresh-baked cookies. Please let us know upon your arrival if you have any dietary restrictions. Dinner gets started at about 5:30-6:00 and is usually ready by 6:30 to 7:00. There are some later evenings, however, if the travel in the day to a stream is a lot farther. The next 5 days will be spent exploring Southeast Alaska and chasing wild steelhead. There are many sites to see on the ocean including whales, sea lions, sea otters, etc.
If tides and timing permit, we will have the chance to troll for king salmon. Those wishing to target kings will need to purchase a king salmon stamp. We will need to do that on Sunday you arrive when you purchase your fishing license. During the week of harvesting seafood, we will vacuum seal and freeze any unneeded seafood for you to take home at the end of the week. (This makes the wife happy!)
Saturday morning we will split up and pack the frozen seafood in waxed and insulated seafood boxes for your trip home. You will need to declare the contents of the box at the airport. Depending on your flight time out, we can also fish near Wrangell for those on the afternoon flight out of town. We also have the option of sightseeing the town and visiting Petroglyph Beach.
Lastly, we do have wifi at the lodge as well as cell service. During the day when you are out on the water and up the streams fishing you will not have cell service. Your guide, however, will have a satellite phone for emergencies.
Alaska Airlines is the only airline that services Southeast Alaska. You will want to look for flights that will arrive in Wrangell on Sunday, April 19th and that depart on Saturday, April 25th. There are two flights per day that arrive and depart from Wrangell island. It does not matter if the clients arrive in the morning or afternoon flight on Sunday, April 19th. On April 25th, the departure day, we will not fish. Most people prefer to fly out on the morning flight as there is not a lot going on that day. If it works better to fly out in the afternoon on the 25th, there are several activities to take part in around the island. The museum is awesome, and many people really enjoy going through it. There is also the Petroglyph Beach to visit, however, that only takes about an hour. Within walking distance of the house, there is a short boardwalk hike up Mount Dewey.
Flights out of Seattle will have one-stop before Wrangell. The early morning Alaska Air flight stops in Ketchikan. If anglers depart from Seattle in the early morning around 7:00 a.m. and arrive on the morning flight to Wrangell, they will briefly stop in Ketchikan. Passengers going to Wrangell will stay on the plane as people going to or from Ketchikan get off and board. Morning flights arrive to Wrangell at about 9:40 a.m.
Anglers who fly out of Seattle after 7:00 a.m. will stop in Juneau for a brief layover and change planes. They will arrive in Wrangell in the afternoon at about 3:35.
Travel Arrangements & Insurance
Front Range Anglers will assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers, and all travel logistics for trips. Contact us at 877.935.2975 or 303.494.1375 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance. FRA recommends all anglers to have Medical Evacuation Insurance- we recommend Global Rescue, and we HIGHLY recommend Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance.
2021 Pricing $5,500 per angler (based on double occupancy/2:1 guide ratio)
6 nights lodging/5 days fishing (2 or 3:1 guide ratio), airport transport, 3 meals a day, rods, reels, line, and flies.
Airfare, alcohol, gratuities, and fishing licenses.
Fishing Licenses:Anglers will want to buy the 7 day sport fishing license beginning on the Sunday of their arrival and ending on the Saturday of their departure found on the website below: Angles do not need to get the King Salmon Stamp as AK Fish and Game have temporarily closed the early King Season that used to begin in the spring.
At the time of booking 50% of the trip is due and payable. At 90 days the remainder plus all VAT and taxes are due. Cancellation greater than 90 days from the date of trip, all monies refunded less $100 fee if a replacement angler is found. Cancellation within 90 Days, no refunds are provided unless a qualified replacement angler is provided. No refunds are provided for trip cancellation due to Weather, Acts of God, Airline/Travel issues.
Trip Insurance is strongly advised & recommended!
April 18-24, 2021 Cost Per Angler $5,500
*based on double occupancy