Classic Casting Adventures provides fly fishing or spin casting adventures in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. We offer to fly out and boat access fishing adventures departing from beautiful Sitka, Alaska. Promoting catch and release fishing helps to ensure that the experience of catching wild salmon and trout on the fly in the Tongass is available for future generations.
Tad Kisaka, owner and guide of Classic Casting Adventures, brings the knowledge and experience of growing up fishing. The area’s longest operating freshwater guide, he knows where and when to fish, the challenges presented by Southeast Alaska’s weather, climate, geography, and wildlife, and how to overcome these challenges in pursuit of a perfect day of fly fishing.
Sitka is located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest which is the nation’s largest national forest. It is comprised of 17 million acres of rugged coastal forest along Alaska’s Southeast coastline.
Southeast Alaska has healthy populations of fish to target with the fly. These include all five Pacific salmon species (chinook, coho, sockeye, chum and pink), steelhead, rainbow trout, cutthroat trout, char, sea bass, and rockfish.
Our trips primarily target fish in the freshwater and tidal areas. Our guiding season is from April 1 to October 31, but if you are traveling to the area outside of the operating season, feel free to call us to discuss your options.
What we'll do
The action begins in early April when the wild steelhead enters the river systems from the Pacific Ocean. Steelhead fishing in Southeast Alaska is more about the quality, not the quantity. The rivers are small and the numbers relatively low, however, virtually every river has a steelhead run and very few people fish these wild steelhead. This provides an opportunity to be the first person to cast a fly at some of these fish.
As spring moves into summer the Pacific Salmon enter the river systems. The Reds (or Sockeye) are the first salmon to enter the river systems in Late June. They are followed by the Pink (Humpy) and the Chum (Dog) runs in mid to late July. The Pink and Chum salmon runs are abundant in Southeast Alaska. The fish returns for these two species number in the millions. This provides for a great opportunity for both the novice and experienced individuals to catch multiple salmon on the fly.
The highlight of the salmon run is in late summer and early fall when the Coho (Silver) Salmon enter the rivers. The late summer weather can be unpredictable, however, the salmon are not. These large wild salmon are fresh from the ocean and their abundant numbers give anglers the opportunity to land multiple fish per day. These large fish will test the endurance of any angler and his 8 weight rod.
Throughout the late spring and summer, cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and dolly varden are abundant in the lakes and rivers in the Tongass. These fish don’t reach the trophy size of the rainbows in other regions of Alaska due to the smaller nature of the rivers and lakes in the Tongass. However, what they lack in size, they make up for in numbers. These species thrive throughout the Tongass region. A good day on the river will have anglers counting the number of caught and released fish in multiples of ten.
What to expect / what's provided
*Duration: 9 hours
*Minimum of two anglers
Included in Rate:
*Transportation to and from lodging or cruise ship to boat or float plane each day
*Rods, reels, flies, lures, Simms waders, Simms boots, and rain shells are provided
*Hot and cold soft drinks
*Catered lunches by Larkspur Cafe on full day and multi-day trips
Not included in rate:
*State fishing licenses and tags ($25/day, range from $45 to $70 for multi-day)
*Alcoholic beverages, however, we can stop at a liquor store before we embark
*Fish processing, if any
*Please note, departures begin between 6-7am returning between 3-4pm. If you are arriving by cruise ship, morning departures begin right after your cruise ship docks, usually around 8am, and I will be there at the dock ramp with waders on ready to go! Please be one of the first to disembark. I'll give you a call on your cell phone as you are docking with further instruction. I'll be ready to pick you up from the cruise ship ramp with waders and boots so we can head out right away. I will ensure that all anglers return to their ship at the specified time.