A hardcore steelhead junkie will risk anything, bad weather, life and/or limb, relationships and just about anything else of personal value, for the chance at a wild trophy steelhead. I have witnessed anglers taking these chances and have done so myself more often than I care to admit. Don’t ask me why. If you don’t already know, you probably need to stop reading now and resume watching game show television.
Fishing for steelhead in the Aleutian Range on the Alaska Peninsula, is one of the last great wilderness fishing adventures on the planet. It can be a harsh environment when the weather turns sour, and it will. It’s no place for whiners or cheap gear. The climate will test your personal fortitude as much as the fish will completely try to destroy all of your fishing gear. Alaska Peninsula Steelhead are viciously ill tempered, ocean run rainbows that hate humans and will fight you to their death.This particular steelhead run is one of the most reliable and predictable in the Aleutian Range. It begins in late September and lasts well into October. In fact, the fishing is probably still good in November, but the weather gets too bad to take the chance on being there that late in the season.
After an exhilarating bush plane flight from King Salmon, we arrive at the upper air strip on the river and begin assembling gear for the next 6 days spent floating, fishing, wading and camping along 15 miles of river to our take out point at the lower air strip. I use only the highest quality rafts, tents and camp gear available. Alaska is not a place to use anything less than the best. The peninsula will test gear to the absolute limits of reality.
Read my article in On the Fly Magazine here- Steelhead at the end of the World
The open booking dates for 2016 will be the weeks of Oct 1- Oct 8, Oct 8- Oct 15.
I am only taking 4 anglers per week at $5500 per person. (includes round trip air charter from King Salmon)
If you think you have what it takes to be an angler for the 2016 Aleutian Range Steelhead Trip, contact me here.
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.–Theodore Roosevelt 26th president of US (1858 – 1919)