Remote Southeast Alaska steelhead adventure
The coast of Southeast Alaska is home to a thousand islands, endless waterways, and very few roads, making it a destination best explored by sea. The C/V Adventurous mothership – a 56-foot vessel designed and built specifically for fishing this region – calls these waters home. This mobile fishing platform gives you the opportunity to leave behind crowded fishing grounds as you embark on a five-day, live-aboard excursion. The Adventurous provides access to remote, untouched fishing opportunities for all five species of salmon, halibut, a plethora of bottom fish species, and – most importantly – trophy steelhead.
Alaska Charter Service and the crew of the Adventurous believe the best experiences happen when you share them with friends and family. That means that your group of six family and/or friends will have exclusive use of the Adventurous. The boat features three guest cabins (each sleeping two guests), two baths, a comfortable common area for relaxing, and a full kitchen to provide filling meals. The Adventurous is 56 feet long and has a beam of 17 feet. She was constructed in 1993 at Delta Marine in Seattle. She’s a sturdy, well-built vessel that cruises the Southeast Alaska waters like she was built for it – which, in fact, she was!
Food and Beverages
Enjoying meals with friends and family aboard the Adventurous is one of the high points of any trip. With a dining room table surrounded by an ever-changing view, guests can expect to experience the entire spectrum of Alaskan cuisine. “Fresh seafood at its best” describes meals aboard the Adventurous. With access to some of the finest and freshest fish and shellfish in Alaska, meals commonly center on the “catch of the day.” Days begin with a satisfying breakfast, a midday break with a delicious lunch, happy hour post-fishing with fresh appetizers, and an out-of-this-world dinner. The onboard chef will work with each group to ensure that everyone’s expectations are met.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard trips start on Sunday and end the following Friday. Spring steelhead trips begin on Saturday and end on Friday. Trips include five (5) nights aboard the Adventurous for standard trips and six (6) nights for steelhead trips.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
The complete customization of each cruise makes this operation very unique. Trips will be planned around the things you like to do, and in this area, there are many choices. Nature and wildlife abound in this pristine paradise. From orca whales to Alaska brown bears, there are few places on earth that have the abundance of wildlife found in the Southeastern Alaska wilderness. The Adventurous crew carries a vast knowledge of the region’s nature and wildlife, which they will gladly share as you cruise the Inside Passage.
Internet / Communications
There is no wireless internet or cell phone coverage aboard the Adventurous, but cell service is usually available at most ports (on the first and last day of the trip). A satellite phone is also available for short phone calls.
How To Get There
There are multiple flights a day that connect to Sitka’s Rocky Gutierrez Airport (SIT) and Petersburg’s James A. Johnson Airport (PSG) from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA). Most guests joining the Adventurous arrive into Sitka or Petersburg via Alaska Airlines from Seattle the Saturday before the trip officially starts.
Arrival and Departure Details / Times
You will be met at the airport in Sitka or Petersburg by an Adventurous crew member and transferred to a local hotel. The first night will allow you time to rest, dine, and tour each village before the trip starts on Sunday. On Sunday morning you will be met and transferred to the Adventurous where you will be introduced to the rest of the crew, tour the ship, and depart. Where the boat goes will usually depend on several things, most importantly – “What you want to do!”
Photo identification is required by airlines and to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased on the first day of your trip in the village, or online prior to your trip, by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
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Encompassing tens of thousands of miles of coastline, thousands of islands and hundreds of rivers and streams, Southeast Alaska is a stream fishing paradise. Whether in pursuit of steelhead or salmon, the Adventurous gives you access to some of the most remote fishing opportunities in all of Alaska. Catering to both fly fishermen and light tackle enthusiasts, Alaska Charter Service has invested over 15 years in the exploration and pursuit of the top stream fisheries of the Inside Passage. Utilizing the Adventurous both as a luxurious “base camp” and a vehicle to gain access to remote river mouths and streams, guests have the option of fishing different areas every day. When targeting steelhead on the streams of Southeast Alaska, guests will access the shoreline and miles of rivers using a custom-built jet boat to sight-fish, wade, and explore some of the wildest streams in Alaska. Steelhead fishing from the Adventurous is ideal for the fly fisherman looking for true adventure.
Boats and Equipment
For your safety, the Adventurous is well-equipped with survival suits for the crew and every guest onboard. Additionally, the Adventurous is equipped with a life raft and emergency locator transmitter. Anglers access the shoreline and rivers using a 14-foot Svenson-built aluminum jet boat with a 45HP jet outboard and a 14-foot fiberglass skiff with a 15HP outboard. Guests have access to a full range of equipment and tackle from Sage, Winston, Islander, Penn, and Chaos. It is recommended that guests bring their own waders, boots, rain gear, rods, and reels.
Remember that Yellow Dog’s services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. Please call Yellow Dog for details and package pricing. The Adventurous can take a maximum of six (6) anglers per week of groups of the same party.
*Note: The Adventurous is sold out for 2019 & 2020 steelhead seasons. Call Yellow Dog for details pertaining to 2021 and possible cancellations.
Rates: $25,500.00 for the entire boat (split between 6 anglers)
- Six (6) nights and six (6) days “lodging” onboard the Adventurous
- Six (6) days of fishing (stream and saltwater)
- Sightseeing, cruising, crabbing, and shrimping
- All meals, appetizers, snacks, coffee, tea, and soft drinks
- Use of top-quality fishing gear
- All terminal tackle including flies
- Use of onboard jet boat and skiff
- Airport pick-up and drop-off
- All fish processing including commercial vacuum sealing, freezing, boxing and delivery to the airport
What’s Not Included:
- Flights to Sitka (SIT) or Petersburg (PSG), Alaska
- Hotel room in Sitka or Petersburg before trip begins
- Alcoholic beverages and bar tab
- Alaska fishing license and salmon tag
- Gratuities for crew and guides