Fall Foraging and Fishing Adventure
Based out of Wrangell, Alaska, Chrome Chasers offers guests a unique opportunity culminating from over a decade of exploring the various rivers and streams in the region of Southeast Alaska. In 2022, Chrome Chaser’s Owner and Operator decided to expand into a fall program offering the opportunity to target not only salmon, saltwater species, and sea trout in the rivers but to also learn how to forage the expansive Tongass National Forest. After your day of fishing, and foraging, you are able to prepare your dinner with your day’s catch. During your week, you’ll utilize the brand new 39ft. vessel Chromagnum to visit multiple rivers, creeks, and lagoons.
With an oceanfront view and just a short drive from the boat harbor, Chrome Chasers’ Lodge has every amenity needed to stay comfortable, relaxed, and well-rested. It’s home away from home and there’s nothing better than being able to sit on a sofa after a long day of hiking and fishing. With a maximum capacity of only 4-6 anglers per week, Chrome Chasers have the ability to accommodate almost any angler and offer a truly unique and intimate experience. This is a program that the lodge prefers to book intact groups each week due to the intimate setting and maximum number of guests. For smaller groups, please contact Yellow Dog for details.
Food and Beverages
The dining experience at Chrome Chasers is similar to that of a 5-star restaurant. Fresh seafood, including crab, shrimp, clams, halibut, and sushi, are all regularly featured on the lodge menu. What really makes their meals so unique is that anglers will have the opportunity to eat what they catch, meaning they can pull their own crab and shrimp pots, troll for salmon, and become an integral part of what’s on the plate come dinner time. The kitchen duties are shared among the staff, including the guides. Capt. Rick Matney claims the title of head guide and chef and rightfully so. One thing is for certain, anglers will not go hungry and will be well-fueled for long days of hiking and reeling in fresh fish. Beverages are included in the trip package, excluding any beer or liquor, which can be purchased in the town of Wrangell upon arrival.
Typical Length of Stay
Standard trips start on Sunday and end the following Saturday. Trips include six (6) nights at the Chrome Chasers Lodge in Wrangell, Alaska.
Non-Angling Activities and Options
With the Chrome Chasers Fall Fish and Forage program, guests have maximum flexibility to pick and choose what they would like to do each day. Not only are there great fresh and saltwater fishing opportunities, but tons of other non-angling activities and exploring through the Tongass National Forest. Anglers can put down their rod and scan the nearby trees, downed logs, and forest floor for mushrooms. The most common species found are golden chanterelles, yellow foot chanterelles, chicken of the woods, king boletes, shaggy manes, and occasionally black trumpets. The berry picking is best in early August and most are gone by late August and September. There are also opportunities to sightsee and enjoy the coastal marine environment. 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.
Chrome Chasers does have Wi-Fi available while at the lodge. Cell phones will work in Wrangell depending on the service provider.
How To Get There
Anglers will fly into Wrangell, Alaska arriving on Sundays. Most anglers will connect with Alaska Airlines in Seattle, WA then board a flight that stops in Ketchikan and then on to Wrangell. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport in Wrangell by a Chrome Chasers staff member and transferred to the lodge. Depending on your itinerary, you will have the opportunity to gear up and go fishing for a half day. The following Saturday after breakfast, anglers will be transferred back to Wrangell Airport for departing flights home or continuing on in Alaska.
Photo identification is required by airlines to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased on the first day of your trip or online before your trip by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
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Southeast Alaska is home to a plethora of rivers, streams, and islands, and Chrome Chasers has the ability to access all of them. Each day anglers will board the Chromagnum, a 39-foot outboard boat, and will drive to their designated fishery for the day. Anglers will access the shoreline using smaller craft, then hike and wade fish through the Tongass National Forest and coastal streams. There will also be the opportunity to fish in the saltwater aboard the Chromagnum, along with pulling shrimp pots and to and from the lodge each day.
Programs are 100% customizable to suit the wants of guests. If you’re ready for a change of pace and want to fish the inland passages for silver and king salmon, halibut, or other bottom fish, that can be arranged. The Chrome Chasers team is excited to offer the opportunity to forage for wild berries, mushrooms, butter clams, and cockles. Each day you’ll pull shrimp pots from the ocean floor to add even more fresh seafood to your dinner plate.
Boats and Equipment
For your safety, Chromagnum is equipped with fire extinguishers, life jackets, a satellite phone, a stove, and a radio in the event of an emergency. If needed, guests have access to rods, reels, and flies which are included in the package price. Guests are more than welcome to bring their own fishing equipment but Chrome Chasers can supply exactly what you need. As for waders and boots, it is recommended that you bring your own, however, if needed they have them available for use.
Rates and Terms
2023 Package Rates
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. Chrome Chasers can take a maximum of 4-6 guests per week.
Weekly Rate: $7,500.00 per person (double occupancy)
- Six (6) nights lodging in Wrangell, Alaska
- Five (5) days of fully guided fishing and foraging (two anglers per guide)
- Possible arrival and departure days based on itinerary
- All meals including lunches, appetizers, and snacks
- Water, coffee, tea, and soft drinks
- Use of fishing equipment, flies, and terminal tackle
- All airport transfers
- Sightseeing, cruising, crabbing, and shrimping
- All fish processing including commercial vacuum sealing, freezing, boxing, and delivery to the airport
What’s Not Included:
- Flights to Wrangell, Alaska
- Alaska fishing license ($70) and salmon tag ($30 – $45)
- Alcoholic beverages (purchase in Wrangell for the whole trip)
- Gratuities for guides and staff
Chrome Chasers (Wrangell, Alaska)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A deposit of 50% per person is due at the time of booking for all lodging and fishing packages, and final payment if due 90 days prior to arrival. All cancellations must be given in writing to Yellow Dog Flyfishing, and Chrome Chasers may refund a portion of your deposit or payments depending on when you cancel your trip package.
- For cancellations received outside of 120 days from start of trip, 90% of deposit and/or final payment may be refunded or transferred to another date (within one year) or to another angler. There will also be a $100 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog.
- For cancellations received between 119 and 90 days from start of trip, 75% of deposit and/or final payment may be refunded or transferred to another date (within one year) or to another angler. There will also be a $100 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog.
- For cancellations received between 89 and 30 days from start of trip, 50% of payment may be refunded or transferred to another date (within one year) or to another angler. There will also be a $100 per person fee charged by Yellow Dog.
- Inside of 30 days from start of trip, payments are non-refundable and no credits will be issued.
In no event will the outfitter or Yellow Dog be responsible for any cancellation of services or operations due to inclement weather, any event of force majeure, airline delays or flight cancellations, or any other reason beyond the control of the lodge. The outfitter will not refund payments in the event of poor weather, or if arrival flights are cancelled or airline connections are missed. Additionally, the outfitter and Yellow Dog are not responsible for alternative travel arrangements including flights, hotels, meals and any other expenses incurred. For all of these reasons, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance and full coverage for your trip. If a canceled package is resold by either the outfitter or by Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, then a full refund or credit will be issued minus a $100.00 per person cancellation fee charged by Yellow Dog. Receipt of deposit and/or final payment is acknowledgment that registrant has read and accepts the deposit, cancellation, refund and responsibility clauses for these packages. Once again, Yellow Dog strongly recommends that anglers and guests purchase travel insurance for these Alaska packages.
Payment Terms For All Yellow Dog Trip Bookings
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