Pursuing Chrome in Southeast Alaska
Based out of Wrangell, Alaska, Chrome Chasers offers guests a unique opportunity that has been carved from over a decade of exploring the various rivers and streams in the region of Southeast Alaska. The sole purpose of that exploring being to target wild steelhead, saltwater species, and to show guests all that Southeast Alaska has to offer. Utilizing a 33-foot boat called Chrome Chaser, anglers will visit multiple rivers throughout the week in areas only accessible by boat or aircraft. This provides anglers access to virtually untouched fisheries vacant of any crowds and home to large, healthy and very wild steelhead. Chrome Chasers is virtually the ultimate Southeast, Alaska experience. During fishing days, anglers will hike through the famous Tongass National Forest on their way back to Wrangell and have the opportunity to pull and throw their own shrimp and crab pot.
With an ocean front 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 catching wild steelhead. Each room is equipped with a private bathroom and shower, a comfy bed, a TV and coffee maker. With a maximum capacity of only 4 anglers per week, Chrome Chasers has the ability to accommodate almost any angler and offer a truly unique and intimate experience.
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 regular 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 kings 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 steelhead. 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
While Chrome Chasers’ primary focus is on catching wild steelhead, there are opportunities to sightsee and enjoy the beautiful Tongass National Forest. 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.
Chrome Chasers does have WiFi 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 which stops in Ketchikan 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 and to purchase your Alaska Fishing License. Licenses can be purchased on the first day of your trip, or online prior to your trip, by visiting this website: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Yellow Dog works directly with and recommends Kanna Travel. They can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact them at 855-739-3139 or [email protected] for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services, and trip insurance.
Southeast Alaska is home to an endless plethora of rivers, streams, and islands and Chrome Chasers has the ability to access all of it. Each day anglers will board the “Chrome Chaser”, a 33-foot outboard boat, and will drive to their designated fishery for the day. Anglers will access the shoreline using a small inflatable raft equipped with an 8 horsepower engine, then hike through the Tongass National Forest to the first fishable run on the river. This is a very active program where anglers can expect to wade fish on foot each day in small coastal streams loaded with fresh, wild steelhead straight from the saltwater.
Boats and Equipment
For your safety, the Chrome Chaser is equipped with fire extinguishers, life jackets, satellite phone, stove, and a radio in the event of an emergency. Anglers access the shoreline and miles of rivers using a small inflatable Zodiac raft with an 8 horsepower outboard motor. 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
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 four (4) anglers per week.
2020 Weekly Rate: $5,000.00 per person (double occupancy)
- Six (6) nights lodging in Wrangell, Alaska
- Five (5) days of fully guided fishing (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 staff and guides
Chrome Chasers (Wrangell, Alaska)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS – CANCELLATIONS
A deposit of 50% per person is due within 10 days 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 these Alaska packages.