Why We Like It
The Tongass National Forest offers one of fishing’s pinnacle experiences: sightcasting flies to native steelhead. Beginning in March and extending through May, these stunning anadromous trout run up countless rivers and streams draining through the old-growth forests of Prince of Wales Island. Guests at Boardwalk Lodge can walk up and down these creeks and small rivers to swing or drift flies for that main attraction, plus acrobatic sea-run cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden char. The steelhead range between six and 12 pounds on average, but larger fish are very possible. During summer, guests have the option to troll in the saltwater for king, silver, chum, and pink salmon, and jig for halibut, rockfish and lingcod. When the salmon start moving into the island’s shallow saltwater areas and its array of rivers, the fly tackle comes into play again—especially during late summer and fall when six- to 15-pound aggressive and hard-fighting silver salmon move in.