Steelhead; Pacific salmon; halibut; lingcod; sea-run cutthroat trout; dolly varden char
Double occupancy staterooms on the gorgeous 68-foot long mothership, the Hawkeye II
Thanks Alaska offers some of the most unique steelhead fishing on the planet with plenty of shots at bright, spring-run wild fish ranging between eight and 14 pounds, and some that grow much larger (our personal record measured 42 inches long). The 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest offers more than 200 of these wildly remote steelhead bearing streams and the Hawkeye II provides quick and comfortable access to dozens of these waters along central-southeast’s legendary Inside Passage. You won’t see other anglers on the water here, which means no racing to the best runs. This is remote steelhead fishing at its finest. When not fishing steelhead, anglers kick back on the Hawkeye II to trade stories and dine . . . or they fish for halibut, salmon, and cod, right off the stern.
This all-inclusive offering may be the most unique and breathtaking trip in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks Alaska guests stay aboard the 68-foot long Hawkeye II, which offers three staterooms (each with two bunks), three bathrooms, a full kitchen and dining room, a top deck for activities, and a pilothouse for navigating the Inside Passage and its collection of 1,000-plus islands. Each evening the Hawkeye II anchors in an isolated bay, surrounded by inspiring landscape that includes old growth forest, tidewater glaciers, sheer rock cliffs, towering mountain peaks, waterfalls, and 700-year old Douglas fir, hemlock and cedar trees. Each day the Hawkeye II launches skiffs that ferry anglers to shore. Anglers cast to sea-run cutthroat trout and dolly varden along the beaches and/or hike upstream to find untouched steelhead in the pools and runs. Whether you’re on shore casting flies to steelhead, or simply kicking back on the boat— maybe playing cribbage or watching the scenery and wildlife pass by—lifetime memories are made here.
Most Pacific Northwest steelhead rivers are busy these days. Very busy. That’s not the case here. In fact, some of southeast Alaska’s steelhead streams may not see a fly cast over them in any given year. Consequently, Thanks Alaska guests have these streams to themselves, their only company being eagles, blacktail deer and bears. Think back to the Roderick Haig-Brown days when fly-fishers could test any steelhead river, almost any time, and have the whole thing to themselves. That’s modern day southeast Alaska and that’s what Thanks Alaska and its 69-foot long Hawkeye II provide. You won’t see hook scars on these fish and you won’t find any garbage or debris along the banks. It’s just you, your friends and those metalheads.
Each day begins by launching skiffs off the Hawkeye LL and making short runs to the mouths of southeast’s most productive steelhead streams. You can cast for sea-run cutthroat trout and dolly varden char along the beaches (these fish range between 13 inches and three or four pounds) or hike upstream as far as your legs and imagination take you, working the best holes and runs for steelhead that average between eight and 14 pounds. Single hand rods work well here, whether used to swing flies or drift nymphs. Switch rods work well on southeast’s larger streams and in the estuaries.
BOATS & EQUIPMENT
The Hawkeye II is equipped with two skiffs that quickly ferry anglers to the rivermouths. Thanks Alaska provides raingear, but guests should bring their best waders and rain jackets, along with quality wading boots and plenty of base layers and insulating layers—during spring in southeast, anglers might fish in bright sun and 65 degree weather, or they might see rain, sleet or snow. Single-hand 6 and 7-weight rods work well on southeast’s medium sized streams. Two handers work on some waters, but may prove to be overkill on smallish creeks. They are, however, quite useful when fishing the estuaries and beaches. Bring a solid selection of high-water and low-water steelhead flies, along with a floating line and a variety of sink tips.
If you’ve ever dreamed of a life on the water, cruising wherever your heart desires and dropping an anchor wherever you please, a trip with Thanks Alaska aboard the Hawkeye II is the place to be. Trips begin in Petersburg, Alaska, a quaint fishing town known as “Little Norway.” Anglers share three bathrooms and three private staterooms with two bunks in each. The luxurious Hawkeye II also offers a full kitchen, a salon for lodging and dining, a top deck for activities, and a pilothouse for navigating the Inland Passage. No matter where you relax on the boat you’ll enjoy stunning views of Alaska’s serene coastal landscape.
You can’t eat finer food anywhere in the world. Southeast Alaska is a foodie’s dreamland offering the freshest wild and sustainable seafood you’ll ever get. On the Hawkeye II, you’ll enjoy in-season Dungeness and king crab; halibut and lingcod; black cod and rockfish; five species of Pacific salmon; spot prawns and coonstripe shrimp, among other delicacies.
Your private cruise starts at a minimum of 4 days/3 nights and can extend to 6 days/7 nights.
***Special pricing for Spring 2021 is $4,200/day for up to (6) guests (based on double occupancy)
4 days/3 Nights : $16,800
5 Days/4 Nights : $21,000
6 Days/5 Nights : $25,200
The Hawkeye II with USCG certified captain, steward/mate, and chef.
Two skiffs that access beaches, rivers, hiking trails, and glaciers.
All meals with private chef, featuring local Alaskan food, beer/wine with dinner.
Raingear, Xtratuff boots (most sizes available).
Saltwater fishing gear, shrimp/crab pots, bait and hauling gear.
PFDs, life raft, AED, First Aid kit, handheld VHF radios.
Fuel for the skiffs and yacht.
Transportation to/from Petersburg airport to harbor.
Airfare to/from Petersburg, Alaska (PSG).
Any additional in-town accommodations before/after charter.
Hard Liquor (accommodations can be made in advance).
Vacuum packing/shipping of seafood.
Gratuity for crew.
Bookings are confirmed with a 50 percent deposit. Balance must be received before the start of your trip. Notification of cancellation must be received 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival in order to receive a full credit for an alternate date. All payments are final and nonrefundable, with the exception of a medical or family emergency at GFFI’s discretion.