How do I go about booking a trip?

Call or email for availability. Include the size of your party, the length of trip you prefer, and what month. Of the available dates select one and let us know you would like to reserve it. We will reserve dates verbally for one week giving party members a chance to arrange airfare and clear plans at work. Then we will send you a deposit letter and trip packet. Upon receipt of our letter you remit the 50% deposit. This sum is fully refundable no explanation necessary until 90 days before your scheduled arrival after which funds are only refunded if the vacancies created can be filled by other anglers. The remaining balance is due 60 days prior to arrival if paying with a check or upon arrival if paying in cash, travelers check, or certified bank check. Sorry we are unable to accept payment using credit cards.

How can I save money on airfare?

Alaska Airlines has a rewards program where you accrue points for flights, booking over the internet, checking in using the automated system etc. Then you redeem your points for travel. If you fly often these rewards will save you big. If you’re not a frequent flier you may want to consider an Alaska Airlines Visa. Their Platinum card offers members on point for each dollar charged on the card. When you receive the card, and upon annual renewal, you are awarded a $99 companion voucher. This enables the purchaser of a regular price ticket to book an additional ticket with an identical itinerary for $99, a significant savings.

Will I have time to see town?

Our packages allow little time for activities other than fishing, eating, and sleeping. You might have a couple hour on your arrival day if you come in on an early flight or on your departure day with a late flight. However, to truly get a feel for town you should book an extra day for this. We can arrange for a hotel room ( $120 per night) and you would have several restaurants in which to dine. Most of downtown is within easy walking distance. Call or email for info on activities.

Are there other things to do while in Sitka?

Sitka is the oldest and until two hundred years ago the largest city on the Pacific Coast of North America. It still resonates with Tlingit (native tribe) and Russian culture. Many of the attractions including museums, sites of historical importance, and a variety of shops are maintained in showcase condition for our visitors. The wildlife that made Sitka important hundreds of years ago still offers visitors ample opportunity for viewing in our pristine setting. The Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center where they care for injured birds, mostly eagles, is unique to Sitka and is available for tours. For more about Sitka visit www.sitka.org.

What if someone in our party doesn’t want to fish?

The accommodations at Frontier Lodge are exclusive; we really don’t have room for non-fishing guests. However, this situation lends itself nicely to staying downtown. The package is still all inclusive for the fishermen and the non-fishing guest need only pay actual cost of room, food, and activities. Give us a call or send us an email for specifics.

What about tipping? How much? To whom?

Tipping is not required but is greatly appreciated by all the Frontier staff. We make no recommendation as to how much you tip. However, to offer you some frame of reference: 10% of the cost of the trip distributed amongst all the Frontier staff (guides, cooks, shuttle drivers, housekeepers, and fish processors) makes a good tip for all. You can choose the amounts each person gets via envelopes that are provided or you can instruct the hostess to divide and distribute it.

What kind of weather will I need to dress for?

Sitka’s summer weather is predictably unpredictable. You will likely see both sunny and rainy days during your stay. Plan on temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s. Dress in layers allowing you to add or remove clothing to adjust to conditions. We provide rain gear, both top and bottom, on the boat as well as rubber boots. We have laundry facilities at the lodge so don’t over pack. Try and bring clothing and personal effects in a carry on size duffel. This way you can check two boxes of fish at no charge on your return flight.

What happens to the fish we catch?

Caring for your catch is an essential detail. Your fish is bled, cleaned and kept cool using ice. Then we bring it back to our commercial quality facilities to be filleted, trimmed, and cut to small portions. After vacuum sealing each piece we blast freeze it. Once frozen the fish is boxed per airline regulation for your departure. We are in complete control of the process at every step. We ensure that the fish you catch is the fish you take home. We also offer our anglers unlimited processing . You won’t pay an extra processing fee no matter how big of fish you catch.

How do you fish for salmon?

For salmon we use three basic techniques. Mooching, Jigging, and Trolling. We mostly mooch for salmon using a double hook rig in combination with a sliding sinker setup and cut plug herring. The basics are to lower the bait to the fish while the boat is anchored, drifting, or slowly motoring. This technique shines when fish are actively feeding especially in schools. Each angler has their own rod and is actively fishing at all times getting to feel the bite and deciding when to set the hook. This technique requires participation and some skill. Trolling is another effective way to pursue salmon. The gear (a variety of baits, spoons, feathers, flashers, and dodgers) is attached via a release clip to a large lead weight (12 lbs or so) the weight is lowered to a specific depth using a down rigger. The gear is then pulled around using a trolling motor until a fish strikes the offering and releases the line from the weight. Then the angler fights the fish in. The drawbacks to this technique are very little angler participation and generally only two rods are fishing at a time. Trolling works best for novice anglers or at times when the fish are not actively feeding. Jigging is a time-tested technique given new life by ultra thin, ultra strong, no stretch braided lines. Jigging is accomplished by lowering a small weighted lure (2-4 oz) to a desired depth. Then raising it aggressively 2-3 feet using the fishing rod then allowing to flutter in free fall. The persistent action of repeating these steps constitutes jigging. It requires constant angler participation because a jig that is not moving is of little or no interest to salmon. This technique allows each angler to fish a rod and experience an unparalleled connection to the fish. Explosive rock solid strikes, frantic head shakes, and powerful runs are all transmitted complete and intact back to the rod via no stretch braided line. To sum it up jigging offers an angler more work and the most fun.

I have my own gear. Should I bring it?

Thru special arrangement with the manufacturers our boats are outfitted with the very best fishing equipment available. We use only G. Loomis rods paired with the following reels: Boss 270s and ATD 6s by Accurate Fishing Products and Trinidad TN 14s and TLD 30 two speeds by Shimano. These combinations are ideally suited to fishing in our area, however, if you prefer, bring your own and we will welcome it onboard.

I don’t fish often, will my guide help me when I hook the big one?

Our guests run the spectrum from avid and seasoned saltwater anglers to the virtual novice. Our guides instruct in a variety of techniques ranging from intense angler participation like jigging to almost no angler participation like trolling where the guide sets the lines and maneuvers the boat and the angler need only reel the fish in when the rod releases from the down rigger.

How about women on the boat?

Each boat is equipped with discreet head facilities.

How many people fish on a boat?

We equip our boats for six anglers but only fish four per boat except by special request of the whole party.