Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide minutes away from Juneau and Glacier Bay National Park.

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Capt. Natalie Vaz

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon(512) 520-7393 Email iconNatVentureTours@gmail.com
Gustavus, AK

  • Pink and silver salmon, Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char, steelhead
  • Fish remote rivers in the Tongass National Forest
  • I have 20 years of experience fishing these waters
  • Rates start at $225/person for a half-day kayak-and-fish trip
  • Fishing season: May–September

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The Story

Enlist the services of Orvis-endorsed guide Capt. Natalie Vaz on your fly-fishing trip to Alaska. Our trips are based in Gustavus, a small town with around 500 residents. Situated between Juneau (15-minute flight) and Glacier Bay National Park (10-minute drive), our location is perfect for those who want to explore more beyond Alaska’s capital city without spending too much time in transit.

Natalie grew up fishing in Gustavus and started NatVenture Tours when she was in high school. She loves to help new anglers catch their first fish and help experienced anglers learn the tricks of the local rivers. She likes to ensure that her guests are enjoying themselves like they are fishing with friends, but feel they are taken care of like family.

Many of our trips take place on rivers within the Tongass National Forest, the largest national forest in the nation. For these trips we will boat to a remote island where we will be dropped off for the day. We will then hike and fish along the river until the boat returns to pick us up. We access these rivers with a special-use permit, meaning we rarely see any other anglers. However, do expect to see some fellow furry anglers. Chichagof Island has more brown bears per square mile than anywhere else on the planet.

Our other trips take place on the Salmon River in Gustavus. We offer a unique experience where we use kayaks to reach fishing spots that are not accessible by foot. When we arrive at each spot, we exit the kayaks and fish from shore. We’ll start upriver and float downstream, ending where the river meets the ocean.

We hope to take you on a NatVenture here in Alaska. We are certain you will not be disappointed.

Typical Itinerary: Remote drop-off “hike and fish” trip:

7:30 am: Meet at Gustavus dock and board our vessel.
8:30 am: Arrive at the river on Chichagof Island.
8:45 am - 2:15 pm: Fish and hike along the river.
2:30 pm: Board the boat and head back to Gustavus.
3:30 pm: Arrive at Gustavus dock.


Kayak “float and fish” trip:

This half-day (4-hour) or full-day (6-hour) trip is scheduled based on the tides. We will start our trip upriver and will float and fish our way down. When we arrive at each spot, we will exit the kayaks and fish from shore. Our trip ends where the river meets the ocean.


What is Provided:

We provide all fishing equipment (rods, reels, flies), boating equipment, waders, and guide service. We do not provide transportation or meals as most accommodations in Gustavus provide this complimentary to their guests.


Trip Planning:

I am more than happy to help you plan other aspects (lodging, activities) of your time in Gustavus at no additional charge.

Season/Species:

May: Steelhead, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char
June: Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char
July: Pink salmon, Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char
August - September: Pink salmon, silver salmon, cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden char


Region:

The rivers we fish are in Gustavus, Alaska, or in the Tongass National Forest on Chichagof Island.

Kayak “float-and-fish” trip:

1-2 guests: $450 Total
Each additional guest: $150


Remote drop-off “hike-and-fish” trip:

$450/person

Please note that these rates are subject to change. Please check our website https://www.natventuretours.com/ for the most current rates.

Is fishing with bears safe?

The bears are typically just as busy fishing as we are and do not pay us much attention. Guests will be provided with bear spray and instruction on how to use it, and your guide will carry a firearm.


Is there a weight limit for the kayaking trip?

235 pounds is the typical weight limit. If you are tall (over 6 feet) then we might be able to accommodate guests slightly over this weight.


What if I am handicapped?

Accessibility outdoors is very important to us. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to fish can fish. If you think that a physical challenge may make our trips difficult for you, please let us know. We are happy to try and figure out a way to get your line in the water.

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