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“Highlight of our trip!”
Review of Alaska Fly N Fish Charters - CLOSED

Reviewed 8 September 2012

We went out with Butch for a day of flying and fishing in early August. He was very knowledgable about fishing, bears, and flying of course. We caught a ton of pink salmon...I lost count! Saw whales, bears, eagles, you name it! The scenery was awesome and we would not hesitate to book him again if we go back.

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Reviewed 6 August 2012

Yes - that's what we mean - our visit to Pack Creek with Butch was the most incredibulous experience ever!!!. Butch was an amazing pilot and guide. The flight in and out was gorgeous and thanks to his expertise from years of being a guide and bush pilot we saw 9 bears the morning we went out - including a mama sow and her 2 cubs clamming and another mama and her cub walking across the rock slabs. And that's not to mention the eagles and the babies in the nest he was able to point out to us. Their website claims are true to the last word - Butch knew where to find the bears pretty early in the season. An experience not to be missed and worth every cent!!!!

Thanks again Butch!!!!!

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Reviewed 19 July 2012

we had butch fly us in to pack creek. this was amazing. this was exactly as advertized and the high light of our trip

2  Thank shirley68112
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Reviewed 11 November 2011

Butch and Sarah flew us out to their cabin on Chilkat Lake. It was the highlight of our trip to Alaska. Good food, great scenery, wonderful plane flight, boat tour of the lake, a moose sighting, and they even made the sun come out in an unusually rainy August. Butch found some whales for us on the return trip.

1  Thank JoAndyH
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Reviewed 11 September 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed Alaska Fly ‘n’ Fish’s float-plane guided tour to Pack Creek on Admiralty Island. What a well-managed adventure! It was the highlight of our almost-three week Alaska stay.

Butch Laughlin, the owner, pilot and guide, knows his business. It was a rainy, chilly day (Aug. 22) as we departed Juneau’s seaplane “strip” adjoining the airport (what should you expect other than that in Juneau). Another couple and Butch were aboard. Butch was really clear about what to expect at Pack Creek – no salmon leaping into a bear’s mouth and four-plus hours in one location almost 30 yards from the creek where brown bears were to be expected. No food allowed, no restrooms and no shelter from rain.

The bears were there! At one point, we counted 10 including cubs fishing for pink salmon, which were running to spawn in Pack Creek. The bears have grown accustomed to humans so long as the humans behave themselves, Butch told us. To make sure we would be safe, an Alaska park ranger with a high-powered rifle stayed with us and Butch packed a revolver. No need. The bears went about their fishing and dining as if it were just another day in bear paradise.

What made it so great? Butch took care of the required $50-each permits (only 25 a day are issued), Butch supplied us with boots and offered binoculars as we prepared for the flight, and he provided expert commentary and advice. With 20 years of charter experience, Butch knew the bears and bear behavior, including the sow and her two cubs who our guests of honor the entire day. As the four hours advanced, we watched bears repeatedly lunge for fish, wait patiently for fish to all but invite their demise or scavenge for fish, which were there in such abundance. We saw bald eagles, which nest there, and we appreciated the intimacy the bears granted us (at one point the sow and cubs napped in tall grass about 60 feet from us).

As for photography? A long lens is a must, a tripod might help but the bears move swiftly and panning is problematic. Shoot often (continuous) and with a fast shutter. Percentage shooting pays off.

The bears? Admiralty Island is mostly a federally protected wilderness area of about 1,600 square miles with about that number of bears. It was well worth every penny of the $600 for each of us.

3  Thank daisymae112
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