If you can think of nothing better than drifting down a river that’s home to beautiful scenery, unspoiled nature, and some world-famous freshwater fish, then join Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service in Kasilof, AK. Captain
Phil Desautels can’t wait to introduce you to Kasilof River, a drift boat-only fishery that’s second-to-none when it comes to offering a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!
Capt. Phil has been working as a river fishing guide for over 35 years now, and specializes in helping guests go after some very famous freshwater fish – Steelhead, Coho Salmon, and Chinook Salmon. Whether you’re an experienced angler who wants to make the transition from local fishing to hooking these big names, or are a total newbie, he’ll teach you all about these species – as well as the best ways to catch them.
The Kasilof River is for drift boats only, and you’ll be cruising on board your captain’s 18’ Willie Boats vessel, newly restored in 2019. She’s the perfect option for anglers who want a quiet and relaxing trip down the river! She can accommodate up to 4 guests, so you’ll have a truly hands-on, personal experience. Capt. Phil prioritizes the safety of his anglers, so you’ll find life jackets for all ages on board.
It’s all about the freshwater trifecta of Steelhead, Coho, and Chinook Salmon here, and your captain will show you the best techniques to hook these species. You’ll be trying out anything from drift fishing, to trolling, to bottom fishing. Don’t worry if you’re a new angler – your captain will show you the ropes, and you’ll be soon tangling lines with these feisty fish. After you’ve reeled ‘em in, your catch will be cleaned and filleted for you at no extra cost.
You’ll be provided with top-notch rods and reels, lures, and tackle. All you need to bring are snacks and drinks, appropriate clothing, and a fishing license. Get ready to experience the total escapism that comes with a visit to Phil’s Smiling Salmon Guide Service!
You Keep Catch
Catch cleaning & filleting
Rods, reels & tackle
About the Captain
About this listing
Willie Boats (Drift boat) originally built in 1994, and restored in 2019. Powered by 2 2HP Gull Oars engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 5 knots.
Types of Fishing
Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.