Each of our 5-custom designed, 27 ½ foot aluminum boats made by Riddle Marine are built for safety, performance, comfort and convenience. All boats include a heated cabin, air-suspension seats, private heads, fuel-injected twin Honda 200 outboards, and a full complement of Lowrance electronics. These boats are thoughtfully designed to meet all our salt water fishing needs and we are eager to bring them to our fleet this season.
More than any other boat in their class, Skagit Orcas are built to get you to your destination and back safely, quickly and comfortably - even with less than ideal weather conditions. It’s no surprise that the Skagit Orca is foremost an excellent choice for Anglers. Each boat is built solid without compromising the comforts that make fishing a pleasure. With a combination of speed, all-weather comfort, the Skagit Orca will suit all your salt water fishing needs. Each boat is equipped with a 250 outboard.
The ideal self-guided fishing boat, the Lund SSV is perfect any type of fishing. Built with heavy grade aluminum these Lund boats provide a safe and stable ride. Each boat is equipped with a 40HP Honda, steering wheel, rod holders, seats, gaff and fishing net.
Captain Will Frazer is a 4th generation Nevadan, born and raised in Reno. Will has been fishing since he was 4 years old and caught his first rainbow trout on a Scooby Doo rod and reel. While Will grew up fishing in Lake Tahoe and Pyramid Lake he has also fished around the world from Mexico to Mauritius. This will be Will’s 4th year fishing in Alaskan Waters. When Will is not fishing in Alaska you can find him traveling the world, attending sporting events, golfing, and spending most of the fall in the marsh duck hunting with his Labrador, Norma Jean.
Captain Bob Tardy grew up in Colorado, dreaming about one day being an Alaskan fishing guide. Beginning in 2005, he traded engineering consulting for fishing privileges on Admiralty Island and got his captain’s license in 2011. He has been guiding for eight years with four of them being at Salmon Falls. During off season he lives in Colorado, where he loves to sail, fish, and bow hunt. Some of his favorite memories at Salmon Falls include the time an inexperienced guest hooked a very large ling cod and another guest and himself had the opportunity to coach the struggling angler until they landed the fish. He also enjoys when kids come aboard – he says there is nothing like helping a youngster bring in a fish since most the time kids are thrilled with their catch regardless of how big or what kind.
Captain Craig Ring retired from Active Duty service in the United States Coast Guard in 2000 as a Chief and has been living in Ketchikan, Alaska since 1997. He commercial trolled from 4th grade to high school then began his Active Duty service in 1980. Captain Craig currently sits on two Salmon boards, Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA), and the Alaska Trollers Association. By serving on the boards he hopes to make sure there are fish for generations. Captain Craig has been fishing for Salmon Falls Resort since 2002.
Captain Gary Souza is a resident of Ketchikan since 1985 and a life-long salmon, steelhead, and trout addict. He has worked for many seasons as a charter boat captain as well as a fly-fishing guide. His guiding experience ranges over a large area of locations in Southern Southeast Alaska and well as more than 20 years on Prince of Wales Island. He has recreationally fished extensively in many locations nationally and abroad and has conducted seminars and clinics on salmon fishing as well as on fly casting. He is a contributor to the award-winning book, Alaska Fishing-The Ultimate Anglers Guide. Gary has also been a minister for 36 years and has served a congregation which meets in a very unique water-front building in Ketchikan which has a live salmon stream running under it where it meets the salt water. It is truly a church where A River Runs Through It.
Captain Michael Bunker has been an avid fisherman since early childhood and has fished everywhere from the Puget Sound to Long Island and the lakes and rivers of Idaho. Most recently he has been a guide in Southeast Alaska. His motto is, “If it swims, I can catch it.” Captain Mike considers it a great day on the water when you’re creating memories, catching fish and going after monster King Salmon. He’s a Dad to 3 boys and resides in ID in the off season.
Rebecca was born in El Paso, but raised in Houston, Texas. Growing up in Houston, she was influenced by the melting pot of cultures and its diverse restaurant/ food scene. She believes this is where she drew her inspiration for her love of food and cooking.
Her first kitchen job was with Cirque du Soleil. She traveled with the Company while cooking for the athletes and crew. While on tour she was exposed to different cultures, was able to explore and found her love for travel. Rebecca then took a job as a cook for a family in Copenhagen, Denmark. Soon she was travelling throughout Europe, cooking and learning about new cultures. After a few years, she returned to Houston to attend culinary school where she graduated with her Culinary Arts Degree. Rebecca uncovered her first out of college, as Chef, while on vacation in Breckenridge, Colorado. She currently works as a Ski Resort Chef and Private Chef in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. She feels fortunate every day she is able to continue travelling while cooking, and is looking forward to her next adventure at Salmon Falls Resort.
As a Florida native Rachel has always been drawn to the water and outdoors. She has a passion for learning and teaching others about the diverse environment that surrounds us. This passion led her to become a Florida Master Naturalist and lead eco-tours along Florida’s coastal waterways.
She has spent the past five years guiding and managing Tour operations in South Florida and the Florida Keys. During this time, she developed essential skills that she looks forward to applying to her role here at Salmon Falls Resort. This will be her first year working in Alaska, but looks forward to many more to come.
Salmon Falls General Manager, Matt Herod, has been a driving force behind the Resort for 3 seasons now. A 12-year veteran of the Alaskan seasonal hotel industry, Herod ventured from his home state of Arizona to explore the back country of Denali National Park. During that first summer he fell in love with the picturesque landscape and the midnight sun. Herod was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona and is excited to share is love for fishing with all guests of Salmon Falls Resort.
Jessica was born in the Philippines and raised in Florida. She loves working in hospitality, and making people feel welcome and comfortable. When she's not obnoxiously spoiling her mini Australian Shepherd, you can find her doing yoga, hiking or sampling many flavors of ice cream. Jessica is excited to spend her first Alaskan summer working at Salmon Falls Resort and learning more about the Salmon Capital of the World, Ketchikan.
Born and raised in the Carolinas, Jillian is excited to spend her first summer at Salmon Falls Resort. She loves the great outdoors, everything baseball, and is making hospitality her career. When she’s not talking to guests about their fishing trips, you can find her taking long hikes in the stunning Arizona desert, eating unsupervised amounts of starbursts, and finding out who will be the next Bachelor. She would love to help you plan your Alaskan fishing adventure!