Our employees create the environment that allows our guests to enjoy an exceptional stay from their room to the restaurant and experience superior fishing excursions (fully & self-guided). From the moment you arrive in Ketchikan, our staff will be there to make sure your trip runs smoothly from start to finish.
Get to know some of our expert Captains.
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, four of them being at Salmon Falls. During the 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 Lingcod and another guest and himself had the opportunity to coach the struggling angler until they landed the fish.
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 three boys and resides in Idaho in the off-season.
Captain Mike Kanicianich is an ardent fisherman that has been guiding the past two seasons at Salmon Falls resort. During the off season, he resides in Washington State where he guides the remainder of the year. Captain Mike loves being on the water, chatting with clients and catching halibut.
Get to know some of the friendly faces you'll be interacting with while planning your visit and staying with us at Salmon Falls Resort.
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 his love for fishing with all guests of Salmon Falls Resort.
Here at Salmon Falls Resort for her second season, Rachel Wells our Marina Manager can always be found with a smile and ready to help. She moved to Alaska in 2019, and lives in Ketchikan year round.
As a Florida native Rachel has always been drawn to the water and outdoors. She enjoys educating others about the environment and sharing fun facts and pictures of local wildlife with guests at the resort.
Born and raised in South Carolina, Mary is thrilled to spend her second summer at Salmon Falls Resort. Mary is always up for an adventure and loves getting out on the boat and exploring the outdoors. Mary loves going for hikes, finding starfish during low tide and ending the night next to the fire. Mary can’t wait for her next Alaskan adventure, and she can’t wait to book your experience at Salmon Falls.
Deckhand Sean Harrelson is from Hesperia, California. Sean came up to Alaska on May 7, 2019, to work at Salmon Falls. He fell in love with the job and has not been home since. His favorite part about the job is customer service and loves joking and getting to know the guests.
Deckhand Will Horsly is from Concord, North Carolina. He's had a passion for fishing for as long as he can remember. This is his second summer working as a seasonal employee. Will worked in Denali last summer. His favorite part of working on the dock is working in such a beautiful atmosphere alongside great people
Deckhand Drew Hardgrove has worked at Salmon Falls Resort the past two seasons. During the off-season he resides in North Carolina and loves spending his free time fishing and relaxing at the lake. Drew enjoys fishing and shrimping on his days off and aspires to be a boat captain to share his love of fishing with others.
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.
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