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Fishtale River Guides

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14660 E Gunnysack Rd, Palmer, AK 99645-9075
+1 907-746-2199
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Outstanding fishing trip on the Little Su with Andy Couch

Took friends from Texas on the Little Su with Andy/Fishtale late August of 2017. Despite a... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Anchorage, Alaska
We had a great time with Andy

Our guide Andy was knowledgable and very helpful. We had a great time fishing with him, there were... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
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FIshtale River Guides run guided Alaska salmon fishing trips and tours on the Little Susitna River and Deshka River located a 90 minute drive north of Anchorage or a 45 minute drive from Wasilla. Catch Alaska-sized king salmon, silver salmon, and / or chum salmon during summer months from mid-May through early September. Glide from fishing hole to fishing hole aboard a flatbottom jet boat customized for guest's comfort and to run through shallow riffles. Quietly drift through long runs of salmon holding water while casting Flashtrap Spinners or floating Fire-Cured salmon roe under ESB Bobbers. Experience the thrill of hooking and battling large ocean-run salmon that explode from the scenic small rivers you will be fishing. Frequent wildlife sightings of bald eagles, beavers, and waterfowl, with less frequent sightings of moose, coyotes, foxes, otters, and seals. Guide will bait your hooks and fillet your catch on summer salmon fishing charters. Family friendly, non smoking. Winter ice fishing tours on Mat-Su Valley lakes located closer to Anchorage, Wasilla and Palmer are also available. Free salmon availability chart, photo viewing, and daily fishing reports posted on website.
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14660 E Gunnysack Rd, Palmer, AK 99645-9075
+1 907-746-2199
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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Took friends from Texas on the Little Su with Andy/Fishtale late August of 2017. Despite a partially inexperienced crew, Andy got us limits on Silvers and ensured that a great time was had by all. I'm a resident Alaskan that fishes on my own, but...More

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Andy C, Owner at Fishtale River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2017

Thank you for your kind comments. We work hard to provide our best trip every time out, sometimes the fish are present and respond well. Sometimes we fish hard to catch a few fish or even get skunked. One of the best ways to know...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017

Our guide Andy was knowledgable and very helpful. We had a great time fishing with him, there were 4 in our group and he gave everyone ample attention and even helped my friend learn to cast. Andy was patient and informative and on a slow...More

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Andy C, Owner at Fishtale River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

Thank you for the very positive review. I'm glad you appreciated any tips we were able to pass on, and we are always happy to have our guest catch some prime Alaska salmon. Guiding salmon fishing trips is a wonderful opportunity to spend time with...More

Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

My family and I went out with Andy this morning and had a great time on the Little Susitna River. Andy was a great guide who worked his tail off to put us on fish. All three of us caught a mix of King (had...More

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Andy C, Owner at Fishtale River Guides, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

We are glad you enjoyed our fishing trip -- and since you were fishing in mid-July, you increased your chances of catching salmon by going on our early morning trip. If I worked hard to get you into fish -- your family worked hard at...More

Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Andy is a great guide who really knows the water. This is a trip my brother, son and I will never forget.

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Reviewed 8 August 2016

We went for a half-day trip with Andy of Fishtales River Guides on the Little Susitna River SW of Wasilla, AK. Andy is an excellent guide with 35 years experience and knew where all of the holes were and where we needed to cast. His...More

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Reviewed 2 August 2016

My Dad, husband, and brother went up the little Sue with Greg on Monday, July 18th. They had a great time with Greg and caught their limit of Silvers. The boys had such a good time that they cancelled a fly in fishing trip to...More

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Reviewed 8 July 2016

We had a party of 8 so we had to book 2 boats. In one boat, Andy was the guide. That boat caught 3 fish, 2 salmon + 1 trout. Three other times the salmon bit, but our teens couldn't get a hold of it....More

Thank eyee5
Reviewed 5 July 2016

Andy was the perfect guide. He is very knowledgeable about the water and lures. He guided all 3 of us in catching and landing our king salmon. He is the VERY best!!!! If you want to catch a king salmon, get Andy!!!!!!!

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Reviewed 7 June 2016

Want to have fun, probably hook a fish and see some wildlife; than Fishtale is the guide to use when fishing the MatSu. As a return angler for many trips, I know that the Fishtale provides quality equipment, years of experience and knowledge of the...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2016

Andy Couch, Fishtail River Guides, is the most knowledgeable river guide in the Mat Su Valley. With his years of experience he always know the best rigging required for Coho and king salmon. He also has a deep understanding of Valley rivers, knowing when and...More

Thank Joan N
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14 April 2017|
Response from Andy C | Property representative |
Depending upon river conditions, we could be guiding salmon fishing trips at that time to most likely the Deshka River, but possibly also to Little Susitna River. Later in the week your husband will be visiting would likely... More
Deborah S
3 March 2016|
Response from Andy C | Property representative |
Deborah, we are guiding ice fishing trips at that time. Our ice fishing trips last about 4 hours, and are to some extent dependent upon weather and ice conditions. We currently have space to guide trips on the following... More