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“nice fishing trip, but limited bear viewing”
Review of Talon Air Service

Talon Air Service
Ranked #6 of 30 Tours in Soldotna
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

we are a group of 4 on vacation for 2 weeks in Alaska. We booked Talon Air because of their brochure touting excellent salmon fishing and bear viewing. This was a fishing trip- not a bear excursion. Our guide, Matt was fantastic. Wolverine creek did not yield any salmon, but we did see the one black bear there. Headed out deeper into the lake where we finally caught 5 salmon. Matt took us to a secluded spot so we could grill up the salmon right on the boat-delicious!
My only recommendation to Talon Air: Revise your brochure, and put more pictures of the fishing on it vs. the pictures of bears, as it is very misleading.

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Reviewed June 28, 2012

$315 per person, fly-out in a 12 seat Float plane, 30 minute flight to Wolverine creek area. 5people on boat including guide. All fishing equip provided. We went right to the spot where hundreds of sockeye were gathering at the foot of the falls, caught our limit of sockeye salmon, saw a black bear, bald eagles, and enjoyed the whole experience. Great guide, didn't talk too much or too little. I would do it again!

3  Thank Nate W
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Reviewed June 17, 2012

This is the second year we have been on the fishing/bear watching trip with Talon Air. Mark is an amazing guide and both years we have caught our limit and seen quite a few bear and numerous eagles. This trip will not disappoint!!!

2  Thank LindySavannahGA
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

This was by far the highlight of our trip. We just couldn't believe our luck! Everyone at Talon Air, from booking over the phone to the day of our trip, offered outstanding customer service! The day we had our tour was so exciting! The plane was all ready for us to board (about 10 seats or so), right on beautiful Mackey Lake. The flight over to Big River Lake was so pretty! It was neat to see the Kasilof River since we had just fished for Kings on it the day before (and caught 3!). The landing on the lake was spectacular!!! You are out in the middle of the wilderness with nothing but views surrounding you. Gorgeous! Our guide, Mark, was AWESOME! He loaded us and our belongings into our boat and set out for a beautiful fishing spot right next to a waterfall. We all caught our limit of fresh from the sea sockeye salmon, all silvery and pretty! Our son caught his first fish here and Mark was so great with him, cheering him on, congratulating him, taking picture after picture with him as he caught fish after fish! We loved Mark and feel he is an incredible addition to Talon Air's team! After fishing, we took the boat out for some sightseeing. We saw a pair of serene swans on the lake....so peaceful! Then, we went over to Wolverine Creek. We were told that the bears hadn't really come out yet since the salmon hadn't really gotten there yet so we weren't expecting to see any but it was just pretty to be there so who cared???? But then, as if right on cue, A BROWN BEAR CAME OUT OF NOWHERE!!! Oh my goodness!!! It was the most magnificent creature I've ever seen! He was simply gorgeous, snorkeling for salmon, nosing around in the bushes and rocks...I took about 200 pictures of him because we were so close! It was breathtaking!!! Wow! After an hour or so, we headed over to the other side of the lake and there was A BLACK BEAR, TOO! It just kept getting better and better! This was such an awesome day for our family! We will DEFINITELY be going back to Alaska and this tour will be at the top of our list! Do not miss out on this one! It's worth every penny!!!!!

3  Thank flossboss
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Reviewed June 15, 2012

I would highly recommend Talon Air. We did a trip on June 12, 2012. We wanted to view bears and we were a family of 4 so the price was important to us since this was a last minute decision. The salmon fishing turned out to be a great bonus. We went to Wolverine Creek waiting for the bears and fished for sockey (red) salmon while we waited. We saw one brown bear and 5 black bears. Two of the black bears were together. We caught the salmon which was a fun adventure. Bill our guide cooked up the salmon right on the boat. It was wonderful treat we didn't expect. Then Alan who owns the company flew us there and back. He gave us a great thrill during the flight. We saw 14 brown bears during the flight. He flew by a Brown Momma bear and her 3 cubs. We also flew over a glacier. Alan did a good job of helping to make our bear viewing trip enjoyable. We were told by Bill that the end of July is when you can really see the bears catching the fish and seeing so many bears you lose count. But he also said that the creek at that time is very crowded. He said the middle of June is a great time to come because you can still see bears and have a more private intimate experience in watching them and fishing. I would highly recommend Talon Air. Great Crew and great experience.

2  Thank Abrocojo
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