Gate Creek Cabin Retreat

2020 Float Tubing gate creek Trip Reports


Gate Creek Cabins is a beautiful getaway, located in Petersville, Alaska. Seven ladies participated in a weekend of exploration, education, and fly fishing empowerment! We spent the weekend educating an incredible group of lady anglers about the beginner aspects of fly fishing, fly tying, casting, and landing fish. The property has spacious, comfortable, luxurious cabins that were our home bases between time in the classroom, casting, BBQing, enjoying bonfires, and of course catching rainbow trout! Lots of fun and laughs occurred and friendships were made! 

Day to Day Report:

Day 1: Friday evening we spent time outside, getting to know each other while we enjoyed an incredible dinner consisting of smoked salmon, grilled romaine salads, vegetables, and a dessert of smores. Suzie Seibert, owner of Gate Creek Cabins, provided us with an overview of the Gate Creek property and surrounding area as we got everyone set up for a full day of adventure the next day! 

Day 2: Our morning started with breakfast burritos, yogurt, juice, coffee, etc. before we jumped right into our classroom style “Beginning Fly Fishing 101” course. The ladies learned everything from fly fishing terminology to fly identification to various fishing techniques. After the classroom portion of the day, we ate sandwiches, chips, and fruits before heading out to a large lawn space to set up fly rods, reels, and learn how and/or improve casting skills! Each lady improved in their casting abilities before we headed down to the private Gate Creek Lake to float tube fly fish. We spent the afternoon float tubing, practicing casting skills, and catching rainbow trout! Just as a thunderstorm rolled in we got out of the lake. Once everyone had the chance to dry off a bit and reconvene in the main cabin we enjoyed a Salmon cooking class, led by Mike and Linda Leary. During our salmon cooking class another summer storm rolled in accompanied with thunder, lightning, and hail.. Following dinner the ladies were taught how to tie Salmon flies through step-by-step instruction. After a long day of instruction, casting, fishing, and fly tying we headed out to the bonfire area and enjoyed smores and a spectacular sunset. 

Day 3: Another morning started with breakfast burritos, yogurt, juice, coffee, etc. before the majority of the group headed directly to the lake for a few hours of fishing, while a couple others spent the morning practicing their fly tying skills. Once a few more fish were hooked and caught we reluctantly said goodbye to our new friends. 

Client Reviews: 

“Gate Creek is a must trip for anyone wanting to learn how to flyfish or that just needs a women’s weekend getaway! Gate creek is a beautiful area with breathtaking views of Denali! To add on to it the weekend is all about fishing, cooking, relaxing, and having fun learning new things! Women’s Flyfishing hosts are very down to earth and take top notch care of their guests. Get out and fish with Women’s Flyfishing and make sure to wear your fashionable Fishewear!” -Karlene


“I had a wonderful time fishing and tying fishing flies.  Thank you for your time and patience showing me”.  -Holly


“This weekend trip was great as it provided exposure to so many different aspects to fly fishing from casting to cooking and floating to fly-tying. I had some exposure to fly fishing before, but I really felt like this trip gave me more confidence in what I was doing. The women at Women's Fly Fishing are just a great bunch of people. I always feel so welcomed and really appreciate the patience and thought that is put into their adventures” - Shannon



“I had an amazing time with Women’s Flyfishing and the ladies on the trip. It was perfect - from the lodging to accommodate Covid-19 restrictions, to the food, and the instruction by Linda and Brittney. I felt so much more confident after the class. A few days later I was able to get out on my own and set my gear up and start casting all on my own on the Savage River in Denali National Park! It felt amazing doing that on the bank of a river alone, taking in the view in the quiet, without someone else (= husband) explaining something to me. It’s my new favorite pastime and I’m now on a road trip to fish along the Denali Highway. I’ll be coming back for more trips for sure”.  -Ana

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