Meet Captain Rob
The owner / operator and guide of Classic Alaska Charters is Captain Rob Scherer. Captain Rob is U.S.C.G. certified and is a registered outfitter/guide with the United States Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game. He has been professionally guiding in Alaskan waters since 1985.
Ever since he was 3 years old, he’s been fishing and exploring the world outside his Midwest hometown. Frequent trips with his Grandfather to the remote areas of northern Wisconsin instilled a love of the land, and appreciation for nature.
Graduating from UW-Stevens Point in 1984 he headed straight to Alaska to fulfill a dream proposed by his Grandfather many years before and about the time he passed away. With a degree in Resource and Fisheries Management, the US Forest Service accepted him for seasonal employment as an Assistant to Fish Biologists, first, the Thorne Bay Ranger District and then over to the Misty Fiords National Monument Wilderness District. The Thorne Bay Ranger District on Prince of Wales Island specifically requested his services because of his unique experience in habitat restoration and enhancement. His work proved very valuable during the middle 80’s when the USFS and the logging industry were trying to rectify serious procedural issues in the logging industry practices and the USFS flawed timber management monitoring programs. Restorations made by Rob back in the middle 80’s are still viable today!
An Expert on the Misty Fjords
The Fish Biologist of the Misty Fjords National Monument Wilderness Ranger District, Mike Scott, heard about the various successes produced by Rob and requested his services to catalog & inventory lakes, streams and rivers within the 2.8 million acres of Wilderness of Misty Fiords. Rob had the distinct pleasure of working the entire Misty Fiords Wilderness area by boat, floatplane, and helicopter over two seasons of intense field work. Rob’s determination to succeed and meet the goals proposed by his superiors saved the USFS (and taxpayers) hundreds of thousands of dollars, while providing enduring inventory analysis of the freshwater ecosystems found throughout the Wilderness.
Owner & Operator of Classic Alaska Charters, The Ultimate Fishing Charter
Working in the private sector offered more genuine possibilities of adventure and exploration and when the opportunity of owning & operating a charter business presented itself in 1990, Captain Rob was all over it! Since then he’s developed Classic Alaska Charters into the most enduring overnight charter service in Ketchikan. Beginning in 1990 there were scores of other overnighters and competition was congenial in a full field of operation. Today, Classic Alaska Charters is THE ONLY original overnight operation still in existence, and Captain Rob enjoys full seasons and tremendous success of providing lasting memories for clients all over the world!
An Experienced Alaska Fishing Guide
His educational background, USFS Alaskan field experiences, and the 36,000 actual hours of guiding on the water, in wilderness areas, ensures that clients will be provided with the highest level of knowledge and experience for quality, successful adventuring in Southeast Alaska. Along with all the above, his innovative fishing techniques, and latest high tech equipment, takes you to where the fishing action is! Captain Rob is also a wildlife and nature photographer and can guide you into spectacular wilderness photo opportunities, from scenery to wildlife of every kind found in the Ketchikan area.