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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-10-2011, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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A Lower Dean DIY by Boat?

New member here. This site is a great resource for all things spey but I think it's going to cost me plenty. A week of searching and lurking here has rekindled my flyfishing roots and now I'm on my quest to begin learning the art of spey fishing over the next three months or so.

The first week of August, my son and I will have boat access to the Lower Dean River via Dean Channel. There's sufficient access info online utilizing air services but nothing I've found utilizing a boat to access the Dean. It appears to be doable by setting ashore NW of the landing strip and hiking a half mile or so to the river. We'll be boat camping in the area anyway. Has anyone here ever done this or know of someone that has? Am I missing something? Any info and/or comments on this plan will be appreciated.

Now it's back for the second run through the Skagit Master and Rio DVD's Poppy sent me.

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interresting

been done before

you'll want a sled for the river

you'll get some interesting "input" on the river

enjoy!
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Used to be a guy that boated campers in to the river for a fee.That was after Wayne stopped flying them in. Most hire the heli to drop group in...cheaper if cordinate with an out and an in so that you don't pay for two round trips. Some guys have boated from Bella Coola in big jets.Need to apply for reservation pretty soon!
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Question?

Isn't the Dean a Class 1 river?

Not wanting to make you feel unwelcome in any way but isn't there a lottery system for licenses for non residents? Also, as non-residents aren't you required to be guided while on the Dean?

Sorry to throw these questions up, but this is my understanding...

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There is a draw for access to the river as a DIY. Only a certain number of rod days per week are allowed.

I know that non residents are not required to be guided above the canyon, not sure about below. Pretty sure you can DIY anywhere on the river if you get drawn.

A lot more room above the canyon.

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