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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-21-2012, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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SW Alaska September float

I'm itchin to start planning another trip out west... targeting trophy rainbows in late September. I'm looking for any suggestions, past reports, and ideas at this point. My criteria is a week-long wilderness float trip, do-it-yourself, Spey-water, and relatively simple logistics. This one might end up a solo adventure but hopefully I can rope a buddy into it, too.

I've already done the Alagnak twice, spent three weeks on the Naknek in October, and five days on the Kvichak. Any of those are also repeatable.

Kamchatka is just too far west, and wayy to friggin expensive and logistically complicated at this point.

Thanks and tight lines!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 12:42 AM
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I'd recommend the Tal, but it may not be "spey" enough to fit what you are looking for and not SW AK. Certainly a great place for rainbows and you could have a blast swinging mice... It is also a river where you could go solo pretty easily.
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The Tal is my home water, not fishing that good this year. It is a good river for spey for rainbows but in September with the dearth of salmon this summer, the rainbows are going to vacate the river early. Best bet there would be mousing with a 6wt spey.

I suggest you get ahold of Chad Hewitt at Rainbow River Lodge. He has a sideline of supporting DIY trips, he can provide everything: rafts, tents, camping gear, food (if requested) and the flights. One of the best pilots and planes out there. He can just get your dates and put you on the best water that is fishing good when you get closer. Top drawer operation, and cost is fantastic for DIY. Tell him Scooter sent you to your inquiry. Hope this does not break the site rules, but his DIY site is:


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Alaska do it your self

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