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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Kanektok River DIY

I've come across this river a few times in my readings and it sounds incredible. Does anyone know if it's possible to fly in and fish it on a DIY type of trip? Is there anywhere one can stay in Quinhagak other than fishing lodges? Just looking to find out if there's any cheap way to get up there and fish. Thanks!
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I stayed in a fish camp there several years ago. The lower river runs fast and deep, but there are bars and riffles where you can swing a fly for rainbows, which are plentiful. The Kings tend to stay in the deeper water. Some people set up their own camps, but the logistics are difficlut becasue it is so remote. There is a small airline that serves the native village there - I would talk with them about logistics and the possibility of lodging. There are fish camps along the upper river where fly fisherman go to fish rainbows. We travelled only in skiffs on the river, which may be the only way to get around. My guess is that there are not a lot of roads and trails. It might be worth looking for a guide in the village. Good luck. We had a great trip. Every night there were 15-35 lb Kings on the cleaning table.
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Absolutely, but I'm not sure what qualifies as cheap. You will have to get to Bethel, pay for air taxi and possibly raft rentals, so cheap is probably $2K per person.

A few google searches for Kanektok DIY or Kanektok raft trips will turn up quite a few people who have done it and descriptions of their trip. The DIY trip is from the lake down, 7-10 days. I don't think there are any lower river only options as that would require a jet boat. Papa Bear Adventures out of Bethel provides air service and their website also has descriptions of the trip. I recall there being some good descriptions on the Alaska forum Outdoors Directory.
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