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Kanektok River Fishing Reports 2012

Nelson Johansen with an Upper Base Camp Leopard Rainbow

Nelson Johansen with an Upper Base Camp Leopard Rainbow

These are the archived 2012 fishing reports


For the archived fishing reports see 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 2009 2010 and 2011 currrent fishing reports

 

Weather:

Though the summer months are Alaska's most temperate, the weather is still volatile and moody. A balmy sun-filled day can change quickly as the wind blows in the clouds and rain. Proper clothing can ensure everyone's comfort and enjoyment. Dress in layers and always bring a raincoat.

7 day weather forecast for Quinhagak,

LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 11th to 18th, 2012

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The water temperature has been from 50 to 54 most of the week. The water clarity was great this week!

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
Sunday thru Wednesday the weather was great with blue skies and temperatures up to 75 plus with a slight breeze. On Thursday and Friday the wind picked up and the clouds blew in and it was overcast most of the day.
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HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
The Dollie Llama has been working great again for all species.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
The highlight of the week for me was the great a Rainbow fishing we had this week!

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We are still seeing a few Bears around above camp. As always we are seeing lots of birds: Mallards, Teal, Pintails, Widgeon, Harlequins and Geese. We are also seeing all the shore birds along with lots of Eagles, Goshawks, Falcons, Ospreys, Tundra Swans and Great Horned Owls.


COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
It was a great week of fishing for Silver’s with bright chrome fish coming in the river every day. The Dollie fishing this week was great and they are really starting to turn into their spawning colors. With the river being so clear and warming up the Rainbow fishing was great!

PHOTOs OF THE WEEK:

Nancy Reynolds from Bend, OR with a chrome bright Silver Salmon

 

Rick Whitten from California with a Dollie in full colors.

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 4th to 11th, 2012

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The river dropped like crazy this week and the clarity is at its best all summer! The water temperature has been from 49 to 52 degrees this week, which is also the warmest of the season.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
FINALLY!! ? On Sunday we had a super hot and sunny day with no winds or rain. Monday and Tuesday it was overcast most of the day but it made for a great day of fishing with no rains or winds. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the sun returned and it was super warm every day. This was by far the nicest week of weather that we have had since the third week of June.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
The Dollie Llama in all colors for all species!

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
Lots of Big Rainbows were caught this week!!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Why don’t y’all come on down and git yourself some of this! Ben Wiedower - Little Rock, AR.

God didn’t make any river more amazing than the “Chosen” Rick Rasnick – Conway, AR.

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
Almost every day this week someone saw Bears. As always we are seeing lots of birds: Mallards, Teal, Pintails, Widgeon, Harlequins and Geese. We are also seeing all the shore birds along with lots of Eagles, Goshawks, Falcons, Ospreys, Tundra Swans and Great Horned Owls.

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
We had a great week of angling. The Silver fishing was great almost every day. We fished a lot of Rainbows this week and it was on fire! Mike Fleitz from CT landed a 26 ½ inch Rainbow on a flesh fly. The Dollie fishing this week was so good that we all ended up using nothing but skaters and we still couldn’t keep them off. Overall it was a great week of angling with some really great guests and super weather.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

Brian Eble from Little Rock, AR. With a nice bright Silver Salmon.

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 28th to AUGUST 4th

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The river temperature for the most part has been from 45 to 47 degrees most of the week. The river clarity is the best that it has been all summer and the river is at its lowest that it has been all summer.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
Sunday’s weather was wet and windy all day. Monday and Tuesday was overcast but very nice without the wind and rain. On Wednesday and Thursday we had light rain and it was overcast. Friday for the most part was slightly overcast with winds and no rains.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
Muddler’s and Sculpin’s were on fire for the Rainbow’s this week. All the bright streamers are working great for the Silver’s.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
It is always great to see our friends/guests from Ohio. They have fished with us for so many years it is more like a family week.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
The best camp, guides, chef and fishing in Alaska, period – Bill Martin, OH

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We are seeing lots of Bears this week. We even have one little guy hanging out across from camp. One night we had two Moose walk right through camp. As always we are seeing lots of birds: Mallards, Teal, Pintails, Widgeon, Harlequins and Geese. We are also seeing all the shore birds along with lots of Eagles, Goshawks, Falcons, Ospreys, Tundra Swans and Great Horned Owls.


COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
The fishing this week was great! We still have Chums and Pinks marching in with every tide. The Silvers are starting to show up in good numbers and stacking up in all the holes. The Dollies are very big this year and they are really stacked up behind the spawning Chums on all the bars. The Rainbow fishing has been very good this week especially since we haven’t even seen a 50 degree water temperature.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

 

UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 28 TO AUGUST 4

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
The water temp has been 46 in the morning and it reached 48 on couple of afternoons. The river is still very high and cold and did not go up or down this week.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
We did not have much sun this week but on the positive side we did not have a lot of rain either. It sure would be great to have a few days of sunshine to warm up the water and the rainbows!


HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
It is hard to beat the peachy egg pattern this week. We are still using the mouse and pink deer hair dries are working well for Silvers and Pinks.

 

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Brad Taylor and Derek Fritz have been fishing with us for many years. They know all about our (guides) tradition of swimming in the river. As soon as they got to camp on Saturday they put on their swimming shorts and took a dip in the 46 degree river! These guys are just as, if not crazier than we are. They didn’t stop there. Each evening after a long day on the river they put on their swimming shorts and jumped in!! They had incredible fishing all week so who knows maybe there is something to this swimming in the river thing….


QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The finest fishing experience in the world! First class guides, fishing and food. Daniel Lyans Knoxville, TN

WILDLIFE

We saw lots of bear this week. One of our boats saw seven different bear in one day.There are lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Widgeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers Glaucous winged Gulls, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK

Most of the guests this week have fished with us for many years. Some of them have been fishing with us every year for over twenty years!! We had incredible fishing and a great time reliving old memories and making new ones. The fishing for trout was very good and the river is full of Dollies and Pink Salmon. The Kings and Chums are spawning and the Silvers are already showing in good numbers! This is about as good as it gets although I would like to see a few days of sun and have the water warm up to the low fifties….

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UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 21 TO JULY 28

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
The water temp has been 46 to 48 in the morning and warming to 50 in the afternoon. The river has dropped about four or five inches this week and it is very clear!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS
Even though we have had some cloudy overcast days we had almost no rain this week. It rained a few times but not enough to have any effect on the river or fishing.


HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
The mouse pattern has still been working great but so are a lot of other flies. The Chums are spawning now and egg patterns are hard to beat.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
There were a lot of fish caught this week but I guess the highlight was when one of our guests Luca Buehlmann (from Switzerland) caught the first Silver Salmon of the year! Several more were caught during the week.


QUOTE OF THE WEEK
G.R.E.A.T. Good fishing, Real Friendship, Excellent Accommodations, Attractive Scenery, Ten out ten!! Andy Dermott, England

WILDLIFE

There are lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Widgeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers Glaucous winged Gulls, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK

The fishing was very good this week and the river dropped about four or five inches. The Pink Salmon are coming in huge numbers and the Dolly Varden seem to be bigger than ever!! It was fun to catch both the Pinks and the Dollies on dries this week. Usually election years are banner Silver years so we are hoping for a large Silver run.

Lower Base Camp - this is family/vacation week - so no report

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 14th to 21st

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The river came up another two inches on Sunday and has not stabilized. The river clarity got better with each day this week. The water temperature was from 46 to 48 degrees.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
It was cloudy, rainy and overcast on Sunday. Monday it was cloudy and overcast with a little drizzle of rain and some sun. Tuesday was beautiful with hot and sunny weather. Wednesday it was overcast with very little rain. Thursday was cold, overcast and windy. Friday was rainy all day.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
Dollie Llama’s in all colors for the King’s. Any pink fly worked well for the Chums and Pinks. Flesh flies for the Rainbows.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
The KINGS are still coming!! All over Alaska we have heard that the King fishing was tough or closed to sport fishing. We are still ripping the Kings on the fly rods and they are still coming in bright and in good numbers.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
The Duncan’s run a first class operation, great fishing, great staff, great hospitality and great food. Billy Young – TX

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We haven’t been seeing many Bears this summer, but we did see another one this week. As always we are seeing lots of birds: Mallards, Teal, Pintails, Widgeon, Harlequins and Geese. We are also seeing all the shore birds along with lots of Eagles, Goshawks, Falcons, Ospreys, Tundra Swans and Great Horned Owls.

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
We didn’t target the King’s as much this week but when we did it was really good fly fishing for them. We still have lots of chrome bright fish coming in. The Chum’s are still piling in the river and are as aggressive as always. The Humpies really started to show this week and they are as aggressive as ever. The Dollies are huge again this year and are marching in like crazy; they are starting to stage up behind the Chums and Kings. We finally got some nice warm weather and are ripping on some Rainbows.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

Thomas Buehlmann & Markus Furrer from Switzerland
with two very nice fly rod Kings.

 

UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 14 TO JULY 21

 

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
The water has been 46 to 50 degrees and we have good visibility. The river is still very high. The last time that I remember the river being this high in mid to late July was in 1985.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
We have had a little bit of everything this week. We had some dry days, one sunny day and a couple of wet rainy days. The water level dropped several inches and now with the recent rain (on Friday) it is back on the rise.


HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
The mouse pattern has still been hot but all of the normal wet flies are also working great. The peachy glow bug has been hot for Trout and Dollies.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
The highlight of the week for me was getting to share a day of fishing with my good friend (and guest) Len Evans while he fished the mouse pattern in a long side channel. The bows were extremely aggressive and Len was casting his mouse within inches of the bank all day long. It was one those days that I will always remember!!!


QUOTE OF THE WEEK
A tremendous fly fishing experience that far exceeded my expectations!! Scott Dupree Lapeer, MI

WILDLIFE

There are lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Widgeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers Glaucous winged Gulls, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK
Even though the river is very high - the fishing is still good!! We are catching lots of fish and having a great time. The Dolly Varden are showing up in huge numbers and they are really big this year! Lots of Chums and Sockeye but the King run seems to be down again this year. The early Chums and Kings are staging to spawn and some are already spawning. This next week we will see and be fishing behind a lot of spawning Salmon.

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UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT REPORTING
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 7 TO JULY 14

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
We had a lot of snow this year so the river has been high but so far we have had very clear water. The water temp has been 46 to 48 in the morning and warming to 50 or 51 by late afternoon on the nice days.

WEATHER CONDITIONS
For the most part it has been dry all week while we were on the water but it has rained almost every night and the river has actually come up about four inches. Trout fishing has been great but if this weather gets good and the water warms up look out!!


HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
The mouse pattern has been hot this week for trout. With the higher water we have lots and lots of side channels to walk and wade and float. Hot pink Teeny nymphs are working great for Chums as well as pink bunny leeches.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
We had lots of great trout fishing this week but one of the highlights has got to be one our guides catching a fresh King Salmon with his hands! We were all down at the boats getting ready for a day on the water and we noticed that a chrome 20 pound King was jumping and flipping out of the water and generally going crazy about 75 yards below the boats. He jumped out of the water and landed on a gravel bar that had just a trickle of water running over it. He tried to swim up the trickle of water and eventually grounded himself on the gravel bar. Some of the guides jumped in a boat and drove down and picked him up and took him back to the main river and released him. Only on the Chosen River!!


WILDLIFE

We are finally starting to see some bears. The sightings should increase with every day now. There are lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Widgeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers Glaucous winged Gulls, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK
We have been swimming in the river to keep the weather nice (a superstition of ours) and so far it has been working!! Get ready Derek and Brad we plan to sacrifice you two to the river gods next!!
We have a strong run of Chums and Sockeyes and it looks like the Kings are showing in good numbers. With the higher water we have lots and lots of side channels to walk and wade and float for rainbows. We have had a lot of fun with the mousing this week!!! Bring on the sunshine and some warmer water!!

 

LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 7th to 14th, 2012

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The river temperature this week has been from 45 to 48 degrees. The river clarity was very good early in the week but colored up as the week went on. The river came up around five inches throughout the week.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
Sunday the weather was super hot and sunny. Monday some clouds rolled in it was overcast all day with some very light rains. Tuesday through Friday the weather was cold, windy and rainy.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
Dickerdoo’s Blue Magic

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
The last day of the weeks fishing on Friday, Dick and Erik Sale landed 38 Kings on the fly rods.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
The good ole days are still here! 38 Kings hooked and landed on the fly in one day. Erik Sale - Vail, CO

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We finally saw our first Bear of the year right below camp. As always we are seeing lots of birds: Mallards, Teal, Pintails, Widgeon, Harlequins and Geese. We are also seeing all the shore birds along with lots of Eagles, Ospreys, Tundra Swans and Great Horned Owls.


COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
What a great week of angling. The river came up five inches and the weather was pretty much rainy and cold all week but it didn’t stop the guys from ripping on Kings all week. Chums and Sockeyes are marching in like crazy and the Dollies are right behind them. The Humpies are starting to come in with good numbers. There wasn’t much Rainbow fishing being done due to the colored and rising river but the salmon fishing was great!

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:


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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 30TH TO JULY 7TH

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The water temperature this week has been from 45 to 47 degrees. The clarity of the river is very good for this time of year, probably around 4 feet of visibility. The lower river is still fairly muddy as the tundra bank 10 miles upriver is falling into the river and running muddy.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
We started the week off Sunday with cold and rain. Monday was overcast and windy with no rains. Tuesday was very cold, windy and rainy again. Wednesday was overcast with very little rain. Thursday it was absolutely beautiful. Friday the weather was mostly hot until we got our evening electrical storm.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
The highlight of the week is always a hard one to choose. This week it would have to be a gentleman that we had in camp from Idaho. He was a 90 years young and fished hard all day with no taking breaks, everyday he landed around 30 to 70 salmon. The other highlight of the week for me was long time guest and friend Peter Loeb landed a nice King that weighed 45lbs. She was released back to the river to spawn.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:


WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
On Monday we saw a nice Bull Moose cross the river and on Wednesday we saw a Wolverine. As always we are seeing lots of birds: Mallards, Teal, los of Pintails, Widgeon, Harlequins and Geese. We are also seeing all the shore birds along with lots of Eagles, Ospreys and Tundra Swans.


COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
The King salmon fishing has been fairly slow with some days really good. It seems like the King fishing really picked up as the week went on. The river is filling up very fast with lots of marching Sockeyes, Chums and the Pinks are starting to show up already. Even with the colored high water The Rainbow fishing has been great.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: See Attachment

John Ritchey from Durango, CO with a bright fly caught King Salmon.

 

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