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Kanektok River Fishing Reports 2017

Marcia Brandes with a big chrome Silver Salmon

Marcia Brandes with a big chrome Silver Salmon

 

Current 2017 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,

******* NEW - All the tents - in the Upper and Lower Base Camps - now have their own charging system that take either 12V male cigarette lighter adapter or USB.

Here is a fun video - Mousing for Rainbows from guide Robbie Wirth. It will get your heart pumping!https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc12HEiAnK4&feature=youtu.be

Tip of the week - We highly suggest Dillon Duncan for your fly selection. His flies are perfect for the Kanektok River. He ties his own flies with high quality materials and they are AWESOME!

 

LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF Aug 19th to Aug 26th, 2017
  

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
Temperature held this week at 55 degrees. Clarity has varied; the color is dark green somewhere around 40 inches of visibility.

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
Day to day we saw it all this week. The first half of the week was sunny and cool. The second half we got rain and wind.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
Purple egg sucking leach

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
The highlight of the week was our side channel fishing. The combination of clearer water and untouched fish made for some awesome days away from the main river. One day we even had a double on a 25 inch Rainbow and a 30 inch Dolly!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
As soon as I get home I will have to go to confession, It must be sinful to catch that many fish at the Duncan camp. Ken Zadoyko, Palmyra, VA

WILDLIFE SPOTTED
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 and Tundra Swans.

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
What a way to end the season; with tons of fish, high cold water, and an awesome group of guests! The fishing this week was phenomenal, as typical of our late season, our log books were filled with high numbers of Silvers and Dollies. The Silver fishing is stupid good! Each and every slow seam, slew, and inside bar is stacked with aggressive fish. They are eating pretty much anything and everything including Poppers and Wogs. When the thrill of catching 7-12lb jumping chrome salmon began to fade we switched out the eight weights for sixes and targeted Dollies and Rainbows. The Dollies are in there full spawning colors resembling giant Brook Trout. They can be found throughout the river but we targeted them mostly in the side channels this week. The higher water allowed us to float a lot of places that we weren’t able to earlier in the year. Not only did we find plenty of Dollies but the fresh water also produced good Rainbow fishing. With the fishing as good as it is right now it’s really tough to leave the river. However it’s that time of the year again to tear down and head to Kodiak! Another awesome season on the Chosen River in the books!

Photo of the week

Alaska Dolly

Jake and Teddy Bergen with a beautiful Dolly!

 

 

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF Aug 12th to Aug 19th, 2017
  

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
The water temperature is holding steady at 55 degrees. Clarity has varied throughout the week. We will call it 35-45 inches of visibility.

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting colder. Early in the week saw some good rain storms. The last couple of days it has been overcast and breezy.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
Everything

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
It seems like every year we are catching bigger and bigger Rainbows in August. The spawn is a great time of the year to catch the fish of a lifetime. This week Hunter Pitts caught the biggest fish of our season so far taping out at 28 inches! They don’t get much bigger than that!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

WILDLIFE SPOTTED
This week we saw a Moose and a Lynx! 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 and Tundra Swans.

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
The fishing is on fire! Lots of colored up Dollies and lots of chrome bright Silvers. The water is up; a bump in the river has helped to provide plenty of places to target Silvers. Soft insides, slower moving water, and stagnant sloughs are stacked with suspended fish. We fished a lot of top water this week. Pink and Purple poppers and wogs are getting destroyed. Quarter your cast across the fish and then sell it! When the top water bite slows down subsurface flies are a sure bet. Changing flies and retrieves is the best way to stay hooked up. There are big colored up Dollies everywhere throughout the river. Beads are always the best option for numbers. When the fishing gets really hot we have been having good success fishing skaters. There is nothing more exciting than watching giant orange Dollie jaws close around a swung mouse pattern. The Rainbows have been a bit finicky with the colored water but they can still be targeted. Beads and flesh are the guide favorites. This week we had a group of guests accompanied by two old time lower base camp guides and two of our favorite guests in Pete and Fred who come up to visit us twice a season. The week was full of aggressive fish, laughter, and animated stories from the old days. What an awesome week on the river!

Photo of the week

 

UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
REPORTING FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 12 TO AUGUST 19
  

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
Heavy rain on Saturday brought the river up again and it took on some color. It has been clearing since Monday and it is now clear and dropping slowly.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
We started off the week on Saturday with the coldest and rainiest day of the year. Fortunately the weather improved daily and the last three days were dry overcast with sun peaking through from time to time.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
We had some fun throwing pink deer hair patterns on top for Silvers this week.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Trip exceeded my expectations every day and every guide was exceptional. Best fishing trip of my lifetime! Pual Abdallah Bellevue,WA

Top notch, First class, 5 star take your pick. The guides are the best, great food and the best fishing anywhere! I look forward to returning. Kyle Anselmi Merriam, KS

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

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
The weather and water conditions were less than idea this week. Everyone had great attitudes and made the best of it and still caught lots of fish. The river coming up has helped to flush some Silvers in.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

 


Guide Dan Armstrong with Doug Mcghee and a nice trout.

 

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF Aug 5th to Aug 12th, 2017
  

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
The water temperature is holding steady at 55 degrees. Clarity has improved since last week. We will call it 30 inches of visibility but it still has some color to it. This color really helps improve the silver bite!

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
This week we lucked out on weather! We had mostly warm slightly overcast days with breeze to keep the no-see-ums away. You couldn’t have written a better script. To top things off we even got rain showers in the late afternoons to keep the river stable!

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
Everything

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
This week we had an awesome group of guests who made the week fly by! Steve Jensen’s 40lb king takes the cake for the highlight of the week. Steve, his father Paul, and Cutler were fishing silvers in a back slew when Steve hooked into his fish. Apparently at first Cutler waived Steve off telling him it probably was another red sockeye. When the fish surfaced everyone was shocked! A couple minutes later the group was holding a 40lb King salmon the second week of August!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Fun is a fleeting moment – This week was a blur! Rick Rasnick Conway, AR.

WILDLIFE SPOTTED

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 and Tundra Swans.

 

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
Higher water happy fish! The fishing this week has been ridiculous, lots of Dollies and lots of Silvers. We are even still seeing marching Sockeyes, Chums and Humpies! Last weeks’ rainstorms brought in a strong push of new fish and this week we capitalized. Silver slews and soft inside bars are now filled with fish throughout the river; the chrome bright Coho has officially surpassed the sockeye as our target salmon. The game plan is simple. Big bright flies stripped fast over holding fish leads to bent rods and kart-wheeling doubles. When the fish go off the bite we downsize our fly selection or switch colors. Sometimes changing your retrieve even does the trick and BANG you’re hooked up again. For Dollies a wide range of tactics have been fishing well. There are lots of salmon spawning throughout our classic runs. Of course the bead is the best option for numbers, but when you have the right conditions the skater has been very productive for holding Dollies. With all of the Salmon, Rainbows, and Dollies that we have in the river the Kanektok is fishing like a fish factory. At times it feels like the only thing keeping you from catching more fish is the fish you already have on! What a great time of the year to be on The Chosen!

Photo of the week

 Gary Wheeler with guide Jacob Rockwell with a great chrome Silver Salmon!

Gary Wheeler with guide Jacob Rockwell with a great chrome Silver Salmon!

 

UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
REPORTING FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 5 TO AUGUST 12
  

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY: The river cleared up and the water temps were ranging from 51 to 56 degrees.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
We had some thunder and lightning this week and some rain but it was mostly at night or in the morning before we got out on the river. Most days were dry and over cast with the sun peeking through for a few hours.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
Dry flies are working for Silvers and we had some fun with skating dries for Dolly Varden.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
This group has been fishing with us for 13 years so it was great to see everyone and catch a bunch of fish and have some laughs..

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Had the best day of fishing of my life and I fish a lot all over the U.S.A. and the world!! Rufus Williams Tampa, FL

Great fishing, great guides, great experience! Way ahead of second place! Stanley Schofield Scarborough, ME

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We saw several moose and six or seven bears.. Lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows. .

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
The weather and water conditions were less than idea this week. Everyone had great attitudes and made the best of it and still caught lots of fish. The river coming up has helped to flush some Silvers in.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

My daughter Sammi Duncan with a nice Dolly Varden in spawning colors
and a Silver Salmon.

 

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 29th to Aug 5, 2017
  

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
Water temperature is currently hanging around 56 degrees. The clarity is poor, 15-18 inches, but clearing every day. These conditions are great for salmon!

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
This week we finally got the rain we have been asking for all year. The weather conditions were tough, lots of rain and lots of wind. The storm lasted 5 days and the river came up quickly!

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
Black and white Dolly Lama

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
This week we had an awesome group of guests that stuck it out in some really tough fishing conditions. The highlight of this week was the determination and toughness of our guests. When the storm hit the fishing was on fire and it remained on fire however the wind and rain made things tough. Rather than wait for sun, our guests had shore lunches, ripped dollies and silvers, and stuck it out on the river.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Fabulous fishing trip! Treated like royalty. The best fishing Outfitter in the state of Alaska. Joe Chornyak - Powell, OH

WILDLIFE SPOTTED
It has been awhile but we saw a couple of wolves scrounging on a gravel bar 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 and Tundra Swans.

 

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
This week was the week of transition! We started off catching Rainbows off of the banks and are now rolling beads in the middle of the river. The first two days the Sockeye were the salmon of choice and now the Silvers are the main target. From low and clear to high and off color this week we really saw it all! The week began with sunny weather, low water, and lots of Dollies! They are all over the place, and floating out of camp bouncing beads remains the best option for numbers and variety of fish. The sun didn’t last long and by Monday the rain and wind began. Our rain dances finally worked! The water rose quickly and we are now 10 inches above where we started the week. As the river rose our tactics changed. The Mini tips and Teeny flies were swapped for floating line and Dolly Lamas as the Silver sloughs started to fill up! It’s still early to call it but with the water up and a strong first push of fish it’s looking like we are going to have a great Silver season.

Photo of the week

Marcia Brandes with a big chrome Silver Salmon

Marcia Brandes with a big chrome Silver Salmon

 

UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
REPORTING FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 20 TO AUGUST 5
  

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
It was tough fishing conditions this week. The river came up almost eight inches and it took on some color. The water temps dropped to 51 or 52 degrees. Even though the river is up eight inches it is still low and it is clearing.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
We had a beautiful sunny day on Sunday and then we had wind and rain for most of the week. On Friday we finally had a dry day but still had 10 to 20 mph gusts.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
Nothing new this week, all of the same flies are working well.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
We saw a big bull moose this week and caught some big trout and some big Dolly Varden.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
I’ve been fishing with the Duncan’s for thirty years. They operate the best camp, have the best guides and the Chosen River is Alaska’s best!! Tom McCollum Albuquerque, NM

I have fished and hunted the world and nothing compares to this camp! Jim Bivens Albemarle,NC

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
Several bear were seen this week. Lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows. .

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
The weather and water conditions were less than idea this week. Everyone had great attitudes and made the best of it and still caught lots of fish. The river coming up has helped to flush some Silvers in.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

Tommy McCollum with his 33 inch Dolly Varden!

Tommy McCollum with his 33 inch Dolly Varden!

 

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UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
REPORTING FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 21 TO JULY 29
  

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The river came up about 2 inches during the first part of the week and then it has been slowly dropping. It is still extremely low and crystal clear.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
We had some rain early in the week and then it has been mostly dry for the last few days.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK:
All the same flies are working and Peachy egg patterns are working well for trout and Dollies..

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
The highlight for me was seeing old friends. Almost everyone in camp has been fishing with us on this same week for years!!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Superlative fishing experience; the best in Alaska…. Or anywhere!!! Tom Bertuccini, Lafayette, LA

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We have been seeing a lot of big wolf tracks. Several bear and two moose were seen this week. Lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows.

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
We saw several bears this week. Lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, 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:

Kanektok rainbow with the Duncan crew

COMMENT OF THE WEEK
:
The guests this week have fished with us for so long they are like family. We had a lot of laughs and caught a ton of fish!

 

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 15th to 22nd, 2017
  

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
Things are beginning to warm up. We had a couple days of overcast drizzly weather but the majority of the week was sunny and clear. Our rain dances haven’t begun to work yet!

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
We had blue bird days without a cloud in the sky this week until Friday. It was in the low to mid seventies on most days. On Friday the weather changed to high overcast and drizzly rain.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
Glow bugs and Teeny Nymphs!

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
The highlight of this week was the guests! We had parents, fishy Australians, and a lively group of Alabama boys. Everyone kept things interesting and exciting! The appreciation this group had for the fish, river, and process was refreshing. The week flew by and we made lots of friends!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“You guys should just charge people for every fish that you release. Y’all would make a killing!” –Nick Albertini

WILDLIFE SPOTTED
Albert was attacked by a mink! Other than that the wildlife we saw remained consistent. 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 and Tundra Swans.

 

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
Rainbows, Dollies, Grayling, Chums, Humpies, Sockeye, and Kings – we caught them all. This week was a blast, lots of fish and an awesome group of guests. The river is still dropping but the fish don’t seem to mind. We did a little bit of everything this week from grayling to Kings. A couple of days we went upriver and the Dollies and Rainbows are really starting to stack up behind spawning Chums. As for salmon the Kings have started to slow down but a handful was landed each day by those willing to dedicate the time. The best salmon to target to put numbers on the board remains to be the Sockeye. At the beginning of the week they looked like they might have been slowing down but they have been thicker the last two days than all season! The Rainbows are beginning to transition off of the banks to behind the spawning salmon. It won’t be long until were floating and rolling beads! With the first half of the season in the books were excited for vacation week and Silver season!

 

UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
REPORTING FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 15 TO JULY 22
  

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The river is still Gin clear and the water temp has been in the low fifties.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
The wind was blowing out of the southeast for several days at the beginning of the week. At times it was gusting to over 35 mph. The second half of the week was warm and sunny with a slight breeze from the north..

HOT FLY F THE WEEK:
The skaters were working great this week on Dolly Varden. All the same flies for salmon and trout.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
We are finally starting to see big Dolly Varden in good numbers!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
The most amazing week of fishing I have ever experienced. A beautiful river - basically all to yourself. Every guide was fantastic, no matter your level of experience. The camp food and facilities were great ! Everyone working here was polite, helpful and customer oriented. And the Leopard Trout are unbelievable!!! Paul Coppin, Ellensburg, WA

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We saw several bears this week. Lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, Ruffed Legged Hawks, Kestrels, Harlequin ducks, Osprey, Peregrine falcons, Golden crowned Sparrows, Swallows, Common snipe, Greater yellow leg, Ptarmigan, Ravens, and Crows. .

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
We saw several bears this week. Lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, 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:

Kanektok River with the Duncans

Bailey Duncan with one of her many trout on a mouse this week.

COMMENT OF THE WEEK
:
This was another greatgroup of guests! We had a lot of laughs and caught a ton of fish!

 

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UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
REPORTING FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 8 TO JULY 15
 

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
It was another week of super low and clear water. We had water temps reach 60 on several afternoons!

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
We had blue bird days without a cloud in the sky this week until Friday. It was in the low to mid seventies on most days. On Friday the weather changed to high overcast and drizzly rain.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
We messed around this week with a lot of different patterns. Several of my guests were fishing a modified bonefish pattern that we tied in camp. It imitated a salmon fry and it was working great!.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
We caught a King Salmon on a mouse pattern and a Sockeye on a Stimulator this week! We did a lot of swimming and got some great underwater video!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I look forward to this trip every year and I am never disappointed. Derek Fritz , Francestown, NH

WILDLIFE SPOTTED
We saw several bears this week and several moose. Lots of birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, 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

anektok River Rainbow Trout

 

LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 8th to 15th, 2017
 

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The water warmed up a bit this week. Our camp thermometer is reading around 52 degrees. The water is as clear as it gets.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
This week we had several warm sunny days. Guides were spotted wearing shorts and a couple of guests even went for a swim to end the day. The prop boat driving is getting a bit more technical and we are officially beginning to pray for rain.

HOT FLY F THE WEEK:
Pink leech

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
The long and awaited arrival of the dolly! This year the Dollies have been a little late to show, but they finally arrived, the latter half of this week and man, are we happy to see them! This weeks’ group of mostly new guests had a blast swinging beads to these aggressive fish. With an awesome diverse group of guests, and hungry fish, there were lots of smiles on the river!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Expert & friendly guides who were happy to teach if asked. Comfortable tents, amazing shower and hearty food. Oh – and a river packed full of salmon. Gareth Williams, U.K.

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
Just one Bear sighting 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 and Tundra Swans. .

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
Low water and lots of fish! The river is dropping quickly and the salmon continue to pour in. This week we had several guests complete the Kanektok River grand slam! All species that are in the river were caught. The best thing about having so many species to target is that you can let the weather conditions plan your day. On hot and sunny days we fished Rainbows, Dollies, Grayling, and Sockeye. When we had overcast we fished Chums and Kings. There is a thick steady stream of marching fish that hasn’t slowed down once all week. A benefit of the low water- there are lots of places to target marching fish. We like to pick a shallow bar with the sun on our back; once you find the lane you are in fresh fish all day.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

Kanektok Rver Alaska

 Nicholas Walmsley from the UK with a beautiful fly rod King Salmon.

 

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UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 1st to JULY 8th
 

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
The river is low, clear and dropping. Water temps have ranged from 51 to 56 degrees. The driving is getting challenging but we will gladly take the shallow water anytime!!

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
WOW!! What a great week of sunny weather!! We did a lot of swimming this week with sunny weather and temps in the 70s!!

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
Anything we threw in the water worked this week.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
One of our long time guests Len Evans caught a chrome bright Chum Salmon on a mouse pattern this week. Over the years we have caught all five salmon species, Dolly Varden, Arctic Char, Grayling and Rainbows on the mouse pattern. Upper Base Guide Matt Rockwell caught a chrome Sockeye with his bare hands this week! The Sockeye beached its self in the shallows and Matt was able to scoop it up and release it in the main river!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
The Duncan family fishing trips on the Kanektok River are simply the best in every respect! Rick Waxman Kensington,CA

WILDLIFE SPOTTED
No bear this week but we are seeing lots of tracks from Bear, Wolves, Moose and Caribou. Lots of  birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, 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

The first picture is Len Evans with his Chum Salmon on a mouse pattern.
The second pic is one of his many nice bows.

 

LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JULY 1st to JULY 8
 

WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
Still low and clear. The river came up a bit during the first half of the week from some good showers but sunshine later in the week has brought us back to where we began, low and crystal clear.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
The first half of the week we had cool, dark, overcast days with scattered rain showers. The last three days it has been warm and sunny, good conditions for Rainbows!

HOT FLY F THE WEEK:
Teeny Nymph

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
The Highlight of the week was having so many different fish to target. Chums, Sockeyes, Kings, Rainbows, Dollies, Grayling- we even caught some Humpies this week! With a great group of guests and a variety of species this week was a blast!

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“The Rainbow fishing was off the charts- lots of big, fat bows with thousands of salmon pouring into the river daily.” –Kevin Stewart !

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
We saw some big moose crossing the river and a rare spotting of a Tundra Lynx! 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 and Tundra Swans. .

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
Salmon are pouring into the river by the masses! This week we had a variety of species to target. The Kings are stacked throughout the river and some have even been spotted beginning to form beds. The Chums are beginning to school up and can be found in large groups in slack water. The Rainbow fishing is still on fire! Mice and Dolly Llamas are the guide favorites. The fish that took the cake this week was the Sockeye. Teeny and company put on a clinic! Mini tips, short leaders, and Teeny flies fished to a steady stream of marching Sockeyes lead to high numbers on our log books. According to Jim Teeny, “the Sockeyes are the best they’ve been in over 30 years!”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

Jim Teeny

 Jim Teeny and Mike Tyrholm with double Sockeyes

 

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LOWER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 24th to JULY 1st
 


WATER TEMPERATURE AND CLARITY:
The lower river has been from 46 to 48 degrees this week. Very cold for this time of year. The water is gin clear.

WEATHER CONDITIONS:
During set up we had a little bit of everything as far as weather goes. This past week we saw mostly cold, overcast, and rainy days. Makes for some good salmon fishing conditions!

HOT FLY F THE WEEK:
Black and blue intruder

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK:
This week every year is filled with Duncan Lower Base Camp veterans. Guests we really look forward to fishing with during the off-season. The one highlight that sticks out to me would have to be watching Bob LaDu back bounce kings in the lower river. At 88 years old Bob was ripping fish in the rain wearing a smile that never left his face. Jacob said he wouldn’t admit to being cold even when his teeth began to chatter.

WILDLIFE SPOTTED:
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 and Tundra Swans.

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK:
Low and Clear! The river is in great shape and were off to another season on the Kanektok .This week the Kings were late to show but they are in now and beginning to fill the runs in the lower river. Sink tips and big intruders fished confidently have been putting beautiful chrome fish on the bank. Chums and Sockeye are now in full force marching along the inside bars. The clear water has the Chums a little finicky but downsizing your fly selection to a Teeny Nymph will work well. The Rainbow fishing is as good as it gets, there is no other way to put it. They can see the flies from a mile away and man are they hungry.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK:

Steve Zerr with Jacob and a nice chrome King

                      

 

UPPER BASE CAMP FISHING REPORT
FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 24th to JULY 1st
 

WATER TEMP AND CLARITY
The river is low and clear and water temps have ranged from 51 to 56 degrees.

WEATHER CONDITIONS 
We had a little of everything this week. Several days started out sunny and then turned to cloudy with a few showers in the afternoon. For the most part it was cloudy but dry.

HOT FLY OF THE WEEK
Most of our guest fished the mouse all week.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
We couldn’t have asked for a better group of fisherman this week. We had a lot of laughs and caught more trout than anyone would believe.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK
I’ve spent a lot of time fishing all over Alaska in the last thirty five years, but the last day on the river was the single best day of mousing I’ve ever had in Alaska! Thanks Billy!! Mike Mercer The Fly Shop, Redding, CA

WILDLIFE SPOTTED
No bear this week but we are seeing lots of tracks from Bear, Wolves, Moose and Caribou. Lots of  birds along the river including Bald Eagles, Mallards, Pintail, Wigeon, Green wing Teal, Canadian Geese, Tundra Swans, Mergansers, Common Loons, Sandhill Cranes, Arctic Terns, Long tail Jaegers, Glaucous winged Gulls, Bald Eagles, 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

 Fishing with the Duncans on the Kanektok

COMMENTS FOR THE WEEK     

It was a fantastic week with great guests and incredible fishing!  

 

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